Updates for International Students

Frequently Asked Questions for Fall 2021

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

The Transportation office can arrange a pickup at the South Bend International Airport but not at Chicago area airports. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions, there is currently not an express airport bus service from the Chicago airports to the South Bend International Airport, but there are additional options available for travel from Chicago O'Hare or Chicago Midway airports; look for the "How do I get from a Chicago airport to South Bend, Indiana?" in the Transportation Services column found at this link.

For more information about Andrews University transportation services and to arrange a South Bend International Airport pickup, and to confirm the associated fees, please contact the Transportation office directly by going here

Additionally, we are exploring an option that may provide once-a-day bus service from Chicago airports the week before New Student Orientation if you’re a new student, or the week before Registration and the first day of classes if you’re a returning student. If this option is of interest to you (the charge would be $75 one way to the Andrews University campus), please fill out and submit the survey that can be found at this link.

If a bus is available on the specific day/timeframe you are traveling, we will confirm the specific details on the date/time for that bus service option. We’re sorry if this bus service may not be possible based on the specific day or time you travel, and we'll also let you know if that’s unfortunately the case so you can make alternate arrangements.

Andrews will offer in-person classes in fall 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 fall 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 fall 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 fall 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 fall 2021 but received your I-20 to begin a program of study on August 30, 2021, you may be able to postpone your I-20 to spring 2022. 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., fall 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.

If you have not received a COVID-19 vaccination before you travel to Andrews University to begin the fall 2021 semester, you should plan to take a COVID-19 test before traveling to the United States; confirm those details with your airlines (for updated information on COVID-19 testing and international travel, see here).

You can find the most up-to-date information and guidelines on COVID-19 for Andrews University this fall 2021 semester here. You'll also want to specifically review Andrews University campus guidelines for those who are vaccinated, who have acquired immunity, or who are unvaccinated at this link.

 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 fall 2021. For more information, please email ciep@andrews.edu.

Please visit the U.S. Department of State Visa Appointment Wait Times webpage. Once there, select the U.S. Embassy or Consulate nearest you to see the estimated wait times for Student/Exchange Visitor Visas.

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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Please click on this link to view the Recorded Zoom session for the Tax Filing for International Students Workshop. Also, see the attached directions and the PowerPoint presentation used in the workshop.

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