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, CDC is requiring a negative COVID-19 test for all air passengers entering the United States. 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

  • Quarantine and vaccination

    Vaccinated with vaccines approved by the World Health Organization (WHO):

    • Students are not required to quarantine, but you are required to get tested after arrival to the U.S. Follow the COVID-19 Travel Recommendations by Destination on the CDC’s homepage regarding measurements after traveling from specific countries. These are only health recommendations upon your return. They do not specify any travel restrictions that might be currently in place.
      • If your test is positive, isolate yourself to protect others from getting infected.

    Not vaccinated or vaccinated with vaccines not approved by the WHO:

    • CDC guidance is that all international students who are NOT vaccinated or vaccinated with a vaccine not approved by WHO, must get tested 3-5 days after arrival to the U.S. AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days.
    • If your test results are negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full 7 days.
    • If your test results are positive, you develop symptoms, you are exposed to COVID, or refuse to get tested after your arrival to the U.S., a quarantine of 10 days is mandatory.
    • If your quarantine time period extends into the start of the term, you should notify your professors if you will miss any classes. OISS can assist in providing notification to faculty that you are missing class.

    Dependents should also follow the same quarantine and testing procedures.

    Refer to to CDC instructions for returning from international travel and Travel Recommendations By Country for more information.

    If you are not yet vaccinated and are interested in receiving a vaccine in Reno, you can contact SHC by calling the clinic at (775) 784-6598 after your arrival to Reno to schedule an appointment for a free vaccination.

    Once you are quarantining please notify OISS by email at 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
    • If you are not vaccinated or vaccinated with U.S. unapproved vaccine: You must wear a face covering in all indoor and outdoor settings.
    • Vaccinated with vaccine approved by the U.S. government: You must wear a face covering in all indoor settings. You may wear a face covering in outdoor settings to your comfort level.
    • All are required to wear face coverings on public transit including the University shuttles.

SEVP guidance and updates

  • F-1 student information

    On Monday, April 26, 2021, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) provided guidance(external PDF) and FAQs (external PDF) for the 2021-2022 academic year.

    F-1 students “will be permitted to temporarily count online classes toward a full course of study in excess of the regulatory limits.” 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 operating in-person therefore there will be opportunities to meet the enrollment requirement.

    • Should the University have to return to remote operations and offer classes fully online at any point during the Fall 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 provided flexibility for new and continuing J-1 students to enroll in in-person and online classes to prevent unnecessary exposure to COVID-19. Their FAQs for Current and Future Programs 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 Fall 2021 semester, J-1 students will be able to maintain their status if they remain in the U.S. or go back to their home country.
  • 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 Spring 2022 or Fall 0222, please complete one of the following:

    Returning students that are staying in their home country and will not enroll full-time or part-time with permission will need to complete the Leave of Absence Request  to terminate their SEVIS record.

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



Fall 2021 Events
Date Time Event and Zoom/Registration Link
Friday, August 13

9 a.m.

OISS NevadaFIT Orientation
Tuesday, August 17 9 a.m. OISS Undergraduate and Exchange Orientation
Wednesday, August 18 7 p.m. Online Game Night
Thursday, August 19 12:30 p.m. New Graduate Student Orientation
Monday, August 23 N/A First Day Of Classes
Friday, September 3 11:30 a.m. OISS Success Pizza