Penn State is preparing for the possibility that international students might not be able to return in the fall because of travel restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic

Written by on April 23, 2020

Penn State is preparing for the possibility that international students might not be able to return in the fall because of travel restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic

By State College, I’m Anne Danahy

April 23, 2020

Penn State is preparing for the possibility that international students might not be able to return in the fall because of travel restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic. WPSU’s Anne Danahy reports, university officials answered questions Tuesday morning during an online town hall.

University leaders said they’re getting online learning options ready in case some students cannot make it to their campus.

“What we’re uncertain of at this time is whether that experience will be fully residential or whether we have to have a remote learning component as we did this spring and as we’re planning for the summer.”

Roger Brindley is vice provost for Global Programs at the university. Brindley said the university will offer the full range of courses to students.

Masume Assaf, Director of International Student and Scholar Advising at Penn State’s Global Programs, said U.S. consulates around the world are closed and unlikely to reopen until COVID-19 is under control.

“So we cannot predict when you will be able to apply for a visa if you need one. We don’t know if they will all open at the same time or in sequential order.”

International students at University Park and other campuses will be able to stay in on-campus housing during the summer.


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