Question: What do international students need to know about studying at Bloomfield College this fall?
Answer: Federal regulations related to international students have changed recently. Below you will find a summary of the information you should know, as well as some helpful links.
Already Within the United States:
- You can begin the Fall semester as planned at Bloomfield College. If the College switches to fully online instruction, according to current guidance provided by SEVP, students will be allowed to continue their studies in a fully online modality and remain in active status.
- Transfer students that were in active status at their previous school as of March 9th may begin the fall semester at Bloomfield College. If the College switches to fully remote instruction, according to current guidance provided by SEVP, students will be allowed to continue their studies in a fully online modality.
Outside of the United States:
- According to the most recent guidelines issued by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, new international students should remain in their home country if the College is operating in a fully online modality. A decision regarding hybrid instruction vs. fully online instruction will be made no later than the week of August 17.
- If Bloomfield offers only online courses for the Fall semester, students can pursue online courses (if available) or opt to defer their program start date until the Spring 2021 semester. Please contact the Admission Office for online course guidance.
Continuing students will remain in active status and can live on-campus or off-campus whether your courses are hybrid or fully online. Please note the guidance below depending on your current location:
Already in the United States:
- If already in New Jersey or within a state not on New Jersey’s travel advisory list, return to campus as prescribed in Bloomfield College's return to campus guidelines.
- If living in a state on New Jersey's travel advisory list, follow Bloomfield College's return to campus protocols, including self quarantining for 14 days upon arrival to campus.
- For more information on returning to campus, please check your student email address regularly.
Outside of the United States:
- Follow the return to campus protocols for the fall semester.
- Before traveling, please refer to your country's travel restrictions at COVID-19 Country Specific Information
- Please check the DHS and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) websites for information about current travel restrictions to the United States.
- Please note the Department of State has issued a National Interest Exception for Certain Travelers from the Schengen Area, United Kingdom, and Ireland. Students traveling from the Schengen Area, the UK, and Ireland with valid F-1 visas do not need to contact an embassy or consulate to seek an individual national interest exception to travel.
- If you choose not to return to the US, or cannot do so because of travel restrictions:
- Request a fully online curriculum (a fully online curriculum will be considered, but cannot be guaranteed), or
- Request a leave of absence for the semester
- Note: A leave of absence from Bloomfield will result in your SEVIS record being terminated - Authorized Early Withdrawal. A visa application may be required prior to returning to campus after your Leave of Absence.
For further information and guidance, please contact Kevin Cavanagh, Vice President for Enrollment Management, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Elieen Hawkins, Admission Associate, at email@example.com