Current Students

Fall 2020 Classes Delivery and Enrollment Requirements

UCO will offer a variety of in-person, extended classroom and 100% online classes.

If you plan to attend Fall 2020 classes physically IN the United States: 

  • Undergraduate students must enroll in a minimum of twelve (12) credit hours; graduate students must enroll in a minimum of nine (9) credit hours. 
  • You can enroll in 100% of your classes online from anywhere in the USA, or, enroll with a combination of in-person and virtual/online classes, or, enroll in all in-person classes.  
  • If the Fall 2020 semester is your final semester prior to graduation and you do not plan to enroll as full-time student, you will be required to contact your Academic or Program Advisor to request for an Academic Progress Letter (APL)to be sent to dso@uco.edu. Once our Immigration Advisors receive your APL, they will be able to process a new form I-20 for reduced course load (RCL). You will need to take this step only if you have yet to receive approval for RCL from an DSO Immigration Advisor. 
  • If you do intend to travel back to the United States in the near future, do ensure you print your Fall 2020 class schedule, the COVID 19 web update and a valid form I-20 showing a travel endorsement.

If you plan to attend Fall 2020 classes from physically OUTSIDE the United States: 

  • You may choose to enroll in the classes of your choice, whether they are extended, alternative or 100% online. There is not a minimum number of credits in which you must enroll.
  • If you choose to maintain and remain in "good standing" with your SEVIS record, you will be required to enroll full-time. This is a significant change from previous update. Keeping your SEVIS record in good standing allows you to return to the United States anytime during the Fall 2020 semester. Additionally, you would also avoid the possibility of requiring a new F-1 visa application at the US Embassy as long as your visa is still valid prior to travel. 
  • IF you choose not to enroll full-time, you will not be able to maintain an ‘Active’ SEVIS record (an active I-20). Your SEVIS I-20 record will be terminated for Authorized Early Withdrawal. The termination process will begin in early September. The termination reason should not impact your future U.S. visa applications. If you plan to return to the United States in the subsequent semester (i.e. Spring 2021), you will need to contact the UCO Immigration Advisors (Jalal or Jennifer) at dso@uco.edu to try to reactivate your Form I-20. The reactivation of your I-20 will depend on the decision by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). If your I-20 is not approved for reactivation, a new I-20 requiring a new fee will be issued to you unless your previous SEVIS fee was recently paid within the past year. Additionally, we recommend that you to email the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your home country to verify whether (if) you are required to apply for a new visa, even if it is still valid.  
  • If the Fall 2020 semester is your final semester prior to graduation and you do not plan to enroll as full-time student, you will be required to contact your Academic or Program Advisor to request for the Academic Progress Letter (APL) before our Immigration Advisors are able to process a new Form I-20 for reduced course load (RCL). You will need to take this step only if you choose to keep your SEVIS I-20 record in good standing for the Optional Practical Training (OPT) application.

Action Items

  1. If you are outside the United States and plan on re-entering the USA for Spring 2021 semester – Contact DSO@uco.edu, so that we can issue a new I-20 to you for travel purposes.
  2. If you plan on enrolling in classes from outside the USA – Contact DSO@uco.edu to discuss enrollment plans, insurance charges, and your SEVIS record.
  3. If your physical address has changed or will change for Fall 2020  –  Contact DSO@uco.edu, so we can update both UCO and SEVIS systems. You can be somewhere else in the USA, but we need to have a record of that.

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Fall 2020 Enrollment Guidance FAQs

  • Can I take 100% of my classes in an online or extended classroom (virtual) format from within the USA and keep your SEVIS record in good standing? Yes. The key is full-time enrollment.
  • Can I enroll in classes online from outside of the USA? Yes. However, whether or not you are enrolled full-time will determine whether or not we can keep your I-20/SEVIS record ‘Active.’
  • If I enroll in one class from outside the United States, can I keep my I-20/SEVIS record in ‘Active’ status? No.
  • If I currently hold an active I-20, do I need a new I-20 to be issued if I plan to return to the United States this Fall 2020 semester? You do not need a new I-20, if there's a travel signature on the page 2 of your I-20. If there's no travel signature, please contact an DSO advisor at dso@uco.edu to request for a new I-20 to be issued. 
  • If there is another lockdown, will that affect me? DHS clarified that if the pandemic worsens and there is another lockdown at some point during the semester, the university is free to transition all instruction to 100% distance learning (online, virtual, alternate), and international students would be welcome to participate without being penalized.  As long as students maintain full-time enrollment, their SEVIS records will remain in good-standing.