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Travel restrictions: Find out about digital learning and how you can apply with confidence.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) response in the USA

Last updated: May 21, 2020

Our university partners have a strong track record in online study 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.

On this page, you can find:

Important updates

  • Future students: digital learning at Arizona State University

    Students who are unable to join their program in person for Fall semester (August 20, 2020) due to travel and visa delays caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak can begin their ASU studies in a digital format. You will transition to on-campus study at the first available opportunity.

    Kaplan and ASU admission teams will stay in close contact with you over the next months to help create the study plans that best enable you to fulfill your ASU dreams! In the meantime, you can contact us with questions and keep checking ASU’s FAQs for international students for the most up-to-date information.

  • ASU undergraduate students: start early and get a summer scholarship

    Start your ASU experience early by taking remote classes over the summer and earn an Arizona State University Summer 2020 scholarship for doing it!

    Students admitted to a bachelor’s degree (first-year entry or transfer) can get a head start on their ASU studies by enrolling in one or more classes remotely, beginning in June or July.

  • Future students: digital learning at Pace University

    Students who are unable to join in person in New York at the start of the Fall semester due to travel restrictions and visa delays caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak can begin their Pace program through online learning. This means you do not need to delay your education plans. You can then move to on-campus study at the first opportunity.

  • Pace University waives GMAT and GRE requirement

    Applicants to master’s degrees starting in Fall 2020 at Pace University do not need to submit GMAT or GRE scores. Pace has waived graduate admission test requirements for all its academic schools, including the Lubin School of Business.

    This will be re-evaluated for future intakes as circumstances require. If you’re planning to start a master’s in New York in the Fall semester, apply to Pace now.


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Students interested in applying to ASU

Students who have already applied to ASU

  • Should I accept my offer of admission for Fall 2020?

    You can feel confident in moving forward with the admission process knowing that, whatever your circumstances are in August, you will have a spot in Fall classes. You can start your studies digitally if you cannot travel to campus or defer to the next available intake if you prefer.

    We encourage you to make your deposit and/or confirm your place, to keep on track with your US education plans. Arizona State University will be flexible with your unique situation and is committed to helping you continue your studies.

  • Will I start my studies on-campus or remotely?

    If you are enrolling in the Summer 2020 semester (May, June or July start), you will be joining university classes in a digital format. Teaching at ASU has moved from in-person to remote delivery until at least the end of the summer semester.

    Due to the uncertain situation with US visa appointments and travel, ASU are making plans for all students to have the ability to take Fall 2020 classes (August start) either in person or remotely from their home country.

    If you can get a visa and travel to the USA in time to start classes, you can study on campus. If you need to begin the Fall semester in a remote platform, we will help you transition to on-campus learning as soon as you are able. We will contact you in the coming weeks to discuss your study options.

  • If I start remotely, when can I transition to on-campus study?

    Arizona State University plan to resume in-person classes for the Fall 2020 semester, starting August 20, 2020.

    If you are unable to travel to the USA at that time, you will have the option to begin your studies digitally. You can then transition to campus at the first opportunity. For some programs there will be set intakes decided by ASU nearer the time. These could be the start of Fall B semester (October 2020), but exact dates are not yet confirmed.

    You can also choose to complete your first semester remotely, and join your classmates on campus in January 2021.

  • Can I start my studies earlier than planned, from my home country?

    Yes. If you have an offer from ASU to begin, or transfer, to a degree in Fall 2020, you can get a headstart by starting your studies in a digital format in the Summer semester (joining in May, June or July).

    In addition, if you do so you will receive a scholarship: the ASU Summer 2020 Award gives you a $500 tuition discount for every three credits you take.

    If you would like to change your enrollment to the Summer 2020 semester, please contact your agent or Kaplan admission advisor.

  • What can I do if I can't get a visa interview?

    In response to the outbreak of COVID-19, US embassies and consulates in most countries worldwide have suspended all routine visa appointments. Normal visa services will resume as soon as possible, but there are no specific dates at this time.

    Check usembassy.gov for the latest updates by embassy or consulate. (Latest information from the US Department of State.) If you are holding an I-20, you may find it hard to get a visa interview when US embassies and consulates resume visa services. We will advise you of your options if you are unable to get a visa in time to travel to campus.

  • Do I need a visa or I-20 if I am starting my program online?

    No. If you are attending remotely from your home country, you do not need your I-20 before enrolling. However, we recommend that you get an I-20 ready to be in the best position when visa appointments open and programs are offered on-campus again.

  • Can I get my I-20 document electronically?

    Yes. Effective March 26, 2020, the U.S. Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVIS) 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 mailed through physical mail, you should continue to use this physical document.

  • Will the I-20 request deadline be extended?

    We are expecting ASU to announce later I-20 request deadlines for Fall 2020 applicants. We do not yet have exact details, but will publish new deadlines here as soon as they are confirmed.

  • Do I need immunizations if I am starting a program online?

    No, but we encourage you to get all appropriate vaccines and submit the needed immunization paperwork when facilities are open and available again. This will ensure that your transition to on-campus study is not delayed.

  • 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 and prefer not to join remotely, we can advise you on how to defer your offer of admission to the next available intake for the program.

  • Can I receive a refund if I decide not to enroll?

    You are covered by the enrollment deposit and tuition refund policies of Arizona State University. We will help you review your options to start a program remotely or defer your enrollment, before cancelling.


Pace University

Students interested in applying to Pace

Students who have already applied to Pace

  • Should I accept my offer of admission for Fall 2020?

    Pace University understands that students and parents may be uncertain about the future. To help families made a decision, they have extended the date that enrollment deposits are refundable to August 1.

    We encourage you to make your deposit to keep on track with your New York education plans. You can feel confident in moving forward knowing that, whatever the situation in September, you can start your studies digitally or defer to the next available intake if you cannot travel to campus.

  • Will I start my studies on-campus or online?

    If you are enrolling in the Summer 2020 semester (May or July), you will be joining your university program online. Teaching at Pace University has moved from in-person to digital delivery until at least the end of the summer semester.

    Due to the uncertain situation with US visa appointments and travel, we advise any students who are intending to enroll in the Fall 2020 semester (September) to expect to join your program from your home country, through our Pace University’s digital delivery platforms.

    We will contact you in the coming weeks to discuss your study options, and how we can best support you on your path to university. When the situation settles, you can travel to the USA to continue your studies on campus.

  • If I start online, when can I transition to on-campus study?

    Pace University has not yet announced when in-person classes will resume. If on-campus classes are offered from the start of the Fall semester (September 2020), students who can get a visa and travel to campus in time for the start of classes should do so.

    If you are unable to travel to the USA at that time, you will have the option to begin your studies remotely. You can then transition to campus at the first opportunity. This could be in January 2021, or an earlier date if available.

  • What can I do if I can’t get a visa appointment?

    In response to the outbreak of COVID-19, US embassies and consulates in most countries worldwide have suspended all routine visa appointments. Normal visa services will resume as soon as possible, but there are no specific dates at this time.

    Check usembassy.gov for the latest updates by embassy or consulate. (Latest information from the US Department of State.) If you’re holding an I-20, you may find it hard to get a visa interview when US embassies and consulates resume visa services. We will advise you of your options if you are unable to get a visa in time to travel to campus.

  • Do I need a visa or I-20 if I am starting my program online?

    No. Students who are attending remotely from their home country, do not need their I-20 before enrolling. However, we recommend that you get I-20 ready to be in the best position when visa appointments open and programs are offered on-campus again.

  • Can I get my I-20 document electronically?

    Yes. Effective March 26, 2020, the U.S. Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVIS) 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 mailed through physical mail, you should continue to use this physical document.

  • Will the I-20 request deadline be extended?

    We are expecting Pace University to announce later I-20 request deadlines for Fall 2020 applicants. We do not yet have exact details, but will publish new deadlines here as soon as they are confirmed.

  • Do I need immunizations if I am studying remotely?

    No, but we encourage you to get all appropriate vaccines and submit the needed immunization paperwork when facilities are open and available again. This will ensure that your transition to on-campus study is not delayed.

  • 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 and prefer not to join remotely, we can advise how to defer your offer of admission to the next available intake for the program.

  • Can I receive a refund if I decide not to enroll?

    You are covered by the enrollment deposit and tuition refund policies of Pace University. We will help you review your options to start a program remotely or defer your enrollment, before cancelling.

Other US university FAQs

  • Simmons University
    • Are admissions still open?

    Absolutely. We are accepting applications to Simmons University, and they are making offers of admission for the Fall 2020 intake completely as normal.

    • University visits and campus tours have been cancelled. Are there virtual alternatives?

    Yes, you can schedule a Simmons University virtual visit.

    • Is there an English test that students can take from home?

    Yes – Simmons University accepts the at-home Duolingo English Test (DET). It’s an alternative for international students who are affected by test center closures. Read more information about the Duolingo English Test.

    • How long are all classes going to be held remotely?

    According to current guidance, Simmons University has moved all teaching into an online format until at least the end of Summer semester (August 30).

    • What will happen if classes cannot be held on campus in the Fall?

    Simmons will offer a comprehensive online undergraduate experience to all new students from September 1, 2020. Read Simmons University’s announcement.

    • How will online learning work at Simmons in the Fall?

    You’ll find information in the Simmons University online experience FAQ.

  • The University of Tulsa
    • Are admissions still open?

    Absolutely. You can submit your application to The University of Tulsa and they are making offers of admission for the Fall 2020 intake completely as normal.

    • University visits have been cancelled. Are there virtual alternatives?

    Yes, you can take a University of Tulsa virtual tour.

    • Is there an English test that students can take from home?

    Yes – The University of Tulsa accepts the at-home Duolingo English Test (DET). It’s an alternative for international students who are affected by test center closures. Read more information about the Duolingo English Test.

    • How long are classes going to be held remotely?

    According to current guidance, The University of Tulsa has moved all teaching into an online format until at least the end of Summer semester (August 14).

    • How is online learning working at TU?

    Check out TU’s support to help students keep learning while classes are virtual.

  • Northeastern University
    • Are admissions still open?

    Absolutely. You can submit your application to Northeastern University for Fall 2020 and they are making offers of admission for the Fall 2020 intake completely as normal.

    • Campus visits have been cancelled. Are there virtual alternatives?

    Yes, you can sign up for a virtual campus visit.

    • How long are classes going to be held remotely?

    According to current guidance, Northeastern University has moved all teaching into an online format until at least the end of Summer I semester (June 25) and at Northeastern College of Professional Studies until the end of Summer quarter (August 29)

    • How is online learning working at Northeastern?

    You can find information in Northeastern’s student learning resources.

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We hope you’ve found this information useful. If you are unsure of anything relating to your studies or your future plans with Kaplan Pathways, 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.