WHAT FALL 2020 INT'L STUDENTS SHOULD KNOW !!!
Once the pandemic gets under control, experts say international students should anticipate having a short window to apply for their visas and move to the U.S.
BACK IN NOVEMBER, Chinese national Weihao Yu put down his enrollment deposit to commit to attend Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, where he will be studying applied math. But much has changed since November as the worldwide coronavirus pandemic has caused closures of U.S. universities and left newly admitted international students unsure of how to proceed.
Since March, most U.S. consulates around the world have suspended the routine processing of visas. Given the visa delays, many U.S. universities are working to accommodate incoming undergraduate international students as the fall 2020 semester approaches.
"I'm advising all students to stay in contact with their college and/or university as developments seem to be changing daily if not hourly," says Scott S. Garbini, founder of Garbini Education and Career Consulting LLC in Connecticut.
- Admission deferral may be an option.
- Online classes may be necessary.
- Student visas may need to be obtained on short notice.