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. There are several country specific travel restrictions in effect worldwide and routine U.S. visa services have been suspended due to COVID-19. Additionally, many airlines around the world are cancelling flights to help combat the transmission of COVID-19. Please note that DGE staff cannot guarantee your return to the U.S.
It is important that students and scholars understand the risks of international travel. If you do decide to travel and are unable to reenter the U.S. in January 2021, you can:
- lose your assistantship (Graduate students cannot hold assistantships while they are outside the U.S.)
- lose scholarships and/or on-campus employment
- be unable to complete your degree program (not all classes are offered remotely)
- lose a semester of eligibility for OPT and/or CPT
- owe rent even that you may be legally bound to pay even if you are abroad
- be required to reapply for admission - Students who skip a major term (Spring or Fall), are required to apply for readmission.
If you are still considering traveling, please review our prerecorded International Travel Information Session which includes information on the risks of travel.
Travel Authorizations: If an international student wishes to leave the U.S. and return, they must complete the Request for Travel Authorization and bring their SEVIS I-20 to the DGE at least 8 days prior to their departure and no sooner than one month of their departure so that our staff can generate the travel authorization. Travel authorizations are valid for 12 months.
Quarantine Information for Students Returning to the U.S.
The University requires anyone coming from CDC Warning Level 3 countries or those who know that they potentially have been exposed to someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 to self-quarantine for fourteen (14) days before returning to campus. If a student develops symptoms potentially related to COVID-19 at any point, regardless of whether or not the student has traveled recently, the University requests that students contact their primary care clinicians or Student Health Services. Please click here to access the latest information on the University's safety procedures due to COVID-19.
Withdrawal from UL Lafayette: If you will not return to the University, please fill out the Withdrawal Form and return it to our office or email it firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make sure you have dropped your classes for the next semester.