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US study: frequently asked questions

Last updated: July 14, 2022

Our university partners have a strong track record in delivering education solutions and supporting international students, so you can apply to a US university with confidence. Here, we’ve answered some of the questions you might have about your future studies.

Important updates

  • Vaccine and testing requirements for US entry

    The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined that the best way to slow the spread of COVID-19 is for individuals to get vaccinated. Over 70% of Americans ages 12 and older are now considered fully vaccinated.

    The USA reopened to global travelers on November 8, 2021

    US President Biden has issued “A Proclamation on Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” The proclamation has removed the travel ban restrictions on Brazil, China, India, Iran, Ireland, the Schengen Area, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.

    It is replaced with a global requirement that all “non-US citizens who are nonimmigrants” (including F-1 student visa holders) traveling to the United States from any part of the world, must show proof that they are fully vaccinated with an acceptable COVID vaccine, with some limited exceptions.

    You can read the full Proclamation here.

    Am I fully vaccinated?

    You are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after you received:

    • a single dose of the Janssen/J&J COVID-19 vaccine
    • a 2-dose series of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Covishield, BIBP/Sinopharm, or Sinovac vaccines
    • 2 doses of any “mix-and-match” combination of accepted COVID-19 vaccines (listed above) administered at least 17 days apart.

    Negative COVID result requirement continues

    All travelers coming to the United States, regardless of citizenship or vaccination status, must still present a negative test result on a COVID-19 viral test taken no more than 1 day before travel.

    Please review the CDC’s website for full information on acceptable vaccines, testing requirements and other important information.

  • Teaching modes for the Fall 2022 semester

    All our partner universities expect students to travel to the USA to attend in-person classes for the Fall 2022 semester, if it is possible to do so.

    US government guidelines currently allow international students in the USA to have only one remote learning class per semester, up to 3 credits, count toward meeting their full-time enrollment requirement. Therefore students are required to reside close to the university in order to attend the majority of classes in-person.

    If travel or visa restrictions mean you cannot physically come to the USA for the Fall 2022 semester, we can help you defer your enrollment to 2023. You can contact us with any questions about Fall 2022.

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Arizona State University general FAQs

  • Are ASU campuses open?

    Yes, ASU re-opened its campuses at the start of the Fall 2020 semester. The university has created a safe and welcoming environment in which students can live and learn, and has returned to a fully in-person experience for the 2022-23 academic year. These plans reflect current public health guidance and are subject to change throughout the semester.

  • How will classes be taught in 2022-23?
    At the start of the Fall semester (August 18, 2022), ASU will deliver its classes in-person and on-campus.
    ASU will continue to closely monitor COVID-19 on and near its campuses, and will remain ready to shift to hybrid or interactive remote learning with live lectures via Zoom, if health conditions or official guidelines require it.
  • Is on-campus study at ASU safe?

    Arizona State University is committed to creating a culture of care that promotes the values of “Live well, be well.” Read about ASU’s health and safety precautions.

    ASU continues to follow public health and safety guidelines with random testing, enhanced cleaning and physical-distancing protocols to make ASU a safe environment for the entire community. As of March 14, 2022, Daily Health Checks are optional, as is the wearing of masks/face coverings. Students and employees who wish to wear face coverings may continue to do so. ASU has posted signs inside locations where face coverings are still required, such as in health care settings and on intercampus shuttles.

  • Is the university offering virtual tours or events?

    Yes, you can attend live-hosted virtual experiences, and watch student-guided video tours. Explore all of your options at visit.asu.edu.

Arizona State University admission FAQs

  • How can I take a Duolingo English test for free?

    The exam cost is usually $49 (USD), but Kaplan has purchased a group of tests and will provide agents and applicants with coupon codes so the DET can be taken for free. Please ask your education advisor or Market Manager for further information about this.

  • Is ASU waiving GMAT or GRE graduate admission tests?

    There are GRE and GMAT waivers in place for admission to many master’s programs, including popular degrees like engineering and business, for the 2022-23 academic year.

    See GRE waivers for Fulton Schools of Engineering master’s degrees.

  • Can I get my I-20 document electronically?

    Yes. Effective March 26, 2020, the U.S. Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has made an exception to current regulations to allow universities to email I-20 documents to students. Emailed I-20s are suitable to use for visa appointments, when applicable. If an I-20 was previously sent through physical mail, you should continue to use this physical document.

  • What can I do if I can't get a visa interview or travel to the USA?

    You are encouraged to check usembassy.gov for the latest updates on available visa appointments as soon as you receive your I-20. Depending on where you are located, you may find it hard to get a visa interview at your local US embassy or consulate.

    The University is not offering fully remote teaching or online classes in 2022-23. ASU will work with each student on a one-on-one basis to discuss their options. If you are unable to travel to campus for the start of the semester, or if you wish to start your degree program at a later date, you can defer your admission to the next available intake.

     

  • Can I defer my enrollment to a later date?

    Yes. If you are unable to travel to the USA in time to start your program, we can advise you on how to defer your offer of admission to the next available intake for the program.

    Please note, some business master’s programs have only one intake a year, in the Fall.

 


Pace University

Pace University general FAQs

  • Are Pace campuses open?

    Yes, Pace University re-opened its campuses and residence halls in Fall 2020 and they remain open through the 2022-23 academic year. Pace is committed to providing students with a safe learning, working and living environment.

  • How will classes be taught in 2022-23?

    For the Fall 2022 semester, Pace is making every effort to offer the vast majority of its courses on-campus and in-person.

    Accordingly, there will not be as many hybrid courses offered in the fall semester as with previous semesters. Given Pace’s effort to hold its classes on-campus whenever possible, students should be prepared to take all or most of their courses in-person. In the event that additional COVID-19 variants arise, making attending in-person classes difficult or risky, Pace may opt to offer more hybrid or remote classes.

  • Is on-campus study at Pace safe?

    Amidst COVID-19, Pace University will continue to create a safe learning and living environment for the community, taking into account best practices and policies from federal, state and local health officials.

    The University will follow all public health guidelines while still providing a great college experience for students. Read more about Pace University’s health and safety precautions.

  • Is the University offering any virtual tours and events?

    Yes, you can schedule a virtual tour and watch campus video tours. Explore all of your options to learn about Pace University and its campuses.

    You can also watch Pace University’s virtual admission events, including those for international students.

Pace University admission FAQs

  • Is Pace accepting at-home English tests?

    Yes, Pace University is accepting the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test, IELTS Indicator or the Duolingo English Test (DET) from all students applying for 2022-23 intakes.

    These tests are an alternative proof of English proficiency for international students who are affected by test center closures.

  • How can I take the Duolingo English test for free?

    The exam cost is usually $49 (USD), but Kaplan has purchased a group of tests and will provide agents and applicants with coupon codes so the DET can be taken for free. Please ask your education advisor or Market Manager for further information about this.

  • Are entry requirements lower for 2022-23 applicants?

    Pace University has waived GMAT and GRE score requirements for admission to its master’s degrees in 2022-23, so graduate applicants do not need to take these tests if they have minimum GPA 3.0 in all previous undergraduate study.

    Pace is taking a more holistic approach to admission decisions at this time.

    We encourage you to submit your application, even if your previous academic grades are on the borderline of Pace’s GPA requirement of:

    • 3.0 for admission to master’s degrees and Graduate Global Pathways
    • 2.5 for admission to bachelor’s degrees
    • 2.0 for admission to Undergraduate Global Pathways

    See a summary of Pace University master’s degree admission requirements.

  • What if I can’t get my academic transcript, letters of recommendation or bank statements because schools and other institutions are closed?

    If you are having difficulty getting required application documents, please submit your application to Kaplan anyway. We will review the application and provide guidance on a case-by-case basis.

    Pace is flexible in allowing alternative proof of financials for your I-20 request, if you are unable to get a bank statement.

  • Can I get my I-20 document electronically?

    Yes. Effective March 26, 2020, the U.S. Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVIS) has made an exception to current regulations to allow you to receive your I-20 documents electronically. These are suitable to use for visa appointments, when applicable. If an I-20 was previously sent through physical mail, you should continue to use this physical document.

    To access your digital I-20, go into your Pace application portal and find your decision letter, then scroll down to find the PDF of the I-20.

  • When do I need to arrive on campus for the Fall 2022 semester?

    You can begin your studies on campus if you are able to obtain a visa and arrive in time for the start of in-person classes.

    We recommend that you arrive in time for orientation, which typically occurs a few days before the start of the semester. Your pre-arrival information will give you the recommended date. Be sure to check your email regularly for updates regarding Pace’s orientation dates.

    This year, Sept. 21, 2022 is the last day you may enter the USA to begin your studies in the Fall semester.

    If you think you may miss orientation or if your visa process is delayed, please get in touch with us as soon as possible.

     

     

  • What can I do if I can't get a visa interview or travel to the USA?

    Pace’s commitment to providing a world class education for all students continues in 2022-23 with a focus on in-person class delivery. The university will work with students on an individual basis to support their study plans if they cannot get a visa or travel for the start of the semester.

    You are encouraged to check usembassy.gov for the latest updates on available visa appointments as soon as you receive your I-20. Depending on where you are located, you may find it hard to get a visa interview at your local US embassy or consulate.

  • Can I defer my enrollment to a later date?

    Yes. If you are unable to travel to the USA in time to start your program, we can advise how to defer your offer of admission to the next available intake for your program.

Simmons University FAQs

University of Connecticut FAQs

  • Is the University offering virtual campus tours?

    Yes, there are a variety of ways to explore all of UConn’s campuses virtually. Take a look at the University’s Virtual Experiences web section and you can find virtual tours, videos and more to really see what it’s like to be a UConn student.

  • Are UConn campuses open?

    Yes, UConn campuses are open in the 2022-23 academic year.

    During COVID-19, a lot of work has gone into making UConn as safe a place as possible for its community. Rigorous cleaning and hygiene protocols, social distancing, mask-wearing and testing are all in place to help keep the campus safe and running successfully. View the campus safety guidelines.

  • Is there an English test I can take from home?

    Yes, UConn is currently accepting the Duolingo English test (DET). The exam cost is usually $49 (USD), but Kaplan has purchased a group of tests and will provide agents and applicants with coupon codes so the DET can be taken for free. Please ask your education advisor or Market Manager for further information about this.

  • What can I do if I can't get a visa interview or travel to the USA?

    You are encouraged to check usembassy.gov for the latest updates on available visa appointments as soon as you receive your I-20. Depending on where you are located, you may find it hard to get a visa interview at your local US embassy or consulate.

    The University is not offering fully remote teaching or online classes in 2022-23. UConn will work with each student on a one-on-one basis to discuss their options. If you are unable to travel to campus for the start of the semester, you can defer your admission to the next available intake.

Still have questions? Get in touch

We hope you’ve found this information useful. If you are unsure of anything relating to your studies or your future plans in the USA, don’t hesitate to contact us or speak to your Kaplan representative. They’ll be happy to advise you and give you all the information you need.