COVID-19 Information for International Students and Fall 2020

Andrews University is open and ready to support you! Check back here regularly for updates and other information regarding the impact of COVID19 on international students coming to campus. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

At this time, the best way to contact us is through e-mail. We’re here to support you and we’re working hard to ensure our team members can continue answering your questions in a timely manner and provide you with the reliable service you deserve.

Please contact us by email if you have any questions or concerns. You can send your questions to iss@andrews.edu

At this time, the best way to contact us is through e-mail. We’re here to support you and we’re working hard to ensure our team members can continue answering your questions in a timely manner and provide you with the reliable service you deserve.

Please contact us by email if you have any questions or concerns. You can send your questions to ciep@andrews.edu.

Yes! The Andrews campus will be open for fall 2020, with in-person classes starting on August 24.

Andrews will offer both in-person and online classes under a hybrid model for fall 2020.

SEVP stands for the Student and Exchange Visitor Program, and it is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. On July 6, SEVP released guidelines that put many restrictions on international students studying at U.S. colleges and universities in fall 2020. On July 14, the U.S. government rescinded the July 6 guidelines, and as a result, SEVP has returned to the more flexible guidelines issued in March in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

No. Not anymore. The July 6 SEVP guidelines required that all international students be issued a new I-20 with a note stating that Andrews University will operate under a hybrid model (i.e., a blend of in-person classes and online classes) for fall 2020. The July 14 reversal by the U.S. government has returned SEVP back to the flexible March guidelines, and this requirement for a new I-20 no longer applies. After the July 6 SEVP guidelines, the International Student Services office at Andrews University began issuing new I-20s with the required note. After the July 14 reversal by the U.S. government, the International Student Services office stopped issuing new I-20s. Whether or not your I-20 has the required note, it is valid as long as it is current and in good status.

You can come to campus and take in-person classes or a blend of in-person and online classes. If you are not able to come to campus for fall 2020, you can take a full load of Andrews University classes remotely in fall 2020, but you will need to postpone your initial I-20 to Spring 2021. Please contact the International Student Services office to do this (iss@andrews.edu).

If you obtain your visa and I-20 by the start of the fall semester, you can come to campus and take in-person classes or a blend of in-person classes and online classes. If you are unable to obtain your visa and I-20 in time for the start of the fall semester, you can postpone your I-20 to Spring 2021 but still take Andrews University classes remotely in fall 2020. If you need to postpone your I-20 to Spring 2021 but take classes remotely in fall, please inform the International Student Services office (iss@andrews.edu).

No. As long as your I-20 is current and in good status, it is fine. If you did receive a new I-20 after July 6 with a note about Andrews University operating under a hybrid model for fall 2020, you can use this new I-20. If you did not receive a new I-20, you can use the one you already have, as long as it is current and in good status.

You can take a full load of Andrews University classes remotely in fall 2020, and you will not need to make any changes to your I-20. If you decide not to come to campus but still plan to take classes remotely in fall, please inform the International Student Services office (iss@andrews.edu).

Yes. As many as you need. If you will be on the Andrews University campus in fall 2020, you can take any combination of in-person and online classes as long as the combination meets the full-load requirements of your I-20. If you are not on campus in fall 2020 but you are an admitted Andrews University student with an active I-20 or an initial I-20 that has been postponed to January 2021, you can take a full load of Andrews University classes remotely.

Andrews University English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) classes will be offered online through the Center for Intensive English Programs (CIEP) in fall 2020. No in-person ESL classes will be offered in fall 2020. You can take a full load of ESL classes remotely if you are on campus with an active I-20. You can also take a full load of ESL classes remotely from your home country if you cannot make it to campus for fall 2020. If you are a returning ESL student with an active I-20, your I-20 will remain in status in fall 2020 if you take a full load of ESL classes remotely. If you are a new ESL student and have postponed your initial I-20 to January 2021, you can take a full load of ESL classes remotely in fall 2020.

Our staff in the Office of International Student Services is monitoring the changing situation with U.S. embassies and consulates daily, and we will contact you as soon as there are any updates.

  • If you have already begun the process of obtaining a Form I-20, we will continue to work with you to achieve that goal. 
  • If COVID-19 impacts issuance of visas or entry into the U.S., we work with students to determine if updating to a later term is appropriate. 

Please contact us by email if you have any questions or concerns. You can send your questions to iss@andrews.edu

Due to the safety measures pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, international exams have been adjusted around the globe. As a demonstration of our commitment to you, we are admitting undergraduate international students based on the emergency COVID-19 admission recommendations decided by each country.

List of top examination bodies around the world:

1. International Baccalaureate Diploma (updated March 26)

Offered around the world

  • The IB examinations scheduled between April 30 and May 22 will no longer be held.
  • Students will be awarded either a diploma or a course certificate which reflects their standard of work. The achievement will be based around the students’ coursework and the established assessment expertise, rigor and quality control already built into the programs.

2. Ofqual - regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments for GCSE’s, AS, A-levels, etc./Pearson’s BTEC (updated April 3)

Offered in the UK and around the world.

  • Summer 2020 exam series have been cancelled. 
  • Students due to sit the exams would be awarded a grade based on an assessment of the grade they would have been most likely to achieve had exams gone ahead. Results would be issued to this year’s cohort based on a range of evidence and data, including performance on mock exams and non-exam assessment and the approach will be standardized between schools and colleges.
  • BTEC is following the guidance for GCSE and A-Levels and BTEC examinations will not take place in May or June this year.
  • As of April 3, they are working with other Awarding Organizations and Ofqual to agree and finalize arrangements for qualifications with practical units or work placement requirements and will update you as soon as possible.

3. Cambridge International Exams – Cambridge IGCSE, Cambridge O Level, Cambridge International AS & A Level and Cambridge Pre-U (updated March 23)

Offered around the world.

  • Exams for an international curriculum taught by more than 4,800 schools in over 150 countries have been cancelled
  • The decision on grades to be awarded to candidates will be made by Cambridge, using our own evidence combined with evidence from schools. They approach schools to collaborate and make evidence-based decisions about grades for each candidate in each subject they have entered for in the May/June 2020 exam, for example, mock exams, coursework, assignments, etc.

4. The Caribbean Examination Council (CSEC, CAPE, CVQ, etc) (updated March 23)

Offered in 16 Participating Countries: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and Turks and Caicos Islands.

  • The Caribbean Examinations Council® (CXC®) will be using a strategy that will employ e-Testing modality in order to reduce the examinations administration processing time resulting in the shortest turn-around time for marking and the release of examination results.
  • Proposed revised administration schedule for the May/June 2020 examinations is July 2020 but they continue to be guided by national protocols across the region. Reordering official certificates - as of March 23, CXCs transcript and certificate order services has been suspended until further notice.

5. The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) (updated March 20)

Offered in the five English-speaking West African countries: Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, The Gambia and Liberia.

  • The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has postponed the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination indefinitely, earlier scheduled to commence on April 6, 2020.
  • The timetable for the examination would be reviewed after the coronavirus pandemic situation improes

 

Please contact us by email if you have any questions or concerns. You can send your questions to the International Credential Office.

It will not affect our admission decision, which may be made based on unofficial educational records, such as your digital record, unofficial transcript or examination slips. An official transcript is needed after admission.

Latest Updates


 
July 30, 2020

Fall Hybrid Schedule Letter

Andrews University International Student Services Update

July 27, 2020

July 24 Update from U.S. Government

U.S. Government Update

July 24, 2020

International Student Updates/Directions for Fall

Andrews University International Student Services Update

July 14, 2020

UPDATE: Reversal of Recent SEVP Guidelines

Andrews University International Student Services Update

July 13, 2020

Andrews Response to SEVP Guidelines

Andrews University International Student Services Update

July 7, 2020

 SEVP Updates for All International Students

Andrews University International Student Services Update

July 7, 2020

SEVP Update: FAQs About Fall 2020

U.S. Government Update

July 6, 2020

SEVP Update: Message for Fall 2020

U.S. Government Update