International Students FAQ

We know there is a lot of uncertainty right now. Please know that the Office of International Experiences will continue to advocate for and support international students during this time. The information below is provided to assist in your planning, however, federal regulations and public health requirements may change. Please continue to check this page and your MBU student email frequently.

Government Updates:

International Student FAQ:

Currently, some travelers are restricted from entering the U.S. Immigrants and nonimmigrants physically present in any of these countries during the 14 days prior to entering the U.S., will be denied entry. On June 16, 2020, the Department of State shared that students from the Schengen Area, U.K., and Ireland may be exempt from this travel ban. Please review carefully and contact the nearest U.S. Embassy with questions. 

I am currently in a country banned from entering the U.S. What do I do?

Students currently impacted by the travel ban have 2 options:

1.      Be an online student from outside the U.S. Continuing students who maintain full-time enrollment from outside the United States will be able to maintain F-1 status. New students can begin their program online, but their I-20 will be deferred to Spring 2021. SEVP will not allow a new student to start a program (in F-1 status) fully online.

2.      Defer attendance to Spring 2021 semester.

Must I self-quarantine upon arrival?

MBU recommends that students reference CDC guidance when monitoring their health and making travel arrangements.

Do I need a new Form I-20?

No. On July 24, SEVP confirmed that a new Form I-20 is not necessary. Returning students should check that they have all of the typical documents necessary for reentry: valid passport, valid visa, and valid travel endorsement signature (page 2 of the I-20).

What happens if MBU has to pivot to be fully online mid-semester?

Students engaged in full-time enrollment will maintain F-1 status if the university pivots to be fully online per recent SEVP guidance.

Does the international student insurance cover COVID-19?

The international student insurance company is changing companies to Compass Student Insurance effective August 1, 2020. COVID-19 is covered as any other illness. The policy can be found here. Please check your MBU student email for additional details.

What happens if I am planning to complete an internship fall semester?

ALL off-campus employment requires authorization on the Form I-20.  Please communicate any plans to complete an internship and submit all necessary documentation to Lauren.Repp@mobap.edu as soon as possible. If circumstances surrounding COVID-19 worsen and there is another stay-at-home order, students should anticipate a potential shift in internship requirements. If this becomes a concern, please contact your Academic Advisor for additional guidance.