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Office of International Affairs

Welcome to the Office of International Affairs

The Office of International Affairs works to advance North Park University’s commitment to international education. To that end, we provide support for international students and scholars, as well as individual advising for students who wish to enrich their education through international study and intellectual and cultural exchange.

The Office of International Affairs is here for you! We are available Monday through Friday to answer your questions and meet with you. Here is the best way to contact us:

Email Dr. Sumie Song   Virtual Meeting with Dr. Song

Email Tessa Zanoni Virtual Meeting with Tessa

COVID-19 Pandemic FAQ for International Students

Updated November 18, 2021

Please continue to check your email frequently for updates from the Office of International Affairs and refer to the North Park University Updates page for more information about the current and upcoming semesters.

Please refer to the North Park University Fall 2021 FAQ for the most up-to-date information. Students are required to submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination before course registration and arrival to campus.

Students with valid F-1 visas traveling to begin or continue an academic program are able to enter the U.S. with proof of COIVD-19 vaccine AND a negative COVID-19 test. More information about COVID-19 vaccination requirements for entry to the U.S. can be found here. Please check your country’s official travel website for information about any additional recommendations or restrictions on travel to the U.S.

  • Valid visa – if you need to renew your visa, see below
  • Valid passport – must be valid for at least 6 months after re-entry
  • I-20 or DS-2019 – if you received an electronic form, print it out before traveling
  • Copy of academic schedule for Fall 2021 semester
  • Proof of finances
  • Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination – more information here
  • Proof of negative COVID-19 Test – before you board your flight you must present proof of a negative COVID test (taken within 3 days of departure)  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html

Travel signatures are valid for one year and must still be valid on the date you’re re-entering the country. Please contact the Office of International Affairs if you think you need a travel signature. We will email you a new copy of your I-20 with an updated signature for travel. You are currently permitted to travel with a printed copy of your I-20 – just don’t forget that you also need to sign it!

You must have a valid visa in order to re-enter the U.S. for the start of the semester, so you’ll need to start the renewal process as soon as possible. Please contact the Office of International Affairs as soon as possible for more information about the visa renewal process and to receive a letter of support.

You can search for your country, here, and navigate to the page containing information on visas to the U.S. Please contact the U.S. Consulate/Embassy in your country for more specific information about how to schedule an appointment. Some students have been able to schedule appointments.

North Park University is resuming in-person instruction for the Spring 2022 semester and all international students must enroll full-time, in-person. Students are permitted to take one online class per semester counting towards full-time enrollment. Undergraduate students must enroll in 12+ credit hours per semester. Graduate students must enroll in 8+ credit hours per semester.

Yes, the North Park international student plan covers the cost of COVID-19 testing and other expenses. The North Park plan also includes a telemedicine policy. If you plan on purchasing another insurance plan, make sure it covers COVID-related expenses.

International Students

The Office of International Affairs provides assistance to future and current North Park students who are not citizens or legal residents of the US. We will help you make the transition to Chicago and support you throughout your time here.

International Student Support

Study Abroad

In the Office of International Affairs, we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to study abroad. Learn about our study abroad programs, locations, and how to apply.

Study Abroad Support

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