Information for Admitted Students

Page last updated: January 23, 2021

Getting started at IUPUI

Congratulations on your admission to IUPUI!  This website will serve as an important resource to help you plan your Spring 2021 enrollment.  Consult this page frequently for the latest information for admitted international students.

IUPUI is preparing for a mix of in-person and online classes for Spring 2021 (similar to fall 2020). The U.S. government indicated the guidance it provided in March 2020 will continue for the spring 2021 semester at IUPUI. That means if you come to the U.S., you will need to enroll in at least one in-person class.  

Important notes

  • This page is for all first-year freshman, transfer, and graduate students admitted to IUPUI for the spring 2021 semester. You should also read our guidance for current students.
  • The Admission and I-20 sections apply to all students.
  • The Enrollment Options section applies to first-year freshmen and transfer undergraduate students.
  • The Defer to a Future Semester section only applies to first-year freshman students and transfer students.
  • Graduate students should contact their graduate program with any questions related to COVID-19 adjustments including any requests to defer to a future semester.
  • If you are interested in Curricular Practical Training (work authorization typically used for internships), be aware that you have to be inside the U.S. for a full academic year before you are eligible for CPT. To avoid delaying eligibility for CPT, you need to arrive to the U.S. no later than January 24, 2021.  

Admission and Form I-20 Documents (All Students)

Because of the COVID-19 emergency, we are now providing admission and Form I-20 documents to admitted students by secure download from Atlas and are no longer shipping hard copy admission and Form I-20 documents.

If you have been admitted but have not yet received your Form I-20 from IUPUI, it will be available for you to access and download in Atlas. According to Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) guidance, electronically signed versions of the Form I-20 are permitted for use during the COVID-19 emergency and will remain valid until students have a need for an updated I-20.

If you have already received hard copies of your admission and Form I-20 documents, you may use them to proceed with your visa application when visa interview appointments are available, unless we notify you that attending IUPUI for in-person study is not available for your semester of admission.

Be sure to continue progressing through your Pre-arrival Tasks list in Atlas to prepare for your first semester of study and complete your online orientation.

Undergraduate Enrollment Options 

First-year freshman and transfer students have three enrollment options to consider. 

  • Begin your degree program in-person in Indianapolis (First-Year Freshman and Transfer Students)

    IUPUI will offer a mix of in-person and online in-person classes starting this January. It will involve extensive use of online technology while maintaining the most important elements in-person study to prioritize your health, safety, and educational experience. If you are currently in the U.S. or have the ability to receive a visa and travel to Indianapolis, we will warmly welcome you to our campus to study. Extensive public health actions will be taken by IUPUI including social distancing measures in classrooms, residence halls, and dining facilities to provide students with a safe environment. High quality online instruction will be conducted by IUPUI faculty using state of the art technology and platforms.

    If you are interested in attending IUPUI in Indianapolis in a mix of in-person and online instruction, submit the Intent to Enroll eform in the Pre-Arrival checklist in Atlas.

    You will need to enroll in a full course of study, which can be a mix of online and in-person classes.

    New, initial status F-1 students will need to enroll in at least one in-person class (coded as P, HY, IN, or IS on your class schedule). Whenever possible, the in-person class should be 3 credit hours, but a 1-credit-hour class is also permissible as long as you are enrolled in a full course of study and making normal degree progress.

    If you are transferring your SEVIS record to IUPUI for Spring 2021 and were actively enrolled at the previous school on March 9, 2020, you are not required to enroll in any in-person courses. However, we encourage all IUPUI students to continue to build their campus and community networks in Indianapolis, even if they may be enrolled in only online courses.

  • Start at IUPUI 100% online from your home country in January

    First-Year Freshman Students

    If you are not able to join us in Indianapolis in January, you have the choice to begin your degree program this Spring by enrolling full-time from your home county in 100% online courses.  Online education is well-established at IUPUI and we have over 30 years of experience delivering high-quality online classes to students. IUPUI faculty have prepared an exceptional quality and authentic IUPUI online experience for international students that builds on our best traditional in-person classroom instruction. When you begin your IUPUI experience online this spring, you will be joining a supportive online community of students and scholars, including the opportunity for personalized interactions with faculty and advisors, including virtual student events outside of the “classroom.”

    Transfer Students

    If you are unable to travel to Indianapolis this January, IUPUI will work individually with you to determine your ability to study 100% online from your home country. This may not be possible for every transfer student as availability for online study is based on your individual academic program as well as the transfer credit evaluation performed by IUPUI. Review and follow the transfer credit process and make sure to send your transcripts to the Office of International Affairs (OIA) as soon as possible. OIA will coordinate with the academic advisor in your program of study to determine online options for you and contact you by email.

    If you will begin your degree program 100% online from your home country, you will not be able to enter the U.S. until 30 days before the Fall 2021 semester begins. The Office of International Affairs will provide you with additional details during the spring semester to help you prepare for arrival.

    If 100% online enrollment is the best choice for you this spring, please submit the Intent to Enroll eform in the Pre-Arrival checklist in Atlas.   

  • Defer to Future Semester (First-Year Freshman and Transfer Students)

    We understand that study in Indianapolis or 100% online enrollment from your home country may not be possible or your preferred choice in January. You may choose to defer your admission to IUPUI to Fall 2021 and keep any scholarship awards you received. If you choose to defer your admission, IUPUI will make every effort to support you through the process and will be happy to help you target a future semester to join us on campus.  If you feel that deferring your admission is the best choice for you, please update your Desired Start Date online.

Graduate Enrollment Options

As a graduate student, you may have the option to attend classes in Indianapolis with a mixture of in-person and online instruction or as a second option, to study 100% online from your home country. You should first consult your graduate program for information regarding what enrollment options will be available for Spring 2021 for your specific program. 

  • Begin your degree program in-person in Indianapolis

    You will need to enroll in a full course of study, which can be a mix of online and in-person classes.

    New, initial status F-1 students will need to enroll in at least one in-person class (coded as P, HY, IN, or IS on your class schedule). Whenever possible, the in-person class should be 3 credit hours, but a 1-credit-hour class is also permissible as long as you are enrolled in a full course of study and making normal degree progress.

    If you are transferring your SEVIS record to IUPUI for Spring 2021 and were actively enrolled at the previous school on March 9, 2020, you are not required to enroll in any in-person courses. However, we encourage all IUPUI students to continue to build their campus and community networks in Indianapolis, even if they may be enrolled in only online courses.

  • Start at IUPUI 100% online from your home country in January

    If you will begin your degree program 100% online from your home country, you will not be able to enter the U.S. until 30 days before the Fall 2021 semester begins. The Office of International Affairs will provide you with additional details during the spring semester to help you prepare for arrival. If these two study options are not available through your program or if you feel these may not the best options for you at this time, OIA will work closely with you and your graduate program to update your admission and immigration documents to defer to a future term.

Preparing for arrival

If you plan to travel to Indianapolis from outside the U.S. this spring, here are some important items to keep in mind.

  • Travel preparations

    • If you are able to obtain a visa and make travel arrangements, you should arrive by Tuesday, January 12 (this is the date on your I-20 or DS-2019).
    • If you are unable to arrive by January 12:
      • Undergraduate students: you need to arrive by January 24. If you are not able to arrive by January 24, then you need to wait until the fall semester to enter the U.S. You can either begin your degree program online or defer your admission.
      • Graduate students: you will work with your academic department to determine how late you can arrive. 
      • If you are interested in Curricular Practical Training (work authorization typically used for internships), be aware that you have to be inside the U.S. for a full academic year before you are eligible for CPT. To avoid delaying eligibility for CPT, you need to arrive to the U.S. no later than January 24, 2021.
    • Make sure you review the entry restrictions. You will not be able to enter the U.S. if you are traveling from, or have traveled through, certain countries in the 14 days before your attempted entry to the U.S.
    • Some U.S. embassies and consulates are resuming visa interviews. Consular services are available at the discretion of respective consular posts. Learn more about what services are currently available at the consulate nearest you.
    • Some embassies or airlines may ask for a letter stating that IU is open. You can use this letter.
    • Learn more about the process of applying for a visa here.
  • COVID testing and precautions

    Review IU's current international travel policy and FAQs for the COVID-19 pandemic. All international travelers are advised to follow CDC guidance for returning from travel

    Learn more about arrival and mitigation COVID-19 testing for all IUPUI students, as well as other important Spring 2021 information on the IU Coronavirus (COVID-19) website.  

    IUPUI students living on campus will be tested for COVID-19 as part of the housing check-in process that will happen before you move in to your residence. If you live off-campus, you should refer to the links listed above for the most up-to-date IU COVID testing, quarantine and travel related information.

  • Assistance moving into on-campus housing

    If you will move into campus housing this semester and need assistance, please contact us at iwelcome@iupui.edu

Frequently Asked Questions: Undergraduate Students

  • Can I get a refund on my housing application/deposit?

    You may request to cancel your housing contract, without a penalty, if you are unable to receive a visa, arrive on campus and enroll. The housing application fee can be applied to your Fall 2021 housing application.

  • Can I take 100% online classes from my home country this spring if I can’t travel to Indianapolis?

    First-Year Freshman Students

    If you are not able to join us in Indianapolis in January, you have the choice to begin your degree program this Spring by enrolling full-time from your home county in 100% online courses.  Online education is well-established at IUPUI and we have over 30 years of experience delivering high-quality online classes to students. IUPUI faculty have prepared an exceptional quality and authentic IUPUI online experience for international students that builds on our best traditional in-person classroom instruction. When you begin your IUPUI experience online this spring, you will be joining a supportive online community of students and scholars, including the opportunity for personalized interactions with faculty and advisors, including virtual student events outside of the “classroom.”

    Transfer Students

    If you are unable to travel to Indianapolis this January, IUPUI will work individually with you to determine your ability to study 100% online from your home country. This may not be possible for every transfer student as availability for online study is based on your individual academic program as well as the transfer credit evaluation performed by IUPUI. Review and follow the transfer credit process and make sure to send your transcripts to the Office of International Affairs (OIA) as soon as possible. OIA will coordinate with the academic advisor in your program of study to determine online options for you and contact you by email.

    If you will begin your degree program 100% online from your home country, you will not be able to enter the U.S. until 30 days before the Fall 2021 semester begins. The Office of International Affairs will provide you with additional details during the spring semester to help you prepare for arrival.

    If 100% online enrollment is the best choice for you this spring, please submit the Intent to Enroll eform in the Pre-Arrival checklist in Atlas.   

  • Does my scholarship apply to online study at IUPUI from my home country?

    Yes, your scholarships may be used for both online study from home as well as study in a mix of in-person and online study in Indianapolis.

  • Will I keep my scholarship if I defer to Fall 2021?

    Yes, IUPUI will allow you to defer your admission and scholarship to Fall 2021.

  • I’ve been admitted to the Honors College. Am I able to keep my Honors College scholarship if I defer to Fall 2021? Can I still be an Honors student if I take online courses from my home country?

    Yes, you will be able to use your scholarship to enroll in 100% online classes from your home country in the spring or defer your scholarship to Spring 2021. You will be considered an Honors student if you take online classes in the spring. The Honors College will advise you one-on-one when selecting your spring courses. 

  • Can I attend IUPUI in the spring if I am already in the United States?

    Yes, if you are currently in the United States you may attend classes in Indianapolis in the spring.

  • I’m living in the U.S.; do I have to leave the U.S.?

    No, you not have to leave the U.S. We know there are many media reports about the guidance issued by SEVP on July 6, 2020, but the U.S. federal withdrew this guidance on July 14, and it would not have required IUPUI students to exit the United States as our campus is offering a mix of in person and online courses during the fall semester.

  • I’m living in the U.S.; what classes can I enroll in?

    You can enroll in whatever classes you need to make progress toward your degree requirements. You should work with an academic advisor to determine your Spring 2021 course selection.

  • How will I know how my classes are coded?

    You will see a description indicating the modes of instruction on your class schedule. There may still be some additional changes to courses offered as departments continue to review and analyze their plans for Spring 2021. You will need to review your course schedule often and adjust your course registration as needed. 

    If the available class options do not meet your needs, we encourage you to discuss the available course offerings with your academic advisor. Please contact us if you are not able to identify a solution that fits your situation. We are committed to supporting you as you finalize your plans for the spring semester.

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  • I heard that I will need an updated I-20 that talks about my Spring 2021 plans; when will that happen?

    This need was based on SEVP guidance from July 6, 2020--this guidance was withdrawn by the federal government on 7/14/2020. Students no longer need to receive an updated I-20 based on the prior July 6 guidance.

Frequently Asked Questions: Graduate Students

  • Can I study 100% online from my home country in the spring for my program?

    Graduate students will need to contact their programs and discuss options for Spring 2021 enrollment. Your department will help guide you to available options and will work with OIA to provide the most up-to date advice.

  • What if I start in the spring online, how will I get an updated I-20?

    Once you have confirmed with your program that a 100% online option is available, your department will work with OIA directly to update your I-20, and we will reissue it in Atlas for the next available term.

  • How do I defer my application, admissions, and I-20 to a future term?

    You will need to contact your program and discuss your options with them. Once a decision has been made, your department will submit a request to OIA and we will begin updating your file accordingly. OIA will update your I-20 based upon this decision and reissue it in Atlas for the next available term. You will need to monitor your email closely for updates.

  • I’m living in the U.S.; do I have to leave the U.S.?

    No, you not have to leave the U.S. We know there are many media reports about the guidance issued by SEVP on July 6, 2020, but the U.S. federal withdrew this guidance on July 14, and it would not have required IUPUI students to exit the United States as our campus is offering a mix of in person and online courses during the fall semester.

  • I’m living in the U.S.; what classes can I enroll in?

    You can enroll in whatever classes you need to make progress toward your degree requirements. You should work with an academic advisor within your department to determine your Spring 2021 course selection.

  • How will I know how my classes are coded?

    You will see a description indicating the modes of instruction on your class schedule. There may still be some additional changes as departments continue to review and analyze their courses. You will need to review your course schedule often and make the schedule changes you need.

    If the available class options do not meet your needs, we encourage you to discuss the available course offerings with your academic advisor. Please contact us if you are not able to identify a solution that fits your situation. We are committed to supporting you as you finalize your plans for the spring semester.

    Learn more

  • I heard that I will need an updated I-20 that talks about my Spring 2021 plans; when will that happen?

    This need was based on SEVP guidance from July 6, 2020--this guidance was withdrawn by the federal government on 7/14/2020. Students no longer need to receive an updated I-20 based on the prior July 6 guidance.