Information for Admitted Students

Page last updated: July 25, 2020

Getting Started at IUPUI

Congratulations on your admission to IUPUI.  This website will serve as an important resource to help you plan your Fall 2020 enrollment.  Consult this page frequently for the latest information for admitted international students.

IUPUI will continue to monitor state and federal guidelines to make the best determination for the safety of our students, faculty, and staff. For the latest operational updates applicable to all students, also visit the university’s Fall 2020 website, and check out the updates to the university academic calendar.

Important notes

  • 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.

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. 

  • Attend classes in Indianapolis with a mix of in-person and online instruction in August (First-Year Freshman and Transfer Students)

    IUPUI will offer a mix of in-person and online in-person classes starting this August. 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 be happy to 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. 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 able to attend classes in Indianapolis, IUPUI will assist you to meet SEVP regulations for Fall 2020 enrollment.

    If you are outside the U.S. but are transferring from a U.S. institution (with a SEVIS transfer pending I-20), we are working to determine your actual enrollment requirements if you choose to return to the U.S. for Fall 2020.

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

    First-Year Freshman Students

    If you are not able to join us in Indianapolis this August, you have the choice to begin your degree program this Fall 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 are preparing 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 fall, you will be joining a supportive online community of students and scholars, including the opportunity for personalized interactions with faculty and virtual student events outside of the “classroom.”

    If you will begin your degree program 100% online from your home country, you will not be able to come to the U.S. until 30 days before the Spring 2021 semester and will be enrolled in a mixture of in-person and online classes. The Office of International Affairs will provide you with additional details during the fall semester to help you prepare for arrival.

    If online enrollment from your home country is the best choice for you this fall, please submit the Intent to Enroll eform in the Pre-Arrival checklist in Atlas.

    Transfer Students

    If you are unable to travel to Indianapolis this August, 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 come to the U.S. until 30 days before the Spring 2021 semester and will be enrolled in a mixture of in-person and online classes. The Office of International Affairs will provide you with additional details during the fall semester to help you prepare for arrival.

    If 100% online enrollment is the best choice for you this fall, 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 August. You may choose to defer your admission to IUPUI to Spring 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 Fall 2020 for your specific program. If you are able to attend classes in Indianapolis, IUPUI will assist you to meet SEVP regulations for Fall 2020 enrollment. 

  • Attend classes in Indianapolis with a mix of in-person and online instruction in August

    Graduate students in 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 a graduate student transferring from another U.S. institution (with a SEVIS transfer pending I-20), but are currently outside the U.S., we are currently working to determine your actual enrollment requirements if you choose to return to the U.S. for Fall 2020.

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

    If you will begin your degree program 100% online from your home country, you will not be able to come to the U.S. until 30 days before the Spring 2021 semester and will be enrolled in a mixture of in-person and online classes. 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 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 in August, here are some important items to keep in mind:

  • You need to arrive by the program start date on your I-20 or DS-2019. It is important that you notify us if you plan to attend in-person but will not be able to arrive by that date. We will soon provide additional information for students not able to arrive by the program start date listed on your I-20 or DS-2019. We also recommend that you arrive in Indianapolis by August 10, 2020 if possible, to complete the required 14 day self-quarantine and get settled before classes begin.
  • Make sure you review the current U.S. 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.
  • Embassies and consulates have not resumed routine visa services, but you may be able to apply for an expedited visa interview.
  • When you arrive in Indianapolis from any international location, you will need to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Self-quarantining

Based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), all students, staff, and faculty coming to Indianapolis from an international location will need to spend 14 days in their residences (on- or off-campus) monitoring their health and practicing physical distancing.

You should plan to arrive no later than the program start date listed on your I-20. It is recommended but not required that you arrive earlier if needed in order to complete any required period of self-quarantine. If needed, you can attend class online during the self-quarantine period.

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 Spring 2021 housing application.

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

    Yes, you may enroll in online classes this fall if you can’t travel to Indianapolis.

  • 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 Spring 2021?

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

  • I’ve been admitted to the Honors College. Am I able to keep my Honors College scholarship if defer to Spring 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 fall or defer your scholarship to Spring 2021. You will be considered an Honors student if you take online classes in the fall. The Honors College will advise you one-on-one when selecting your fall 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 with a mix of in-person and online instruction in the fall.

  • I'm in the U.S.; can I take all my classes online?

    Yes, based on current SEVP guidance from March 2020, you may remain in the U.S. and take all online classes.

  • 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 Fall 2020 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 will still be some additional changes this summer beyond 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 fall semester.

    Learn More

  • I heard that I will need an updated I-20 that talks about my fall 2020 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 Fall for my program?

    Graduate students will need to contact their programs and discuss options for Fall 2020 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 Fall 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 in the U.S.; can I take all my classes online?

    Yes, based on current SEVP guidance, you can remain in the United States and take your courses online.

  • 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 Fall 2020 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 will still be some additional changes this summer beyond 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 fall semester.

    Learn more

  • I heard that I will need an updated I-20 that talks about my fall 2020 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.