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In an atmosphere that embraces cultural diversity and encourages social tolerance, the International House at WPI provides programs and services to assist, educate, and support international students and scholars in their transition to U.S. society and academic culture.

This is especially the case in this new age of COVID-19; regardless of whether a student is living on or off campus, in their home country, or chooses to complete their term(s) remotely, their experience will still be as engaging, fulfilling—and most important, safe—as possible.

What You Need to Know Now

  • Travel restrictions by the U.S. and other countries may make travel to the U.S. more challenging than usual. WPI urges all students traveling internationally to review travel policies and restrictions for their country, as well as any countries they will transit through on their way to the U.S. 
  • WPI is working to make classes available remotely for international students. If you know you will not be able to come to campus or attend in-person classes this fall, please contact the Office of International Student Life , Academic Advising (for undergraduate students) or Graduate Studies (for graduate students). 
  • The Office of International Student Life will have designated hours of operation and specific protocols to support students wherever possible.

When the Presidential Proclamation on China from 5/29/2020 applies:

On 5/29/2020, the White House issued a “Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Nonimmigrants of Certain Students and Researchers from the People’s Republic of China,” which became effective on June 1, 2020.

  • This proclamation does not affect undergraduate students from China; it applies only to graduate level education and higher.
  • Graduate students may be affected if they are or have been funded by, employed by, studied at or conducted research at a facility or on behalf of a facility that implements or supports the Chinese Military-Civil Fusion Strategy. This proclamation applies only to people who meet the above criteria. The U.S. consulate will be assessing this when granting visas for new students.
  • Graduate students who are currently in the United States on an F or J visa are not currently affected by this proclamation.  If this changes, WPI will provide more information.

Travel restrictions that are currently in place for Foreign Nationals:

The following travel restrictions are in place for travelers (including F-1 and J-1 visa holders, but excluding U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents) traveling from each location to the U.S. Airport transits are also included within the travel restrictions. Foreign nationals are not allowed entry into the U.S. directly from any of these locations or if they have been in any of these locations within the previous 14 days:

  • China
  • Iran
  • 26 Schengen area countries
  • UK and Ireland
  • Brazil

These travel restrictions are subject to change, sometimes with very little notice.  Please review this information from DHS.

Current travel restrictions for U.S. citizens:

Currently, all the U.S. travel restrictions related to COVID-19 exempt U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents. However, the U.S. Department of State and CDC have issued global travel advisories.

Additional adjustments to our operations may be needed based on updated guidance and public health trends. We recommend you check back regularly for the latest updates.