COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

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OIE serves students, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders with a hybrid approach that includes both virtual and in-person services.  While most services are provided virtually, some matters require in-person meetings. When meeting in-person is required, an OIE staff member will contact you directly to schedule a mutually agreeable day and time for the meeting. OIE is respecting social distancing and cleaning protocols as described in “Tech Moving Forward”. 

International Students and Scholars: Drop-in AdvisingMake an AppointmentAdvising Information info@oie.gatech.edu
Education Abroad: Make an Appointment  education.abroad@oie.gatech.edu
Global Research & Internship Program: Make an Appointment  education.abroad@oie.gatech.edu
International Plan Undergraduate Designation Program: Make an Appointment internationalplan@oie.gatech.edu
On-Campus Internationalization : Information Contact Page
For all other inquiries:  Refer to our staff list

The OIE FAQ below is updated to reflect the important points from the latest government guidance. As the Covid-19 situation continues to be fluid, Georgia Tech will continue to follow developments closely and keep you updated as additional guidance is made available from SEVP.

The FAQs below are updated as federal regulatory guidance is issued to schools to assist students with questions related to COVID-19. 

Fall PlanningOverview
General GuidanceOverview
Newly Admitted Student GuidanceOverview
Enrolled Student GuidanceOverview
Curricular Practical Training GuidanceOverview
Optional Practical Training GuidanceOverview
Exchange Visitor GuidanceOverview

To learn more about current U.S. entry restrictions, please visit the U.S. Center for Disease Control. See this Department of State update on student visa holder exemptions for the U.K., Ireland, and Schengen Area. 

Tech Moving Forward: Our Road to Recovery provides guidance on Georgia Tech's fall 2020 plans. 

For contact information for your Embassy or consulate about guidance related to returning to your home country, please visit the U.S. Department of State site here

International students, both continuing and admitted, are making decisions about academic programs and courses this fall. However, we know that there may be various issues, particularly travel restrictions or visa matters, subject to guidance from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). Please note that all guidance here is subject to change.

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Friday, July 31, 2020 - 3:00pm

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