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COVID-19 Updates for KU International Community

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Last updated June 23, 2021

This summer all KUIA units will remain open virtually. Additionally, several offices will be open for in-person visitors. Virtual and in-person hours are as followed:

International Affairs is open virtually.

Academic Accelerator Program is open virtually. In-person meetings may be scheduled by appointment.

Applied English Center is open virtually from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Office hours and advising will continue to be held online throughout the summer. Instruction will primarily be online. The Point and LEO Lab will be closed.

International Admissions is open virtually. Documents can be delivered in person by appointment.

International Short Programs is open virtually from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Beginning June 15, in-person office hours will be held Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for Hubert H. Humphrey fellows. Visitors should enter the office through 308 Strong. 

International Support Services is open virtually from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Virtual drop-in hours are 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday, for quick questions and processes taking 15 minutes or less. Appointments can be made at iss.ku.edu. The office will be open to in-person visitors from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Monday and Thursday for general questions and for picking up and dropping off documents. It will not be open to in-person visits on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

Passport Office will remain closed until further notice.

Study Abroad & Global Engagement’s front office in 108 Lippincott will be open for in-person visitors from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Also, the office will be open virtually from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Students can schedule appointments by calling the main office at (785) 864-3742 or by using the online scheduling site.


KU COVID-19 Info


Enrolling Students

Undergraduate Students 

Fall Application Deadline:
May 1 application deadline for students outside the United States
June 1 application deadline for students within the United States or planning to study online

International Admissions is committed to offering flexibility to students who are affected by COVID-19 and may extend application deadlines as needed. 

English Testing: Students who cannot provide an English proficiency test score may request an exemption to this admission requirement. Students who are granted an exemption must take the Applied English Center (AEC) Proficiency Test during the online orientation program prior to the start of their online program or their arrival on campus.

Visiting Campus: KU is offering in-person visits along with expanded virtual visit options. 

Here are ways to connect with KU International Admissions:

>> Visit KU

>> Schedule a call online

>> Connect with KU online

>> Take a virtual tour of campus

Graduate Students

Prospective students should reach out to their specific program of interest. 

>>Graduate Program List and Contacts

Check the testing services websites below for the latest information on exam postponements.

What opportunities are available for newly admitted students who may not be able to come to in-person KU due to COVID-19?

KU has online enrollment options for students who want to attend KU, but are unable to leave their home country due to COVID-19. KU has hundreds of high-quality online options that will allow students to begin their academic careers anywhere in the world. Depending on a student’s English proficiency, online options include:

  • Full-time English study through the Applied English Center.
  • Courses focused on KU Core requirements, allowing students proficient in English to begin their freshman year with a solid foundation.

KU has full advising plans to serve a wide range of majors across the humanities, social sciences and STEM fields. These online courses are designed specifically for delivering classes remotely, are aligned with KU Core requirements, and will allow students to earn credits toward their degree.

>> More information on online enrollment option

>> Immigration information for newly enrolled students


International Students 

COVID information related to international students can be found on the ISS website


Study Abroad

Programs for Summer 2021

Domestic and international travel restrictions are loosening as COVID-19 transmission slows in many regions of the world and local communities and national governments successfully implement staged reopening plans. While the risks associated with travel and Covid-19 will continue through the summer term, with meaningful and practical application of risk mitigation strategies, SAGE is planning to offer a limited portfolio of on-site summer programs to students.  

Study Abroad is currently partnering with the KU academic departments and partners abroad on program planning and development for the summer term.  As it works to construct programs that meet both academic and cultural immersion goals as well as the constraints of international travel during COVID-19, it will offer a more limited portfolio of programs, modified to incorporate best practices in mitigating COVID-19 transmission and spread.

>> More information on study abroad and university-affiliated student international travel

Programs for Fall 2021

SAGE is currently planning to offer a full portfolio of study abroad programs in diverse countries during the Fall 2021 semester, provided travel restrictions, public health contexts, and host institution planning permits programs to operate.

>> Fall 2021 programs are currently open and available



If I live outside the United States, will I be able to get a visa to come to KU?

The Department of State suspended routine visa services worldwide in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and began a phased resumption of routine visa services in July 2020. The resumption of routine visa services is occurring on a post-by-post basis, in coordination. U.S. Embassies and Consulates have continued to provide emergency and mission-critical visa services since March and will continue to do so as they are able. 

>> More information from the U.S. State Department

What travel restrictions are in place for KU?

On April 19, 2021, KU discontinued its restrictions on university-related travel implemented during the pandemic. This means that prior approval by the Provost Office and submission of research fieldwork/travel planning forms to the Office of Research are no longer needed for KU-related travel. Please continue to keep health and safety in mind when making plans, and adhere to all applicable state and federal travel guidelines. 

Faculty members and graduate students should check to see if there are U.S. State Department Level 3 or Level 4 designations or a CDC Level 3 warning in place for the intended destination. In cases where those warnings are in place, faculty and graduate students need to follow both the process articulated by the Office of Research and KUIA's process for assuming risk.

>> More information about academic work in countries with federal travel advisories

Personal Travel

Travelers should adhere to the CDC travel safety guidelines.

Travel Registration Resources

As a matter of public health and safety, it is important that all travel by members of the university community is registered in advance

For questions related to international travel, contact KUIA in Lawrence, the Office of International Programs at KU Medical Center, or the Office of Global Operations and Security.

>> More information


Support for the International Community

Unfortunately, a rise in anti-Asian harassment and discrimination has been documented globally, nationally and locally. KUIA is actively and vocally showing our support for our diverse community and lack of tolerance for racism, bigotry, violence and oppression. KU is not a bubble and our entire community must actively vocalize our support for every member of our wonderful community – at KU, Lawrence, Kansas, the nation and the world. We continue to be 100 percent committed to building and maintaining a diverse community. The value of that diversity and our common humanity and interdependence has only been reinforced by this pandemic. We are in this together and the solutions will include us all.

We have several initiatives in place already, including community discussions with groups that have been the target of harassment and discrimination. The KU Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access (IOA) is vigorously addressing emergency issues. KUIA and Office of Diversity & Equity affirm our support of every member of our community and our opposition of those who espouse hate or seek to blame individuals or groups for this pandemic. A virus does not discriminate based on race, nationality or politics. Our society must stand together.

If needed, the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access remains open and ready to assist students, faculty, and staff with any concerns about harassment and discrimination. Complaints can be filed by emailing ioa@ku.edu, by calling 785-864-6414, or by filling out an online complaint form. Also, KU units have created a resource guide with additional resources and support for the Asian, Asian-American and Pacific Islander community.


Parents of International Students

Information about COVID-19 treatment, testing, vaccines, and health and safety procedures can be found at Protect KU.


Student Experience 

In a Zoom panel discussion recorded on June 11, KU international and domestic students shared their experiences adapting to COVID-related challenges during the spring and summer semesters. The panel brought together the perspectives of domestic students who traveled abroad and remained in their host country as well as returned to the United States and the experiences of international students who returned home and those who remained in Lawrence or relocated elsewhere in the United States. The conversation highlighted the creative and resourceful solutions KU students found in meeting the academic and personal challenges presented by COVID-19. 

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