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US study: frequently asked questions

Last updated: September 21, 2020

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

  • Applying for Spring 2021 start

    Our university partners continue to adapt their teaching to meet the needs of all students, including remote and on-campus hybrid learning options. You can confidently apply now to start your studies in January or February, knowing that we have a solution to fit your personal circumstances and preferences.

    Spring 2021 admissions are now open; don’t delay submitting your application!

  • Arizona State University: updates on Fall 2020 and Spring 2021

    ASU resumed on-campus, in-person classes on August 20, while prioritizing health and safety.

    Given the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, ASU has taken extra steps to ensure that its entire community is as safe as possible. Classrooms and meeting spaces are cleaned with high frequency. Testing for COVID-19 is available to anyone on campus who needs it. And the university has optimized its campuses for social distancing. Read ASU’s update on Fall 2020 semester and expectations for Spring 2021.

    In the Fall and Spring semesters, students have a schedule that includes a blend of in-person classes and ASU Sync classes (ASU Sync involves synchronous, technology-enhanced and fully interactive remote learning using live lectures via Zoom).

    If your visa, travel, or personal circumstances do not allow you to arrive for the start of the semester, you can begin your ASU experience entirely through remote learning. Faculty will hold special office hours that accommodate different time zones. When visa and travel restrictions are lifted and you are able to come to ASU, you can transition into on-campus classes the following semester.

    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 Fall 2020  for the most up-to-date information.

  • Pace University Fall 2020 return to campus

    Pace University welcomed students and staff back to its New York City and Westchester campuses for the Fall 2020 semester starting on August 24. Learning is being delivered through a mix of in-person, remote, and hybrid formats, to enable the reduction of classroom density to 25%.

    Read more details in Pace University’s return to campus announcement.

    Students who are unable to join in person in New York by September 15, due to travel restrictions and visa delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, can begin their Pace program through online learning. This means you do not need to delay your education plans. You can move to on-campus study for the start of the next semester.

  • SEVP policy on F-1 student visa requirements is reversed

    Good news! The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has rescinded its decision that required international students to leave the USA if they were taking entirely online courses in Fall 2020. Read more about the reversal of F-1 visa policy changes in the LA Times.

    Please see individual university responses below:


    At our US university partners in Fall 2020, international students have on-campus hybrid learning options – a mix of in-person and online classes – or can stay in their home country and study remotely, without affecting their visa status when they are able to come to campus.


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Arizona State University general FAQs

Start your ASU program on campus with hybrid learning

If you can arrive in time for the beginning of the semester, you can start your program on an ASU campus with a mix of in-person and digital classes.

  • When do I need to arrive on campus for the Spring 2021 semester?

    You can start your studies on campus if you are able to arrive in time. For Spring 2021, classes start on January 11, 2021.

  • Do I need to quarantine on arrival at ASU?

    No, you do not have to self-quarantine or self-isolate. However, you should keep a close watch on your health and complete the mandatory daily health checks. You should also maintain physical distancing from others and wear a mask when you are in public.

    [This guidance is correct as of September 9, 2020, and is subject to change]

  • How will on-campus classes be taught in Spring 2021?

    Students can expect a schedule that includes a blend of in-person classes and ASU Sync classes. ASU Sync is synchronous digital learning, such as joining live lectures via Zoom. ASU Sync will be used alongside in-person classes to enable social distancing: classroom capacity will be reduced to no more than 50% occupancy.

    This mix of in-person and digital study is called hybrid learning.

    Some labs, clinical experiences and fine arts courses that do not lend themselves to remote instruction will only be available through on-campus, in-person instruction.

  • Is the cost of tuition lower for hybrid learning?

    No, the tuition price is the same whether you take classes in person or through ASU Sync — you’ll study in the same program and enjoy the same high quality of teaching and support.

    However, ASU is freezing its tuition prices for the 2020–21 academic year, so new students will pay the same rate as those the previous year.

  • Is on-campus study at ASU safe?

    ASU is following public health and safety guidelines with testing, enhanced cleaning, and social distancing protocols to make ASU a safe environment for the entire community. Employees and students are required to wear a face mask while inside ASU buildings and in outdoor spaces where social distancing isn’t possible.

    All on-campus students receive a “Community of Care” kit containing face coverings, a thermometer, hand sanitizer and other items for use in maintaining their health and wellness on campus.

    Read more about ASU’s health and safety precautions.

Start your ASU program remotely with digital learning

If you are unable to travel or get a visa in time for the Spring 2021 semester, you can start your program in your home country with digital learning, and transition to campus for the start of the next semester.

  • Why should I start my program remotely?

    With digital learning you can begin your ASU studies from your home country, and stay on track without delaying your education plans. When you are able to travel to the USA, you can transition all your credits and continue the rest of your program on campus with no study gap.

    You will study in the same classes with the same professors as on-campus students. Any scholarship you have been awarded is the same for remote learning, too.

    Arizona State University’s primary goal is for all students to progress toward their academic goals uninterrupted.

  • How does remote learning work at ASU?

    You have a choice of 2 types of instruction when learning remotely:

    • ASU Sync — synchronous live classes accessed digitally. Most on-campus classes will also be broadcast via Zoom so that off-campus students can join them too. ASU Sync gives you the benefits of face-to-face learning and interaction with professors, even if you’re not in the same place.
    • iCourses — classes that are delivered entirely online with no live interaction. Lectures will be available on demand, making your learning experience convenient and flexible.

    Please note: you should enroll only in ASU Sync classes (not iCourses) if you intend to transition to campus during the Fall semester. More information about ASU Sync.

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

    When travel restrictions are lifted and you are able to come to ASU, you can transition into on-campus classes, uninterrupted. Please keep in close contact with ASU to inform them of your travel plans, so they can ensure the date on your I-20 matches your arrival date.

    If you can’t get to campus for the start of the Spring 2021 semester, you can complete the entire Spring semester remotely and come to campus in May or August.

    You should work with your academic advisor to enroll in a specific set of ASU Sync classes that you will attend remotely until your arrival on campus.

  • I’m unsure if remote learning is right for me. Can I talk to a current student about their experience?

    We are always happy to connect you with current students so that you can hear directly about their life as an ASU student!

    Arizona State University international students are available to talk to you about what you can expect on campus, as well as their own experiences with remote learning. Just contact us and we can put you in touch.

  • Is the cost of tuition lower for remote learning?

    The tuition price is the same for ASU Sync courses, whether students attend on campus or remotely — you’ll take the same classes and enjoy the same high quality of teaching and support.

    However, ASU is freezing its tuition prices for the 2020–21 academic year, so new students will pay the same rate as those the previous year.

    By studying remotely you will save money because you will not need US health insurance, nor to pay some of the standard university fees. Additionally, any scholarship awarded to you at admission is still valid for remote learning.

  • How do I apply to study remotely at ASU?

    The application process remains the same: complete our online application form, selecting your preferred program. You can submit your application to Kaplan even if you can’t get all your supporting documents ready at this time.

    Your education advisor will discuss in-person and remote study options with you.

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

    If you are attending remotely from your home country, you do not need a visa before enrolling.

    Degree students must request their I-20 before the start of the semester so they can register for classes, even if beginning studies remotely.

    Intensive English and ASU-USA Pathways program students do not need an I-20 for studying remotely.

  • Will the I-20 request deadline be later for students enrolling remotely?

    Yes. If you begin the Spring 2021 semester remotely through ASU Sync, you must request your I-20 by January 11 (the start of the semester) at the latest.

    Contact ASU or Kaplan with your travel plans so that your I-20 can be updated with the appropriate date of arrival to campus.

  • Do I need immunizations if I am starting a program 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.

  • Does studying remotely affect my CPT eligibility?

    If you study the entire Spring semester remotely and come to campus for the Fall semester, your Curricular Practical Training (CPT) eligibility will be delayed. You’ll be eligible for CPT starting Summer 2022, the same as other Fall 2021 start students.

    However, if you can transition to campus for Spring Session B in March, your CPT eligibility will not be affected. You’ll be eligible for CPT starting Spring 2022, the same as other Spring 2021 start students.

 


Pace University

General Pace University FAQs

Start your Pace program on campus with hybrid learning

If you can arrive in time for the beginning of the semester, you can start your program on campus with a mix of in-person and digital learning.

  • When do I need to arrive on campus for the Spring 2021 semester?

    You can start your studies on campus if you are able to arrive in time. For Spring 2021, classes start on January 25, 2021.

    If you are unable to arrive by January 25, you can study you first semester remotely and join on-campus classes for the Summer of Fall 2021 semester.

  • Do I need to quarantine on arrival at Pace?

    Yes. Students coming from international locations will be required to quarantine for 14 days. Pace will provide quarantine quarters at local hotels for students who will be living in campus residences. Students who will be living off campus must self-quarantine off campus.

    [This guidance is correct as of September 9, 2020, and is subject to change]

  • How will on-campus classes be taught in Spring 2021?

    In Spring 2021, students can expect a mix of in-person, online, and hybrid learning options. Online and hybrid instruction will be the primary methods, to enable physical distancing in classrooms.

    In-person instruction will be prioritized for courses in which virtual learning is harder to achieve, such as performance, laboratory, or clinical experiences.

  • Is the cost of tuition lower for hybrid learning?

    No, tuition charges remain unchanged. You’ll study the same program and enjoy the same high quality of teaching and support, whether you take classes in person or online.

  • Is on-campus study at Pace safe?

    Pace University has a comprehensive plan, compliant with official public health guidance, to ensure the safety of every member of the community.

    Pace has introduced new safety precautions including social distancing signage, face covering protocols, additional cleaning, and reduced capacity in public spaces. All students, staff, and faculty completed a mandatory online training and education module prior to the start of the Fall semester.

    Read more about Pace University’s health and safety precautions.

Start your Pace program remotely with digital learning

If you are unable to travel or get a visa in time for the start of the semester, you can study the first semester in your home country with digital learning, and come to campus for the following semester.

  • Why should I start my program remotely?

    With online learning you can study your first semester with Pace University from your home country, and stay on track without delaying your education plans.

    When you are able to travel to the USA, you can transfer all your credits and continue the rest of your program on campus the following semester, with no study gap. Pace University will support international students in their transition to study in New York.

    Any scholarship you are awarded at admission is valid for remote learning, too.

  • How does remote learning work at Pace University?

    Pace will use 2 types of instruction for students learning remotely:

    • Online: a mix of asynchronous (self-paced study) or synchronous (you will be required to attend live sessions on a set schedule) formats. There will be recordings of live classes made available if you cannot join because of timezone differences.
    • HyFlex: Some courses will be delivered simultaneously through live instruction to both an online group of students and an on-campus group of students.

    Read Pace University’s information for students who are learning remotely.

    Also take a look at our Pace digital learning FAQs to find out more about remote study options in the Fall 2020 semester.

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

    If you need to start your studies remotely in the Spring 2021 semester, you will need to continue with remote learning for the full semester. You can first transition to campus in May or August 2021 for the start of the Summer of Fall semester.

  • I’m unsure if online study is right for me. Can I talk to a current student about their experience?

    We are always happy to help you speak with a current student by phone or WhatsApp so you can find out what it’s really like to study in the USA.

    Pace University Student Ambassadors are ready to talk to you about what you can expect, as well as about their own experiences with remote learning. Just contact us or your agent and we can put you in touch.

  • Is the cost of tuition lower for remote learning?

    No, tuition charges remain unchanged. You’ll study the same program and enjoy the same high quality of teaching and support, whether you take classes in person or remotely.

    However, you will save money because you will not need US health insurance, nor to pay any of Pace’s standard institution fees (other than tuition). Additionally, any scholarship awarded to you at admission is still valid for remote learning.

  • How do I apply to study remotely with Pace University?

    The application process remains the same: complete our online application form, selecting your preferred program. You can submit your application to Kaplan even if you can’t get all your supporting documents ready at this time.

    Your education advisor will discuss in-person and remote study options with you.

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

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

  • Do I need immunizations if I start my program 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.

Other US university FAQs

  • Simmons University

    Can I apply to start in 2021?

    Absolutely. We are accepting applications to Simmons University and they are making offers of admission for January and September 2021 starts.

    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 IELTS Indicator or Duolingo English Test.

    Has campus opened for the Fall semester?

    No, Simmons University is not fully opening its campus, and will instead offer a virtual experience to new students.

    How will online learning work at Simmons in the Fall?

    Simmons, with the help of its technology partner 2U, has developed a virtual campus that will offer hundreds of undergraduate courses with highly interactive online classes, including small group discussions and project-based learning. Watch a video about the Simmons virtual experience:

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

    How long are all classes going to be held remotely?

    Simmons University has moved all teaching into an online format until at least the end of Fall semester (December 15).

  • The University of Tulsa

    Can I apply to start in 2021?

    Absolutely. You can submit your application to The University of Tulsa and they are making offers of admission for January and August 2021 starts.

    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 IELTS Indicator or Duolingo English Test.

    Has campus opened for the Fall 2020 semester?

    Yes, campus has re-opened and classes started on August 24. Read details of TU’s phased plan to open campus.

    Do I need to quarantine on arrival at Tulsa?

    Yes, students coming to campus from other countries will need to take part in a 14-day self-quarantine with testing upon arrival and daily symptom monitoring.

    How are classes being delivered on campus in Fall 2020?

    Most courses are taught through a hybrid/flexible (HyFlex) method. HyFlex courses include both in-class and online formats. If the number of enrolled students exceeds the physical distancing capacity of the classroom, the instructor assigns students to alternate days or weeks to attend class in person. Students who are unable to attend class in person have access to course assignments, readings, in-class recordings and other learning activities on an asynchronous basis.

    Read more about TU’s plans for Fall classes.

  • Northeastern University

    Can I apply to start in 2021?

    Absolutely. You can submit your application to Northeastern University and they are making offers of admission for Spring, Summer and Fall 2021 starts.

    Campus visits have been cancelled. Are there virtual alternatives?

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

    Has campus opened for the Fall semester?

    Yes, Northeastern University re-opened its campus for the Fall 2020 semester on August 17, with classes due to start on September 9.

    Do I need to quarantine on arrival?

    Yes, upon arrival to Boston, you will have to self-quarantine for 14 days. During this time, you can start taking your scheduled classes at the university via Hybrid NUFlex.

    How will classes be delivered in the Fall semester?

    Northeastern have announced NUflex: a combination of in-person learning that allows healthy distancing, combined with remote instruction. Students may opt to take all classes online, begin the semester remotely then come to campus, or come to campus for the start of the semester and take a combination of in-person and online classes.

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

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 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.