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:

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.

Andrews plans to offer in-person classes in spring 2021 with some remote options. More details will be announced soon. If you are a current student at Andrews, please also check with your academic advisor about your options for spring 2021.

The Center for Intensive English Programs (CIEP) plans to offer in-person English as a Second Languague (ESL) classes on the Berrien Springs camous in spring 2021. For more information, please email 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.

Latest Updates


 
August 13, 2020

International Students & Health Insurance for 2020–2021

Andrews University International Student Services Update

August 12, 2020

New Student Orientation for International Students

Andrews University International Student Services Update

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