International Students

Wooster is glad to have a global student body, from more than 60 countries! While we hope to be able to welcome most of our international students to campus this fall, we know to expect some challenges due to specific visa and other travel restrictions created by COVID-19.

Our planning for fall courses prioritizes this flexibility, so that teaching, learning, and mentoring work well for each individual, including those on campus as well as those who are learning from afar.

International students will be supported in getting the classes that they need through remote learning, and we will ensure teaching approaches that work despite differences in time zones.

International students with questions or concerns should contact International Student Services at

Updated SEVP Guidance following the Harvard/MIT Litigation (July 15, 2020)

International students should read this updated SEVP information before moving onto the additional FAQs. The guidance returns to the Spring allowances due to the Covid-19 crisis.

*Continuing International Students - PLEASE read the email from ISS and complete the NEW ISS Information Form. This will provide ISS the information it needs to assist students with their status whether continuing this fall OR taking a leave.*

  1. Returning International students in the US should return to campus for fall semester if possible but WILL be able to remain in F1 student status if they decide to study remotely due to health issues or travel concerns (MUST take a full course of study, 3-4 classes).
  2. Students will be able to study remotely in fall and REMAIN in F1 student status if outside the US but must pursue a full course of study (3-4 classes) to do so.
  3. First year international students outside the U.S. will not be able to obtain student status until they are able to come to campus, but they can start their Wooster education remotely.
  4. First year and transfer international students currently in the US must come to campus to begin their Wooster education and must take a full course load (3-4 classes) to maintain their F1 student status.
  5. International students planning on returning for fall who are currently out of the US must complete an arrival form through Residence Life and arrive on the designated day and time. Students will be discouraged and need special permission to arrive after the August 19 start of classes.
  6. If the College of Wooster moves to a remote only semester due to the COVID-19 crisis, students will be able to retain their student status whether they stay in the US or continue to study remotely at home as long as they maintain their full time course of study.

International students studying remotely will be able to apply for CPT or OPT next summer as long as they maintain their full-time student status during both fall and spring semester (3-4 classes per semester).

Frequently Asked Questions About this Guidance

Can I take classes remotely while in my home country?

The answer is yes! You can study remotely AND continue your F1 student status as long as you take a full-time load of 3-4 courses.

If I am a returning international student in the US do I have to return to campus and take hybrid or in-person classes to keep my F1 visa status?

ISS encourages you to return to campus if you are in the US and plan to continue your student status, unless you are unable to return due to health concerns or Covid-19 restrictions. You CAN study remotely in the US and continue your student status if necessary.

If the College of Wooster has to go remote due to a surge in Covid-19 cases will I be able to stay in the US and study remotely?

YES, if Wooster moves to remote study due to a surge in Covid-19, you can remain in the US and/or return to your country and continue your student status as long as you continue to take your full-time course load.

If I am a senior, can I study remotely in fall and then apply for OPT after graduation?

Yes, if you continue your student status remotely for fall and return to campus and continue full-time in spring in the US, you CAN apply for OPT before you graduate because you would have remained in student status for the required full academic year.

Additional International Students FAQ's