Covid-19 Updates & FAQs

Information on Fall 2020

 

FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS
 

I have questions about my visa or I-20. Who should I turn to?
> The Harvard International Office (HIO) manages visa and immigration-related services for the Harvard community. For questions related to your specific case, please reach out to Jessica Heffernan, Adviser to International Students and Scholars. The HIO can also provide guidance related to the July 6 ICE press release and what that means for you and your individual case, whether you are an incoming first-year or returning student.

I'm not sure what I should do about the fall 2020 term. Who should I reach out to for advising?
> The College had trained a special team of advisers to help you work through specific questions you have. Please send an email to fall2020advising@fas.harvard.edu to connect with an adviser. Additionally, the OIE can also provide you with information regarding how to prepare for the fall semester regardless of your class year. Please direct your questions to the OIE team at internationalstudents@fas.harvard.edu and your questions will be answered.

I have questions regarding Placement Exams. Where can I find information?
> If you didn’t complete the placement exams or have questions related to your exam scores, please visit the Placement Exams Office.

Where can I obtain more information regarding campus housing?
> Please see Residential Life for fall 2020 updates and contact information.

Where can I obtain more information regarding academic accommodations?
> If you require accommodations for learning, please contact the Accessible Education Office.

Where can I obtain more information regarding academic resources?
> The Academic Resource Center provides resources to support your academic success at the College. If you are a first-year student, consider attending their First-Year Friday events. Registration required.

I have questions about Class of 2024 Orientation. Where can I find more information? 
> You can find more information about virtual orientation events and activities through the First-Year Student Orientation webpage. The theme for this year's orientation is "Making Change in a Changing World", which aligns with the mission of Harvard College, to "...educate the citizens and citizen-leaders for our society". Orientation consists of a series of five online modules, each released on Saturdays in August. Please check the orientation webpage for details.

RETURNING STUDENTS

I have questions about my visa or I-20. Who should I turn to?
> The Harvard International Office (HIO) manages visa and immigration-related services for the Harvard community. For questions related to your specific case, please reach out to Jessica Heffernan, Adviser to International Students and Scholars. The HIO can also provide guidance related to the July 6 ICE press release and what that means for you and your individual case, whether you are an incoming first-year or returning student.

I am a returning or transfer student. Am I able to study remotely in the fall?
> As a returning or transfer student you may conduct your remote coursework from the United States, or anywhere else in the world, as outlined in the original federal guidance issued in March 2020. If you completed a Learning Environment Questionnaire and were offered a room on campus for the fall 2020 semester, you may return to campus during your assigned move-in schedule. 

As a returning international student can I study at a local university in my home country?
> Ordinarily, international students are not permitted to study abroad in the home country; however, some exceptions may be possible. Please visit our Study Away page and reach out to the OIE for more information. 

Where can I obtain more information regarding academic accommodations?
> If you require accommodations for learning, please contact the Accessible Education Office.

Where can I obtain more information regarding academic resources?
> The Academic Resource Center provides resources to support your academic success at the College. If you are a first-year student, consider attending their First-Year Friday events. Registration required.

Who should I contact regarding my stored belongings or if I need to store my belongings before the fall term begins?
> If you stored your belongings in the spring, please reach out to Olympia Moving and storage. They can be reached at info@olympiamoving.com or (+1) 800.222.4744. Olympia may also help with the logistics of shipping your belongings to your home.