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Announcements : Health & Safety Updates: Last updated 11/18/2022

Announcement: Health & Safety Updates: Last updated 11/18/2022

All students, staff and faculty should review the information below before traveling abroad

The International Center continues to monitor health and safety situations worldwide. The safety of our students and employees abroad and of international students and scholars on campus is our highest priority.  

Study Abroad Programs 

  • We are excited that Study Abroad through Cal Poly is back at full strength! Most of our program offerings are open and available for eligible students. We continue to monitor health and safety issues worldwide, including COVID-19, and will continue to work with our international partners and campus experts to facilitate our programs for students. 
  • Programs in countries with U.S. Department of State travel advisory levels of 1 and 2 are approved to run. Programs in countries listed with level 3 travel advisories will be reviewed for health and safety considerations and must receive pre-approval, which is sought by the International Center. Programs in countries with level 4 travel advisories are not approved to run. Participation in all programs is contingent upon students meeting pre-departure requirements. 
  • Some  programs may be suspended or postponed due to country-specific regulations, risk factors, and/or low enrollment. Check specific programs on Cal Poly Abroad for further information.
  • The Cal Poly International Center is carefully monitoring the situation in Ukraine. We do not anticipate that the conflict will impact our study abroad programs. Because student health and safety are Cal Poly’s highest priorities, we are asking students to avoid travel to Ukraine and Russia.   
  • In alignment with CSU policy, students must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for study abroad participation. While the CSU (Cal Poly) allows for exemptions as outlined in the CSU vaccine announcementeach student must understand that the vaccination and booster policies for the country to which they are traveling, the regional government, program or institution or other entity, may require them to be vaccinated/boosted regardless of the CSU exemption that they have been granted
  • Trip cancellation insurance and refundable tickets continue to be highly recommended. Travelers for all programs should monitor how the global health situation develops. At the time of purchase, participants should insure their flights against trip disruption and/or cancellation or have fully refundable tickets.

Virtual Internship & International Study Opportunities 

  • Students continue to have the option of exploring alternate options for studying and interning abroad, including Virtual Study Abroad programs and Virtual International Internships.
  • The International Center offers consultations and resources for faculty interested in integrating Virtual Exchange into their classes. See Virtual Exchange Resources for more information.   


International Students & Scholars 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Department of State have temporarily modified F-1 and J-1 visa regulations for the 2022-23 academic year. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) continues to update travel restrictions for entry to the U.S., and they are subject to change at any time.  

F-1 Visa Students:
  • Online unit restriction for new F-1 students: Beginning fall quarter 2022, if you enroll in at least 9 units of in-person classes, you may enroll in more than 3 units of online-only classes. If your online-only class is 4 units or more, you may only count 3 of those units toward your 12-unit minimum for undergraduates or 8-units for graduates. For example, if you have 3 classes of 4 units each, and one is online-only, an undergraduate student will need to enroll in at least one more unit of an in-person class. A class is considered in-person if the entire class is required to meet in person at least once during the quarter, such as an in-person class meeting or to take exams in person. If you are unsure whether your classes will have a required in-person component, please reach out to your instructor(s) directly.  
  • Students with a Transfer Pending I-20 are subject to the restriction above if they were not continuously maintaining status on or before March 9, 2020. If they have been continuously in status since March 9, 2020, then they need to have at least one in-person class to maintain F-1 visa status. 
  • Continuing F-1 students who want to keep their F-1 visa status active will need to be enrolled full-time, whether in the U.S. or outside the U.S., to maintain eligibility for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and/or Optional Practical Training (OPT) in the future.  
  • F-1 visa students in their final quarter do not need to be enrolled full-time, but if they are enrolled in only one class, it must be an in-person class. 
    • Students wanting to apply for OPT must apply from within the U.S.

J-1 Exchange StudentsMust take a majority of their classes in person to maintain J-1 visa status.  

ALL STUDENTSMust comply with the Cal Poly vaccination requirements, including both COVID-19 vaccine and other mandatory immunizations. Visit Cal Poly COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirements for more information. View Campus Health & Wellbeing information about additional mandatory immunizations
J-1 Visiting Professors and Research Scholars and Student InternsWill only be issued a DS-2019 to apply for a J-1 visa if physical presence on campus is necessary to achieve their academic goals. They must comply with Cal Poly COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirements for Employees and the CDC COVID Vaccination and Testing Requirements. 
All inbound students and scholarsNeed to contact their airline for information on how to comply with the requirement to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccinations prior to boarding a flight to the U.S. 

Faculty/Staff Traveling without Students 

  • All faculty/staff travel without students goes through Concur/Poly Travel (the Strategic Business Services department).  
  • Faculty/staff international travel that includes students will continue to be vetted by the International Center. Visit International Travel for further information.

Office Hours 

  • Ongoing virtual support: Monday – Friday (9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Pacific via email at or phone at +1-805-756-1477 
  • International Students and Scholars should contact 
  • Study Abroad inquiries should be sent to or to specific study abroad advisors/coordinators. Starting fall quarter, students can also stop by our Peer Advising Drop-In Hours, which are listed at Study Abroad Advising