COVID-19 Reference for International Students
Moravian University is fully committed to continuing to welcome and host international undergraduate and graduate students as part of our campus community.
Moravian University is aware that efforts to contain the global pandemic of Novel Coronavirus have had profound impacts on daily life, including the process of applying to college or graduate school and to studying in the USA. We are working across the college to ensure that students can enroll and study as expected for the Fall 2020 semester. Please be aware that everything regarding COVID-19 is very fluid.
Please reach out to us with any questions you may have. You can call or text, send an email, or connect through Zoom, Facetime, or Google Hangouts. All of us in the Center for Global Education are here for you.
CGE Contact information
Dr. Anize Appel
+1 610-625-7701 (Office)
+1 484-735-6816 (WhatsApp)
You can find more Moravian-specific information about COVID-19 information through the Moravian University Health Center: moravian.edu/covid-19
- World Health Organization (WHO) information about Coronavirus: WHO-Coronavirus
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Situation Summary: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- U.S. State Department website: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/COVID-19-Country-Specific-Information.html
Frequently Asked Questions
No, as long as you are enrolled in full-time study (for undergraduate students this is 12 or more credits/ 3 or more units; for graduate students this is at least 9 credits per semester) and are making good academic progress, you will not lose your F-1 status.
Normally students cannot use the pass-no credit option for any courses in their major, minor, or for LINC requirements. Because of the COVID-19 situation, the University has changed this regulation for the Spring 2020 term. Students can talk with their advisor to determine if changing a course to Pass/No-Credit is right for them. More information can be found here.
No, due to the COVID-19 situation, the U.S. government is allowing students to return to their home countries and complete their semester remotely.
No, as long as you are enrolled in full-time studies. For undergraduates this is 12 or more credits (3 or more units); for graduate students this is at least 9 credits per semester. For the Spring 2020 semester, the 5-month rule will not impact your immigration status.
No, as long as the expiration date on the visa stamp in your passport has not expired, you can go home and return without obtaining a new visa.
Since we are under a statewide mitigation requirement, we cannot open our offices to sign I-20s. We will be able to assist you with your I-20 and travel signature before you return to the U.S.
Yes, there are classes available in the summer semester. All classes will be held remotely/online. There may be additional opportunities to interact on campus, so please continue to read President Grigsby’s emails to get updates on our campus situation.
Yes, SACM is allowing students to continue their studies in an online format due to the circumstances, as long as ALL classes continue in an online format.
All campus offices are closed. However, you can still pick up meals for the day between 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at The Star (Main Campus) and Clewell Dining Hall (South Campus). Please be sure to complete the meal reservation form emailed out daily. Also, read all emails from Housing for up-to-date information on daily meals.
For other issues, you can email the following College offices:
- Student Accounts (email@example.com) – Questions about your bill.
- Office of the Registrar (firstname.lastname@example.org) – Questions about enrollment; ordering transcripts; requesting enrollment letter. You can also find information on the Registrar’s web page.
- Student Success (email@example.com) – Help with classes; questions or problems with remote class format. You can also find information on our Keep on Learning page.
- Accessibility Services (firstname.lastname@example.org) – questions about accommodations due to disabilities.
- Reeves Library (email@example.com) – research assistance; research materials. You can also find information on the Remote Resources page.
- Information Technology (firstname.lastname@example.org) – problems with your technology or access to Canvas, email, zoom, or other college software questions.
Yes, your health insurance is valid while you are a full-time enrolled student.
Please work directly with the staff in CGE to determine the best steps for managing your belongings. Each of you will have slightly different needs and we will handle these on a case by case basis. If there are any changes to this process, we will contact you directly.
Please make sure you have internet capability to access your Canvas course sites, email, and for some classes, Zoom. If you need access to a VPN, please contact IT at email@example.com.
Yes, the Office of the Registrar and CGE will work together to make sure you receive your diploma in the mail. You can provide your mailing address to Dr. Amy Moyer (firstname.lastname@example.org) when you are planning to leave.
Yes, the graduation fee covers the cost of the production of the diploma, the diploma case, and some other processing costs in preparation for graduation.
If you have graduated in May and are not in the U.S. on OPT, you will have to apply for a visitor visa to return in October for the ceremony.
Yes, you can apply for OPT, but please be aware that at this time USCIS offices are currently closed, however, applications are still being processed. Expect delays and check the USCIS website for updated information (uscis.gov). Also, be aware that many employers have temporarily suspended work or closed offices as well.
You should consider several factors before leaving with a pending OPT application. Will you be able to return to the U.S. and will there be any impact from being overseas (quarantine)? Do you have an offer of employment? Will you still be able to receive mail at the address you provided.