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COVID-19 Response & Updates

The Division of Global Engagement and its offices are still fully functioning. Our offices in the Student Union Room 136 are staffed, but to ensure safety and understanding we are meeting with students remotely via Microsoft Teams. To schedule a virtual appointment, please click here. We are continuing to provide the same servieces to our students and scholars.

While you are making your plans for the Spring 2021 semester, please continue communicating with us and inform us about your plans. We can help. 

The Division of Global Engagement is strongly discouraging F-1 students and J-1 students and scholars from traveling outside of the U.S. during the University’s winter break due to rapidly changing immigration regulations and safety concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, please click here.

Please note that this situation is a fluid one and therefore, you should make sure to check the University's COVID-19 website frequently and follow the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the Division of Global Engagement, the UL Lafayette Study Abroad and the Office of International Affairs on social media.

The health and safety of our students, employees, and visitors are of the utmost importance to the University. If you have questions about how the Division of Global Engagement is handling safety or operations for COVID-19, contact us via email at globalengagement@louisiana.edu or call 337-482-6819.

UL Lafayette Update on SEVP Regulations for International Students and Scholars

At the present time, SEVP has not provided guidance to universities regarding online enrollment for the Spring 2021 semester. Please make sure to check your louisiana.edu email and this COVID-19 update page for updates regarding SEVP regulations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. At the current time, the Office of International Affairs is recommending that students enroll in primarily on-campus (OC), hybrid (HB), or hyFlex (HF) courses. Students should try to limit their enrollment in remote (RE) or online (OL) courses as these coureses may be restricted by SEVP.

SEVP Update Issued July 24, 2020 for the Fall 2020 semester:

The Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have agreed to rescind the July 6, 2020 policy that would bar international students enrolled in online-only courses from residing in the United States. ICE will revert to the guidance it issued in March that allows students taking online courses to reside in the United States on F-1 visas. Students who have applied to graduate for Fall 2020 may apply for a Reduced Course Load. Please contact oia@louisiana.edu if you have any questions.

Note that the guidance that we provide may change as SEVP releases updates. The Division of Global Engagement will continue to review any further guidance issued by SEVP to ensure that all of our students are in compliance with the federal regulations and can continue enrollment in their degree programs. We will continue to keep our students informed with any changes in federal regulations via email and by updating our COVID-19 Response and Updates page. Thank you for your patience as we provide guidance regarding this dynamic and rapidly changing pandemic. We are here for you.

Graduate Students should also read through the Graduate School’s COVID-19 Updates page to learn about deferrals of admission and graduate assistantships.

Safety Information and Quarantine Policy

The University has developed a quarantine policy for students, faculty, and staff returning from international travel that follows CDC guidelines. Click here for safety information, the University’s quarantine policy, and resources for those who experience COVID-19 symptoms. Students who do not feel well for any reason should stay home. If you stay home, please alert Dr. Margarita Perez, Dean of Students, by completing the Anticipated or Unplanned Absence form. Students who live in on-campus residence halls, should review the Office of University Housing’s COVID-19 Response and Updates page.

Continuing International Students

  • Date Changes for the Spring 2021 Semester: Due to COVID-19, the University has made some changes to the academic calendar. While Spring 2021 classes will start and end on the same dates, Spring Break has been shortened. This change will not impact immigration documents for F-1 and J-1 students.
  • Your Physical Presence in the U.S.: To enroll in on-campus (OC), hybrid (HB), or hyFlex (HF) classes, you must be present in the United Statesno later than February 2  (Census Day) and enroll full-time (12 credit hours for undergraduates and 9 credit hours for graduate students). You can read about the various types of course offerings here.
  • Online & Remote Course Enrollment: SEVP extended the March temporary provisions of online enrollment for F-1 students in the U.S. for the Fall 2020 semester. This means that F-1 international students can engage in remote coursework and remain in the U.S. while maintaining their visa status. SEVP has not yet announced if this guidance will be extended to the Spring 2021 semster. We recommend limiting enrollment in remote (RE) and online (OL) classes to 3 credit hours per full-time credit hour requirement. Students who cannot enter the U.S. for the Spring 2021 semester may be able to enroll remotely from their home country depending on your academic department’s approval and course availability. Because SEVP has not yet announced regulations for the Spring 2021 semester, we are unsure if student who enrolls full-time from outside of the U.S. will be able maintain an “Active” SEVIS record. Once SEVP announces regulations for Spring 2021, we will determine how this guidance impacts our students and provide updates here and via email.
  • Your F-1 Visa: Your F-1 visa does not need to be renewed unless you are outside of the U.S. and the F-1 visa is expired. Students who have an expired F-1 visa and are currently in the U.S. are not required to renew their visa unless they depart the U.S. and need to reenter.
  • Passport: Please remember that your passport must be valid at all times while in the U.S. It is your responsibility to keep track of your passport’s expiration date and to contact the appropriate authorities in your home country or embassy/consulate of your home country in the U.S. in order to renew your passport. Due to the pandemic, there are delays in passport renewal services around the world. Make sure to provide the DGE with proof that you have requested passport renewal before your passport expires. Please email proof fthat you have requested a renewal of your passport from country's embassy in the U.S. to oia@louisiana.edu
  • Travel: Travel restrictions around the world are changing daily due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Division of Global Engagement strongly discourages students who are inside the U.S. from traveling internationally due to the risk of being unable to reenter the country. SEVP policies may limit the ability of students who are outside the U.S. from continuing in their degree program. If there is an emergency that requires that you travel outside the U.S., please review the information here and complete our travel authorization request at least 8 business days before you travel.
  • Students on OPT & STEM OPT: There is no substantive change for students on OPT. You are still subject to the 90 days of allowable unemployment and/or the 150 days of allowable unemployment for STEM OPT students.

Incoming (New) International Students

If you are a new international student outside the U.S. and do not yet have an F-1 visa necessary to enter the country, you may be able to enroll remotely depending on your academic department’s approval and course availability. If you wish to enroll in online (OL) or remote (RE) courses, you will need to contact your academic advisor (listed in ULINK) to determine if these types of courses are available for the Spring 2021 semester. Please also contact oia@louisiana.edu once you have enrolled in remote classes. Once the U.S. embassies reopen, your I-20 can be reissued for a future semester.

New students who are unable to engage in remote enrollment from their home countries or who prefer to wait to enroll in traditional face-to-face instruction can defer their admission. Please note that as soon as you know that you are unable to attend for the Spring 2021 semester, please contact the Graduate School or the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for instructions on how to defer your admission and request a new I-20. See the FAQs below for more information.

New students who are inside of the U.S. and have F-1 visas should complete the DGE’s Orientation Registration Form. Once the form has been completed, you will receive information about our online International Orientation accessed through Moodle and the required documents that need to be submitted through Moodle in order to register your immigration record in the Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). The online orientationcan be completed through Moodle at your convenience between November 30 and January 12. There is no cost for this orientation.

Intensive English Program Students

Due to COVID-19, SEVP has temporarily allowed F-1 students in the U.S. to enroll in online courses. The Intensive English Program will continue to operate remotely for the Spring I (January) session unless SEVP regulations change. Interested students can complete our online application. For more information, please contact iep@louisiana.edu.

J-1 Exchange Visitors

Changing global health conditions and the reactions of various governments thereto have resulted in travel restrictions (e.g., closure of borders) that make it difficult, if not impossible, for exchange visitors from such countries to repatriate in a timely manner at the end of their exchange programs. J-1 scholars who are unable to return home at the end of their exchange program, should contact exchange@louisiana.edu for guidance. The U.S. Department of State is continuing to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on the Exchange Visitor Program.  The Division of Global Engagement is receiving updates directly from the U.S. Department of State and will continue to keep our J-1 students and scholars informed.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Continuing Students and New Students inside of the U.S.

How does UL Lafayette’s plan for instruction in Spring 2021 impact my ability to enroll as an F-1 student?

UL Lafayette has adopted a “hybrid model,” with a mixture of in-person and remote classes for Spring 2021.

Undergraduate and graduate students on F-1 visas must enroll full-time to remain in the U.S. This means enrolling in 12 credit hours for undergraduates or 9 credit hours for graduate students. For the Fall 2020 semester there was no limitation on online coursework for F-1 and J-1 students remaining in the U.S., but this may change for Spring 2021. Students are encouraged to enroll in primarily on-campus (OC), hybrid (HB), or hyFlex (HF) classes. Please note that F-1 and J-1 students are not able to be admitted to traditionally online-only programs. To clarify, you must be enrolled in a program that will revert to face-to-face instruction when the pandemic subsides.

I read in the new SEVP policy that all international students have to get new I-20s saying that they are not enrolled in online programs. How do I request my new I-20 and when will I get it?

Because the July 6 SEVP policy was rescinded, new I-20s are not required for F-1 students. Please note that due to COVID-19, SEVP has allowed the electronic issuance of I-20s. If you are outside of the U.S. and do not have a valid travel authorization, please complete the Travel Request Form to request an electronic I-20 with travel authorization.

If I’m graduating in Spring 2021 and only have one or two classes left to take, can I enroll less than full-time and can I take only online (OL) or remote (RE) classes?

If Spring 2021 is your graduating semester, you can apply for a Reduced Course Load. Please complete the form located here and email it to oia@louisiana.edu. Please note that online enrollment may be restricted. We will provide updates once SEVP announces the guidance for the Spring 2021 semester.

I am a graduate student enrolled in only thesis or dissertation hours. What do I have to do to maintain my status?

As long as you enroll in 9 credit hours of dissertation/thesis hours, you will be maintaining your status. If Spring 2021 is your graduating semester and you wish to enroll in fewer than 9 dissertation/thesis hours, you must apply and be eligible for a Reduced Course Load.

I am required to complete an internship during the Spring 2021 semester as a part of my degree program. Does this count as face-to-face coursework?

Yes. Additionally, all students who intend to engage in CPT, must obtain CPT authorization prior to beginning off-campus employment. Please note that the deadline to apply for CPT for the Spring 2021 semester is January 20, 2021. Due to federal regulations, our office cannot accept CPT applications after this deadline. For more information, please click here.

If I am inside of the U.S. and remain in the country, do the new SEVP regulations affect my ability to apply for work authorization through Optional Practical Training (OPT)?

Currently, SEVP regulations do not affect a student’s ability to apply for work authorization through Optional Practical Training (OPT) if he or she remains in the U.S. Students who are eligible for OPT should follow the guidelines on our website and complete the necessary paperwork required for OPT as normal. We advise students who are interested in participating in post-completion OPT (available after graduation or completion of coursework) to remain in the U.S. after completing their degree program.

Continuing Students Outside of the U.S.

I am currently outside the U.S., but I am planning to try to reenter the country before the start of the Spring 2021 semester. Do I need a new I-20? 

No. As long as your I-20 is in 'ACTIVE' status and has a travel authorization on page 2 that is less than 1 year old, you can reenter the country using your current I-20. However, please make sure to enter before January 13 (start date of Spring 2021 classes) and make sure to follow the University's quarantine policy.

If your I-20 does not have a travel authorization or if that authorization is over 1 year old, please complete the Travel Request Authorization at least 8 business days before you travel, so that we can reissue you an electronic I-20 and email it to you before you travel.

I am a continuing student currently outside the United States. I do not know whether I will be able to arrive at UL Lafayette to begin the Spring semester. Can I study remotely for the Spring 2021 semester?

This will depend on whether or not the courses that you need to enroll in are offered through online (OL) or remote (RE) delivery and if you can obtain approval from your academic department. The Division of Global Engagement will work with students on a case-by-case basis to determine if online/remote enrollment from their home country is a possibility. The Graduate School will also work with graduate students who are outside the U.S.

I am a continuing student currently outside the United States. I am not able to enter the U.S., but I am able to enroll full-time (12 credit hours undergraduate or 9 credit hours graduate) of remote (RE) or online (OL) classes from my country for the Spring 2021 semester. What happens to my I-20?

SEVP has not yet announced guidance for students who are unable to enter the U.S. for the Spring 2021 semester. For the Fall 2020 semester, students who enrolled full-time from outside of the U.S. were able to maintain an “Active” SEVIS record and I-20, but this could change for Spring 2021.The Division of Global Engagement will provide updates once SEVP announces guidance for Spring 2021.

I am a continuing student currently outside of the United States. I am unable to enter the U.S. and I am unable to enroll remotely for the Spring 2021 semester. What are my options?

If you are a continuing student who is unable to enter the U.S. and online/remote enrollment for Spring 2021 is not an option, you will need to contact the Division of Global Engagement and request a leave of absence by completing our Withdrawal Form. Students who withdraw will need to be aware of the following:

  • Students who miss a major semester (Fall or Spring) may be required to reapply to the University as reentry students. Graduate students who request an official leave of absence through the Graduate School are not required to reapply. Undergraduate students must reapply by completing the undergraduate application for admission. Please note that you will be required to provide updated financial documents and may be required to pay application fees and provide updated immunization documents before being readmitted.
  • Students who remain outside of the country for 5 or more months will need a new I-20 (with a new SEVIS ID) to reenter the country. This I-20 will be issued by the admissions office (Office of Undergraduate Admissions or the Graduate School), after you have been admitted. You will be required to repay the $350 I-901 Fee.
  • If your F-1 visa has expired while you are outside of the U.S., you will be required to renew it before reentering the country. Click here for information on renewing your F-1 visa.
  • Please note that your passport must also be valid. In order to receive a new I-20 your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your program start date. Contact the government organization that facilitates passports in your home country to determine how to initiate the process for passport renewal.
  • Scholarships & Assistantships – Any student who is taking a leave of absence and has a scholarship, assistantship, fellowship, or fee-wavier should contact the office that handles that funding. Assistantships & Fellowships – contact your graduate coordinator or supervisor with your name and ULID and let them know that you will be taking a leave of absence for the Spring 2021 semester. You should also contact the Graduate School at gradschool@louisiana.edu.  Only your graduate coordinator or assistantship/fellowship supervisor can determine if your funding will be available to you when you reenroll.
  • Undergraduate Fee Waivers – contact scholarships@louisiana.edu with your name and ULID and let the office know that you will be taking a leave of absence for the Spring 2021 semester. This office will determine if your funding will be available to you when you reenroll.

If I am able to enter the U.S. after the Spring 2021 semester has begun (after January 13), should I do so?

No. Federal regulations indicate that F-1 students should not enter the country after their program start date as this can cause a number of complications for immigration and enrollment. If you anticipate that you will arrive in the U.S. after January 13, 2021 but BEFORE February 2 (Census Day), please contact oia@louisiana.edu with your name, ULID, and SEVIS ID, before you make any travel plans, so that we can send you a late arrival letter. If you will arrive after February 2, you will need to contact the admissions office (Undergraduate Admissions or the Graduate School) to request to defer your admission.

I am graduating in May (Spring 2021) and I am outside of the country, am I eligible to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT)?

Graduating students must be in the United States to qualify to apply for Optional Practical Training. Therefore, if you are unable to enter the U.S. before graduating, you will be ineligible to apply for work authorization through Optional Practical Training (OPT).

Incoming (New) Students for Spring 2021

Can I enter the United States with my valid visitor/tourist (B1/B2) visa or on the Visa Waiver Program (ESTA) to start my program in Spring 2021 and just change it my status to F-1 or J-1 later?

No. 

Students are not eligible to begin a degree or exchange program on a visitor/tourist (B1/B2) visa or on the Visa Waiver Program. If you enter the U.S. with a B1/B2 visa or through the Visa Waiver Program (ESTA), you will be allowed to remain in the U.S. legally, but you will NOT be allowed to enroll in ANY classes at UL Lafayette.

If I am able to get a visa after the Spring 2021 semester has begun (after January 13), can I enter the country once I have my visa?

No. Federal regulations indicate that F-1 students should not enter the country after their program start date as this can cause a number of complications for immigration and enrollment. If you anticipate that you will arrive in the U.S. after  January 13, 2021, please contact oia@louisiana.edu with your name, ULID, and SEVIS ID, before you make any travel plans. Depending on your estimated arrival date, your admission may need to be deferred or you may require a late arrival letter. Our office will make these determinations once we consult with you.

I am currently outside the United States but have been admitted for Spring 2021. I do not know whether I will be able to arrive at UL Lafayette to begin the Fall semester. Can I begin my studies remotely while I wait to get an F-1 visa?

This will depend on whether or not the courses that you need to enroll in are offered through online (OL) or remote (RE) delivery. The Division of Global Engagement will work with students on a case-by-case basis to determine if online/remote enrollment from their home country is a possibility. The Graduate School will also work with specifically with graduate students who are outside the U.S.

If online/remote enrollment for Spring 2021 is not an option, admitted students will need to contact the admissions office that issued their I-20 to request a deferral of admission.

Undergraduate students should contact intladmissions@louisiana.edu.

Graduate students should visit the Graduate school’s COVID Update page for information about deferring admission or contact gradschool@louisiana.edu.

I am currently outside of the United States and cannot get an F-1 visa or an unable to enter for the start of the Spring 2021 semester due to travel restrictions, can I defer my enrollment to Summer or Fall 2021?

Yes.

Students who are unable to engage in remote enrollment from their home countries or who prefer to wait to enroll in traditional face-to-face instruction can defer their admission. Please note that as soon as you know that you are unable to attend for the Spring 2021 semester, please contact the office below to defer your admission and request a new I-20. Please note that Summer enrollment is not often available for graduate programs and you may need to be deferred to the Fall 2021 semester. If your new I-20 is issued before Friday, October 16 (60 days after your original program start date of January 13), you will not have repay the $350 I-901 fee and your SEVIS ID will remain the same.

To defer your admission:

Undergraduate students should contact intladmissions@louisiana.edu.

Graduate students should visit the Graduate school’s website for information about deferring admission. 

If I decide to defer my admission, will my assistantship, fellowship, or scholarship still be available to me?

Graduate students: Assistantship and fellowship offers are not guaranteed if you decide to defer admission or take an official leave of absence. Talk with your graduate coordinator or assistantship/fellowship supervisor to determine if funding will still be available to you in the future. Graduate students who have been awarded the Robert Elliot May Resident Graduate Tuition Fellowship will still be able to secure this funding if they defer their enrollment to Fall 2021.

Undergraduate students: Undergraduate students with institutional out-of-state fee waivers (Fleur de Lis, Vermilion, or Cayenne) scholarships should be eligible to retain these fee waivers as long as they do not enroll at other universities for the Spring 2021 semester. Students with questions should contact intladmissions@louisiana.edu.

Student Athletes: Student athletes who have received grant-in-aid from the Athletics department, should contact  Carleigh Collins at carleigh.collins@louisiana.edu to determine if this funding will still be available if enrolled remotely.

Water Ski Team: Students who have been awarded Ragin’ Cajun Water Ski scholarships, should contact Ryan Gonzales at ryan@louisiana.edu to determine if this funding will be available if their admission is deferred.

I am currently in the United States on an F-1 visa and need to transfer my I-20. Will I be able to enroll at UL Lafayette for the Spring 2021 semester?

Yes. 

For new international graduate students who are currently in the United States and hold an F-1 student visa, valid passport and active I-20 that needs to be transferred to UL Lafayette, we anticipate no issues preventing enrollment on campus in Spring 2021. Please make sure to complete our Orientation Registration Form. Please check your louisiana.edu email for information on International Orientation. You will need to upload copies of your F-1 visa, passport, and signed I-20 to Moodle as part of the Orientation process. You will also have to complete several DGE forms available through the Moodle Orientation so that we can register your SEVIS record.

I am a graduate student and I was awarded funding to support my graduate studies at UL Lafayette but I am still outside the United States. If I am permitted to begin my graduate studies remotely in Spring 2021, will I be able to keep my assistantship or fellowship?

No. 

You will not be able to be employed, even as a graduate assistant or fellow, at UL Lafayette while living abroad. 

It is not possible to be paid a stipend for assistantship or fellowship duties at UL Lafayette performed outside of the United States.

I am a graduate student and I was awarded a Robert Elliott May Resident Graduate Tuition Fellowship, which waives non-resident fees. If I am permitted to begin/continue my graduate studies remotely in Spring 2021, will I still be eligible to pay only resident graduate tuition rates?

Yes.

Current graduate tuition and fees are available online here.

I am an undergraduate student and I was awarded funding to support my undergraduate studies at UL Lafayette but I am still outside the United States. If I am permitted to begin my studies remotely in Spring 2021, will I be able to keep my scholarship?

Undergraduate students who were awarded one of our institutional out-of-state fee waivers (Fleur de Lis, Vermilion, or Cayenne) scholarships, will be able to receive this fee waiver if they are able to enroll remotely in a minimum of 12 credit hours while outside of the U.S.

Student athletes who have additional grant-in-aid from the Athletics department, should contact Carleigh Collins at carleigh.collins@louisiana.edu to determine if this funding will still be available if enrolled remotely.

Information for Prospective & Incoming International Students

The Division of Global Engagement is still available to help during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are available to meet with students virtually through Microsoft Teams. Please click here to schedule an appointment.

While you are making your plans for the Spring 2021 semester, please continue communicating with us and inform us about your plans. We're here to support you and help you realize your dream of studying in the United States. 

Contact us via email at globalengagement@louisiana.edu or call 337-482-6819.

Processing J-1 & F-1 Visas

Many embassies are closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, which means that they may not be processing visa applications. 

If you are unable to obtain your visa in time for the program start date on your I-20 or DS-2019, contact the person who issued your immigration document to request a deferral of attendance:

Please note that students are not eligible to begin a degree or exchange program on a visitor/tourist (B1/B2) visa or on the visa waiver (ESTA) program. Therefore, if you intend to enroll at UL Lafayette, you must wait to get your F-1 or J-1 visa before entering the U.S.

Traveling to the United States

Before purchasing airfare to the United States, please visit the U.S. Department of Travel Advisory page to ensure that you will be able to enter the country. 

F-1 and J-1 students and scholars who have received visas should contact oia@louisiana.edu 30 days before their program start date to determine if they will be able to enter the country.

Additionally, J-1 scholars will need to determine if their hosting faculty or research center at UL Lafayette is able to facilitate and support their program objectives. Please note that at the current time this information is not yet available due to the fluidity of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Spring 2021 Orientation

The Office of International Affairs within the Division of Global Engagement provides a virtual orientation through Moodle to introduce new international students to the services it provides, as well as, information about immigration compliance.  All new international students will receive an email with more information. New students should first complete the Orienatation Registration Form. For more information, please click here.

Academic Calendar

Click here for the University's academic calendars.

Changes to English Language Proficiency Tests

The University has approved the temporary use of the Duolingo English Test scores as an alternative to IELTS, TOEFL, or PTE scores.

Prospective Graduate Students

The Graduate School is providing updates regularly for prospective students. They can answer questions about graduate studies and graduate assistantships.

Visit the Graduate School’s website for more information.

Intensive English Program

Classes for our Intensive English Program (IEP) are offered through remote instruction for Spring I 2021 session. Click here for more information or contact us at iep@louisiana.edu with questions.

Information for Current International Students

While you are making your plans for this Spring, please continue communicating with us and inform us about your plans. We can help.

Contact us via email at oia@louisiana.edu or call 337-482-6819.

Travel Authorizations

Please click here for information on how to request a travel authorization.

F-1 and J-1 Visas During Remote Learning Period

Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, SEVP (the Student Exchange Visitor Program) has granted universities the ability to provide remote instruction to F-1 and J-1 international students who would otherwise not be allowed to enroll in distance-learning programs. This temporary regulation is in effect for the Spring 2020, Summer 2020, and Fall 2020 semesters only.

The Student Exchange Visitor Program has not yet announced whether this provision will be extended to the Spring 2021 semester.

Please note that this situation is a fluid one and therefore, you should make sure to check the University's COVID-19 page frequently and follow the University, the DGE, and the OIA on social media. 

The Division of Global Engagement is staying up-to-date with SEVP regulations regarding remote instruction and travel for international students and we will provide additional information as it is made available.

Graduate Students

The Graduate School is providing updates regularly for current students. They can answer questions about graduate studies and graduate assistantships.

Visit the Graduate School’s website for more information.

Safety & Well-Being

The DGE understands that students may feel fearful and anxious during this uncertain time. Your mental and physical health are of the utmost important to us.

The UL Lafayette Counseling and Testing Center is offering remote sessions. Learn more.

Health Insurance

International students enrolled for the Spring 2021 semester are automatically enrolled in the international student insurance plan through Wellfleet starting on January 13, 2021.  Students who wish to opt out of this coverage must complete Wellfleet's online waiver by February 9, 2021. The online waiver is generally available here during the beginning of each new semester. For more information, please click here.

Students who will remain in the U.S. during the summer, who will not be taking classes, can purchase insurance coverage for the Summer 2020 (May 29, 2020 through August 17, 2020) by June 29, 2020 by emailing oia@louisiana.edu. In your email, include your name and ULID in order to have the $340 insurance fee added to your statement of account. 

All Coronavirus COVID-19 testing will be covered at no cost to students enrolled in the international student insurance plan through Wellfleet.

Please visit the Wellfleet Coronavirus Updates webpage for FAQ’s and updates.

Students Currently on Post-Completion OPT, STEM OPT or CPT

If you employer is requiring you to work remotely or take a leave of absence, this will not impact your OPT/CPT. Please be sure to update your employer address in the SEVP Portal. Remote work is also possible for students currently on CPT for the Spring 2020 semester. Students on CPT or OPT should contact oia@louisiana.edu with any questions related to their work authorization.

I-20 Program Extensions

If your I-20 will expire in December 2020, please submit a completed I-20 Extension Request Form to oia@louisiana.edu before November 30, 2020. This form will need to be signed by your academic advisor. At this time, we are accepting electronic signatures (including advisor’s signature) on the I-20 Extension Request Form.

Study Abroad Information

Status of Summer 2020 Study Abroad Programs

Our summer 2020 study abroad programs in Florence, Paris, London and Costa Rica were cancelled following the decision of both the CDC and the State Department. Students that were in spring 2020 semester abroad programs were advised to return home safely following the departure instructions in those locations.

Summer 2021 Study Abroad Programs

We understand that students may have questions about studying abroad during this unpredictable time. We continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 around the world.

At this time, we are moving forward with normal planning for study abroad for the summer 2021 semester and suggest students do the same. If you are planning to apply to study abroad during summer 2021 to London, Paris, Florence and Costa Rica, however, we encourage you to take into consideration what you will do if your desired program is cancelled or if you are unable to travel to your host country.

We are hopeful that the spread of the virus will begin to stabilize and it will become easier to plan for future study abroad programs.

We want to remind you that UL Lafayette’s Study Abroad office is available to answer questions at studyabroad@louisiana.edu. Updated information about UL Lafayette’s Study Abroad program response to COVID-19 can be found at UL Lafayette Study Abroad Program.

UL Lafayette has also established a COVID-19 website to provide information and updates regarding the virus and any impacts to university operations. We encourage you to review that website on a regular basis for updates. 

Our priority is ensuring student health and safety, as we continue to support you in academically and personally rewarding study abroad experiences. We will continue to communicate with you regarding significant developments.

If, in the meantime, you have any questions, please visit our website or email us at studyabroad@louisiana.edu. The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff remains UL Lafayette’s highest priority.

Resources

U.S. Department of State Emergency Hotline:

  • From the U.S. & Canada - 1-888-407-4747
  • From Overseas - +1 202-501-4444

UL Lafayette News and Updates Regarding COVID-19

U.S. Proclamation – Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Entry to U.S.

Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Hotline

  • 1-800-985-5990

Center for Disease Control (CDC) Travel Advisory