International Students

Students who have concerns about their ability to travel home, about the well-being of family members affected by the virus, or about any acts of bias or discrimination are invited to contact their dean at 330-263-2545, the Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, at, or the office of International Student Services at 330-263-2132.

Should I make plans to go home?

The only international students we are recommending stay in the US are seniors who have applied or plan on applying for OPT. If a student has applied for OPT and leaves the U.S. and is unable to return by early May, the student will no longer be eligible to obtain OPT status, and/or students unable to return home due to travel bans from the U.S. Please contact ISS ( if you have any questions and/or concerns. We are strongly encouraging all international students to stay off campus until further notice. Please check your Wooster email regularly for updates.

If I go back to my home country will I be able to continue my coursework remotely?

The Provost and Academic Affairs have determined that any student who chooses to return home internationally or leave the U.S. will be able to continue their courses online and complete their academic work for the semester even if unable to return to campus. USCIS and SEVP has also officially stated as of Friday, March 13, 2020, that international students are allowed to complete their coursework online while overseas and that their SEVIS record can remain active while completing their coursework even if out of the U.S. for more than five months.