We recognize that dynamic conditions related to COVID-19 can create uncertainty and anxiety in our community. Our priority remains to keep each other safe and healthy and support one another.
International Student and Schoalr Services Office staff are working during normal bussiness hours remotely. Please email us email@example.com, join drop-in advising hours or schedule an invidivual Zoom meeting!
Frequently Asked Questions
- Download PDF copy of FAQ here (updated on 8/6/2020)
Q & A Session for Updated SEVP Guidance for Autumn 2020
- Wednesday, July 8, 4pm-5pm (Seattle Tacoma Time)- completed
- Wednesday, July 15, 4pm-5pm (Seattle Tacoma Time)- completed
Online Course Resources:
- Online Support for Students by UW Tacoma Office of Digital Learning
Links to University of Washington Pages:
- Novel coronavirus & COVID-19: facts and resources by Universtiy of Washington
- Coronavirus information for F1 & J1 students by UW Seattle International Student Services
- ISHIP and Coronavirus Response by UW ISHIP Office
- Students who are in thier home country and taking online-only courses at UW are elgiible to waive the ISHIP requirement and associated fee. Appy for a waiver by the third Friday of each quarter. Submit the ISHIP Waiver Request located on this page
- Coronavirus/ COVID-19 Facts and Resources by UW Tacoma
Link to Temporary Guidance from U.S. Goverment Agencies:
- Coronavirus Critical Resources by NAFSA
- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (refer to the section, "Nonimmigrant Students and SEVP-Certified Schools) (last updated 8/12/2020 )
- National Interest Exception for Certain Travelers from the Schengen Area, UK and Ireland by U.S. Department of State
Links to Travel Related Pages:
- Travelers Prohibited from Entry to the United States by Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention
- COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Country by Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention
- Repatriation Flight Info by J-1 Exchange Visitor Program (see the Embassy Contacts section)
We understand that many students are concerned about coronavirus:
If you are concerned about coronavirus, here are some helpful reminders:
- Take actions that will help keep you healthy and prevent the spread of all viruses:
- Stay home when you are sick to prevent others from being exposed to your illness. Make sure you email your professor or your supervisor (if you are working on OPT or STEM OPT) if you are sick. Please note that professors cannot ask you to provide documentation from a doctor, proving you are not infected by the coronavirus.
- Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and immediately dispose of the tissue.
- Wash your hands often and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.
- If you have a fever and respiratory symptoms (such as coughing or shortness of breath):
- First: Call your health provider in advance. Please do not show up at a clinic, urgent care or other health facility without calling first. Your provider will need to take special measures to protect other people in the clinic. Students taking classes at UW Tacoma should contact their usual health care provider, Franciscan Prompt Care at St. Joseph, or call the free, 24-hour NurseLine that's included in your ISHIP insurance: 1-800-841-8343.
- Second: Check in with UW Environmental Health & Safety’s (EH&S’s) Employee Health Center for symptom monitoring and tracking of COVID-19-related travel among UW community members at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-685-1026.
If you feel worried about the virus and would like to talk to someone, support is available to students through UW Tacoma’s Counseling & Psychological Services for free or through virtual appointments on Talkspace for a fee through your ISHIP insurance. Talk with your professors or your international student advisor if your concerns about coronavirus are impacting your ability to study, sleep, or focus in class.
If someone says or does something negative or hurtful to you that you think is motivated by that person’s bias or discrimination, please submit a Bias Incident Report. Examples could include negative actions or words based on national origin or race: telling harmful jokes, posting on social media about someone, or using offensive language or body language that may pertain to where you are from (these are just examples). All reports are confidential, but you can also make a report anonymously.