International Services COVID-19 FAQs: Graduate School of Education
Will GSE offer in person or online courses in the fall?
GSE has decided to deliver most of its courses online for the fall.
I am currently outside the U.S. Am I required to enroll full-time?
New students who will be engaging in distance learning from their home country, are not required to enroll full-time. Since we will not be issuing them a Form I-20 and they will not retain F-1 status, those students may register for as little or as many credits as their program allows.
I am currently in the U.S. in F-1 status and I am transferring my SEVIS record to Fordham. Am I required to enroll full-time in the fall?
Students who are currently in the U.S. in F-1 status must enroll full-time in the fall in order to maintain legal status, even though classes will be offered online. If you are transferring your SEVIS record to Fordham, you will be required to enroll in a minimum of 9 credits in the fall in order to maintain lawful status in the U.S.
I was already issued a Form I-20. Can I still use that document to enter the U.S. if I can obtain a visa?
Now that we have announced that GSE’s fall instruction will be online, you cannot longer use the Form I-20 that was issued with an August 2020 program start date. At your request, we could defer the start date for your arrival in the US for Spring 2021, except who are transferring their SEVIS record to Fordham.
Since classes are being offered online for the fall, can I still obtain a Form I-20?
Since we are only offering classes online for the fall term, we will not be able to issue the Form I-20 for new students. However, you will be able to begin your program in your home country by enrolling online. We will be able to transfer the SEVIS records of students currently in the U.S. in F-1 status.
I am currently in the U.S. in F-1 status and I would like to travel outside the U.S. before the fall semester begins. Will I be able to come back to the U.S. in September?
If you are currently present in the U.S. in F-1 status, we do not recommend that you travel until after the transfer of your SEVIS record has been finalized. Your SEVIS record is not fully transferred until the fall term begins and we register you in SEVIS. You should also keep in mind that the U.S. consulates are still not processing visa applications and that there are various travel bans in place. Once you exit the U.S., there is no guarantee of when you will be able to obtain a visa or when will be able to return because of travel restrictions. OIS still strongly recommends for those who are in the US already, should remain in the US.
What should I do if I do not enroll at all in the Fall 2020, but would like to begin in Spring 2021? Can I defer my enrollment to the spring 2021?
If you wish to defer your program start date to the spring, you must contact the GSE Office of Admissions directly for guidance. You can reach them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I enroll for less than full-time in the fall and still maintain my F-1 status?
If you are in the U.S. in F-1 status, you are required to enroll full-time in the fall semester. At Fordham GSE, 9 credits (3 courses) is equivalent to full-time enrollment. If you are outside the U.S. you are not required to enroll full-time, but your SEVIS record would be affected.
If classes are online for the fall, am I allowed to take a leave of absence and finish my studies in spring 2021?
If you chose to take a leave of absence in the fall 2020 for personal reasons, we would be required to terminate your SEVIS record and you would be required to exit the U.S. or change your status to another nonimmigrant classification. You can then apply for a new I-20 to reenter the U.S. in spring 2021 under a new SEVIS record. If you will then complete your studies in May 2021, you will not be eligible for OPT.
Since classes will be online in the fall, do I have to enroll full-time?
If you wish to maintain your F-1 you will be required to enroll full-time in the fall, even though classes will be online, whether in the US or not.