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International Student and Scholar Services

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International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) supports internationalization at the University of Denver by serving as a resource to students, faculty, and staff in meeting the needs of the international community on campus.

The International House has suspended all in-person meetings until further notice. Staff are working remotely and are available to connect with you virtually or by telephone.

FALL 2020 UPDATE

 The Student & Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has announced changes to the rules for F-1 students studying for Fall 2020.

DU Announces Response to SEVP Requirements

Dear DU community members,

As you may be aware, the U.S. Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) announced requirements for F-1 students for the Fall 2020 term. International students who are in the U.S. or plan to be in the U.S. for the Fall term must ensure they review these closely to stay in compliance with their immigration status. The University of Denver will offer Fall term classes in a combination of modalities that include in-person, hybrid and online classes.

The Office of Internationalization and the International Students and Scholars Service Office (ISSS) has reached out directly to all international students via email with a detailed guidance on the impact of this announcement from SEVP. Here is a summary of DU's response that will enable international students at the University to maintain legal immigration status.

For students who will be within the U.S. for the fall term:

  • English Language Center (ELC) international students are required to enroll full-time in the ELC's hybrid modality class offerings and program.
  • Graduate international students are required to take at least 8 credits of coursework. Taking one class in-person or hybrid is required.
  • Undergraduate international students are required to take at least 12 credits of coursework. Taking one class in-person or hybrid is required.

For students who will be outside the U.S. for the fall term they can enroll in online classes and are not required to enroll full-time. They will not maintain an active SEVIS record and will require a new I-20 with a new SEVIS number to return to the US in the future.

For students who were enrolled full-time for the spring, and are within the U.S., there is no change to their F-1 status if they meet the course enrollment requirements of one in-person or hybrid course. For those students who will not meet the course enrollment requirements for the fall term, they must leave the U.S. unless they qualify for a non-summer vacation quarter or less than full-time enrollment for academic or medical reasons. ISSS office will work with them on an individual basis to support them. Email isss@du.edu to discuss.

For students who are currently outside the U.S. and plan to return to the U.S. for the fall term, they are eligible if they meet the course enrollment requirements of one in-person or hybrid course. They will also need other immigration documents such as valid I-20 and F-1 entry visa.

The University of Denver reinforces its commitment to its international student community and will continue to support them to successfully complete their education. The University of Denver's doors are open to all international students and it will offer courses in-person and hybrid modalities and continue to celebrate the innovation, ideas, and contribution of international students and their ability to compete with the best.

As indicated above, a more detailed guidance has been emailed to all international students. For further questions and more details on these guidance, international students should contact an ISSS advisor at isss@du.edu or schedule an appointment.

The Office of Internationalization and ISSS hosted a town hall on Wednesday July 8, to address these questions in detail. An FAQ is being developed and will be posted on the ISSS website soon.

Uttiyo Raychaudhuri
Vice Provost for Internationalization

Message from Director of ISSS

Dear International Community,

The ISSS staff and I are committed to continuing our advising and personal support for you and are doing so remotely until we are instructed to return to I House. Our web links will take you to Advising options, Orientation information, OPT/CPT application processes and other interesting information. Should you have a question please email isss@du.edu and you will receive a reply within 48 hours or less.

For those who have remained on campus, or are in the Denver area, please note that you will be receiving emails and The Globe newsletter (sign up here: Subscription Form) informing you of the latest new, events and (remote) activities which you can join. The ISSS Programming Team is busy finding ways to engage your interest and help you balance your time between studying and relaxing.

While we look forward to seeing you in person once the university decides it is safe, we're only a phone call, Zoom meeting or email away, so do stay in touch.

Lynne Warner
Director, ISSS

More Information

Dear International Students and Scholars,

The International House is closed until ISSS notifies you that it will reopen. 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 via 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.

 

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CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

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Fall 2020 Update

The Student & Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has announced changes to the rules for F-1 students studying for Fall 2020. 

An FAQ is being developed and will be posted following the Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 12pm MST (link).

Information to current F-1 Students

Information for incoming F-1 students including Transfers

Suspension of Entry into US of Foreign Nationals who have recently visited Brazil

In a presidential proclamation issued on May 24, 2020, most foreign nationals who have been physically present in Brazil are not allowed to attempt entry into the United States for fourteen days following their departure from any country covered by the travel restrictions. This suspension of travel went into effect on May 28,2020, at 11:59pm eastern daylight time.

If you are unable to return to the U.S. to continue your studies due to these travel restrictions, please contact ISSS to discuss your options. EmailAppointments

University of Denver Travel Update - April 3, 2020

Dear DU Community,

As we focus considerable energy on the here and now—course work, health and safety, and staying socially connected through digital means—we also are looking at the longer-term implications of COVID-19 on University programs.

Based on elevated international and domestic travel warnings recently issued by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the U.S. Department of State, the University will be cancelling all international programs for the summer quarter and strongly recommends the suspension of all international travel until June 30, 2020. This will include all study abroad programs, experiential travel, and other group travel for students and faculty. By making this decision now, our academic units will be in a better position to plan alternate academic opportunities that also benefit students. It will also allow our students the chance to consider other options if they had been planning an international experience this summer.

Further, we are strongly recommending that all non-essential international and domestic employee travel be avoided until June 30.

Recommendations about fall study abroad programs will be shared towards the end of April since course registrations for fall quarter begin in early May.

We will continue to re-evaluate this travel policy and all related academic decisions, as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds. In the meantime, in order to comply with this recommendation, we ask that any travel planning be suspended until we have additional information and guidelines to share.

Sincerely,

Corinne Lengsfeld, Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

Uttiyo Raychaudhuri, Vice Provost for Internationalization

Suspension of Entry into US of Foreign Nationals who have recently visited Ireland or United Kingdom

In a presidential proclamation issued on March 14, 2020, most foreign nationals who have been physically present in the United Kingdom, excluding overseas territories outside of Europe, or the Republic of Ireland are not allowed to attempt entry into the United States for fourteen days following their departure from any country covered by the travel restrictions. This suspension of travel went into effect on March 16, 2020 at 11:59pm eastern daylight time.

If you are unable to return to the U.S. to continue your studies due to these travel restrictions, please contact ISSS to discuss your options. EmailAppointments

Suspension of Entry into US of Foreign Nationals who have recently visited Europe

In a presidential proclamation issued on March 11, 2020, most foreign nationals who have been physically present in European Schengen Area countries are not allowed to attempt entry into the United States for fourteen days following their departure from any country covered by the travel restrictions. This suspension of travel went into effect on March 13, 2020 at 11:59pm eastern daylight time.

For purposes of this proclamation, the Schengen Area comprises 26 European states: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

If you are unable to return to the U.S. to continue your studies due to these travel restrictions, please contact ISSS to discuss your options. EmailAppointments

Suspension of Entry into US of Foreign Nationals who have recently visited Iran

In a presidential proclamation issued on February 29, 2020, most foreign nationals who have been physically present in Iran are not allowed to attempt entry into the United States for fourteen days following their departure from Iran. This suspension of travel went into effect on March 2, 2020.

If you are unable to return to the U.S. to continue your studies due to these travel restrictions, please contact ISSS to discuss your options. EmailAppointments

Suspension of Entry into US of Foreign Nationals who have recently visited China

In a presidential proclamation issued on January 31, 2020, most foreign nationals who have been physically present in China, excluding Hong Kong and Macau, are not allowed to attempt entry into the United States for fourteen days following their departure from Iran. This suspension of travel went into effect on February 2, 2020.

If you are unable to return to the U.S. to continue your studies due to these travel restrictions, please contact ISSS to discuss your options. EmailAppointments

 

ISSS NEWS & REMINDERS

It's tax season!

International students still have to file taxes! Students who earned income last year must file a full tax return. Students who did not earn income must file Form 8843. You can file at any time, but you must file your tax return or Form 8843 by July 15, 2020.

LEARN HOW TO FILE TAXES

GRADUATION - CLASS OF 2020

 Congratulations, 2020 International Graduates!

Best wishes to all the international students who are graduating or finishing their programs at the University of Denver! We are excited to celebrate with you as the University of Denver honors the Class of 2020. ISSS is incredibly proud of everything you have achieved including adapting and succeeding during this strange and unusual quarter.

 

 

Enthusiastic and supportive University of Denver international alumni offer their best wishes and send their congratulations to international graduates.

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Additional information

Useful Websites
Additional Campus Resources

A full list of events and resources can be found on the University of Denver's Diversity & Inclusion website

U.S. Immigration Patterns Over Time: Colorado's International Student Population and Internationalization of Higher Education was a session presented during the Fourth Annual Internationalization.  The presentation provided the audience with information on immigration patterns over time and how to create a more welcoming campus climate for international students.

Health & Counseling Center provides many medical and mental health services. (phone: 303-871-2205; Ritchie Center, 2240 E. Buchtel Blvd., Suite 3N)

Employee Assistance Program provides counseling and support for all University of Denver employees.

The Student Emergency Fund provides limited emergency financial assistance to currently enrolled University of Denver students who are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses because of temporary hardship related to an unexpected situation

Ombuds Office is a confidential and informal resource for any campus community member who may be experiencing difficulties navigating their time at the University. (Jenna Brown, Ombuds; phone: 303-871-4712)

Chaplain Gary Brower works with all members of the DU community on issues ranging from interfaith dialogue to spiritual care and counseling. (phone: 303-871-4488; Driscoll Student Center, South, 2050 E. Evans Ave.)

Campus Safety

Center for Multicultural Excellence

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