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.
FAQ for International Students during COVID-19
Updated April 30, 2021
Please continue to check your email frequently over the summer for updates from the Office of International Affairs.
If you need to provide proof of COVID-19 test in order to return to your home country, please contact University Nurse Esther Uputuri at email@example.com. North Park University Health Services is able to provide COVID-19 testing.
Here is a current list of travelers prohibited from entry to the United States. Please check your country’s official travel website for information about any restrictions on travel to the U.S. You may also be able to find relevant information on the U.S. Department of State Travel website. National Interest Exemptions are being automatically granted for F-1 students to be able to return to the U.S. Students coming from China, Iran, Brazil, or South Africa, may qualify for an NIE beginning August 1, 2021 or later (we recommend that you do not enter the U.S. before August 1 if you are coming from one of these countries).
- 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 negative COVID 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 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.
This will depend on your status and location. F-1 students who are studying in the U.S. should plan to register for a full course load (12+ sh for undergraduate students or 8+ sh for graduate students) of in person courses. Students are permitted to take one class online.
Students who are not maintaining their F-1 visa status and are studying completely online from their home country are not required to take in-person courses.
North Park University is still determining the availability of online courses for the Fall 2021 semester and course location will be made available on Self Service before the start of the term. Students who wish to continue studies online may need to seek special permission to do so and should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
If you decide to take a semester/year off , you will need to request a new I-20 and repay the I-901 SEVIS fee in order to return. Please note that you may lose any benefits accrued on your current I-20, such as eligibility for CPT and OPT. Please contact Dr. Song or Tessa Zanoni to inform them of your plans or ask questions. If you plan to take a “gap” semester, please remember to complete this form.
Please refer to the North Park University Updates page for more information about the Fall 2021 semester.
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.
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.