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COVID-19 Information

As UMBC works to help students understand the evolving situation surrounding Coronavirus/COVID-19, we recognize that international students have unique concerns.  Please review the information below to learn more about the concerns international students are reporting. Please direct any questions to, and we are happy to help.

UMBC has announced most classes will be online for the Spring 2021 semester, and campus leaders are still determining which courses and activities will occur on campus. 
Information on this plan will be continuously updated here:

Please select a section below to view more information

New F-1 Students

Current F-1 Students

General IES Audiences


NEW F-1 Student Information

Option 1: Enroll Online for Spring 2021 from outside of the US

Option 2: Defer Admission to a Future Semester

Option 3: Enter the US to attend UMBC for Spring 2021

Important Arrival and Quarantine Information


Visas and Electronic     I-20’s

Spring 2021 New Graduate Assistants 

F-1 Transfer Student Information


Current F-1 Student Information

Spring 2021 Options


OPT Concerns

F-1 Student Rules
Travel, Leave of Absence, Enrollment

What if I decide to go home?



General IES Audience Information

Financial Support for International Students and Scholars

Working Remotely with IES and with UMBC

Sources of Good Information

Protecting Yourself
and Preparations

Health Insurance Information

Discrimination, Stress, and Anxiety