Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between in-person, hybrid, and online classes at UNMC?
- In-Person: Course activity is organized around scheduled class meetings (even if students are at multiple locations).
- Hybrid: Online activity is mixed with classroom meetings, replacing a significant percentage, but not all face-to-face instructional activities. A minimum of one classroom meeting is required to define a course as a hybrid.
- Online: All course activity is done online. There are no required face-to-face sessions within the course and no requirements for on-campus activity. Online courses may include both synchronous and asynchronous delivery.
Can international students in F-1 status take all online or remote classes while present in the United States during the Fall 2020 semester?
No. International students must be enrolled in at least one credit hour of in-person or hybrid course work during the Fall 2020 semester.
Can international students in F-1 status take a leave of absence (not enroll in any courses) for the Fall 2020 semester if they are currently outside of the United States and are unable or unwilling to return?
Yes. However, the student’s SEVIS record will be terminated for early authorized withdrawal and reactivated before the student's return to the United States. If an international student in F-1 status is interested in taking a leave of absence for the fall semester and has questions about the process, please email Dan Teet at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are the options if international students in F-1 status outside of the United States want to return to campus but are unsure if they will be able to?
The most recent information about U.S. entry restrictions is on the websites below:
- Travel Restrictions (DHS)
- Country-Specific Travel Restrictions (Department of State)
- Travel Restrictions and Health Notices (CDC)
If an international student in F-1 status is unable to return to the United States, or interested in taking a leave of absence for the Fall semester, and has questions about the process, please email Dan Teet at email@example.com.
Because of the new SEVP guidance for the Fall 2020 semester, will returning international students in F-1 status that will be taking in-person or hybrid courses for the Fall 2020 semester need new Forms I-20?
In the coming weeks, UNMC will email new form I-20s to international students registered for at least one credit of in-person or hybrid courses in Fall 2020. The new form I-20 will be emailed to the student’s UNMC email address.
What should new international students with a Fall 2020 start date planning to come to the United States on F-1 visas do if they are unable to obtain their visas in order to arrive in the U.S. by the first day of courses, August 24, 2020, or if they would like to defer their admission to the Spring 2021 semester?
Students should contact Dan Teet at firstname.lastname@example.org as well as their academic program and college for guidance.
Because of the new SEVP guidance for the Fall 2020 semester, will new international students in or requesting F-1 status planning to attend UNMC in person for the Fall 2020 semester receive new Forms I-20?
Yes. Students should contact Dan Teet at email@example.com.
What would happen if UNMC unexpectedly needs to change its operation mode to online-only mid-semester?
In this unlikely event, the current guidance limits nonimmigrant students with F-1 status to the following choices:
- Make plans to depart the U.S. and continue to study at UNMC through online options.
- Take other measures to maintain lawful F-1 status by transferring to a school offering in-person or hybrid instruction methods.
- Consult an immigration attorney for other options to change status inside the U.S.