Fall 2020 Semester Information

Quarantine Information

If you are joining us in Lincoln for the Fall semester from overseas, the University has asked all international travelers to self-quarantine for 14 days, per CDC and Nebraska DHHS guidelines. It is extremely important that all students — whether living on campus or off campus — strictly adhere to university and local health directives to avoid virus transmission. To self-quarantine you will need to stay in your room, apartment, or house until a healthcare provider confirms you are no longer at risk of infecting others. To the extent that you can, remain in your room and limit your use of shared spaces with any roommates or family members. While this may be difficult or frustrating, please do not go for a walk outdoors, or even down the hall if you are in a shared living environment.

If you are living on-campus, please review the guidelines set by Housing for your quarantine: https://housing.unl.edu/quarantine-and-isolation

If you are living off-campus, you should:

  • Notify roommate(s) that you are quarantining.
  • Stay in your room or apartment and out of public spaces.
  • Not attend work, in-person classes, events, or other social or religious gatherings.
  • Not go in-person to any restaurants or grocery stores. ISSO has compiled a list of local restaurants and grocery stores with delivery and curbside options: https://go.unl.edu/resourcemap or find the list in one of our information packets for new or current students.
  • Limit contact with others.
  • Stay 6 feet away from other individuals at all times.
  • Wear a face covering any time you leave your apartment.
  • Cough or sneeze into your arm and never cough in the direction of someone else.
  • Frequently wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Wash/sanitize after coughing/sneezing directly into your hands or after handling used tissues.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid sharing household items. Do not share drinking glasses, towels, eating utensils, bedding, or any other items until your quarantine period is over.
  • Keep your surroundings clean. While the virus is not spread very well from contact with soiled household surfaces, you should try to clean surfaces that are shared with others, such as door knobs, telephones, and bathroom surfaces (or any other object that they sneeze or cough on), with a standard household disinfectant such as Clorox wipes. Wash your hands after cleaning the area.
  • Self-monitor for signs of possible infection, including fever (100.4 degrees F or 38.0 degrees C or higher, measured twice a day) or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, recent loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea. You can use the COVID-1 Check App to do so.

If you experience COVID-19 symptoms (fever/chills, cough, sneezing, runny nose, sore throat, vomiting, intestinal issues, shortness of breath, fatigue, loss of sense of smell, or body ache), you should contact the University Health Center at (402) 472-5000 and quarantine until all symptoms are no longer present for a minimum of 48 hours or until a medical professional has given additional instructions. If you’re not feeling well call the University Health Center at 402-472-5000 and press 1 on the menu to arrange a tele-health appointment.

These directions must be followed by everyone for the health and safety of our community. Students who do not comply may face disciplinary action from the university. It is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct to engage in behavior that “unreasonably endangers the mental or physical health” of others. It also is a violation to fail to comply with the direction of university officials.

Information on COVID-19:




As the University is transitioning to distance learning for the rest of the semester, we want you to know we are here for you. Many of you may be feeling a range of emotions right now, including disbelief, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, denial, worry / concern, stress, or more. Please realize these feelings are normal, and we would be happy to talk to you or connect you to resources to help manage any emotional distress. It is important that you maintain a basic self-care regimen, take everything one step at a time, assess what you can and cannot control, and ask for help within your support network when you need it. Once again, the ISSO staff is here to help you. Questions? Email isso@unl.edu.

Click below to review messages from Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs and Senior International Officer, Josh Davis.

Message from AVC Josh Davis 3/13/2020

Message from AVC Josh Davis 5/1/2020

Message from AVC Josh Davis 7/1/2020

Message from AVC Josh Davis 7/7/2020

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers:

The ISSO has created a guide to help answer the most frequently asked questions in response to COVID-19:

FAQ Guide Resources Guide

Immigration Considerations:

Immigration Updates: In response to the recent immigration updates, please click below for more information.

Immigration Updates (NEW UPDATE - July 24, 2020)

The ISSO will continue to communicate important immigration updates in response to COVID-19 via email. Please make sure to check your email regularly and contact isso@unl.edu for any questions.

  • ISSO has transitioned entirely to remote advising. Please click here to sign up for a virtual advising session.
  • The situation related to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) remains unpredictable and rapidly changing. If you choose to depart the U.S., you may encounter challenges in returning in the summer or fall to continue your studies. Please consider this possibility seriously as you weigh the decision to travel outside the U.S. for any time.
  • If you are traveling outside of the U.S., please click here to learn how to obtain a travel signature on your I-20 online. The ISSO staff recommend that you obtain a signature sooner rather than later, even if you are uncertain whether you will be traveling back home, as things are rapidly changing.
  • We have notified the Department of Homeland Security that we are transitioning to remote learning instead of in-person instruction, and have been reassured that this transition does not put your visa status at risk at this time.
  • UNL housing and dining facilities will remain open to you at this time, if you choose to remain on campus. Please visit the Housing website for more details about changing hours and services.

Questions about international student tax filing? International Students with tax information questions are encouraged to email: international-vita@unl.edu