Fall Updates 2021_Travel, Visas, and Housing - UChicago website

Where can I find University materials to help me plan as an international student?

Information and resources for incoming and current F-1 and J-1 international students at the University of Chicago can be found on the Office of International Affairs website. There, you will find up-to-date resources including immigration and travel news, FAQs, and a list of virtual events to help you stay connected with new developments as they happen.  You can also find information on virtual programming and resources for international students at UChicagoGRAD.

Fall Updates 2021_Travel, Visas, and Housing - Travel around campus

What options are available for travel around campus?

Visit the "Getting Around" page of the UChicago Safety & Security website for more information. You can also visit the TransLoc website for more information on UChicago shuttles and CTA transit routes that are in service and the most updated information on changes or disruptions to service. The TransLoc app can be downloaded to your smartphone lets you track buses and shuttles in real-time.  Passengers should tap a valid UChicago-issued ID to ride the shuttles and CTA routes 171 and 172.

Please note that all passengers are required to wear a mask while riding University shuttles.

Fall Updates 2021_Travel, Visas, and Housing - Unable to Get a Visa

If I'm unable to get a visa and arrive on campus by the first day of the autumn quarter am I allowed to arrive later in the quarter or do I need to wait for the start of the winter quarter in January?

We recognize that travel restrictions, particularly for our international students, mean a portion of our community will not be able to return to campus this fall. If a student is unable to obtain their visa and arrive by September 27, they should work with their advisor to ensure they are able to enroll in their courses remotely.  Students may enroll in remote classes before they obtain their visa. The Office of International Affairs will work with students to defer their immigration document start-date to the next available quarter or assist with other challenges you may experience.

Regardless of your status, the Dean of Student’s Office is here to ensure our international students are connected and supported.

Fall Updates 2021_Travel, Visas, and Housing - CPT, OPT

Will I be eligible for CPT and OPT if I begin my program from abroad?

Per the Office of International Affairs, students who begin their MPP, MSCAPP, or MACRM program from abroad will remain eligible for CPT as long as they complete the 1st year of their program and enter the US in F-1 status before their requested CPT start date.  More information on CPT can be found here.

In regards to OPT, OIA has been tracking this issue and requesting clarification from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  If further guidance is issued by the government, we will alert you immediately.

Fall Updates 2020_Travel, Visas, and Housing - visa issues

What support will be available for students dealing with visa issues?

We understand that given the evolving nature of the pandemic and government responses, our international students may face barriers to entering the United States for the Autumn Quarter. The Office of International Affairs provides support for students related to visas and immigration. Students are encouraged to visit OIA’s COVID-19 Planning for International Students for more information. All international students at the University are assigned an OIA adviser–the OIA advisor for Harris students is Mischa Kasperan, mkasperan@uchicago.edu. Please reach out to her if you have any questions or concerns regarding immigration.

Fall Updates 2021_Travel, Visas, and Housing - Practical Experience

How can international students participate in practical experience?

Harris is committed to ensuring that international students have a full, rich student experience, regardless of where they take courses from, and that includes the ability to experience fulfilling summer employment. Formalizing practical experience as a degree requirement for our MPP, MSCAPP and MACRM students ensures that F-1 and J-1 international students who need to begin the academic year from outside the U.S. remain eligible for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) or Academic Training (AT) after their first academic year in the program. You can find more information on our practical experience requirements and resources here.