COVID-19 Updates for International Students & Scholars

The Office of International Education is concerned for the well-being of each student and visiting scholar in the Marquette community.

If you need medical care or have questions about the virus, the Marquette University Medical Clinic has FAQs and other resources.  Please also monitor Marquette Today for the latest updates about university policies. 

We know that these are uncertain times, and the OIE staff is here to help you. Contact OIE if you have questions or concerns. Continue to watch your Marquette email for updates from OIE and other Marquette offices.  

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July 23, 2021 - Reminder:  Proof of Vaccination Deadline and Quarantine Requirement for Unvaccinated Students

Greetings from the Office of International Education.

 Please carefully read the following reminders about Marquette’s Vaccination and Quarantine Requirements new and returning students for Fall 2021 and be sure to take any necessary actions as indicated.

 Vaccination Proof Deadline

August 1 is the deadline to submit your proof of vaccination or submit an exemption request (medical, personal, religious) by emailing immunizations@marquette.edu 

For proof of vaccination, Marquette recognizes WHO approved vaccines. As of July 1, WHO approved vaccines included: Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Covishield, Johnson and Johnson/Janssen, Moderna, Sinopharm, and Sinovac.  (Learn more at the WHO website.)

More details about the vaccination policy can be found on the Marquette’s Coronavirus FAQ page  or by contacting the Marquette University Medical Clinic.   

Extension of Vaccination Proof Deadline for Fall 2021 Students Currently Living Outside the U.S.

Students currently living outside the United States who are unable to meet the Aug. 1 vaccination deadline must submit an extension request by emailing immunizations@marquette.edu by Aug. 1 to request the extension form. 

Quarantine for Unvaccinated Students Granted a Vaccination Extension

Unvaccinated students currently living outside the U.S. who are granted a vaccination extension will be subject to mandatory testing and quarantine requirements upon arrival at Marquette as follows:

Testing:                     COVID testing 3-5 days after arrival

Quarantine:   7 days for students who test and have a negative test result

                                   10 days for students who test and have a positive test result

                                   10 days for students who do not test

When making your travel plans, this means you need to plan to arrive to campus 7 – 10 days prior to your first in-person campus commitment in order to accommodate the university’s mandatory quarantine period.  Your first in-person commitment will vary by degree level and program, but common commitments include:

 Move in Day for Students Living in Campus Housing:  August 24 (Arrival by August 17 for 7-day quarantine)

New Undergraduate Student Orientation:   August 25 (Arrival by August 18 for 7-day quarantine)

First Day of Classes:   August 30 (Arrival by August 23 for 7-day quarantine)

Graduate Students (pursuing masters and PhD programs) with questions about the date of their first campus commitment should contact their department for information.  Undergraduate Students (bachelors programs) and semester/year-long Exchange Students with questions should contact OIE for more information.  U.S. Citizens and permanent residents residing outside the U.S. should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

The university will have a limited amount of quarantine housing available on-campus for students who need to quarantine.  Request for quarantine housing can be sent to mary.janz@marquette.edu or sean.berthold@marquette.edu.  Requests should include your arrival date and approximate arrival time if known. There will be no charge for on campus quarantine housing or meals for students quarantining on campus. 

Best wishes,

Michael Groen

July 2, 2021: Important Update: Marquette Vaccination and Quarantine Policy Details

 

Greetings from the Office of International Education.

This email contains important information about Marquette’s mandatory vaccination and quarantine policies for Fall 2021.  You need to take the details of these policies into account when making plans to arrive at Marquette this August, so be sure to read this information carefully and take action before the deadlines.  If you have questions about details, please contact the appropriate campus resource/office.

Marquette’s Vaccination Policy

As announced in early June, Marquette is requiring that all students (undergraduate, graduate, professional) who will be attending classes during the 2021-22 academic year be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a WHO approved vaccine. (As of July 1, WHO approved vaccines included: Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Covishield, Johnson and Johnson/Janssen, Moderna, Sinopharm, and Sinovac. Learn more at the WHO website.)

By Aug. 1, all students must do one of the following: 

  1. Submit your proof of vaccination 
  2. Submit an exemption request (medical, personal, religious) by emailing immunizations@marquette.edu

 More details about the vaccination policy can be found on the Marquette’s Coronavirus FAQ page  or by contacting the Marquette University Medical Clinic.   

Extension of Vaccination Deadline for Students Currently Living Outside the U.S.

Students currently living outside the United States who are unable to meet the Aug. 1 vaccination deadline must submit an extension request by emailing immunizations@marquette.edu by Aug. 1 to request the extension form. 

Quarantine for Unvaccinated Students Requesting a Vaccination Extension

Unvaccinated students currently living outside the U.S. who are granted a vaccination extension will be subject to mandatory testing and quarantine requirements upon arrival at Marquette as follows: 

  1. Testing:                    COVID testing 3-5 days after arrival
  2. Quarantine:              7 days for students who test and have a negative test result

                                     10 days for students who test and have a positive test result

                                     10 days for students who do not test

When making your travel plans, this means you need to plan to arrive to campus 7 – 10 days prior to your first in-person campus commitment in order to accommodate the university’s mandatory quarantine period.  Your first in-person commitment will vary by degree level and program, but common commitments include:

Move in Day for Students Living in Campus Housing:  August 24 (Arrival by August 17 for 7-day quarantine)

New Undergraduate Student Orientation:  August 25 (Arrival by August 18 for 7-day quarantine)

First Day of Classes:   August 30 (Arrival by August 23 for 7-day quarantine)

Graduate Students (pursuing masters and PhD programs) with questions about the date of their first campus commitment should contact their department for information. Undergraduate Students (bachelors programs) and semester/year-long Exchange Students with questions should contact OIE for more information.  U.S. Citizens and permanent residents residing outside the U.S. should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Quarantine generally involves staying “home” as much as possible, taking your temperature, watching for symptoms,  and avoiding contact with others. Do not go to work or school. Go out only if absolutely necessary for essential needs like going to the doctor, picking up food or medication.  The university will have a limited amount of quarantine housing available on-campus beginning August 6 for students who need to quarantine.  There will be no charge for on campus quarantine housing or meals for students quarantining on campus.  Further details on campus quarantine housing will be available later in July.

Other Coronavirus Travel Details

All air passengers coming to the United States are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than three days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past three months before they board a flight to the United States. You should contact your airline in advance to learn the details of how they are handling this requirement.

Other general guidance on traveling during the pandemic can be found on Marquette’s Coronavirus website. 

Best wishes,

Michael Groen

 

 May 8, 2021: End of Semester Update from OIE (for students outside the US)

 Dear Student,

Congratulations on the upcoming end of your semester!  We are sure you are ready for a well-deserved break.

Please take a few moments to carefully read the important updates and reminders below as this information will help you make sure you maintain your F-1 status as a Marquette student and/or help you with your plans to return to Marquette this Fall. 

Successful Completion of Spring Semester Classes

Grades will be viewable in Checkmarq soon after final exams.  If you have questions about your grades, contact your professor or academic advisor.  If you are having academic difficulties, your academic department or college may contact you using your Marquette email), so be sure to check your email throughout the summer. It is your responsibility to respond to your department or college about any disciplinary actions and there are strict deadlines for these procedures.  

Fall Semester 2021

Classes for Fall semester will begin on Monday, August 30.  In general, the university plans to return to its usual instructional model of mostly in-person classes and a smaller range of 100% online and hybrid courses.  You should plan on enrolling full-time course to maintain your F-1 status.  As always, full-time enrollment means a minimum of 12 credits for undergraduates and 7 credits for graduates.   

For students able to return to the U.S.

Marquette’s plans for the Fall mean enrollment will generally involve in-person classes.  Covid-19 modifications to the regulations do, however, allow students to count more than one 100% online course towards full-time enrollment for the academic year 2021-22.  The modifications do not, in most cases, allow maintenance of F-1 status with full-time enrollment in 100% online classes.  Students are strongly advised to confirm any plans taking advantage of this flexibility with their OIE advisor before finalizing enrollment for that term.    

For students unable to return to the U.S.

(as the result of visa issues, travel bans, or other unavoidable circumstances)

The university has agreed to make all reasonable efforts to provide online course options.  Wherever possible, courses will be offered that enable the most effective progress towards the student’s degree, but available options may not be the top choices for the student and may include J term courses as part of Fall enrollment.   

Students unable to return to the U.S. who have been maintaining their F-1 status outside the U.S.

(as the result of visa issues, travel bans, or other unavoidable circumstances)

Students who have been enrolling in full-time studies each semester since March 2020 will be able continue to maintain their status through the 2021-22 school year by enrolling full-time in each semester.  Wherever possible, courses will be offered that enable the most effective progress towards the student’s degree, but available options may not be the top choices for the student and may include J term courses as part of Fall enrollment.  Marquette cannot guarantee 100% online classes for students outside the US for Fall 2021. 

If you have not already done so, be sure to contact your academic advisor as soon as possible to discuss your Fall schedule and finalize your Fall registration.  Be sure you are registered full-time BEFORE the start of Fall semester.

Important Considerations for International Travel in Summer 2021:

Fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic -- current and new travel restrictions, visa processing limitations, public health developments and policy continues, and more -- continues to impact international travel and to limit the ability of students to enter the U.S. with an F-1 visa.  The advice and travel policy updates below are intended to highlight some of the more central issues that you need to consider when making your travel plans to return to the U.S. this Fall:   

Travel Policy Updates for All Students

  • Presidential Proclamations & Recent US. Department of State National Interest Exemption (NIE) Statements

These proclamations have suspended entry into the U.S. of all non-U.S. citizens who were physically present in certain countries during the 14-day period preceding their entry to the U.S.  The most recent Proclamation was directed at travel from India to the U.S.  Previous Proclamations impacted travelers from People’s Republic of China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau), Islamic Republic of Iran, Schengen area in Europe, United Kingdom, Ireland, and Brazil. 

Recent NIE Statements for students from India and for Students from China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, Schengen Area, United Kingdom, and Ireland have modified the impact of many of the proclamations so that it should be possible for students from these countries to enter the U.S. barring subsequent decisions to the contrary. 

Students coming from countries impacted by these proclamations and NIEs will likely be unable to enter the U.S. before August 1, at least as far as this policy appears to be currently functioning.  Official guidance on this question is not completely settled, however, and we continue to carefully monitor this important issue.  

At present, there are no completely clear guidelines about Entry earlier than August 1 based on an NIE will likely not be possible.  It is also not possible to predict at this time how and if these NIEs will be functioning in August. 

  • Visa Appointments

Many U.S. embassies and consulates are operating in a reduced capacity for visa appointments. If your F-1 visa stamp in your passport expires before you plan to re-enter the U.S., you may not be able to get a new visa in time to return to resume studies this Fall.  You should review the embassy website and schedule an appointment for your visa interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the country where you will apply. 

  • Airline Policies

Be sure to check in advance with your airline on their policy regarding travel to the U.S. since each airline’s procedures in response to current regulations may vary.  

  • OIE will also make every effort to inform students of any major changes to travel regulations.   

Advice for Students Inside the U.S. Considering International Travel in the Summer

  • OIE strongly recommends you carefully consider the risks of travel outside the U.S this summer and does not generally recommend non-essential travel under these circumstances as Marquette cannot guarantee online classes will be available at that point in time. 
  • If you do travel outside the United States, you must have a valid Marquette Designated School Official (DSO) signature on page two of your Form I-20 in order to re-enter the U.S. The DSO signature on page two is valid for one year if your I-20 is accurate (no changes to your name, major, graduation date or level of study).  You do not need a new DSO signature for each trip if you will return to the U.S. within one year from the date of the last DSO signature.  If you do need a new travel signature, be sure to request this from OIE at least one week before your departure date. Signatures “on demand” will not be possible given OIE’s reduced staffing. 

Advice for Students Outside the U.S. Planning to Enter the U.S. for Fall Classes

  • Documents for Entering the U.S.:

Students who have been maintain their F-1 status while outside the U.S. should be able to reenter using the following documents:

1)  a valid MU I-20 with a valid travel signature on page 2*

2)  an F-1 visa with an expiration date later than your intended reentry date

*A valid I-20 will have a program completion date in December 2021 or later and no changes to your name, major, graduation date or level of study.  The DSO signature on page two is valid for one year.  

Students who no longer have valid F-1 status will need the following to reenter:

1)  a new, initial attendance I-20 from Marquette

2)  an F-1 visa with an expiration date later than your intended reentry date

If you have questions about your MU I-20 or need a new I-20 or travel signature, please contact OIE about this as soon as possible.

Steps to Take On Arrival to Campus

If you are entering the U.S. with a new I-20 that lists an Issuance Reason of “Initial Attendance” or “Transfer Pending,” you need to report to OIE after you arrive to Marquette.  Please report by emailing confirmation of your arrival to Milwaukee, your residence address in Milwaukee, and copies of your I-94 and page one of your I-20 to Tammy Meyers (tammy.meyers@marquette.edu). 

If you are entering the U.S. with your previous I-20 or a new I-20 that lists “Travel” as the Issuance Reason you do not need to report to OIE on arrival.  Please note, however, that you must report your U.S. address for Fall to OIE. 

Are OIE staff available during Summer Break? 

Yes!  OIE advisors are working during the break, except when all university offices are closed.   Call OIE at 414-288-7289 to schedule an appointment or contact us by email to ask a question.   

All university offices will be closed:   Monday July 5, 2021 through Friday July 9, 2021

General Reminders for Students in the U.S.

Keep Your Address Up to Date

Remember students in the U.S. must report any change of residence address no later than ten days after oving.  Submit the Change of Address Form and we will update the SEVIS database, as required by U.S. regulations.  You should also update your mailing and permanent addresses in CheckMarq. 

Campus Employment During Summer Break

Marquette F-1 students are authorized to work on the Marquette campus during summer break if you will enroll in classes for the Fall Semester. Employment can be full-time (more than 20 hours per week) during the summer break.  Graduate students with teaching or research assistantships should check with the Graduate School and their academic advisors before beginning any on-campus job in addition to their assistantship.  Here is more information about on-campus and off campus employment.

Beware of Scams

International students are sometimes targets of scams. Scammers identify themselves as a government official (from the Internal Revenue Service or Department of Homeland Security) or as someone who knows about a student.  They try to convince you to buy an item or a service or threaten punishment unless you immediately pay money, wire money,  purchase a gift or debit card, or send some payment that is difficult to track. Do not respond to these calls or messages.  Marquette University, the Police Department and the U.S. government will never call you to demand personal information or immediate payment over the phone. If you are uncertain about a call, contact the MU Police Department or an OIE advisor.  

Congratulations to our Graduates

Congratulations to our students who will graduate in May!  We are proud of your accomplishments, thankful for all you have contributed to the Marquette Community, and wish you well in your future endeavors.  Please keep in contact with OIE as you become Marquette Alumni.  

Finally, best wishes from all of us at OIE for a relaxing and safe summer!

Michael Groen

 May 8, 2021: End of Semester Update from OIE (for students in the US)

Dear Student,

Congratulations on the upcoming end of your semester!  We are sure you are ready for a well-deserved break.

Please take a few moments to carefully read the important updates and reminders below.  They include information about current governmental policy, as well as information and reminders about Marquette plans and procedures, that will help you maintain your F-1 status as a Marquette student and/or help you with your plans to return to Marquette this Fall.  

In addition to the information in this message, remember that you should also be regularly reviewing the general information on our website about maintaining your F-1 status.     

Successful Completion of Spring Semester Classes

Grades will be viewable in Checkmarq soon after final exams.  If you have questions about your grades, contact your professor or academic advisor.  If you are having academic difficulties, your academic department or college may contact you using your Marquette email), so be sure to check your email throughout the summer. It is your responsibility to respond to your department or college about any disciplinary actions and there are strict deadlines for these procedures.  

Important Considerations for International Travel in Summer 2021:

Fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic -- current and new travel restrictions, visa processing limitations, public health developments and policy -- continues to impact international travel and to limit the ability of students to enter the U.S.  and changes in any of these areas can occur with little or no warning.  As a result, we strongly recommend students currently in the U.S. carefully consider the risks of travel outside the U.S. this summer and especially the potential consequences to your academic progress if you find yourself unable to return for Fall semester classes. 

The advice and travel policy updates below are intended to highlight the current state of some of the more central issues that need to be considered by students who will need to enter the U.S. this Fall:  

Travel Policy Updates for All Students

  • Presidential Proclamations & Recent US. Department of State National Interest Exemption (NIE) Statements

These proclamations have suspended entry into the U.S. of all non-U.S. citizens who were physically present in certain countries during the 14-day period preceding their entry to the U.S.  The most recent Proclamation was directed at travel from India to the U.S.  Previous Proclamations impacted travelers from People’s Republic of China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau), Islamic Republic of Iran, Schengen area in Europe, United Kingdom, Ireland, and Brazil.

Recent NIE Statements for students from India and for Students from China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, Schengen Area, United Kingdom, and Ireland have modified the impact of many of the proclamations so that it should be possible for students from these countries to enter the U.S. barring subsequent decisions to the contrary.

Students coming from countries impacted by these proclamations and NIEs will likely be unable to enter the U.S. before August 1, at least as far as this policy appears to be currently functioning.  Official guidance on this question is not completely settled, however, and we continue to carefully monitor this important issue. 

At present, there are no completely clear guidelines about Entry earlier than August 1 based on an NIE will likely not be possible.  It is also not possible to predict at this time how and if these NIEs will be functioning in August. 

  • Visa Appointments

Many U.S. embassies and consulates are operating in a reduced capacity for visa appointments. If your F-1 visa stamp in your passport expires before you plan to re-enter the U.S., you may not be able to get a new visa in time to return to resume studies this Fall.  You should review the embassy website and schedule an appointment for your visa interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the country where you will apply. 

  • Airline Policies

Be sure to check in advance with your airline on their policy regarding travel to the U.S. since each airline’s procedures in response to current regulations may vary.  

  • OIE will also make every effort to inform students of any major changes to travel regulations, but we will not always have timely information to share.

Advice for Students Inside the U.S. Considering International Travel in the Summer

  • OIE strongly recommends you carefully consider the risks of travel outside the U.S this summer and does not generally recommend non-essential travel under these circumstances as Marquette cannot guarantee online classes will be available at that point in time. 

If you do travel outside the United States, you must have a valid Marquette Designated School Official (DSO) signature on page two of your Form I-20 in order to re-enter the U.S.  The DSO signature on page two is valid for one year if your I-20 is accurate (no changes to your name, major, graduation date or level of study).  You do not need a new DSO signature for each trip if you will return to the U.S. within one year from the date of the last DSO signature.  If you do need a new travel signature, be sure to request this from OIE at least one week before your departure date.  Signatures “on demand” will not be possible given OIE’s reduced staffing. 

Advice for Students Outside the U.S. Planning to Enter the U.S. for Fall Classes

  • National Interest Exception (NIE) & Entry Date

Based on your country of citizenship you may need an NIE from the US Embassy or Consulate to board your flight and/or enter the US. and you will likely be unable to enter the U.S. before August 1 based on current policy.  See the section above on “Travel Policy Updates for All Students” to determine if this applies to you. 

  • Documents for Entering the U.S.:

Students who have been maintaining their F-1 status while outside the U.S. should be able to reenter using the following documents:

1)  a valid MU I-20 with a valid travel signature on page 2*

2)  an F-1 visa with an expiration date later than your intended reentry date

*A valid I-20 will have a program completion date in December 2021 or later and no changes to your name, major, graduation date or level of study.  The DSO signature on page two is valid for one year.   

Students who no longer have valid F-1 status will need the following to reenter:

1)  a new, initial attendance I-20 from Marquette

2)  an F-1 visa with an expiration date later than your intended reentry date

If you have questions about your MU I-20 or need a new I-20 or travel signature, please contact OIE as soon as possible. 

Fall Semester 2021

Classes for Fall semester will begin on Monday, August 30.  At this point, it is very likely that the University will return this Fall to its normal instructional model of in-person classes with a smaller range of 100% online and hybrid courses.  You should plan on enrolling full-time to maintain your F-1 status.  As always, full-time enrollment means a minimum of 12 credits for undergraduates and 7 credits for graduates, and only one, 100% online class can be counted towards this total.  If you have not already done so, be sure to contact your academic advisor as soon as possible to discuss your Fall schedule and finalize your Fall registration.  Be sure you are registered full-time BEFORE the start of Fall semester. 

If have been pursuing your studies outside the U.S. in Spring 2021 and are concerned that you will not be able to enter the U.S. for Fall semester, please see the appropriate section below for additional advice on your Fall registration: 

Students Taking Classes Outside the U.S. for Spring 2021 Not Maintaining F-1 Status

If the University returns to its normal instructional model, it remains committed to making all reasonable efforts to work with students who cannot return to the U.S. (due to travel bans or visa issues) to find online class options that can provide some progress toward degree completion.  Options may not be available in all cases and may not be the top choices for the student.  If you find yourself in this circumstance, you will need to work closely with your academic advisor to determine what options are available to you. 

Students Taking Classes Outside the U.S. for Spring 2021 While Maintaining F-1 Status

If the University returns to the normal instructional model, it will no longer be possible to maintain F-1 status while outside the United States.  As a result, SEVIS records of students who have been enrolling in full-time studies each semester since March 2020 and who are unable to return to the U.S. will be terminated at the start of Fall semester.  The University remains committed to making all reasonable efforts to work with students in this situation to find online class options that can provide some progress toward degree completion. However, options may not be available in all cases and may not be the top choices for the student.  If you find yourself in this circumstance, you will need to work closely with your academic advisor to determine what options are available to you.  You should also keep in mind that you will not be able to receive authorization for OPT or CPT unless the time-period requested will be after you have been in F-1 status in the U.S. for one academic year.  

Students who are concerned they may be unable to enter the U.S. for Fall are encouraged to contact OIE as soon as possible to discuss their circumstances. 

Steps to Take On Arrival to Campus

If you are entering the U.S. with a new I-20 that lists an Issuance Reason of “Initial Attendance” or “Transfer Pending,” you need to report to OIE after you arrive to Marquette.  Please report by visiting OIE within 10 days of your arrival in Milwaukee.  Bring your residence address in Milwaukee, your passport, I-20 form and any other documents given to you by a Consular or US immigration official.  

If you are entering the U.S. with your previous I-20 or a new I-20 that lists “Travel” as the Issuance Reason, you do not need to report to OIE on arrival.  You must, however, report your U.S. address for Fall to OIE.

Are OIE Staff Available during Summer Break? 

Yes!  OIE advisors are working during the break, except when all university offices are closed.   Call OIE at 414-288-7289 to schedule an appointment or contact us by email to ask a question. 

 All university offices will be closed:   Monday July 5, 2021 through Friday July 9, 2021 

General Reminders for Students in the U.S.

Keep Your Address Up to Date

Remember students in the U.S. must report any change of residence address no later than ten days after oving.  Submit the Change of Address Form and we will update the SEVIS database, as required by U.S. regulations.  You should also update your mailing and permanent addresses in CheckMarq. 

Campus Employment During Summer Break

Marquette F-1 students are authorized to work on the Marquette campus during summer break if you will enroll in classes for the Fall Semester. Employment can be full-time (more than 20 hours per week) during the summer break.  Graduate students with teaching or research assistantships should check with the Graduate School and their academic advisors before beginning any on-campus job in addition to their assistantship.  Here is more information about on-campus and off campus employment. 

Beware of Scams

International students are sometimes targets of scams. Scammers identify themselves as a government official (from the Internal Revenue Service or Department of Homeland Security) or as someone who knows about a student.  They try to convince you to buy an item or a service or threaten punishment unless you immediately pay money, wire money,  purchase a gift or debit card, or send some payment that is difficult to track. Do not respond to these calls or messages.  Marquette University, the Police Department and the U.S. government will never call you to demand personal information or immediate payment over the phone. If you are uncertain about a call, contact the MU Police Department or an OIE advisor.  

Congratulations to our Graduates

Congratulations to our students who will graduate in May!  We are proud of your accomplishments, thankful for all you have contributed to the Marquette Community, and wish you well in your future endeavors.  Please keep in contact with OIE as you become Marquette Alumni.  

Finally, best wishes from all of us at OIE for a relaxing and safe summer!

Michael Groen

August 12, 2020 - From OIE for continuing students

Dear Student,

We know that this has been a “roller coaster” summer and we sincerely hope that you and your family are well.

For all continuing international students: 

  1. Full-time enrollment:  Please complete your full-time registration in Checkmarq no later than August 26.  This means registering for all classes, Continuation, and independent study courses.   You must be enrolled full-time to maintain your F-1 visa status.  If fall semester is your last term before graduation in December 2020 and you do not need full-time courses, please submit the Reduced Course Load form
  2. Visa status and distance learning courses:  Because of COVID-19, the F-1 visa policies related to in-person and distance learning courses have been revised.  According to US government guidance and Marquette’s operational plan for fall 2020, you may enroll in a combination of in-person, hybrid and 100% online courses.   There is no minimum number of in-person courses.  You will maintain your F-1 visa status if you are enrolled full-time and are otherwise following F-1 regulations. 
  3. Self-Quarantine: The CDC no longer requires international travelers to self-quarantine after arriving in the United States.  You can see the updated guidance here:   CDC-After Travel Precautions.   Keep in mind the recommendations to monitor your health after you travel.  You can contact the Marquette Medical Clinic if you experience any symptoms or feel ill after you arrive.
  4. Housing exemption:  If you were assigned a residence hall room and you want to opt out of your housing assignment, remember to submit the housing exemption form by August 13 to the Office of Residence Life.  Here is the Housing Exemption Form.

 For students who will study at Marquette in Milwaukee

  1. Reporting Form: OIE will soon send a link for you to report your residence address during fall semester.    

 For students who will enroll in 100% online courses while outside the US: 

  1. Online Courses: Contact your College advisor to finalize your course registration for online classes. 
  2. Reporting Form: OIE will soon send a link for you to report your location and residence address during fall semester.  Your SEVIS record will be updated to indicate that you are outside the U.S. and you will continue to maintain your F-1 visa status. 
  3. Return to Milwaukee for spring semester 2021 and your Form I-20.  In most cases, you will be able to use your current I-20 (with a valid travel signature on page 2) and a valid F-1 visa to re-enter the U.S. in January 2021 for spring semester.  We will send more details about re-entering the U.S. later in the fall term. 

Watch for more details from OIE, including information about OIE office hours and virtual appointments. 

We look forward to welcoming you back for fall semester – virtually and in person!

Ellen Blauw

July 24, 2020 - Updated ICE guidance for continuing students

Dear Student,

A message was sent to the Marquette community on Monday about plans for fall semester.  From the announcement:  “…Marquette will keep moving forward with our planning efforts and continue conversations with health experts, the Milwaukee Health Department and the City of Milwaukee. The university will reassess and make a decision about fall 2020 during the first week of August.”

You may have been concerned about your F-1 visa status in light of potential campus changes.  Earlier today, the U.S. government (ICE) issued guidance for new and continuing international students related to online learning.  According this guidance, as a continuing student, you can maintain F-1 visa status if you are enrolled as a full-time student in whatever learning model Marquette determines is best for fall 2020 – in-person, hybrid and/or online courses.  This applies if you are continuing your program of study at Marquette and following other regulations for F-1 status, whether you are inside the U.S. or abroad.

This is good news!  We will keep you informed as we learn more about fall semester at Marquette and implications for your visa status.

Have a good week-end.

Ellen Blauw   

July 20, 2020 - Clarification on city health order; university continues plans with health department and plan for fall 2020

The university is aware that many questions remain regarding Marquette’s plans for the fall 2020 semester, some spurred by a recent article about the City of Milwaukee’s June 25 health order in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Indeed, this story, Milwaukee Public Schools’ decision to begin its term remotely, and the rise in COVID-19 positive cases in the city and state have made Marquette’s situation less clear. What is certain is that the city’s current health order, which has been in place since June 25, did not change last week, nor does it preclude Marquette from continuing to plan for the best-case scenario of in-person instruction this fall. In this way, Marquette is no different than any other organization — educational or otherwise — that has a duty to its community to think proactively and plan ahead. If the university does not plan this summer, we will not have the ability to open this fall if the city’s guidelines change — it would simply be too difficult on such a short time frame.

In short, Marquette will keep moving forward with our planning efforts and continue conversations with health experts, the Milwaukee Health Department and the City of Milwaukee. The university will reassess and make a decision about fall 2020 during the first week of August.

The majority of our students have made it clear they want to return to in-person instruction in the fall. We engage our students as adults who we believe are capable of following a new community contract that would require all of us to change our behaviors to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and protect the most vulnerable among us.

The events of this past spring clearly demonstrated how much circumstances can change in the matter of only a few weeks. The planning we are doing now permits us to adapt however the circumstances do change. At the moment, health experts are hopeful that COVID-19 numbers will start to level off and decline in the wake of the city’s new mask ordinance — this is encouraging news.

As we continue to work through this unprecedented uncertainty, please refer to Marquette’s COVID-19 website, which is updated daily.

July 16, 2020 - University celebrates recission of recent ICE guidance for international students

Dear Marquette community,

Last week, we shared a message in support of our international students in light of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announcing new polices, which limited our international students’ ability to study in the U.S.

We were thrilled to hear the news earlier this week that, after pushback from many colleges and universities–including Harvard and MIT—the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) rescinded its earlier guidance, which negatively impacted fall semester student enrollment, online learning and maintaining F-1 student visa status

As we shared last week, Marquette has and always will support our international students and their right to study in the U.S. As a Catholic, Jesuit institution, Marquette seeks to be an inclusive learning community proud to educate and employ individuals from many backgrounds, perspectives and national origins.

Yesterday, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) also released a statement in support of the rescission:

“As an association, we joined over 70 other higher education associations and organizations in an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit brought on by Harvard and MIT in response to the ICE guidance. Many individual institutions joined the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration on amicus briefs in that case, as well as lawsuits brought forth by the attorneys general of several states. Still others filed suit against the government, seeking an injunction to stop ICE from enforcing this guidance, and halt the policy from being implemented. Our institutions’ ongoing advocacy stems from valuing global collaboration and having a keen awareness that the Jesuit mission of forming persons who are charged with making the world a better place is one that has no borders or boundaries.”

Marquette is home to more than 500 international students from around the world. Our mission calls for us to be inclusive of community members from all backgrounds, and that includes our many international students who come from all parts of the globe. We support you and we stand in solidarity with you, especially when it means fighting for your right to continue your Marquette education.

We are ALL Marquette.

Sincerely,

Terence Miller, JD
Director of International Education

Dr. William Welburn
Vice President for Inclusive Excellence

July 9, 2020 - A message from university leaders in support of international students

Dear Marquette community,

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced new polices related to fall semester student enrollment, online learning and maintaining F-1 student visa status. These policies directly affect our international students, particularly as it relates to students exclusively enrolling in online courses for the fall.

Marquette is dedicated to doing everything we can to support our international students’ continued academic experience on campus. As a Catholic, Jesuit institution, Marquette seeks to be an inclusive learning community proud to educate and employ individuals from many backgrounds, perspectives and national origins.

The Office of International Education staff members are currently communicating with students about these policies and will provide further guidance as it becomes available.

In the meantime, here is some initial guidance for our international students:

Marquette plans to resume campus operations this fall with in-person classes. Some classes, however, may be online or a hybrid of distance/in-person learning. Because Marquette is offering in-person and hybrid learning during fall semester, current international students will not be required to leave the United States.

For continuing students who will be in Milwaukee for the fall semester: You will maintain your F-1 visa status if you are taking in-person classes and you will also be allowed to take some online classes, if necessary.

  • For graduate students: Registration in Continuation courses is considered in-person if you are actively continuing your research/thesis on Marquette’s campus. Registration for graduate level clinical or practicum courses is considered in person.  Registration for graduate level research or dissertation credits is considered in person.

For continuing students who are not in the United States:
If you will not be in the U.S. for the fall semester and you wish to continue your Marquette study through online classes, please contact your college adviser about appropriate classes for your degree. Based on the new policies, your F-1 visa status will be inactive while you are outside the U.S. for the fall semester. OIE will provide more details about the implications of this interruption as information becomes available.

If you are outside the U.S. and you plan to return to Milwaukee for fall semester, OIE will contact you soon about an updated Form I-20 and documentation needed for your return.

Marquette University does not support any decision that limits access to higher education in the U.S. We stand by the AJCU’s statement, which called on Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf to withdraw this guidance immediately.

We especially want to remind all of our international students that you are, have been and always will be welcome here. Each of you make a unique contribution to our academic community through your diverse cultures and worldview enriching all of us.

Marquette is home to more than 500 international students from around the world. Our mission calls for us to be inclusive of community members from all backgrounds, and that includes our many international students who come from all parts of the globe. We support you, we stand in solidarity with you and we will do everything we can to help you continue your education at Marquette.

OIE will continue to work directly with international students on how to proceed.

Sincerely,
Terence Miller, JD
Director of International Education

Dr. William Welburn
Vice President for Inclusive Excellence 

July 1, 2020 - Summer Updates and Resources

Dear Student,

 I hope that you and your family are well.  We know that this isn’t a “normal” summer, but we trust that you are enjoying some rest and connecting with friends and your Marquette community in a meaningful way. 

University updates and fall semester 

Marquette intends to resume campus operations this fall if governmental and medical authorities say it is safe to do so. In the COVID-19 Town Hall Meeting on May 19, President Lovell and university leaders outlined a recovery plan that will lead to a phased approach to reopening the campus.  MU Today messages also highlight the plans.  This will mean many changes to academic protocols and life on campus.  Be sure to watch for new information in the weeks ahead.  If you have questions about changes to your class schedule, contact your academic advisor.

Students who are outside the United States

We know that some students are now outside the United States.  Travel restrictions and visa delays may make it difficult for you to return to Milwaukee by the start of fall semester. 

  • Restrictions on entering the U.S.:  At present, foreign nationals who have visited some countries in the past 14 days may not enter the United States.  More details at: CDC guidance for travelers from other countries  This includes travelers/students from most of Europe, Brazil, China, Iran. You would not be able to enter the U.S. directly from these countries.
  • The U.S.  government has suspended most visa appointments in most countries.  Reopening of embassies and consulates for visa interviews depends on the location.  Some are starting to reopen for “emergency” appointments, but the backlog will be large.  This will impact you if your F-1 visa in your passport has expired and if you are not able to renew your visa by August.

If you are unable to return to campus, Marquette is committed to helping you continue your Marquette study through remote learning or other solutions. If you wish to enroll in online courses for the fall semester because you will be outside the U.S., contact the advisors below. They will help you determine online courses appropriate for your major.

 Undergraduate students

Graduate students:  Contact your Academic Advisor or the Director of Graduate Studies in your department.

Re-entering the U.S. and self-quarantine

The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that all travelers should stay home for 14 days from the time you entered the U.S. from international travel.   See CDC guidance for stay at home after entering the U.S.   Please keep this in mind as you arrange your return to the U.S. and arrive early enough so that you can begin classes on August 24 (graduate) or August 26 (undergraduate).

For students who will live in a Marquette Residence Hall

  • The Office of Residence Life has set aside a limited number of rooms where you can self-quarantine, if needed.   Meal service will also be available.  Residence Life suggests that you arrive early enough to complete your self-quarantine by August 16.  Charges for the room and meals will be added to your student account.  (Please note, this room assignment will not be your permanent room for fall semester.)  Contact me at blauw@marquette.edu by July 28 to request a self-quarantine room.

Resources for your health and welfare 

  • Food Resources:  Are you or one of your friends experiencing hunger in Milwaukee? The Backpack Program  is a free and confidential service that provides groceries to any Marquette student who needs access to affordable, nutritious food and other essential household items. After filling out an intake form, you will be able to pick up some groceries and personal products. You may use the Backpack Program one time or on an ongoing weekly basis. Your information will be kept confidential throughout the process.
  • Counseling Center:   Offering phone meetings to support your emotional health.  Common topics include stress management, anxiety, feelings of isolation, depression, alcohol & drugs and relationship issues.  Call 414-288-7172 for an appointment.  After 3:00 pm and on weekends call the MU Police Department at 414-288-1911 to connect to the on-call counselor.
  • MU Medical Clinic:   Open by appointment Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.  Call 414-288-7184 to make an appointment.  After hours, call NurseDirect at 855-839-5121 or 800-362-9900 to speak confidentially with a registered nurse.

OIE Assistance

Please contact us if you have any needs related to your visa status, financial situation, or health and safety during this time. We are here to help you!

To make an appointment with an OIE advisor, call 414-288-7289 or email us at:

Ellen Blauw  ellen.blauw@marquette.edu    

Michael Groen   michael.groen@marquette.edu 

Conor McKeon  conor.mckeon@marquette.edu  

Susan Whipple  susan.whipple@marquette.edu

May 12, 2020 - End of Spring Updates and Summer Reminders

Congratulations on completing the spring semester! We are proud your perseverance and flexibility in the midst of the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19. If you are graduating after this semester, we send you special congratulations!

We know there are many uncertainties about summer travel, visas, and plans for fall semester. While many of the issues do not have answers now, we will keep you updated about changes during the summer. OIE advisors are here to help as we navigate these new situations together.

Fall Semester

Marquette will resume campus operations this fall, under the condition that governmental and medical authorities say it is safe to do so. This is an evolving process and more than 100 leaders across campus are working together to establish the policies related to COVID-19 testing, social distancing, and space and equipment sanitizing to comply with government and health guidelines. We don’t know yet exactly what changes will be implemented for class schedules (remote and/or in person classes) and the semester calendar. Continue to watch your Marquette email and Marquette Today during the summer for the latest information.  

Financial needs

We hope that you and your family are healthy and safe during this time. Marquette has established some funds for students and families who are experiencing unexpected financial difficulties due to the COVID pandemic. To be considered for these emergency funds, you should call Marquette Central at (414) 288-4000 to indicate that your financial circumstances have drastically changed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Travel restrictions and re-entry to the U.S.

If you are outside the U.S. now or are considering travel during the summer, we advise you to consider your plans carefully. We hope that restrictions about travel and stay at home guidance will change in the coming weeks. However, as of today, some restrictions may impact your return to Milwaukee for fall semester.  

Here are some resources from the U.S. government and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Check these sources throughout the summer for updates. 

  • After you return to the U.S.: CDC guidance suggests that all travelers should stay home for 14 days from the time you entered the U.S. from international travel.  Keep this timeline in mind as you make plans to return to campus in August. See CDC guidance for stay at home after entering the U.S.    
  • Travel to your home country: If you are trying to arrange travel to your home country, you should contact your government’s embassy or consulate in the U.S. for the latest travel information: Embassy Contacts (not all countries are listed)

     

    If you are unable to return to campus for fall semester due to travel restrictions, your college advisors and OIE will help determine ways for you to continue your Marquette study through remote learning or other solutions.

    F-1 visa renewal

    If your F-1 visa has or will expire before you return to the U.S., you will need to renew your visa at the U.S. embassy or consulate abroad. As of March 20, the U.S.  government suspended most visa appointments. Reopening of embassies and consulates for visa interviews depends on the location. 

    Check the US embassy website in your home country for information about visa appointments and at: U.S. State Department and Visa Renewal

    Travel and DSO signature on your Form I-20

    Before re-entering the U.S., remember that your Form I-20 must have a valid travel signature from an OIE advisor (DSO) on page two. If you need a DSO travel signature, submit the Request for I-20 Travel Signature Form. An OIE Advisor (DSO) will reprint and sign a new I-20. Then we will send the I-20 to the shipping address you indicate on the form. Remember that your passport and your F-1 visa (in your passport) must be valid when you re-enter the U.S. Check your documents to ensure they have not expired.

    Report any change to your residence address

    Your SEVIS record must always show your accurate U.S. residence address and foreign address. You should update your address within 10 days after you move to a new residence. To update your address(es), complete the SEVIS Address Form  and return it as an attachment to world@marquette.edu or an OIE advisor.  

    Employment during summer

    Marquette F-1 students are authorized to work on the Marquette campus during the summer break if the student is eligible to enroll in classes in the summer and/or fall semester. In general, jobs which are considered to be "on-campus employment" are paid from Marquette University funds and performed on Marquette property under the supervision of regular Marquette staff. Employment can be full-time (more than 20 hours per week) during the summer. More information about on-campus and off campus employment is available at OIE F-1 Employment.

    OIE and summer hours

    OIE staff will continue to provide all services during the summer. Contact OIE by calling 414-288-7289 during usual office hours or by contacting an OIE advisor by email. We will let you know when OIE in Holthusen Hall re-opens!

 April 13, 2020 - Reporting your Residence Address & Travel Reminders

Dear Students,

We hope that you enjoyed some rest over the Easter holiday.  Spring is coming!

Here are some reminders as the spring semester comes to a close:

Report any change to your residence address

Your SEVIS record must always show your accurate U.S. residence address and foreign address.  You should update your address within 10 days after you move to a new residence.  To update your address(es), complete the SEVIS Address Form and return it as an attachment to world@marquette.edu or an OIE advisor.  

If you are presently outside the United States, your SEVIS record should show your last residence in the U.S. and your foreign address. 

Travel and returning to Marquette – DSO signature on your Form I-20

If you are outside the U.S. now or you plan to travel during the summer and return to Marquette, remember that your Form I-20 must have a valid travel signature from an OIE advisor (DSO) on page two. The DSO signature on page two is valid for one 

year.  Check your I-20 to see if you need a new travel signature.

Complete the Request for I-20 Travel Signature Form if you need a DSO travel signature.  An OIE Advisor (DSO) will reprint and sign a new I-20. Then we will send the I-20 to the shipping address you indicate on the form. Signed I-20s will be mailed within 10-14 days after your request is received.

Remember: Your passport and your F-1 visa (in your passport) must be valid when you re-enter the U.S.  Check your documents to ensure they have not expired.

Applying for an F-1 visa

If your F-1 visa has or will expire before you return to the U.S., you will need to renew your visa at the U.S. embassy or consulate abroad. As of March 20, the U.S.  government has suspended most visa appointments. We do not know when visa appointments will resume. If your F-1 visa has expired, keep this in mind as you decide about leaving the U.S.

OIE Assistance

Although OIE in Holthusen Hall is closed, we are here to help you. Contact us by 

email or call OIE at 414-288-7289 to arrange a phone appointment.   

OIE Advisors for international students and scholars:

Ellen Blauw  ellen.blauw@marquette.edu    T: 414-288-5599

Michael Groen   Michael.groen@marquette.edu  T:  414-288-5662

Conor McKeon  conor.mckeon@marquette.edu  (for health insurance questions)  T:  414-288-3653

Susan Whipple  susan.whipple@marquette.edu  T: 414-288-7055

March 27, 2020 - Care and Resources for your wellbeing 

Dear Student,

The Coronavirus pandemic has, for a while at least, resulted in significant changes to our daily routines … from the way we go to class or work, to where we live and who we can spend time with, to how we get our food.  Some of you may also have heard about or experienced acts of discrimination.  Experiences like these can cause stress, frustration, loneliness, even anger. 

During these unusual times, we strongly encourage you to make extra effort to care for yourself and those around you.  You can start to do this with simple actions like eating well, getting enough sleep, exercising and staying in touch with family and friends.  And the Marquette community is here for you, too.  When you have questions or need assistance, you can contact the appropriate resource from the list below: 

Physical and Mental Health Resources

  • Counseling Center:   Offering phone meetings to support mental health.  Common topics include stress management, career planning, anxiety, feelings of isolation, depression, alcohol & drugs and relationship issues.  Call 414-288-7172 for an appointment.  After 4:30 pm and on weekends call the MU Police Department at 414-288-1911 and to talk to the on-call counselor
  • MU Medical Clinic:   Open Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm by appointment only.  Call 414-288-7184 to make an appointment.  After hours, call NurseDirect at 855-839-5121 or 800-362-9900 with health-related questions to speak confidentially with a registered nurse free of charge.
  • Health insurance:  If you are enrolled in the Marquette international insurance, the plan offers comprehensive coverage for illness, including COVID-19.  If you are feeling sick and in Milwaukee, remember to contact the MU Medical Clinic first, if possible.  Your health insurance also has a Teledoc 24/7 virtual resource to talk to a doctor.  If you have questions about your health insurance, visit your MyAccount portal, contact UnitedHealthcare Customer Service at 800-767-0700 or customerservice@uhcsr.comOr contact Conor McKeon at conor.mckeon@marquette.edu.
    • Residence Life:  If you are now living in a residence hall, be sure to stay in contact with your hall director about housing and meal service.  If you are not living in your residence hall room now, follow the communication sent about moving your belongings from your room.  Contact ORL at orl@marquette.edu or 414-288-7208.
    • Academic and Study Resources
      • How to Be a Successful Online Student   Best practices and strategies to succeed in online classes
      • Raynor Memorial Libraries   Book check out is not available at this time, but the Library continues to offer a range of services including: scanning materials, renewal, email, chat and virtual consultation. 
      • Online Learning Support: A research guide to help you find, access, and navigate online materials available through the library.
      • Student Educational Services:  Tutoring and academic coaching online and over the phone as well as study and test taking tips.
      • Writing Center:  One-on-one meetings at any stage of the writing process about grammar, style, syntax, drafting and revising.  Online and over the phone call 414-288-5542 or sign up online.
      • Your Academic Advisor & Professors:    Advice on class topics, notes, class performance as well as College policies and procedures.  Stay in touch with them!  They want to hear from you during this time.

University Updates: 

OIE Assistance

  • Office of International Education:  We can provide guidance about your F-1 or J-1 legal status and related processes like OPT, CPT, program extensions, etc.   Also, please contact us if you have any specific needs related to your financial situation, health and safety during this time.  We are here to help you!

To make an appointment with an OIE advisor, call 414-288-7289 or email us at:

March 24, 2020 – Travel Update for International Students

Dear Students,

As you know, Marquette will continue remote learning through the end of the spring semester.  Here is a link to the latest information: Marquette Coronavirus.

You may be deciding whether to stay in the United States during this time.  We know this is a difficult decision and maybe you do not have the option to return home.  We encourage you to make the decision that is best for you and your family.

If you need a DSO travel signature for your reentry to the U.S.

OIE in Holthusen Hall is closed and we cannot meet you face to face, but we will arrange to sign your Form I-20 with the travel signature.  If you are already outside the U.S. or will be leaving within the next two weeks, we will send a reprinted I-20 to you after you have returned home.  If you are leaving later, we will try to provide your signed I-20 before you leave Milwaukee.  Watch for more information about how to request an I-20 with a travel signature.  OIE will send these instructions within the next two weeks.  

Applying for an F-1 visa to re-enter the U.S.

If you are outside the U.S. and if your F-1 visa has or will expire before you return to the U.S., you will need to renew your visa at the U.S. embassy or consulate abroad.  As of March 20, the U.S.  government has suspended all visa appointments.  We do not know when visa appointments will resume.  If your F-1 visa has expired, keep this in mind as you decide about leaving the U.S.

Some considerations if you leave Milwaukee

  • Bring all of your important documents such as passport, Form I-20 (including “old” forms”), ID cards and licenses, Social Security card, etc
  • Have access to contacts for your bank account, apartment manager, etc.  
  • Inform your residence hall director if you are living on campus, and arrange for your move out.
  • If you live off campus, contact your apartment manager.  You may want to ask a friend or neighbor to check on your apartment while you are away.  If you want the US postal service to hold your mail, you can sign up with the USPS:  Hold Mail
  • Remember that you may need to make some payments for rent, electricity, phone, etc. while you are away. 

If you need a place to store your belongings while you are away from Milwaukee, here are Storage Options in Milwaukee.

Your visa status during remote learning and the remainder of the semester

Your F-1 visa status will remain active as long as you are enrolled at Marquette for the spring semester.  This means your visa status will continue if you stay in the U.S. or if you are outside the U.S.  If you are thinking about dropping any classes or withdrawing from all classes, contact an OIE advisor before you take these actions.

Students who are graduating in May 2020 and/or have a May ending date on your Form I-20

We will send another message to you soon about arrangements and procedures for applying for OPT or extending your I-20 end date.  

OIE Assistance

All Marquette campus offices, including OIE, are closed, but we are available to help you.  We suggest contacting us by email or calling OIE at 414-288-7289 to arrange a phone appointment.   

OIE Advisors for international students and scholars:

We know that these are uncertain times but we are here to help you.   Continue to watch your Marquette email for updates from OIE.

March 12, 2020– Information from OIE for International Students  

Dear Students,

You recently received information from Marquette leadership about campus changes due to COVID-19. Here is a link to the latest message: Marquette Today.

We want to clarify some important implications for international students:

Campus Housing

Residence Halls: The university will allow students who are currently residing in campus residence halls to return to campus on March 15 and live on campus. Housing will be provided on the Marquette campus during the upcoming weeks. The exact location of housing is yet to be determined.  You will receive more information from Residence Life. However, take these important steps to inform the university about your plans:

  •  If you will return to campus on March 15 or after March 15 and will stay in a residence hall, please complete the form in the message and below.  When answering the question “Please describe the circumstances that require you to return to campus on March 15”, write “International Student”.

Students whose circumstances require them to live on campus should fill out this form so that we can communicate directly with them about proper protocols and provide appropriate support.

  • If you will not live in your residence hall and are choosing to live in another place, and if you need to retrieve some of your personal items, you can retrieve your items on March 15 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.  Staff will provide direction at the hall front desk.

Campus-Owned Apartments:  If you are currently living in Campus Town West or East, McCabe, The Marq or other campus-owned apartment, you may remain in your campus-owned apartment.  The apartment buildings will not close and you do not need to leave your apartment.  Watch for further information from your building manager or you can contact Eric Hetland in Residence Life at eric.hetland@marquette.edu with questions.

Off-campus housing

If you have other living arrangements in Milwaukee and have a problem continuing your stay because of the health situation, please contact an OIE advisor.

Return to Milwaukee from International and U.S. travel

Any faculty, student or staff who has traveled internationally (including cruise ship travel) or from any domestic states with known community transmission MUST SELF-QUARANTINE for 14 days before returning to campus. Those who are 14 days symptom free may return to campus. You can work and learn online per university policy.  Visitors to Marquette are being asked to follow these same guidelines. 

If you do not have a place to stay during your self-quarantine, please notify an OIE advisor.  If you are presently outside the U.S. and will not return to Milwaukee in the near future, please contact an OIE advisor.

Your Visa Status During On-line Classes

The U.S. government and the Department of Homeland Security have issued new guidance for universities who enroll F-1 and J-1 visa students.  Based on this guidance, Marquette’s decision to change to on-line courses will not impact your visa status while you remain enrolled as a full-time Marquette student.  We will provide more information as it becomes available. 

OIE Assistance

The university will remain open during this time and the services of Office of International Education staff are available to you.  We suggest contacting us by email or calling OIE at 414-288-7289 if you have questions or to arrange an appointment.

OIE Advisors for international students and scholars: