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The International Students & Programs Office (ISPO) is deeply concerned about the coronavirus outbreak and sincerely hope that you and your family and friends have not been negatively impacted. Your health, safety and well-being are our priority. We continue to monitor the situation and are here to provide support to our international student community.

Below is a list of frequently asked questions about travel, enrollment, employment and campus resources. Please visit the current UC San Diego Information about the Coronavirus site for more information or talk to an ISPO Advisor if you have any questions or need support.


Guidance from U.S. Student & Exchange Visitor Program for Fall 2020

(updated 07/10/2020, 9:45 PM)

On July 6, 2020, the Student & Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) released temporary procedural adaptations regarding COVID-19 and Fall 2020. On July 7, 2020, SEVP released an FAQ to the Fall 2020 Guidance. We understand that students and campus partners have questions and concerns about how this may impact international students, their enrollment in the fall and their visa status. ISPO is reviewing this information with UC San Diego leadership and will update our Coronavirus Information for International Student FAQ pages with information as we consult and interpret the new SEVP guidance. We encourage students and partners to check back frequently for updated information and to regularly check your UC San Diego email for announcements in the iStudents Newsletter and campus partner listservs.

In response to the July 6th guidance regarding COVID-19 released by the Student & Exchange Visitor Program, UC San Diego’s Chancellor Khosla released the following message of support to our entire campus community. Now, as always, the campus is here to fully support our diverse and vibrant community of talented international students at UC San Diego.

The SEVP announcement is very much subject to change and there is an expectation that we will receive additional guidance or amendments to the July 6th SEVP Guidance for the Fall 2020 announcement.

ISPO and UC San Diego value each of you within our international community. Thank you for your presence, your contributions to the University and your patience through this difficult time.

Contacting ISPO

We at ISPO understand that everyone's immigration situation is unique, and that you may be concerned about how this new guidance may impact your visa status in Fall 2020. We encourage you to review the FAQ pages below and if your question is not addressed, you may contact ISPO at . However, due to a high volume of inquiries related to this new guidance, the response time may reach up to 5 business days (1 week). Thank you for your understanding.

Newly Added FAQs

  • 7/10/20 - New FAQS added to the Current and Former Students section
  • 07/09/20 - New FAQS added in response to the SEVP Guidance for the Fall 2020 term




A list of FAQs about impacts of COVID-19 on travel, enrollment, and employment for new students admitted for Fall 2020.



A list of FAQs about impacts of COVID-19 on travel, enrollment, and employment for students who are currently enrolled, or are planning to return to, or have graduated from UC San Diego.



Policy updates on coronavirus-related restrictions on traveling to the U.S. and to other countries.


Campus Resources

A list of on-campus resources during the COVID-19 pandemic and implementation of remote instruction.



Stay Healthy Tips

Remember these simple tips to help stay well:

  • Become familiar with and recognize symptoms of illness.
  • Seek care immediately if you have recently traveled within the affected region and are experiencing these symptoms.
  • Always practice good hygiene:
    • Wash hands.
    • Cover mouth while coughing and sneezing (into the crook of your elbow rather than your hands is best).
    • Avoid touching your face, eyes and nose.
    • Avoid sharing food, cups or utensils.
    • Get an annual flu shot.
    • Stay home if you are sick.

Do you have any health questions or concerns?