International Community

  • What immigration options are available for spring term?

    We recognize that in addition to the strains all of us are facing with the coronavirus, your status as an international student makes this challenge especially difficult. As we all prepare to navigate the days ahead, we want to take a moment to make sure that, in this extraordinarily demanding and stressful time, you are taking care of yourself, specifically as it relates to your emotional well-being. For your most immediate next steps, you have a difficult decision to make about whether you will stay in Denver or leave. Certain consequences apply for either choice:

     

    Stay in the U.S. (including on campus):

    1.      You enroll full-time* in the Spring term and you maintain legal status.

    • DU courses during the Spring term will be delivered online but they will keep the same labels as an on-campus course (which is different from traditional online courses which are labeled ‘Online’ in the registration system). You can register in only one course of your required 8 or 12 credits that is labeled ‘Online’ in the registration system.

     

    2.      You choose not to enroll, enroll part-time or enroll only in courses labeled as ‘Online’ in the registration system in the spring term. Contact an ISSS advisor at isss@du.edu or schedule an appointment.

     

    Leave the U.S.:  

    1. You enroll full-time* for the Spring term and you maintain legal status. 
    • DU courses during the Spring term will be delivered online but they will keep the same labels as an on-campus course (which is different from traditional online courses which are labeled ‘Online’ in the registration system). You can register in only one course of your required 8 or 12 credits that is labeled ‘Online’ in the registration system.
    • You can return to the U.S. during the spring quarter and you maintain legal status. 
    • You do not to return to the U.S. during the spring quarter. The U.S. Department of State has not addressed this possibility, so ISSS believes you will maintain J-1 status.

     

    2.      You choose not to enroll, enroll part-time or enroll only in courses labeled as ‘Online’ in the registration system in the spring term. Contact an ISSS advisor at isss@du.edu or schedule an appointment.

     

    *unless you have been authorized by ISSS for less than full-time enrollment. 

  • Will International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) remain open during this crisis?

    The International House is closed to incidental walk-in traffic until further notice. Please see the information below about how to access ISSS advisors and services.

    This is a difficult time and circumstances change very quickly. For your health and safety as well as the health and safety of those around all of us, this is a necessary action. 

    ISSS will remain available to support you with remote access to advisors and documents. Refer to this week's edition of The Globe for information about taking care of yourself and others during this time including access to the International Student Support Program.

    Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, the International House will be closed until we notify you it is open again. ISSS encourages you contact ISSS remotely: 

    • Quick Question Advising is cancelled for the spring term.
    • ISSS advisors will advise remotely via phone or Zoom. Schedule an appointment
      • The advisor will call you using the U.S. phone number you provide. 
      • If you are outside the U.S., note in Appointment Comments section that you need a Zoom meeting. A link will be sent to your DU email.
    • Email ISSS at isss@du.edu
    • Call 303-871-4912 between 9am and 12pm or 1pm and 3pm, Monday-Friday. An ISSS advisor will return your call.
    • Submit all document requests by email to isss@du.edu
      • Scan the document request and supporting documents as one file, if possible. 
    • Use scanner located in public places on campus 
    • Use scanning app on your phone
    • Print to PDF from your computer
    • Avoid sending photos
      • If you Include the Mailing Authorization Form with your request, ISSS will mail your I-20 or DS-2019 to you. All other documents will be sent via email.
    • Call Campus Safety at 303-871-2334 outside of I-House hours for safety or health emergencies. 

     If you have concerns or questions, please contact ISSS at isss@du.edu or 303-871-4912. 

  • Can the University support me as a community member from an impacted region?

    Since we are a campus with global reach, we ask for kindness and respect from our community, as there are faculty, staff and students with direct connections to the impacted regions.

    • Compassion and Care: The University community will remain steadfast in its commitment to provide care and offer empathy to our international students, many of whom are facing incredible challenges, including not being able to travel home as well as daily worry about their loved ones back home.
       
    • International Student Support: Dozens of faculty and staff are working hard to accommodate the needs of our international students who may be unable or unwilling to return home during the summer due to the virus. For our graduating seniors, we are working to build pathways to graduate enrollment, allowing them to keep their visas and advance their education. For matriculated students, we are identifying summer housing, classes and work opportunities, should they choose to stay in Denver.
  • What programming is available for international and domestic students?

    Programs providing limited or no person to person contact in Denver or vicinity over the next eight weeks will be featured and advertised in The Globe – the weekly ISSS newsletter (post-spring break).  

    Promotions will also include advertising of the ISSP Wellness application and Zoom events. 

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