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COVID-19: FAQs

General

A Message from Vice President for International Programs Asif Chaudhry

To all International Students,

Welcome back to your studies!

As we begin a new learning experience for the rest of our spring semester, I want you to know that your health, safety and educational progress are important to us in International Programs. Whether you are on campus or learning from a distance, I promise we will get through this unusual and challenging time together as a Coug family. And on that subject, this video is a brief message to you from all of the IP faculty and staff.

If you have any questions, suggestions, comments, or concerns, my virtual door is always open to you.

Go Cougs!

 

WSU is committed to the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and surrounding communities. Currently the WSU Executive Policy Group meets twice daily to address issues related to the COVID-19 outbreak. You can find the latest updates to WSU’s COVID-19 response here:

Coming together in an extraordinary time

 

COVID -19 updates for the city of Pullman can be found here:

City of Pullman COVID-19 Info

The following FAQ is specifically for International Students and students participating in study abroad and exchange programs.

UPDATE  – All Summer 2020 Global Learning Programs Are Canceledclick here for more information

Stimulus Payments

Please Note: The staff at WSU International Student and Scholar Services are not tax experts and we do not provide tax advice. This material has been prepared for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on exclusively, for tax advice. You should consult a qualified tax professional to discuss the specifics of your case.

COVID-19 Stimulus Payments of $1,200

Many students have contacted WSU International Programs because they received a payment from the government for COVID-19. This is a CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) payment. The CARES Act can be claimed only by U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and residents for tax purposes. A “resident for tax purposes” is an individual who can pass the Substantial Presence Test, who has a valid Social Security Number (SSN), and who has filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return.

The CARES Act is meant to address the economic fallout of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic in the United States. It is a stimulus package that aims to support workers with a one-time payment of $1,200.

Q – Can non-resident aliens receive the CARES payment?

A – No. Nonresident aliens are not eligible to receive this stimulus payment.

Q – How can I find out if I am a resident or nonresident alien for tax purposes in the U.S.?

A – Complete the Substantial Presence Test with Sprintax.

  1. Go to WSU’s tax partner’s website sprintax.com and create an account if you do not already have one.
  2. Complete “Step 1 Residency” by answering the questions below.

Step 1- Residency

a. If after clicking submit you see the page below then you are a “Non-Resident for Tax Purposes.” You are not eligible for the CARES payment.

Step 1 - Residency instructions

b. If after clicking submit you see the page below, then you are a “Resident for Tax Purposes” and are eligible for the CARES payment. There is nothing else you need to do.

Step 1-Residency instructions

Q – I have received the CARES payment, but I am a nonresident alien. What should I do?

A – First, if you previously used a tax software such as Turbo Tax and filed as a resident by mistake, all you need to do is file an amended tax return for each year that you filed incorrectly and pay any tax liability that you owe.

WSU’s tax partner Sprintax has instructions on how to file an amendment. WSU has paid for access to Sprintax for WSU students and scholars. Please go to myPassport.wsu.edu and under Tax Software you can request an access code for Sprintax be emailed to your WSU email.

Then continue to enter your tax information using the account you used to check your tax residency. The process of filing is relatively straightforward and is easy to do online with Sprintax. http://blog.sprintax.com/how-amend-tax-return-with-sprintax/#amend-re

After you finish entering your information into Sprintax, you will get a PDF with instructions and forms you need to mail to the IRS. Please follow the instructions in that PDF and include a note to explain that you are returning the CARES payment.

Q – I received a payment, but I am not qualified. How do I return the CARES payment?

A – It is important to return the CARES payment if you believe that you received it in error. You should return the payment separately from your tax return above.

If your refund was a direct deposit into your bank account please follow the steps below.

      1. Contact the Automated Clearing House (ACH) department of your bank have them return the refund to the IRS.
      2. Call the IRS toll-free at 800-829-1040 (individual) to explain why the direct deposit is being returned.
      3. Please know that you can be charged interest on these funds. So return them as quickly as possible.

If your refund was a physical Treasury check that was mailed to you, do not deposit it into your bank account.

      1. Write “Void” in the endorsement section on the back of the check.
      2. Submit the check immediately, but no later than 21 days, to the appropriate IRS location listed below. The location is based on the city (possibly abbreviated) on the bottom text line in front of the words TAX REFUND on your refund check.
      3. Don’t staple, bend, or paper clip the check.
      4. Include a note stating “Return of erroneous refund check” and give a brief explanation of the reason for returning the refund check.

If your refund was a physical Treasury check and has been deposited into your bank:

      1. Submit a personal check, money order, etc., immediately, but no later than 21 days, to the appropriate IRS location listed below. The location is based on the city (possibly abbreviated) on the bottom text line in front of the words TAX REFUND on your refund check. If you no longer have access to a copy of the check, call the IRS toll-free at 800-829-1040 (individual) and explain to the assistor that you need information to repay a cashed refund check.
      2. Write on the check/money order: Payment of Erroneous Refund, the tax period for which the refund was issued, and your taxpayer identification number (social security number, employer identification number, or individual taxpayer identification number).
      3. Include a brief explanation of the reason for returning the refund.
      4. Cashing an erroneous refund check may result in interest due the IRS.

IRS mailing addresses based on the city (possibly abbreviated) located on the bottom text line in front of the words TAX REFUND on your refund check:

      • ANDOVER – Internal Revenue Service, 310 Lowell Street, Andover MA 01810
      • ATLANTA – Internal Revenue Service, 4800 Buford Highway, Chamblee GA 30341
      • AUSTIN – Internal Revenue Service, 3651 South Interregional Highway 35, Austin TX 78741
      • BRKHAVN – Internal Revenue Service, 5000 Corporate Ct., Holtsville NY 11742
      • CNCNATI – Internal Revenue Service, 201 West Rivercenter Blvd., Covington KY 41011
      • FRESNO – Internal Revenue Service, 5045 East Butler Avenue, Fresno CA 93727
      • KANS CY – Internal Revenue Service, 333 W. Pershing Road, Kansas City MO 64108-4302
      • MEMPHIS – Internal Revenue Service, 5333 Getwell Road, Memphis TN 38118
      • OGDEN – Internal Revenue Service, 1973 Rulon White Blvd., Ogden UT 84201
      • PHILA – Internal Revenue Service, 2970 Market

Employment

Q – If I am on OPT and my position ends due to COVID-19, what are my options?

A – The options will be specific to your situation and the position at your place of employment. In some cases, you may be able to reduce your hours; to remain valid under OPT we recommend you work at least 21 hours a week. Or you may be able to meet OPT requirements by volunteering, but you MUST meet volunteer requirements. If you think volunteering is an option for you or if you have additional questions, please schedule a consultation with a International Student and Scholar Services advisor as soon as possible to evaluate your case.

Unemployment Eligibility

Q – If I am working on OPT and am laid off due to COVID-19, do I qualify for unemployment benefits?

A – Whether you qualify for unemployment will depend on the unemployment criteria for the state you are working in. Please consult with your employer’s human resources professionals regarding resources for unemployment information in your state. For more information regarding COVID-19-specific unemployment assistance, please see this Unemployment Help page provided by the U.S. government.

Housing and Dining

Moving Out

Students living in the residence halls will be able to retrieve their belongings from May 5 through May 31. To adhere to social distance guidelines provided by federal, state, and local health authorities, students must sign up for a specific move‑out time. Students will receive in their wsu.edu email account detailed instructions once a move‑out time has been confirmed. Please log into your housing contract for your move-out options.

International students who have departed the U.S. already can request to have their belongings held by Housing. Please contact housing@wsu.edu for more information.

Food assistance

WSU continues to work to make vital resources available to all our students. Currently, in addition to the grocery assistance offered students by GPSA on the Pullman campus, the following food banks and resources at our other campuses should be of help:

Everett
https://www.foodpantries.org/ci/wa-everett

Spokane
http://www.servespokane.org/
https://2-harvest.org

Tri Cities
https://2-harvest.org/
http://bfcac.org/home-base/orgs/Golden+Age+Food+Share+Program

Vancouver
https://www.clarkcountyfoodbank.org/
https://fishvancouver.org/

For emergency funding requests, including Food assistance, use this form:

https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?WashingtonStateUniv&layout_id=35

Summer housing

Housing applications for summer in Pullman is not live yet, but will be offered. More information will be coming out soon, so please continue to visit the Summer Housing website for more details.

  • Housing Options
    • Typically, on-campus housing in Pullman during the summer is available in McEachern Hall from May to July 25, with the option to pay a nightly rate to extend to the start of the fall 2020 semester if needed. Additional off-campus housing options are available.
      • WSU Pullman is working to ensure that other housing options on campus will be available as needed for students who choose to stay for summer.
    • Dining options will be made available to accommodate students who are staying for summer due to the current travel restrictions.

UPDATE from WSU Dining Services –

Per the recent mandate provided by Governor Inslee, Dining Services is making the following changes, effective March 17, 2020. Dining Services will provide take-out options only and remove seating in dining locations, including Hillside Café, The Market on Cougar Way, Lighty Café, and Carlita’s in the CUB. Additionally, online ordering via the Get Food app is available for Lighty Café and Carlita’s. Starbucks in the SPARK is closed at this time.

Check for updates on what will be available on WSU’s COVID-19 webpage: https://wsu.edu/covid-19/.

Travel and Immigration

Click Here for CDC COVID-19 Travel Information

Click Here for the latest COVID-19 Restrictions on US Visas and Entry

International Travel Advisory

We understand the desire of International Students to reunite with their families during this time, but if your F-1 of J-1 visa stamp is expired and you intend to return to the U.S. to resume your academic program this fall (through distance learning or in-person), we strongly recommend that you reconsider this plan and remain in the U.S. during the summer.

Students in the situation above will need a valid visa to re-enter the United States, and for that, they must apply for a visa renewal at a U.S. consulate abroad. There are increased delays and restrictions on visa issuance due to the pandemic, even for visa renewals, so we urge that if you are in this situation (holding an expired visa, but planning to travel internationally) please speak with an international student advisor or your local DSO BEFORE traveling internationally.

 

USCIS Suspension on Premium Processing as of March 20, 2020

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that effective March 20, 2020, they will not accept any new requests for premium processing. Premium Processing was an option for University petitioners to have H-1B petitions adjudicated within 15 calendar days at an extra cost of $1,440. With this suspension, H-1B petitions will now be processed through USCIS regular standard times. For current processing times, visit the Check Case Processing Times page.

Below are some questions and answers to address initial concerns. Please contact International Student and Scholar Services at ip.scholars@wsu.edu for any further questions.

Q – How does the April 22 executive order affect my pending visa application?

A – President Trump’s executive order paused entry into the United States of certain immigrants for 60 days. The pause affects only the issuance of immigrant visas abroad to new Green Card holders, therefore not affecting current Green Card holders, non-immigrants, or pending applications processed by USCIS within the U.S.

At this time there are many unanswered questions of potential new orders possibly affecting non-immigrants, which is creating much anxiety.  We understand this and are following the situation closely.  There will likely be continued uncertainty for the next months during the COVID-19 crisis, and we will do everything we can to keep all involved up to date as the situation develops. At this time, we have to accept uncertainty, follow events carefully, and prioritize as best we can. Please do not hesitate to contact our office with any questions or concerns.

Q – My current H-1B status is expiring soon, and my department had already agreed to extend it. How will this affect my case?

A – H-1B extension petitions will be filed prior to the expiration of current H-1B status. With that, foreign nationals will be able to remain in the U.S. and work up to 240 days after the expiration of their current H-1B. International Student and Scholar Services will contact faculty and departments to provide a copy of the USCIS Receipt Notice, which is needed for the proper I-9 employment update. Travel* outside the U.S. while the extension petition is pending will trigger it to be considered abandoned. Please notify International Student and Scholar Services immediately if you must make an emergency trip abroad.

* Due to COVID-19, the United States Department of State has issued a level 4 travel warning for ALL international travel.  A level 4 warning means “Do Not Travel.”  This warning not to travel applies to every country.

Q – Is International Student and Scholar Services tracking cases, and will they notify departments and faculty impacted?

A – The International Student and Scholar Services department has been closely monitoring H-1B cases they are currently working on and has contacted each foreign national and hiring department affected by this suspension. Although our office is physically closed, we are teleworking and doing Zoom meetings, so we are happy to answer any questions or concerns. Please contact ip.scholars@wsu.edu  or maria.cardieri@wsu.edu.

Q – I am currently in the U.S. with a different immigration status, but WSU has agreed to sponsor an H-1B application on my behalf. How will this affect my case?

A – H-1B Initial petitions will be filed prior to the expiration of current immigration status in the U.S. (e.g., J-1, F-1 OPT, etc.). With that, foreign nationals will be able to remain in the U.S. until the H-1B case is adjudicated, however, they cannot work until the H-1B is finally approved. International Student and Scholar Services will contact faculty and departments to provide a copy of the USCIS Receipt Notice so they can track the status of their case online. Please refer to the Check Case Processing Times page for information about USCIS current processing time of application. Travel* outside the U.S. while the petition is pending will trigger it to be considered abandoned. Please notify International Student and Scholar Services immediately if you must make an emergency trip abroad.

It is uncertain when premium processing will be resumed at this time, but we can upgrade pending applications to premium processing as soon as it becomes available again. International Student and Scholar Services can hold on to the premium processing check at a department’s request to use in case the premium option becomes available again.

Q – I am currently outside the U.S.,but have been offered a position to start at WSU in summer/fall 2020. Additionally, my WSU hiring department has agreed to sponsor an H-1B visa on my behalf. How will this affect my case?

A – H-1B Initial petitions will be filed prior to the proposed start date of the appointment. However, foreign nationals need the WSU H-1B petition to be approved before they are able to apply for an H-1B visa at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate abroad, which is required prior to traveling to the U.S. Therefore, the start of appointments may be delayed depending on USCIS processing times of applications. Please refer to the Check Case Processing Times page for information about USCIS current processing time of applications. International Student and Scholar Services will contact faculty and departments to provide a copy of the USCIS Receipt Notice so they can track the status of their case online.

It is uncertain when premium processing will be resumed at this time, but we can upgrade pending applications to premium processing as soon as it becomes available again. International Student and Scholar Services can hold on to the premium processing check at a department’s request to use in case the premium option becomes available again.

Q – I am a department liaison with International Student and Scholar Services on an H-1B application. Should I hold off submitting a case, or will cases be processed as usual?

A – International Student and Scholar Services, as the majority of other offices on campus, is teleworking. Requests can continue to be submitted in the myPassport system and will be processed until further notice. Departments are encouraged to contact International Student and Scholar Services at ip.scholars@wsu.edu or maria.cardieri@wsu.edu for advice about a specific individual situation and impacts of timely onboarding. This advice is also true for sponsorship of other types of employment-based visas.

Travel

Q – I have already booked a flight for a Global Learning program and now I need to cancel it because all programs have been canceled. What do I ask my airline so that I can be sure to preserve as much of my investment as possible?

A – Contact the airline if you booked with them by phone or online, or your travel agent directly for cancellation. Ask what you can do for a full refund even if you purchased a non-refundable ticket. The carrier may refund, or offer credit for future travel and they will waive the change fee. If the airline has discontinued their flights into a particular country you should be able to get a full refund.

Please continue to check here, and with your airline and travel agent, for updates on policy changes as news unfolds.

Q – I am considering returning home for the remainder of spring semester and possibly summer semester as well. What should I do?

A – All campuses in the Washington State University system transitioned from face‑to‑face classes, testing, and advising to distance delivery on Monday, March 23, following WSU’s spring break. This move was made to allow for increased social distancing in light of the spread of the COVID‑19 illness in the state of Washington.

International Student and Scholar Services wants to reassure you the University is taking necessary precautions. University administrators are carefully monitoring the situation to ensure the safety of our students, faculty, and staff.

On March 13, 2020, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) gave guidance allowing Universities to make temporary changes so international students can continue their program of study by engaging in distance learning, either from within the U.S. or outside the country.

If you plan to travel outside the United States to complete the semester, please carefully consider the following items:

Academics

  • WSU will continue to hold classes at their regularly scheduled times. This may mean that you would have to attend classes at inconvenient times due to time zone differences.
  • You may not have access to course materials or reliable access to internet in your home countries. This creates a risk that you may not be able to complete coursework, which could negatively affect your academic performance.

Travel

  • Borders could be closed at any time to any country and may limit traveler mobility, including quarantines and border restrictions. Even countries, jurisdictions, or areas where cases have not been reported may restrict travel without notice.
  • You may be exposed to COVID-19 while traveling and could become a carrier of COVID-19.

Immigration

  • Have you applied for Optional Practical Training (OPT)? You should stay in the United States because institutions/private companies closures, flight cancellations, and other travel-related issues may prevent you from meeting the requirements of your OPT. As a reminder, you cannot apply for OPT while abroad, and it is recommended to remain in the U.S. if your application is currently pending. https://ip.wsu.edu/on-campus/opt-tutorial/

Health Care

  • While traveling you need to make sure you find a health care provider who accepts your iSHIP insurance (via United Healthcare). Find a United Healthcare Student Resources Provider at https://www.uhcsr.com/ Type in Washington State University under your school’s name and then click on Find Providers.
  • Remember that Coug Health does not have a co-payment or deductible for students using the iSHIP insurance and will remain open for students to access support and health care.

Campus Resources

  • The University remains open at this time, but classes and advising are online.
  • The International Student and Scholar Services office remains open and we are here to support you. Advising is available only by phone, email, and Zoom. Our open advising hours still take place from 1-3 p.m., Monday through Friday, but you will need to call (509) 335-4508 to speak with an advisor.
  • International Student and Scholar Services may set up individual advising sessions via Zoom, but advisors will schedule those meetings on an individual basis.
  • Other student support offices remain available for students to contact for questions and support.

Immigration

  • Students can elect to take summer as a vacation term and stay in the U.S. if they had previously attended spring 2020 and are continuing in fall 2020. WSU advises against international travel during summer 2020.
  • Students eligible for vacation term can take online classes. Online Campus courses available for summer 2020 can be found here: https://learn365.wsu.edu/summer-session/summer-courses/

Q – I am in F-1 status and my plan was to return to my home country. I would prefer to stay in the U.S. for now. What are my options?

A – Every student’s situation is different. Speak with an international student advisor who can review your information and offer advice. International Student and Scholar Services has open advising hours Monday to Friday 1-3 p.m. by calling 509-335-4508 or emailing ip.intlservices@wsu.edu

Q – I am in my home country but was planning to return to WSU for summer/fall classes. If I am unable to return to the U.S. due to coronavirus restrictions, what should I do?

A – Each student’s situation is different. An international student advisor can speak to you directly about your options.

  • Options may include:
    • Continue to monitor the situation until we are closer to your expected start date.
    • Leave of Absence from WSU
    • Medical Reduced Course Load (if applicable)
    • Study Abroad credits/Independent Study/online courses
  •  International Student and Scholar Services has open advising hours Monday to Friday 1-3 p.m. You can call them at +1 509-335-4508 or email at ip.intlservices@wsu.edu

Health and Safety

International students who are enrolled in WSU’s health insurance plan through United Healthcare will not be required to pay any fees related to the testing of COVID-19, if testing is completed under CDC guidelines. However, you may be charged customary deductible and co-pay fees if you need treatment for COVID-19.

To find information on WSU’s United Healthcare plan for international students and explanation of deductible and co-pay fees:

  • https://www.uhcsr.com/
  • Enter Washington State University for the school’s name
  • Scroll down and find Medical – International Plan on the right; click “Explore Policy”

Up-to date-announcements from United Healthcare regarding COVID-19 can be found at https://www.uhcsr.com/news-main

Local area hospitals and remote location

Q – My family is telling me it is not safe to stay in Washington state. What should I do?
A – People at the Pullman campus have access to 5 hospitals within a 45-minute drive of Pullman: in Washington, Pullman Regional Hospital in Pullman; Whitman Hospital and Medical Center in Colfax; and Tri-State Memorial Hospital in Clarkston; and in Idaho, Gritman Medical Center in Moscow; and St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston. We also have health resources at Cougar Health Services located on the Pullman campus. Additionally, 3 large regional hospitals serve Spokane.

Q – Will medical insurance cover testing and treatment?
A – International students at WSU have the International Student Health Insurance Plan (iSHIP) and are encouraged to contact Cougar Health Services for information before undertaking any testing. You can find more information on iSHIP at this link:

https://cougarhealth.wsu.edu/studentinsurance/international-students/.

  • If you are an international student and have a spouse or child, you have the option to sign them up for insurance using Dependent coverage. Enrollment for Dependents is open the first 2 weeks of spring and fall semesters; however, if you are newly married or your dependent has entered the U.S. in the last 30 days, you may have options for additional coverage for them. More information can be found here:

https://cougarhealth.wsu.edu/studentinsurance/international-students/#dependentEnrollment

Masks

Q – Where can I find masks? Should I be wearing a mask?

A – According to the World Health Organization, masks are effective only when used in combination with frequent hand cleaning with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. The CDC now says everyone over 2 years of age who is able to remove it should wear a cloth face cover when out in public. You must also know how to use it and dispose of it properly.

Safety and Security: A Message to the WSU Community

 

March 7, 2020

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:

In light of continuing concerns and some misconceptions about the novel coronavirus (COVID‑19), we are reaching out to the WSU community. We recognize that this is a particularly stressful time, but as such it is even more important to pause before reacting in difficult situations.
We are aware of multiple bias behaviors exhibited toward members of our international community, as well as our Asian American and Pacific Islander community, in recent days. As an example, cultures worldwide routinely wear face masks for protection during flu and cold season. People from the U.S. are not as familiar with that practice and may make assumptions and respond negatively. All community members, students, faculty, and staff deserve respect as well as a safe environment for learning, living, and working.
Should you experience or witness discrimination or harassment based on race, color, or national or ethnic origin, you can report concerns to the Office of Civil Rights Compliance and Investigation (CRCI).
Some examples of conduct that can be reported to CRCI include, but are not limited to:

  • Someone repeatedly tells you to leave a class, labs, or campus because of your race and/or ethnicity or connection to a specific country.
  • Someone excludes you from group activities because of your race and/or ethnicity or country of origin.
  • Someone approaches you on campus or in our community and makes a negative and/or discriminatory statement(s) about you, your race, or your country of origin.

Even if you think an experience is “not enough” to contact the Office of Civil Rights Compliance and Investigation, we encourage you to do so. Sharing information will help you connect to university resources and will help WSU monitor our shared campus experiences. This will help us determine if additional education, actions, or safety measures are appropriate.
Please also know, if you are ever in danger, immediately call 9‑1‑1 for emergency assistance.

Yours Sincerely,
Asif J. Chaudhry, U.S. Ambassador (Ret.)
Vice President
Office of International Programs

Jaime Nolan
Associate Vice President
Community, Equity and Inclusive Excellence

Academics

The latest updates from WSU can be found on its COVID-19 website.

Grading Accommodation: Spring 2020

As of March 27, WSU expanded the pass, fail option for undergraduate students, and they may choose the pass, fail option for any or all registered courses in spring 2020. The deadline to request pass, fail grading is June 1, 2020.

International students are strongly advised to check with their academic advisor before changing a course to pass, fail as doing so may negatively impact their future options and progress toward their major. Sponsored students should also get their sponsor’s approval before choosing this option. For more information, please visit https://registrar.wsu.edu/pass-fail/.

Additionally, for students considering an “incomplete” in a course, they need to make this request with the instructor of the cours. Typically, a student and instructor come to an agreement about when the work will be completed so a final grade can be given. You may also find the University’s Incomplete policy here, University’s Incomplete policy here: https://registrar.wsu.edu/academic-regulations/

Scroll to 90.Grades and Grade Points.

More Academic Information:

Q – Are there any opportunities for me to take part in international opportunities from within the U.S. this summer?

A – Several remote global lear

ning opportunities remain available. Contact Global Learning at ip.globallearning@wsu.edu for more information.

Though our physical office space is currently closed, we are still providing Global Cougs 101 information sessions and global learning advising appointments in distance-delivery formats. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact us at ip.globallearning@wsu.edu!

Go Global Cougs!

Q: As a Global Coug student finishing coursework offered by another university abroad, am I eligible to take advantage of the P/PP/F grading structure?

A: No. Academic coursework completed must match the University transcript provided by your host university. If your host university allows for a similar P/PP/F structure, WSU can accept and post those grades upon transferring the credits back to WSU.

Summer 2020 Session

Information about WSU summer sessions at all campuses is available here.

Summer Course Offerings

  • Current undergraduate or graduate students at WSU are eligible to enroll in summer classes. Courses during the summer term are condensed into 6-, 7- and 12-week sessions and are often more rigorous than semester-long courses due to the shortened term length. Visit https://learn365.wsu.edu/summer-session/about-summer/ to see available sessions, registration dates, and costs.
  • Graduate and undergraduate summer session courses that would have normally been taught face-to-face on the campuses in Pullman, Vancouver, Tri‑Cities, Everett, and Spokane will instead be taught by distance learning methods. (Note that some health professions programs may still offer clinically based courses face-to-face if they can do so safely.)
  • All students pay the in-state tuition rate during the summer.
  • Undergraduate Pathway or Academic English students could elect to extend their program if their study plan completes at the end of spring semester. Continuing students will enroll as usual for summer. Contact the INTO WSU staff at ialc@wsu.edu for assistance with extending or changing the current program.
  • For graduate Pathway students, graduate-level coursework is limited over the summer. Contact the INTO WSU staff or the INTO WSU Academics team to discuss options. Our teams will work to assist students in finding available classes or offer other options that may be available.
  • International Programs is currently reaching out to academic departments to encourage opening additional graduate-level coursework for summer 2020. It’s encouraged for students to double check with their Academic Departments as well on offerings for summer classes.
  • For students currently in level 5 and eligible to progress from AE to Graduate Pathway, they may elect to enroll in AE Level 6 for the summer term and progress to an Accelerated Graduate Pathway in the fall term.
  • Current students without a summer study plan could electively enroll in summer term of AE at a reduced rate ($1,000 discount).

Visiting Families

Q – If my parents come from Hong Kong to attend the graduation ceremony, due to the policy of CDC, do they need to stay home for a period of 14 days from the time before attending the graduation ceremony?

A – Foreign nationals entering the U.S. are generally not placed into self-quarantine. Self-quarantine is for American citizens and permanent residents. Either the government will place them in a mandatory quarantine or more likely they will deny them entry to the U.S.

  • Foreign nationals who have visited China or Iran in the 14 days before travel to the U.S. may not enter the United States.
  • American citizens, lawful permanent residents, and their families who have been in China or Iran in the 14 days prior to travel will be allowed to enter the United States, but will be redirected to one of 11 airports to undergo health screening. Depending on their health and travel history, they will have some level of restrictions on their movements for 14 days from the time they left China or Iran. For the most recent information, visit the CDC web page Travelers Prohibited from Entry into the United States.

WSU has no discretion over who is admitted into the U.S. At this time, due to the evolving nature of COVID-19 we cannot advise on travel plans to visit. Students and their families can visit the WSU COVID-19 website for updates.

Spring commencement is now scheduled for Aug. 8, 2020. Check WSU’s Commencement Ceremonies page for current information. Commencement will be streamed live here: https://commencement.wsu.edu/livestream/

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