COVID-19

Helping you plan for spring 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact international student mobility. The U.S. government has indicated that the flexibility for online classes will continue for the spring 2022 semester.

F-1 students

Most classes will be in-person, but some academic programs may offer hybrid or online course enrollment. Thus, F-1 students at IU continue to fall under the Department of Homeland Security's immigration guidance related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This means that if you arrived on campus for fall 2021 or earlier, you are permitted to enroll in only online courses for spring 2022 from a regulatory perspective. However, your academic program determines what course types are available for your enrollment, and you need to work with them to determine if you have an option for online study.

If you are a new student for spring 2022, you need to enroll in at least one in-person class (coded as P, HY, IN, or IS on class schedules).

Regardless of whether you are online or in-person, you need to meet all appropriate immigration status requirements. Our office is available to help in case you have any visa- or travel-related questions. You should direct other questions to your department.

J-1 students

The U.S. Department of State has not provided updated guidance for spring 2022. J-1 students should plan to enroll in at least one in-person class (coded as P, HY, IN, or IS on class schedules), but be prepared to adjust to a standard enrollment if Department of State changes its guidance.

Planning for fall 2022 and beyond

We expect the flexibility the U.S. government has provided so far to end after spring 2022. So, you should plan for a return to normal immigration regulations regarding online enrollment in summer 2022, fall 2022, and beyond.