Updates for International Students

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

Frequently Asked Questions:

You can email us at iss@andrews.edu. You can also meet with a specific International Student Services and Programs staff member through Zoom by going here and clicking on Schedule an Appointment next the person you would like to meet with.

If you are on the Berrien Springs campus for fall 2020 and would like a ride to Chicago O’Hare International Airport at the end of the semester, the Andrews University Student Association (AUSA) is arranging several buses to O’Hare on November 24 and 25, 2020. To reserve a seat on one of these buses you will need to pay a fee of $30 and submit an application. For more information about the schedule, and how to submit the fee and application, please email AUSA Student Services Director Heeyun Oh at heeyun@andrews.edu.

For information about regular Andrews University transportation services and airport pickups, and the associated fees, please contact the Transportation office directly by going here. Please note that the Transportation office can arrange a pickup at the South Bend International Airport but not at Chicago airports, so please make your travel plans accordingly.

Andrews will offer in-person classes in spring 2021 with some remote options via online platforms. For details about specific classes, and whether or not you can take classes remotely, please check with your academic advisor.

Current U.S. government regulations state that if you have an F-1 visa and you received your I-20 before March 2020, you can take as many online/remote classes as you need to in spring 2021 from anywhere in the world. Whether or not you take any classes remotely, you will still be required to take a full load of classes to keep your I-20 active and in good status.

If you received your I-20 after March 2020, you will need to take at least one in-person class on the Berrien Springs campus in spring 2021 to keep your I-20 active as part of a required full load. If you do not come to the Berrien Springs campus in spring 2021, your I-20 will end, and you will need to apply for a new one when you return to campus.

Current U.S. government regulations state that if you have an F-1 visa and you received your I-20 after March 2020, you will need to take at least one in-person class as part of a required full load on the Berrien Springs campus. If you do not come to the Berrien Springs campus in spring 2021 but received your I-20 to begin a program of study on January 11, 2021, you may be able to postpone your I-20 to summer 2021 or fall 2021. Please contact iss@andrews.edu to see if this is possible.

If you are a returning or new Graduate international student or a returning Undergraduate international student, please contact your academic advisor directly.

If you are a new Undergraduate international student (i.e., spring 2021 is your first semester as an Undergraduate student), please reach out to Mr. Aaron Moushon, Explore Andrews Director, at moushona@andrews.edu as a first step in the registration process.

You are required to schedule and take an on-campus COVID-19 test sometime between January 11 and 14. The university is asking international students to arrive four days prior to the testing date they scheduled. You can arrive as early as January 6, but it should not be earlier than 12:00 noon on January 6, as university residence halls will be closed and unable to accommodate you if you arrive this early.

 For questions about on-campus residence halls, please email rhhousing@andrews.edu. For questions about university apartments, please email universityapartments@andrews.edu.

The Center for Intensive English Programs (CIEP) plans to offer a blend of in-person and online classes in spring 2021. For more information, please email ciep@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.

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.

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