Begin your degree program in-person on the IU Bloomington campus
We firmly believe in the power of an in-person educational experience. Having students living on and near campus and participating in-person is a defining characteristic of a great research university like IU Bloomington.
If you are able to travel to Bloomington, we will warmly welcome you in person, and provide as safe a physical environment as we are able to. Make sure you read Provost Lauren Robel's email to learn about what you can expect from IU and what IU will expect from you. Learn more about what instruction will look like in the fall.
Begin your degree program online
We understand the unique circumstances you have to navigate if you're currently outside the U.S. (travel arrangements, visa delays, entry restrictions coming into the U.S., etc.). We will fully support you if you can't, or choose not to, travel to Bloomington in August.
If you choose to start online, know that we are preparing virtual community events, planning for faculty and student interactions, and working to ensure you have the same incredible IU experience. We have a long history of providing innovative learning experiences online—in fact IU was among the first universities to provide an online MBA option, and it is now the top program in the U.S.
Graduate students, you will need to work with your academic department to determine how an online start option will be implemented for your degree.
Immigration and visa considerations
If you are a new student outside the country taking a full course of study at IU, you can do so from outside the U.S. We will assist you in getting an immigration document when you are able to come to the U.S., but you are eligible to begin your studies at IU from abroad in the fall semester.
Defer to spring or fall 2021
Undergraduate students, if you choose not to enroll in August, you have the option of deferring to spring or fall 2021. You will keep any scholarship awards you've received.
Graduate students, work with your academic department to determine what deferral options are available.