COVID-19 Updates

For International Students, Visiting Scholars and Students Studying Abroad

For additional information and campus-wide updates on the coronavirus, please visit coronavirus.mst.edu.

Fall 2020 Guidelines 08-27-2020

Click the link above for the information provided as of August 27, 2020.   Updates to this information will be made as needed.

All enrolled students must complete the FS2020 SEVIS Verfication Survey.  Deadline to complete survey is August 30, 2020.  

SEVIS records will be updated based on information provided in the student's response including SEVIS registration, adding required comment for active status students who are outside the US, and updates to program dates.

UPDATED Information Regarding Enrollment and SEVIS Record for Fall Semester 2020

July 29, 2020

We have received further guidance regarding enrollment based on the July 24, 2020 Clarifying Questions for Fall 2020 Based on March 9 Spring Guidance Broadcast.   The new guidance allows certain students more flexibility for enrolling in online courses.   

  • Definition of Current Student: International student who was enrolled/on campus as of March 9, 2020
  • Definition of New Student: Newly admitted student for Fall Semester 2020
New students, outside the U.S., planning to come to the U.S. - UPDATE

Because Missouri S&T is offering a combination of in-person, hybrid/blended, and online courses, new students may request a visa, enter the U.S. and come to Missouri S&T. The U.S. Department of State announced a phased resumption of routine visa services on July 14, 2020. As a new student, you will have the choice of taking a combination of in-person, hybrid/blended, and online courses, but cannot take all your courses online.

New student, remaining outside the U.S., planning to enroll in online classes

New students remaining outside the U.S. are encouraged to enroll in online classes during the fall semester. If you plan to remain outside the U.S. and enroll in online classes, please send an email to ia@mst.eduto notify us of your plans. More information will be sent to you later about getting enrolled in the online classes and requesting an updated I-20/DS-2019 for the spring semester which begins in January.

New student, remaining outside the U.S., not planning to enroll in online classes

If you don’t plan to enroll in online classes for the fall semester, you may request to defer your admission to spring semester 2021 or a later semester by emailing apply@mst.edu (undergraduate students), enrollment@mst.edu (masters’s students), or grad@mst.edu (doctorate students).

Current student, outside the U.S., planning to come to the U.S. - UPDATE

Students who were enrolled at Missouri S&T as of March 9, 2020 and have otherwise complied with the terms of your non-immigrant status, may continue your studies in a combination of in-person, hybrid/blended, and online courses. There are currently no limits for online enrollment. This means you have the choice of enrolling in any combination of course types, including 100% online.

Current student, remaining outside the U.S., planning to enroll in online classes - UPDATE

Current students who are fully enrolled in online courses (minimum of 12 credit hours for undergraduate students or 9 credit hours for graduate students) and who remain outside the U.S. may maintain their SEVIS status of ACTIVE. Your SEVIS record must be updated with a comment in the remarks field “Outside of the United States due to COVID-19”. Please send an email to ia@mst.eduif you plan to remain outside the U.S. and be fully enrolled in online courses for the fall semester so that we may update your SEVIS record. The SEVIS record of a current student who does not maintain full enrollment will be subject to termination. 

Current student or SEVIS transfer student, inside the U.S. - UPDATE

Students who were enrolled at Missouri S&T as of March 9, 2020 and have otherwise complied with the terms of your non-immigrant status, may continue your studies in a combination of in-person, hybrid/blended, and online courses. This also applies to SEVIS transfer students within the U.S. There are currently no limits for online enrollment. This means you have the choice of enrolling in any combination of course types, including 100% online.

CPT/OPT/AT Implications due to COVID

We have spoken with our SEVP field representative for clarification how remaining outside the U.S. might affect a student’s ability to apply for CPT, OPT, or academic training. We are expecting further guidance from the representative and will share that once it is available.

The following instruction delivery methods are considered to be in-person enrollment:

  • Blended – classes are delivered through a combination of remote instruction and face-to-face instruction in a classroom that allows for physical distancing. Blended courses are also called hybrid courses.
  • Classroom-based – the course will take place in a classroom that allows for physical distancing (6 feet of space between desks, face coverings required).
Course Delivery Methods

The following instruction delivery methods are considered to be online enrollment:

  • Online Asynchronous – classes are delivered remotely, without a specific meeting time.
  • Online Synchronous – classes are delivered remotely at regularly scheduled times.
  • Online Synchronous with in-person testing – lectures will be delivered remotely, but students will take exams on campus in spaces that allow for required physical distancing.
Planning your arrival

The fall semester at Missouri S&T will begin Monday, August 24, with new practices in place to minimize the potential impact of COVID-19. To review the most up to date coronavirus information, please visit this site regularly: https://coronavirus.mst.edu/.

As students prepare to return to campus, please be aware of the following requirements:

  • Anyone arriving from an international destination will be required to quarantine for 14 days in Rolla before coming to campus.
  • Anyone arriving from a U.S. location (outside of Rolla) will be required to quarantine for 7 days in Rolla before coming to campus.

For more information, please visit international.mst.edu/covid-19/ and review the Returning to Campus for Fall 2020 Semester information.

Arrival after August 24, 2020

If you are a new student outside the U.S., but you are planning to travel to Missouri S&T for the fall semester and you are having difficulty arriving before classes begin on Monday, August 24 – you may be approved for a late arrival in Rolla and check-in with International Affairs no later than September 22, 2020. Below is important information if this applies to you –

  • The last day to register for classes for the fall semester is Friday, September 4, 2020. Current students may register for classes in Joe’SS. New students are not currently able to register for classes until arrival and check-in with International Affairs. Students enrolling after August 23, 2020, may incur late enrollment fees.
  • You are strongly encouraged to arrive before classes begin because you will be responsible for any missed coursework and attendance required for the course.
  • Late arrival requires the approval of your academic department and International Affairs. Graduate students may have the opportunity to enroll in research hours for the fall semester, which could assist the student in meeting full-time enrollment requirements. Late arrival is more difficult for undergraduate students because of missed classes.
  • In addition to approval from your academic department, the request to enroll in classes after September 4, 2020, will require approval from the Registrar’s Office and Graduate Studies (graduate students only).
  • All new students must arrive in Rolla and check-in with International Affairs on or before September 22, 2020, in order to have your SEVIS record status changed to ACTIVE. Students who have not arrived and checked-in by September 22, 2020, should defer admission to the spring semester 2021 or enroll in online classes from outside the U.S.

If you will not be arriving and able to complete a 7-14 day quarantine period before classes begin on Monday, August 24, 2020, please notify ia@mst.edu of your plans so additional information may be sent to you. Information including quarantine requirements and mandatory reporting to Student Health Services is available online.

Reduced course load/Reduced enrollment - Update

Existing guidance on reduced course load (enrollment) applies. A student may request a reduced course load if it is the student’s final semester or based upon illness or a medical condition that has been documented by a licensed medical professional. Please contact International Affairs at ia@mst.edu with any questions related to reduced enrollment.

Additional information

International Affairs is closely monitoring communications related to COVID-19 from government and professional organization resources. If additional information becomes available that changes the information provided above, a notice will be sent to you through your Missouri S&T email address. To keep up-to-date on the latest COVID-19 plans for Missouri S&T, please monitor coronavirus.mst.edu and international.mst.edu/covid-19.

If you have not already done so or if you have updated information, please take the housing and arrival survey now. If you have any questions, contact ia@mst.edu.

 

 

Missouri S&T is excited to be welcome our students for the fall 2020 semester!

As you prepare for the fall semester, there are many questions about how COVID-19 may affect your student status, your SEVIS record, and enrollment. New guidance has just been released today that provides more information. The situation is still very fluid, so additional information or changes may still happen before the start of the fall semester. Below is a summary of our current understanding of regulations and how they will apply for the fall semester. Should additional information be available, a notice will be sent to your Missouri S&T email and posted online at international.mst.edu/covid-19.

As announced by Provost Roberts on July 10, Missouri S&T will begin the fall semester on Monday, August 24, with a combination in-person, hybrid/blended, and remote instruction.

Physical Presence Requirements

For the time being, Missouri S&T’s understanding is that if a school is offering in-person and hybrid/blended courses, there is a requirement for some type of physical presence.

This means that students at Missouri S&T on an F-1 or J-1 visa must meet enrollment requirements including:

  • Full-time enrollment (12 credit hours for undergraduate students or 9 credit hours for graduate students). For information about reduced enrollment, please see the section below.
  • Students may take more than three credit hours or one course of online enrollment and still be considered full time enrolled.
  • Students on an F-1 or J-1 visa must enroll in at least three credit hours or one course of in-person enrollment because of the requirement for physical presence.

The following instruction delivery methods are considered to be in-person enrollment:

  • Blended – classes are delivered through a combination of remote instruction and face-to-face instruction in a classroom that allows for physical distancing. Blended courses are also called hybrid courses.
  • Classroom-based – the course will take place in a classroom that allows for physical distancing (6 feet of space between desks, face coverings required).

The following instruction delivery methods are considered to be online enrollment:

  • Online Asynchronous – classes are delivered remotely, without a specific meeting time.
  • Online Synchronous – classes are delivered remotely at regularly scheduled times.
  • Online Synchronous with in-person testing – lectures will be delivered remotely, but students will take exams on campus in spaces that allow for required physical distancing.

Students meeting the enrollment requirements will be registered in SEVIS for the fall semester and will maintain their SEVIS status of ACTIVE.

New students, outside the U.S., planning to come to the U.S.

Because Missouri S&T is offering a combination of in-person, hybrid/blended, and online courses, new students may request a visa, enter the U.S., and come to Missouri S&T. All students must meet the enrollment requirements listed above. Information including quarantine requirements and mandatory reporting to Student Health Services is available online.

New student, remaining outside the U.S., planning to enroll in online classes

New students remaining outside the U.S. are encouraged to enroll in online classes during the fall semester. If you plan to remain outside the U.S. and enroll in online classes, please send an email to ia@mst.edu to notify us of your plans. More information will be sent to you later about getting enrolled in the online classes and requesting an updated I-20/DS-2019 for the spring semester which begins in January.

New student, remaining outside the U.S., not planning to enroll in online classes

If you don’t plan to enroll in online classes for the fall semester, you may request to defer your admission to spring semester 2021 or a later semester by emailing apply@mst.edu (undergraduate students) or enrollment@mst.edu (graduate students).

Current student, outside the U.S., planning to come to the U.S.

Because Missouri S&T is offering a combination of in-person, hybrid/blended, and online courses, current students should be allowed to request a visa (if needed), enter the U.S., and return to Missouri S&T. All students must meet the enrollment requirements listed above. Information including quarantine requirements and mandatory reporting to Student Health Services is available online.

Current student, remaining outside the U.S., planning to enroll in online classes

Current students who are fully enrolled in online courses (minimum of 12 credit hours for undergraduate students or 9 credit hours for graduate students) and who remain outside the U.S. may maintain their SEVIS status of ACTIVE. Your SEVIS record must be updated with a comment in the remarks field “Outside of the United States due to COVID-19”. Please send an email to ia@mst.edu if you plan to remain outside the U.S. and be fully enrolled in online courses for the fall semester. The SEVIS record of a current student who does not maintain full enrollment will be subject to termination. At this time it is unknown how being outside the U.S. may affect a student’s ability to apply for CPT, OPT, STEM OPT, or academic training.

Current student or SEVIS transfer student, inside the U.S.

Because Missouri S&T is offering a combination of in-person, hybrid/blended, and online courses, current and SEVIS transfer students should plan to be in Rolla to attend in-person classes at Missouri S&T. All students must meet the enrollment requirements listed above. The SEVIS record of students in the U.S. who do not meet the minimum in-person enrollment requirements will be subject to termination. Information including quarantine requirements and mandatory reporting to Student Health Services is available online.

SEVIS transfer student, inside the U.S.

Because Missouri S&T is offering a combination of in-person, hybrid/blended, and online courses,SEVIS transfer students should plan to be in Rolla to attend in-person classes at Missouri S&T. All students must meet the enrollment requirements listed above. The SEVIS record of students in the U.S. who do not meet the minimum in-person enrollment requirements may be subject to termination.  Information including quarantine requirements and mandatory reporting to Student Health Services is available online.

Arrival after August 24, 2020

If you are a student outside the U.S., but you are planning to travel to Missouri S&T for the fall semester and you are having difficulty arriving before classes begin on Monday, August 24 – you may be approved for a late arrival in Rolla and check-in with International Affairs no later than September 22, 2020. Below is important information if this applies to you –

  • The last day to register for classes for the fall semester is Friday, September 4, 2020. Current students may register for classes in Joe’SS. New students are not currently able to register for classes until arrival and check-in with International Affairs. Students enrolling after August 23, 2020, may incur late enrollment fees.
  • You are strongly encouraged to arrive before classes begin because you will be responsible for any missed coursework and attendance required for the course.
  • Late arrival requires the approval of your academic department and International Affairs. Graduate students may have the opportunity to enroll in research hours for the fall semester, which could assist the student in meeting full-time enrollment requirements. Late arrival is more difficult for undergraduate students because of missed classes.
  • In addition to approval from your academic department, the request to enroll in classes after September 4, 2020, will require approval from the Registrar’s Office and Graduate Studies (graduate students only).
  • All students must arrive in Rolla and check-in with International Affairs on or before September 22, 2020, in order to have your SEVIS record status changed to ACTIVE. Students who have not arrived and checked-in by September 22, 2020, should defer admission to the spring semester 2021 or enroll in online classes from outside the U.S.

If you will not be arriving and able to complete a 7-14 day quarantine period before classes begin on Monday, August 24, 2020, please notify ia@mst.edu of your plans so additional information may be sent to you. Information including quarantine requirements and mandatory reporting to Student Health Services is available online.

Reduced course load/Reduced enrollment

Existing guidance on reduced course load (enrollment) applies. A student may request a reduced course load if it is the student’s final semester or based upon illness or a medical condition that has been documented by a licensed medical professional. Because Missouri S&T is offering in-person and hybrid/blended courses and there is a requirement for physical presence, a student may not take only online courses even if approved for a reduced course load. Please contact International Affairs at ia@mst.edu with any questions related to reduced enrollment.

Full-time online enrollment

The option for international students to take all online classes, while in the U.S. and maintaining F-1 or J-1 status, does not apply to Missouri S&T students since that option is only available if the university is only offering all online classes and Missouri S&T plans to offer a combination of in-person, hybrid/blended, and remote instruction classes. Our understanding, at this time, is that should Missouri S&T have to move fully to online classes after the start of the semester, any student who met enrollment requirements before Missouri S&T’s move to fully online classes, would be able to maintain their SEVIS status of ACTIVE.

Additional information

International Affairs is closely monitoring communications related to COVID-19 from government and professional organization resources. If additional information becomes available that changes the information provided above, a notice will be sent to you through your Missouri S&T email address. To keep up-to-date on the latest COVID-19 plans for Missouri S&T, please monitor coronavirus.mst.edu and international.mst.edu/covid-19.

Please take the housing and arrival survey now. If you have any questions, contact ia@mst.edu.

Please check back often. More information will be coming soon with an update about online enrollment.
Visiting scholars and their sponsors should follow these steps when coming to campus.

Visiting scholars are defined as any short- or long-term research scholar such as post-doc research fellows, research associates, and student interns. Each visiting scholar will have a faculty or department sponsor who is responsible for ensuring the steps in this visiting scholar process are followed.

Visiting Scholar Process

  1. All visiting scholars must complete the first page of the Visiting Scholar Request Form and provide contact information for themselves and anyone else who may be traveling with them.
  2. This form must be sent to the sponsoring department for review and approval. If approved, Student Health Services will give specific guidance to the scholar and anyone traveling with them.
  3. Visiting scholars must be prepared to self- quarantine for up to 14 days before beginning work on campus. This form must be sent to the sponsoring department for review and approval. If approved, Student Health Services will give specific guidance to the scholar and anyone traveling with them.
  4. At this time, visitors to campus are discouraged. Anyone traveling with the scholar who wishes to visit campus MUST be pre-approved under the campus Visitor Process.
  5. If a visiting scholar or anyone residing with them becomes ill, please email covid@mst.edu or call 573-341-4902.

Sponsor Responsibilities

  • As a visiting scholar sponsor, you need to know from where your scholar is traveling and assist them in travel arrangements and accommodations for up to a 14 day self-quarantine with guidance from Student Health Services per CDC recommendations.
  • Visiting scholars must complete the Visiting Scholar Request Form, return it to the faculty sponsor for completion of page 2, which then must be submitted to the department chair or director for approval.
  • Once approved, the sponsoring department must email the form to covid@mst.edu at anytime, but no later than 30 days prior to the scholar’s planned arrival to Rolla. The scholar will be given more detailed guidance from Student Health Services, per CDC recommendations.
  • You will be asked to provide your visiting scholar with the information in the Stop the Spread document.
  • If a visiting scholar or anyone residing with them becomes ill, please email covid@mst.edu or call 573-341-4902.
  • If you have additional COVID-19-related questions, please direct them to covid@mst.edu.

Download the Visiting Scholars Guidelines and the Visiting Scholar Request Form. Find additional information on university and personal travel in the Travel Guidance section.

For more information, visit  https://coronavirus.mst.edu/return-to-campus/.

As we prepare for the start of fall semester at Missouri S&T, Student Health Services has asked that we share this important information. Please be sure to complete this survey to share your travel and housing plans before the start of the semester – click here.

As you make your travel plans to return to Rolla, please keep in mind the first day of the semester is Monday, August 24. This means you should plan to arrive in Rolla no later than Monday, August, 10, if you are traveling from an international location. Plan accordingly with the quarantine requirements and recommendations listed below. 

Quarantine Requirements and Recommendations:

All travelers originating from an international locationREQUIRED 14-day self-quarantine in Rolla prior to coming to campus. Any student traveling internationally must email COVID@mst.edu as soon as travel plans are finalized.

All students – Recommendation - Two weeks prior to arrival to Rolla:  As much as possible, limit contact with others outside of your home in the 2 weeks prior to your arrival to Rolla. If you must leave your home, wear a face covering and practice social distancing. Anyone arriving from a U.S. location (outside of Rolla) will be required to quarantine for 7 days in Rolla before coming to campus.

Required Items:

Bring required supplies: You will need 3 to 5 face coverings, thermometer, hand sanitizer and/or hand soap, and cleaning products for sanitizing your living area. Details regarding face coverings may be found here.   

CDC information on face coverings is available here.

Monitor your health and take your temperature daily:

Stay home if you are ill or have a fever. If you experience any of the symptoms below, do NOT come to campus and email COVID@mst.edu      

Symptoms of COVID-19 may include:

  • Fever greater than 100.4 or chills
  • New or worsening cough
  • New shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Unexplained fatigue
  • Unexplained muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of sense of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea       

Do not come to campus if you are sick!

Email COVID@mst.edu and Student Health Services will work with you on your return to campus.

If it is an emergency, call 911 or go to Phelps Health or the nearest Emergency Department.

Your role in slowing COVID-19 transmission and keeping the campus community safe:

Stop the Spread of Germs

Below are the baseline behaviors expected of the entire Missouri S&T campus community to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19:

  • Maintain physical distancing of 6 feet between individuals on and off-campus

Keeping space between you and others is the best tool we have to avoid being exposed to the COVID-19 virus. 

  • Use face coverings properly

Face coverings are an additional step to help slow the spread of COVID-19, especially when combined with physical distancing and frequent hand washing/sanitizing.

  • You are required to wear face coverings:   
    • In all in-person classes and labs
    • In all public areas on campus when 6-feet social distancing cannot be maintained
    • Departments will have extra face coverings for those who arrive to campus without one, but everyone is expected to supply and maintain their own face coverings.
    • Practice good hand hygiene

Frequently wash or sanitize your hands throughout the day. Use soap and water for at least 20 seconds or hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer immediately after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
  • Have a personal supply of hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. There will also be hand sanitizer dispensers in many high-traffic areas across campus.

As members of the S&T community, we can come together to protect the health and safety of our campus and community. Please take a few minutes to read and take the Miner Pledge to protect yourself, your campus and your community during the COVID-19 pandemic. View the pledge.

For Covid-related questions, please email our campus health officer at COVID@mst.edu or visit coronavirus.mst.edu.

Students with any other health-related questions or concerns, please call Student Health Services at 573-341-4284.

On Tuesday, July 14, 2020 the U.S. federal government rescinded the SEVP COVID-19 guidance which prohibited international students from returning to or remaining in the U.S. this fall if the universities they attend adopt online-only instruction models. This means that international students’ enrollment requirements will revert back to the directives issued in March, which allow students to maintain active nonimmigrant status as long as they continue to pursue a full course of study, regardless of the method of instruction. 

Chancellor Mo Dehghani expressed his support for international students and the reversal of the ICE rule in his July 14 statement, “I am very happy with this reversal and join University of Missouri System President Mun Choi in reaffirming the value our international students bring not only to our campus, but to our community and our nation as well.”

Chancellor Dehghani further stated, “The United States has long been a beacon of hope to the world, and a welcoming place for people of all nations, cultures and backgrounds. Please know that we are committed to supporting our international students, and we look forward to seeing you at Missouri S&T this fall.”

The Office of International Affairs is closely monitoring SEVP updates.  We anticipate receiving official guidance from the government in the near future and will update you as more information becomes available.

The fall semester at Missouri S&T will begin Monday, August 24, with new practices in place to minimize the potential impact of COVID-19. To review the most up to date coronavirus information, please visit this site regularly: https://coronavirus.mst.edu/

 As students prepare to return to campus, please be aware of the following requirements:

  •  Anyone arriving from an international destination will be required to quarantine for 14 days in Rolla before coming to campus.
  • Anyone arriving from a U.S. location (outside of Rolla) will be required to quarantine for 7 days in Rolla before coming to campus.

Please do not come to campus until your quarantine period has ended. It is also highly recommended that you limit your movement within the Rolla community during your quarantine period. Prior to arrival in Rolla, each student will be required to email the Health Safety Officer at COVID@mst.edu letting them know your anticipated arrival date to Rolla.  You will then be given more detailed guidance.

When preparing for your return to campus, please bring the following items:

  • 3 to 5 reusable cloth face coverings, which will be required to be worn in classrooms, labs, and common areas or when social distancing is not possible – additional details are available here.
  •  Hand sanitizer
  • Thermometer

While the fall semester will begin with in-person classes, the situation will be monitored closely to prioritize the safety of students, faculty, and staff. As we have seen in the past several months, the situation is volatile and can change quickly. Please also bring equipment to work remotely, should classes need to be moved online during fall semester.

Please feel free to reach out to the Office of International Affairs at ia@mst.edu or Student Health Services at mstshs@mst.edu if you have any questions. We look forward to welcoming you back to campus!

 

Current International Students

As Missouri S&T prepares for the fall semester to begin on Monday, August 24, new practices will be in place to minimize the potential impact of COVID-19. To help the campus best plan and prepare for the return of students, we are asking our current international students to complete a short survey about your upcoming travel and housing plans. If you have not already completed this survey, please take a few moments to answer the survey questions.

We realize that travel plans, especially internationally, remain in flux as policies continually change, but please complete the survey based on your current plans. If your plans change, please submit an updated survey.

International Students and Scholars,

On Monday, June 22, President Trump signed a Presidential Proclamation which took effect at 12:01am EDT on June 24, and will be in place through December 31, 2020.

 Fortunately, the following categories of students are not affected by the Proclamation:
  • F-1 students and those on OPT or STEM OPT
  • J-1 students and those on academic training
  • J-1 research scholars, professors, interns, and short-term scholars
  • H-1B/L-1 visa holders physically present in the U.S
  • H-1B/L-1 visa holders already in possession of a valid visa
  • TN, B-1, E-3, O-1 and other temporary work visa holders
  • Any U.S. lawful permanent resident
  • Spouses and children of U.S. citizens
Who is affected?

It will restrict the entry of certain foreign nationals on new H-1B, H-2B, H-4, L-1, L-2, and certain J-1 visa holders who are currently outside the U.S. and do not have a visa that is valid on the effective date of this proclamation.

At this time, it is unclear how the Proclamation will impact the adjudication of current or future H-1B cases.

Missouri S&T international students and scholars planning to travel outside the U.S. should consult with the Office of International Affairs before finalizing travel plans. Additional information about this and other immigration-related topics are available on the NAFSA website.

Our office will continue to monitor immigration-related proclamations and other U.S. government decisions closely and send updates as new information becomes available.

 Please email ia@mast.edu or call (573) 341-4208 with questions.

For our students studying abroad, we have put together a special guide on the steps to take if you plan to return home, and what to do afterwards. It is important to follow this guide to ensure your health and safety, and the health and safety of those around you. Please visit the following page for this important information.

COVID-19 and Studying Abroad

International students  can now schedule advising appointments with staff members of International Affairs through S&T Connect.

Learn More

During these stressful times, when many are dealing with heightened fear and anxiety, I urge each of you to be kind to one another and to remember that Missouri S&T is a diverse and welcoming community that values inclusion, integrity and global engagement. COVID-19 is showing us all that it doesn’t recognize race, nationality or ethnicity. No one is immune from this virus. Read more. 

It is recommended that international students wishing to leave the U.S. contact their country’s embassy or consulate for guidance regarding travel. International students who have decided to travel home will need to get their I-20 or DS-2019 endorsed for travel by their International Student Advisor. Please complete the Travel Request Form and email it to ia@mst.edu.   

 For exchange visitors, it is also recommended that you proactively reach out to your respective embassy or consulate if you are unable to book a return flight home.

 A growing number of embassies are posting special communications on their websites and social media for their exchange visitors and students.  

 If you depart the U.S., please note the U.S. federal government may issue entry restrictions at any time. These entry restrictions could impact your plans to return to the U.S.

Frequently Asked Questions

It is recommended that international students wishing to leave the U.S. contact your country’s embassy or consulate for guidance regarding travel. International students who have decided to travel home will need to get their I-20 signed for travel by their International Student Advisor.  

International Students wishing to depart the U.S. will need to complete the Travel Request Form. Signatures from Academic Advisors are being waived, given the current circumstance, but the rest of the form should be completed. The Travel Request Form should be emailed to ia@mst.edu. Documents can be shipped to you, prior to returning to the U.S., if needed.

The travel authorization signature on your I-20 is valid for 12 months. 

If your visa has expired, you must request a new visa before you reenter the U.S. Detailed information about the visa process can be found on the student visa website.

Information on the student health insurance plan is available on the Aetna website. You can also contact iainsure@mst.edu or (573) 341-6875 with questions.

Sponsored students can contact Sponsored Student Services at iasss@mst.edu or (573)341-6015 for continued support.

Email ia@mst.edu and an International Student Advisor will assist you or call the Office of International Affairs at 573-341-4208.

Under current conditions, if an Active F-1 student leaves the United States to complete the spring term online, their SEVIS record should remain in Active status and not be terminated. While the temporary measures related to COVID-19 are in place, students are deemed to be maintaining Active status if they are making normal progress toward the academic program listed on the Form I-20. For that reason, the five-month temporary absence provision addressed in 8 C.F.R. 214.2(f)(4) will not apply for students who remain in Active status.

If you have questions that are not answered above, please email ia@mst.edu or call (573) 341-4208. 

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