Stuckeman School International Students –
Now that the University has announced its decision to move instruction online for the remainder of the semester, we understand that many of you are considering returning to your home country in the near future, before the semester ends. As we await the University’s plan for students to collect their belongings from campus, please be sure to take the following steps prior to your departure:
- First and foremost: If you have already left University Park/State College, please contact your instructors immediately to inform them of your decision.
- If you are unsure about returning to your home country, be sure to research any restrictions that may be in place at your country’s borders that may lead to the inability for you to return home.
- In addition, please carefully read all messages from Global Programs – including the email that went out on Friday (3/9/2020) from Robert Crane, Interim Vice Provost for Global Programs. Global Programs may also have important information specific to your situation. Please email any questions to DISSA at email@example.com.
- If you do decide to return home, please inform your instructors about your decision.
- Be aware that many countries are enforcing a mandatory quarantine period (up to 14 days) that could affect your ability to continue online learning during that period. Please check this ahead of time and, if quarantines are being enforced by your home country, please let your instructors know ahead of time.
- Be aware that certain countries have limited access to U.S. internet that will affect your ability to continue Penn State online learning. Again, research this ahead of time and, if this is true in your home country/region, inform your instructors ahead of time.
- If you do decide to leave State College, please prepare yourself for a potentially long trip home; be aware that you may encounter numerous challenges and uncertainties of many kinds, from long hours at airports to staying in a quarantine hotel as your first home destination.
We understand the feelings of uncertainty and anxiety over the spread of COVID-19 and how it is impacting our University. Please know that we at Penn State and the Stuckeman School are here to provide you as much support and information as we can during this challenging time. Please feel free to contact our international student adviser Wu Hong at firstname.lastname@example.org with any concerns.
Lastly, please monitor your Penn State email daily as this will be Global Programs’ primary communication tool to keep you abreast of the latest developments.