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.
COVID-19 FAQ for International Students
Updated July 15, 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 Fall 2021 semester.
Please refer to the North Park University Fall 2021 FAQ for the most up-to-date information. North Park University will strongly encourage and expect members of the campus community to seek and secure the Covid-19 vaccine before arriving on campus in the fall. Students are required to submit proof of vaccination and/or negative test before arrival to campus.
If you are an international student who received a COVID-19 vaccine abroad, and have questions about whether it will be accepted in the U.S. and at North Park University, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Likewise, if you received one dose of your vaccine abroad and need to schedule a second dose upon arrival, please contact Health Services for more information.
Please check your country’s official travel website for information about any restrictions on travel to the U.S. Students with valid F-1 visas traveling to begin or continue an academic program are able to enter the U.S. (with proof of a negative COVID-19 test) and do not need to contact an embassy or consulate to seek an individual National Interest Exemption to travel. NIE eligibility for students who have been present in Brazil, China, India, Iran, or South Africa applies only to programs that begin on or after August 1, 2021. If you are traveling to the U.S. from one of those countries listed here, be sure that you secure a flight arriving no earlier than August 1. J-1 students should also consult with the embassy or consulate regarding the NIE at the time of visa application. More information can be found here.
- 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 visa status. Please select the option that applies to you. Remember – North Park University is resuming in-person instruction for the fall semester and students are expected to return to campus.
RETURNING F-1 students are permitted to take online courses, as their schedule and course availability permits.
NEW F-1 students must take at least one course in person.
ALL J-1 exchange students must take a full load of in-person courses.
Students who require special accommodations for continued online learning should contact Amy Menton in the Center for Student Engagement 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.
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.