Information for Admitted Students

Page last updated: June 12, 2021

Getting started at IUPUI

IUPUI is preparing for a return to primarily in-person classes for the Fall 2021 semester. This page is for all first-year freshman, transfer, and graduate students admitted to IUPUI for the fall 2021 semester. You should also read our guidance for current students.

As has been the case throughout the pandemic, some regulatory information could change at any time.  We will keep you informed of any developments that impact you as a new international student and your enrollment options. 

Undergraduate Enrollment Options 

First-year freshman and transfer students have the following Fall 2021 enrollment options to consider. 

  • Begin your degree program in-person in Indianapolis

    IUPUI will offer in-person classes starting this August and will 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. IUPUI will continue to take extensive public health precautions to promote a safe environment. If you plan to attend IUPUI in Indianapolis in-person, submit the Confirm Intent to Enroll eform in the Pre-Arrival checklist in Atlas.

    Government guidance: The U.S. government has confirmed that the guidance it provided in March 2020 will continue for the 2021-22 academic year at IUPUI.  This means that:

    If you will enter the U.S. in initial F-1 status to study in person this fall 2021

    You will need to remain in Indianapolis and participate in at least one in-person class (coded as P, HY, IN, or IS on your class schedule) while in-person classes are available.

    If you were in active F-1 status prior to Fall 2021

    This means you were in F-1 status and enrolled at IUPUI or another school in the U.S. prior to Fall 2021 and have since maintained F-1 status.

    You can participate in your classes from anywhere inside or outside the U.S., provided the mode of instruction for your classes permits remote learning. If you are registered for in-person classes, you need to be in Indianapolis for the in-person portion, unless your instructor has given you special permission to participate from a distance.

    On March 13, 2020, the U.S. government announced that as long as you maintain full-time enrollment online during the COVID-19 emergency, there will be no negative impact on your immigration status, even if you depart the United States and take your IUPUI classes online from elsewhere.

  • Start at IUPUI 100% online from your home country

    If you are not able to join us in Indianapolis in August, you may have the option to begin your degree program by enrolling full-time from your home country in 100% online courses.  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 student, as the availability of online study is based on your individual academic program. 

    Transfer students should review and follow the transfer credit process and send transcripts to the Office of International Affairs (OIA) as soon as possible. We will perform a transfer credit evaluation to help determine whether online study is an option for you. 

    If you are a freshmen or transfer student and want to attend IUPUI 100% online from your home country, submit the Confirm Intent to Enroll eform in the Pre-Arrival checklist in Atlas. OIA will coordinate with the academic advisor in your program of study to determine your online options and contact you by email.

    IUPUI requires all fall international freshmen to officially accept their offer of admission by paying a nonrefundable $100 enrollment deposit, which will be applied to your first tuition bill. You can pay your deposit online. The enrollment deposit is not refundable if you decide to attend somewhere other than IUPUI.

Graduate Enrollment Options

As a graduate student, you have the option to attend classes in-person in Indianapolis this fall. If you are not able to join us in Indianapolis in August, you may have the option to begin your degree program by enrolling full-time from your home county in 100% online courses. Contact your graduate program if you have questions about the enrollment options that will be available in your specific program this fall and any requests to defer to a future semester.

  • Begin your degree program in-person in Indianapolis

    IUPUI will offer in-person classes starting this August and will prioritize your health, safety, and educational experience. If you are currently in the U.S. or are able to obtain a visa and travel to Indianapolis, we will warmly welcome you to study on campus. IUPUI will continue to promote a safe environment by taking extensive public health precautions. If you plan to attend IUPUI in Indianapolis in-person, submit the Confirm Intent to Enroll eform in your Pre-Arrival checklist in Atlas.

    Government guidance: The U.S. government has confirmed that the guidance it provided in March 2020 will continue for the 2021-22 academic year at IUPUI.  This means that:

    If you will enter the U.S. in initial F-1 status to study in person this fall 2021

    You will need to remain in Indianapolis and participate in at least one in-person class (coded as P, HY, IN, or IS on your class schedule) while in-person classes are available.

    If you were in active F-1 status prior to Fall 2021

    This means you were in F-1 status and enrolled at IUPUI or another school in the U.S. prior to Fall 2021 and have since maintained F-1 status.

    You can participate in your classes from anywhere inside or outside the U.S., provided the mode of instruction for your classes permits remote learning. If you are registered for in-person classes, you need to be in Indianapolis for the in-person portion, unless your instructor has given you special permission to participate from a distance.

    On March 13, 2020, the U.S. government announced that as long as you maintain full-time enrollment online during the COVID-19 emergency, there will be no negative impact on your immigration status, even if you depart the United States and take your IUPUI classes online from elsewhere.

  • Start at IUPUI 100% online from your home country

    If you begin your degree program online from your home country, you will not be able to enter the U.S. until 30 days before the Spring 2022 semester begins. The Office of International Affairs will provide you with additional details during the fall semester to help you prepare for arrival. If these two study options are not available, or if you feel these may not be the best options for you at this time, OIA will work with you and your graduate program to defer your admission and immigration documents to a future term. 

Important notes

  • 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 September 1, 2021.
  • Admission and I-20 documents are available to admitted students by secure download from Atlas. We are no longer shipping hard copy admission and Form I-20 documents. According to Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) guidance, electronically signed I-20s are permitted for use during the COVID-19 emergency and will remain valid until students have a need for an updated I-20.
  • 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.

Preparing for arrival

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

  • Travel preparations

    Arrive by your Program Start Date

    • If you are able to obtain a visa and make travel arrangements, you should arrive by the program start date listed on your I-20 or DS-2019 immigration document. Your program start date is earlier than the start of classes.
    • If you are unable to arrive by your program start date:
      • Undergraduate students: Consult your academic advisor to determine whether a late arrival is possible. If you are not able to arrive by September 1, then you need to wait until the spring 2022 semester to enter the U.S. You can either begin your degree program online or defer your admission.
      • Graduate students: 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 September 1, 2021.

    Apply for a visa (if applicable)

    Learn more about the process of applying for a visa hereAvailability of visa appointments at U.S. embassies and consulates is subject to change depending on local condiations. Stay informed about services currently available at the consulate nearest you.

    COVID-19 travel restrictions

    The U.S. has implemented some entry restrictions due to COVID-19. If you have been in one of the countries listed on the U.S. Department of State's COVID-19 Travel Restrictions and Exceptions webpage in the 14 days prior to seeking entry to the U.S., you will not be able to enter (except for immediate family members of U.S. citizens or permanent residents). 

    Students may qualify for a National Interest Exception

    The U.S. Department of State indicated that students may qualify for a National Interest Exception (NIE) to the Presidential Proclamations that suspended entry for individuals that had been in the countries subject to COVID-19 travel restrictions. You should consult your nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate for updated information about NIEs if traveling from these countries, and contact iadvisor@iupui.edu if you have additional questions.

    Students with a new, initial I-20 or DS-2019 for fall 2021

    As long as you have a valid passport, visa and new, initial I-20 or DS-2019, you should be able to enter the U.S. on or after August 1, 2021, no matter what country you travel from.

    Students who have been in the U.S. and enrolled at IUPUI

    There is some ambiguity in the guidance, but it seems you could enter the U.S. on or after July 24, 2021 (30 days before the start of the next semester, which is August 23).

    Negative COVID-19 test

    Effective January 26, 2021, you will need to show a negative COVID-19 test to your airline before you will be allowed to travel to the U.S.

    See the details

    Documents to carry with you

    We recommend you carry the following documents with you, and present them to the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agent.

    • I-20 or DS-2019 (for F-1 or J-1 students), with a valid travel signature
    • Valid F-1 or J-1 visa stamp
    • Passport valid for at least six months from your planned entry date

    We recommend you carry the following with you and present them to the CBP agent if requested.

    • A copy of your class schedule
    • This letter stating that IU is open for in-person classes for fall 2021.
    • If applicable, this PDF from U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Carrier Liaison Program clarifying that persons seeking F-1 and F-2 statuses may travel to the U.S. from Schengen area countries, the United Kingdom, or Ireland while the Presidential Proclamation is in effect.
  • Do I have to have a COVID-19 vaccination before I arrive in Indianapolis?

    IU is requiring all students to have a COVID-19 vaccine. This includes all IUPUI students. All vaccines authorized by the FDA and/or World Health Organization meet IU's requirement. If you are not fully vaccinated by the time you arrive, you will be able to obtain the vaccine at IUPUI.

    You should make every effort to be fully vaccinated by the time you travel to campus. If you arrive on campus without being fully vaccinated, you will need to get your vaccine when you arrive on campus. Until you are fully vaccinated, you will have to participate in mitigation testing and wear a mask.

    Learn more about the vaccine requirement

  • Do I need to quarantine when I arrive in Indianapolis?

    If you arrive on campus without being fully vaccinated (all doses of the vaccine, plus two weeks from the last dose), you will need to get your vaccine when you arrive on campus. Until you are fully vaccinated, you will have to participate in mitigation testing and wear a mask. If you are a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19, you will have to quarantine.

    Learn more about the vaccine requirement

  • Assistance moving into on-campus housing

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

Frequently Asked Questions: Undergraduate Students

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

    If your preferred study option is not possible in August, you may choose to defer your IUPUI admission to a future semester (Spring 2022 or Fall 2022) and keep any scholarship awards you received. If deferring your admission is the best choice for you, please work with your academic advisor and OIA to target a future semester to join us on campus, and update your desired start date onlin

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

    You may request to cancel your IUPUI on-campus housing contract, without a penalty, if you are unable to study in-person in this fall due to visa delays or other COVID-related complications. The housing application fee can be applied to your housing application for the following semester.

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

    If you are not able to join us in Indianapolis in August, you may have the option to begin your degree program this fall by enrolling full-time from your home country in 100% online courses.  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 student, as availability of online study is based on your individual academic program. 

    Transfer students should review and follow the transfer credit process and send your transcripts to the Office of International Affairs (OIA) as soon as possible in order for us to perform a transfer credit evaluation, which will help us determine if an online option is available for you.

    If you are a freshmen or transfer student interested in attending IUPUI 100% online from your home country, submit the Confirm 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 in-person study in Indianapolis.

  • Will I keep my scholarship if I defer to Spring 2022?

    Yes, IUPUI will allow you to defer your admission and scholarship to Spring 2022.

  • I’ve been admitted to the Honors College. Can I keep my Honors College scholarship if I defer to Spring 2022? 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 2022. You will be considered an Honors student if you begin your program online. The Honors College will provide individual advising when selecting your spring courses.

  • Can I attend IUPUI in the fall 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 fall.

Frequently Asked Questions: Graduate Students

  • Is it possible for me to begin my graduate program 100% online from my home country in Fall 2021?

    Graduate students should contact their academic programs to discuss options for Fall 2021 enrollment. Your department will advise you on the available options.

  • If I start my program online this fall, how will I get an updated I-20 to enter the U.S. to study in-person next semester?

    Once your program has confirmed that a 100% online option is available for you to get started this Fall 2021, they will work directly with OIA to update your I-20 for entry to the U.S. for in-person study in the Spring 2022 semester.  You will access your new I-20 in Atlas. 

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

    First, contact your program and discuss your options with them. Once a decision has been made, your department will request that OIA update your I-20 for the next available term. Be sure to monitor your email closely for updates.