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Announcements : Last updated 9/3/2021

Announcement: Health & Safety Updates: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), Last updated 9/3/2021

Please review the new information for students, faculty and staff.

The International Center continues to monitor the worldwide situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, both locally and globally. The safety of our students and employees abroad and of international students and scholars on campus is our highest priority.  

Study Abroad Programs 

  • Fall study abroad in select programs and countries was approved. Please note that some fall programs were canceled because of low enrollment, partner-program cancellations, border closures or other factors. 
  • Winter and spring study abroad programs are under consideration. Some programs have already been suspended for the spring semester due to country-specific regulations. Check specific programs on for further information.
  • Vaccinations are required for study abroad participation. Students must show proof of vaccination or be granted an exemption. While the CSU (Cal Poly) allows for exemptions as outlined in the CSU vaccine announcementstudents must understand that the vaccination policies for the country to which they are traveling, the regional government, program or institution or other entity, may require them to be vaccinated regardless of the CSU exemption that they have been granted.
  • All non-credit programs are suspended until the winter 2022 quarter. Exceptions will be reviewed 90 days prior to departure for programs in countries where CDC and DoS levels are at a 2 or lower. Visit International Travel on
  • For any future university-related travel, 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.
  • Students are encouraged to explore alternate options for study and interning abroad, including Virtual Study Abroad programs and Virtual International Internships.


Virtual Internship & International Study Opportunities 

  • The International Center offers consultations and resources for faculty interested in integrating Virtual Exchange into their classes on the Virtual Exchange Resources webpage. We also encourage faculty to contact us at for more information.  


International Students & Scholars 

The Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) guidance from March of 2020 for F-1 students is extended through the 2021-22 academic year.
  • Students entering the U.S. with an Initial Attendance or Transfer Pending I-20 are required to be enrolled full time and complete at least one in-person class on campus 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. All continuing students must submit an Enrollment Plans form through the International Student Hub.


  • Students wanting to apply for OPT are required to take classes within the U.S. in their final quarter whether in-person or virtual.
  • J-1 exchange students accepted for fall 2021 will need to have a majority of their classes in-person to maintain J-1 visa status. When applying for the J-1 visa, request to be granted a National Interest Exemption of the CDC travel restriction (if your country is on the restricted list).
  • J-1 visiting professors, research scholars ,and student interns will 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. When applying for the J-1 visa, request to be granted a National Interest Exemption of the CDC travel restriction (if your country is on the restricted list).



Faculty/Staff Traveling without Students 

  • Strategic Business Services indicates that all travel requests and expenses go through the Concur process on  Poly Travel. 

Out of an abundance of caution and care, the International Center office continues to operate virtually, and our staff are happy to serve you in the following ways: 


  • Ongoing virtual support Monday - Friday (9 a.m. - 5 p.m. PT): 


  • International Students and Scholars should contact 


  • Study Abroad inquiries should be sent to or to specific study abroad advisors/coordinators. Students can also stop by our Peer Advising Drop-In Hours, which are listed on our Study Abroad Advising webpage