Current as of January 2021
Fall 2021 Campus Reopening: Update from the Associate Dean
With the promise of the new year, comes new hopes, new goals, and a reinvigorated commitment to build a brighter future for our international students and partners.
UC Irvine’s Division of Continuing Education (DCE) welcomes 2021 with great enthusiasm. We are excited to invite our international students to return to our beautiful campus for in-person instruction later this year.
The diversity of ideas and cultural exchange our global learning community provides is unmatched. While we are very proud of the work we have done over the past year to provide the best online learning experience possible to learners everywhere, we know many of our prospective students have been patiently waiting for an opportunity to come enjoy our state-of-the-art campus and everything southern California has to offer. I am pleased to say that opportunity is coming very soon.
DCE is doing everything possible to ensure students will be able to join us for face-to-face instruction in compliance with all safety guidelines beginning September 2021, and we are currently issuing I-20s for our Fall quarter and beyond. For students who are eager to begin their academic journey, we invite you to consider enrolling in our wide array of online programs that are available now.
Our goal of opening the campus this September is predicated on the safety of our students, partners and staff. UC Irvine has worked closely with local and state agencies to ensure protective measures are in place to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. DCE is also optimistic as the Biden-Harris administration soon will be enacting a more progressive stance on international education and immigration legislation. Starting with his very first day in office, President Biden has already taken steps to make entry to the United States easier while still protecting public health and safety.
We are committed to serving our global student community through a world-class educational experience whether that be on campus or online. It is our honor to support learners from all over the globe on their journey through a transformative educational program toward a more prosperous future.
Associate Dean, UC Irvine Division of Continuing Education
Academic Year 2020-21 Plans for DCE’s International Programs
In light of guidance issued by the State of California and main campus, UCI Division of Continuing Education has shifted all on-campus programs to remote (online) delivery for the remainder of this academic year. All on-ground Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021 international programs will be offered remotely. We hope this decision will allow you to better plan your studies with us.
We understand that there are many questions that follow such a change, and we are working to provide you with answers as quickly as possible. Please check this page often for new updates as they become available.
The staff and instructors at UCI Division of Continuing Education are committed to the success and well-being of all of our students, and we are grateful to have international students in our community. Should you need additional resources during this difficult time, please access the relevant offices below:
- International Admissions Team – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Immigration Advising Team – email@example.com
- Academic Advising Team – AcademicAdvising@ce.uci.edu
- Student Wellness Support Advisor – HealthAndWellness@ce.uci.edu
For UCI COVID-19 Updates
- UCI COVID-19 webpage
- UCI Coronavirus Information Hub for Students
- UCI Updates From the Student Health Center
- UCI Executive Directive: Invited Guests and Visitors
- Campus Environmental Health & Services (EH&S) Public Health Information
- UCI Podcast: Coronavirus Discussion
- Video Update From the OC Health Care Agency (in English) About the Novel Coronavirus in Orange County, California
- Video Update From the OC Health Care Agency (in Mandarin Chinese) About the Novel Coronavirus in Orange County, California
For UCI DCE Students
We understand the anxiety that comes from the unknown, and there are still many unknowns about coronavirus. Please see below for FAQ’s to help answer your questions. Our staff is here to assist you during this time for your academic and personal well-being.
SPRING & SUMMER QUARTERS
Spring 2021 or summer 2021 will be my first quarter at UCI and I have an initial I-20. Can I still attend?
We continue to work through many restrictions and guidelines due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). UCI is doing everything possible to protect the health and safety of our students, instructors, and staff. As part of our ongoing efforts to provide a safe and healthy learning environment, UCI will only offer remote learning experiences for the spring 2021 and summer 2021 quarters with interactive, synchronous (live) meetings via Zoom.
The initial I-20 you received from UCI DCE will not be valid for spring 2021 or summer 2021 quarters. In other words, due to COVID-19 restrictions, you will not be able to enter the United States at this time using our I-20. You now have two choices: (1) You may postpone attending to a future quarter when your program is offered again on campus (perhaps fall 2021) or (2) request to cancel your present I-20. Please click here for a list of future program dates.
However, you may enroll in a spring 2021 or summer 2021 program without an I-20. You can study with us remotely from your home country and still receive top-rated instruction and opportunities to meet students from many different countries. Studying remotely offers most of the same services as our on-campus programs including advising, activities and events, conversation partners, and other valuable resources from our friendly and knowledgeable DCE team.
If you have any questions regarding your application, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or +1 (949) 824-5991. We are happy to assist you.
Yes, if you are currently in F-1 status and your I-20 is active. Spring 2021 and summer 2021 courses will be held remotely and can be accessed using an internet connection. However, some countries may have restrictions on course content or websites. Your classes will have the same schedule based on California time. These are called “synchronous” meetings. You must be available to attend and participate in your courses as well as any other synchronous meetings during the times stated on your syllabus.
Your classes may also have assignments, quizzes, and tests as well as recorded lectures that can be viewed and completed at any time but may have strict due dates and times in California time. These are called “asynchronous” meetings. Please carefully review your syllabus and ask your teacher if you have any questions.
It is important that you attend and participate in all of your class meetings and follow these rules to maintain your F-1 status.
Attend and participate in all class sessions. Your classes will have the same schedule based on California time. You must participate in your courses during these times. Contact your instructor for more information.
- Your instructor may mark you absent if you are not logged in during class time. Please check your syllabus and/or Statement of Understanding for the attendance policy for each of your courses.
- Complete and submit your assignments, quizzes, tests on time (California time). Contact your instructor for more information.
- If you become sick during the quarter, you must tell your teacher, academic advisor (email@example.com), and immigration advisor (firstname.lastname@example.org). You must give us a letter from your doctor so that we can help you maintain your F-1 status while you cannot attend classes. Contact email@example.com for more information.
- Tell us if you change your email address or your phone number so that we can update your student information at UCI DCE.
Yes. Students who do not wish to maintain F-1 status may enroll in our courses and programs as well as online certificate programs from their home countries as well as online certificate programs. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or +1 (949) 824-5991 for more information regarding application and admission requirements.
If you received an initial I-20 for spring 2021 or summer 2021 you have two options: 1) postpone your application to a future quarter or 2) cancel your application. Please contact email@example.com to request to postpone your application before the start date of your program. Some programs, such as STAR, ASAP, CAP, and 3+2 may have special deadlines. Please contact advisors at STAR@ce.uci.edu for more information.
If you are a current student and would like to postpone your studies to a future quarter, such as fall 2021, you must first officially withdraw from your program. All requests for refunds or tuition credits are subject to review and are not guaranteed if you withdraw after the last refund date. Your I-20 will be terminated with the reason “authorized early withdrawal” and you will be required to depart the United States within 15 days of your withdrawal. You may re-apply to a future quarter and you will be given a new initial I-20 with a new program start date for the quarter you want to return to. You must pay the SEVIS fee for your new I-20 and you may be required to apply for a new F-1 visa with your new SEVIS ID number. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or +1 (949) 824-5991 for more information or to begin the withdrawal process.
Is there any possibility that UCI will decide to turn back to normal in-person meetings on campus before the spring 2021 or summer 2021 quarters end?
No. UCI announced that the spring 2021 and summer 2021 quarters will be delivered remotely.
I have friends and/or classmates from my university coming to UCI this spring or summer. What should I tell them?
Students with an initial I-20 for spring 2021 or summer 2021 quarters will be notified by email that they will not be able to enter the U.S using their current I-20 and that they may either postpone to a future quarter or cancel their application. Please ask your friends and/or classmates to contact email@example.com or +1 (949) 824-5991 for more information.
Are there any accommodations or changes to tuition payment dates/deadlines for the spring 2021 or summer 2021 quarters?
Payment deadlines for tuition remain the same and students will be notified by email with more information and instructions approximately four weeks before the program start date.
All requests for refunds are subject to review and are not guaranteed if you withdraw after the last refund date.
Will my active I-20 and F-1 visa status be canceled if I take spring 2021 or summer 2021 classes from my home country?
If you are changing to a different program or transferring to DCE from another SEVP-approved school in the U.S. this spring or summer quarter, you must be inside the United States before the current quarter program end date in order to maintain your F-1 status. If you have not re-entered the U.S. before the current quarter program end date, you may only study remotely on non F-1 status. Your I-20 will be completed, canceled or terminated depending on your situation. You may still enroll in spring or summer courses remotely from your home country without an I-20.
If you stop attending or participating in your courses, you are not following the rules of your F-1 visa. Your F-1 status will end and your I-20 will be terminated. If you are in the United States, this means you will have to leave the country immediately. If you are outside the United States, this means you will not be allowed to re-enter the United States using your current I-20.
If you are not able to participate in the remote sessions of your classes, you should contact firstname.lastname@example.org immediately to complete the withdrawal process so that your I-20 is not terminated for failing to maintain your F-1 status.
If your F-1 visa is expired or will expire, you will need to apply for a new F-1 visa before you re-enter the U.S. Please check for visa-appointment availability at the U.S. Embassy in your home country before departing the U.S. Some offices may be closed or have limited hours and may not be able to process your F-1 visa renewal in time to return to the U.S., so it is very important to plan ahead.
If you are changing to a different program or transferring to DCE from another SEVP-approved school in the U.S. for this spring or summer quarter, you must be in the U.S. before the current quarter program end date in order to maintain your F-1 status. If you have not re-entered the U.S. before the current quarter program end date, you may only study remotely on a non F-1 status. Your I-20 will be completed, canceled or terminated depending on your situation. You may still enroll in spring or summer courses remotely from your home country without an I-20.
You may also transfer your active I-20 to another SEVP-approved school to maintain your F-1 status after successfully completing your program at UCI DCE.
Health Insurance and Student Wellness
Tests are available at multiple locations in Orange County, but only when recommended by a doctor. If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms, contact your doctor.
Note that outside of California, Anthem is called “Blue Cross”.
If you wish to enroll in UCI DCE’s health insurance plan, please contact us at email@example.com for more information.
Student Life & Activities
Is a refund of any portion of tuition available to students who decide not to take any classes this spring or summer? If it is, what is the deadline for applying for a refund?
- UC Irvine: https://ehs.uci.edu/PublicHealth/coronavirus.html
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/
- Travel Advisories: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel.html
- DCE Student Services: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Check all email for messages from UCI, DCE, and your academic program staff and instructors for changes and updated information.
Signs & Symptoms
Coronavirus symptoms may include fever, muscle or body aches, sore throat and cough, fatigue, and headaches. Those experiencing these symptoms should seek medical attention.
Keeping Yourself & Our Community Healthy
Flu and other respiratory illnesses are spread when someone with the illness coughs or sneezes and another person inhales respiratory droplets or touches a surface that has been contaminated by them (such as a desk, doorknob, or keyboard) and then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth. Here are some precautions we encourage you to take so you can stay healthy:
- Wear a face covering when you are not able to maintain at least six (6) feet of physical distance from another individual. Exceptions apply, and for more information about face coverings, refer to the California Department of Public Health Guidance.
- Try to get sufficient sleep, exercise regularly, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious foods.
- Keep your hands clean and wash them frequently with soap and water. Carry alcohol-based hand sanitizer and use it when you cannot wash your hands.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces often.
- Get a flu shot. Flu shots are available by appointment or by walking into the Student Health Center on any campus or from most pharmacies.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve. When you use a tissue, throw it in the trash immediately. Do not use a handkerchief.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Do not share cups, straws, or anything else you put in your mouth.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- If you are sick, stay home and do not travel.
- Participate in contact tracing efforts by responding to outreach from contact tracers and taking other contact tracing actions when asked to do so.
For more information on coronavirus, please visit the resource links in the right-hand column.
UCI DCE understands that there are many people in our community who have friends, family, and colleagues who are impacted by this situation. We offer you our support and send good thoughts for the health of those for whom you care.