Getting you started at the University of Nevada, Reno

We are all working to have in-person instruction, campus life and support services, yet being an international student comes with different challenges that might make getting started at Nevada a bit rough. OISS has services to help with these adjustments and we hope you utilize them.

 

Check-in and arriving in Reno

As we all know, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed many operational processes as we all try to minimize its spread and remain healthy. For our international students returning from travel abroad, there are a number of items that need to happen this fall for you to successfully continue your studies on campus.

For students entering the United States after January 26, 2021, CDC is requiring a negative COVID-19 test is to enter the United States. If you arrive after January 26, 2021, the University has reduced the quarantine requirement from 14 days to 10 days. Students are still required to schedule a COVID-19 test with the Student Health Center within three business days of your arrival.

  • All new international students must complete a formal immigration check-in

    You will also need to complete the check in process required by the United States Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) to be completed within five days of coming to Reno. The check in process consists of completing Office of International Students and Scholars Check-In Form along with uploading scans or pictures of your I-20/DS-2019, visa, and I-94 to the form.

  • Arrival form and airport pick-up request

    We will be offering airport pick-ups from the Reno-Tahoe International airport free of charge for new international students arriving from abroad. All international students returning from travel abroad must complete the Arrival Form and new students can request the airport pick-up services, please note that due to holidays, winter break staffing, and potential winter weather airport pick-up request may not be available. We recommend completing the form as soon as your travel plans are finalized and that you update us of any changes. We are asking all international students to complete the Arrival Form even if you do not need airport pick-up services.

    Arrival form

  • COVID-19 testing provided free of charge

    Upon arriving in Reno, international students have three business days to make an appointment with the Student Health Center to complete a free COVID-19 test. Please call (775) 784-6598 to schedule your appointment.

    Learn about the Student Health Center

  • All international students arriving from other countries must self-quarantine for 14 days

    For students entering the United States after January 26, 2021, CDC is requiring a negative COVID-19 test is to enter the United States. If you arrive after January 26, 2021, the University has reduced the quarantine requirement from 14 days to 10 days. Students are still required to schedule a COVID-19 test with the Student Health Center within three business days of your arrival.

    Please note that the University is requiring all students arriving from outside the United States to quarantine for 14 day. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines also recommend a 14-day self-quarantine/stay-at-home period after the traveler has entered the U.S. Please check the CDC's traveler's map to view the current guidelines regarding entry to the U.S. after traveling from your country and any other countries through which you transit. In addition, some students from (or traveling through) Brazil, China, Iran, and certain European countries will be subject to an entry ban unless they have spent 14 days outside any of those countries.

    Once you are quarantining please notify OISS by email at oiss@unr.edu. We can assist in providing food access, computer and wifi access, faculty information and more.

    Please keep these restrictions in mind when planning your travel to the U.S.

    Self-quarantine resources

    OISS, the Center for Student Engagement, ASUNGraduate School, GSA, Residential Life and Housing Services and other campus partners are here to help.

    • Food assistance. For food assistance, such as delivery or other options, please complete the food assistance form.
    • Electronics assistance. For electronics assistance (e.g., cell phone, wifi, laptops, etc), please complete the electronics assistance form.
  • Face coverings are mandatory

    In Reno, and on campus, we are under mandatory face coverings provisions. This is enforced throughout campus and the community. Please bring a face covering with you so you are prepared. Most airlines also require them.

 

SEVP guidance and updates

  • F-1 student information

    On Friday, July 24, 2020, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) provided guidance (external PDF) and FAQs (external PDF) for fall 2020. SEVP has stated that this guidance will continue for spring 2021, we are awaiting for the official guidance to be updated on the SEVP website.

    F-1 students may “engage in distance learning in excess of regulatory limits due to public health emergency generated by COVID-19.” This means that you may enroll in online and in-person classes to maintain your status. Under normal operations, only three (3) credits of online/distance education may count toward your full-time enrollment. With the new SEVP guidance, you may enroll in more than three (3) credits of online/distance education. OISS asks that you limit your enrollment to three (3) credits of online/distance education, if at all possible. The University is fully intending to operate under a hybrid instructional model incorporating a mixture of in-person, HyFlex (simultaneous in-person and online), and fully online instruction therefore there will be opportunities to meet the enrollment requirement.

    • I-20s with remarks regarding hybrid operations are not required; students may use the I-20s they currently have.
    • Should the University have to return to remote operations and offer classes fully online at any point during the spring 2021 semester, F-1 students will be able to maintain their status whether they remain in the U.S. or go back to their home country.
  • J-1 students and scholars information

    The Department of State Bureau of Educational Exchange Visitor Program has not released any updated information regarding spring 2021. Their FAQ for Future Programs from 8/18/20 require J-1 students to be enrolled full-time by enrolling in as many in-person classes as possible but understand students may need to enroll in more online classes than usual but without being fully online. Should the University have to return to remote operations and offer classes fully online at any point during the spring 2021 semester, J-1 students will be able to maintain their status if they remain in the U.S. We do caution J-1 students that this could change.

  • Online classes outside the U.S.

    At this point in time, students are allowed to take online courses outside the U.S. with the exception of students physically located in the following countries: Iran, Cuba, North Korea, Syria, or the Crimea region of Ukraine. Please complete the request for remote instruction form

    You will also want to touch base with your academic department and OISS if you plan to take classes from outside the U.S. Please note that graduate students are not able to receive a graduate assistantship from outside the U.S. so you would be fully responsible for all charges.

    Students are also eligible to defer your admission to Fall 2021, please complete one of the following:

    Returning students that are staying in their home country will need to complete either the Leave of Absence Request or remote instruction form.

    Please contact OISS with your updated information so we may update your I-20/DS-2019.

 

Events

Spring 2021 Events
Date Time Event and Zoom/Registration Link
Wednesday, January 6 7 p.m. Online game night (1/6)
Friday, January 8 11:30 a.m. Virtual Success Pizza (1/8)
Sunday, January 10 6 p.m.

Sunday OISS Wolf Pack Dinner (1/10)

Wednesday, January 13 7 p.m. Online game night (1/13)
Monday, January 18 N/A Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (office closed)
Tuesday, January 19 9 a.m. New undergraduate student orientation
Wednesday, January 20 7 p.m. Online game night (1/20)
Thursday, January 21 1 p.m. New graduate student orientation
Sunday, January 24 6 p.m. Sunday OISS Wolf Pack Dinner (1/24)
Monday, January 25 N/A First day of classes
Wednesday, January 27 7 p.m. Online game night (1/27)
Sunday, January 31 6 p.m. Sunday OISS Wolf Pack Dinner (1/31)
Wednesday, February 3 7 p.m. Online game night (2/3)
Friday, February 5 11:30 a.m. Virtual Success Pizza

Event descriptions

Sunday OISS Wolf Pack Family Dinners. Join OISS Staff and other current and new international students for a social hour. Feel free to join with or without a meal.

Online Workouts with Fitness Center staff. Starting January 25, take a break and join university fitness instructors for an at-home workout for students of all fitness levels.

Online game nights. OISS will be organizing different online games to play together each week. This is another great way to meet other students in a fun virtual social environment.

Virtual Success Pizza with Dr. Hilary Son and Dr. Jeremy Bissram. This is a safe and friendly open forum for students to discuss anything they want among peers with the support of OISS and Counseling Services