Coronavirus Updates

Your health and safety is always our top priority. Notre Dame International continues to monitor developments related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and will post updates here.

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Latest Updates

July 9, 2020: Letter from Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., sent to the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security regarding new visa rules for international students

July 8, 2020: US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced on Monday that international students obtaining a college degree in the United States will not be allowed to stay in the country if their institution is holding courses online for the 2020 fall semester. Michael Pippenger, vice president and associate provost for internationalization, released the following statement, in support of Notre Dame’s international students:

“We are deeply concerned about the new immigration policies announced yesterday and how they might affect our students and community. The most notable change, that international students cannot enter into or remain in the U.S. if their university operates only online, does not apply to Notre Dame at this time as we will be returning to in-person classes this fall. There are, however, other changes that may affect our students. We have sought clarification from the Student Exchange and Visitor Program (the part of ICE that manages F and M visas on behalf of the Department of Homeland Security) since they submitted this new direction to us yesterday. We will continue to be in close contact with our international students as we gain clearer understanding.

Notre Dame students come from around the world. As always, we will serve them and fight for them so that they can fully and safely access the academic excellence, residential experience, and unique spirit of their Notre Dame home.”

The University of Notre Dame is also a member of NAFSA, the leading global education organization for institutions of higher learning. NAFSA has put out a statement as well which we fully support.

International Student and Scholar Affairs (ISSA) has more information on the new guidelines. 

General Information

  • The University’s international travel restrictions remain in effect. Throughout the fall 2020 semester, University-related travel will be strictly limited to essential travel, regardless of whether the university is paying for it. Further details about the approval process and return to campus process are available at the Travel information page at
  • NDI’s campus staff are working remotely as of Tuesday, March 17, 2020, and until further notice.
  • The Beijing, Jerusalem, and Rome Global Gateways are operating on a limited basis. All other Gateways and Centers remain closed and staff are working remotely.

CDC and Department of State Global Advisories that Remain in Effect

On March 27th, the CDC announced that its Global COVID-19 Pandemic Notice had been raised to Level 3, "Avoid Non-Essential International Travel" due to widespread ongoing transmission occurring globally. This message further advises the following:

  • There may be limited access to adequate medical care in affected areas throughout the world.
  • US residents may have difficulty returning to the United States from destinations outside the US due to limited commercial travel options.
  • If you have traveled internationally in the last 14 days:
    • Stay home
    • Monitor your health
    • Practice social distancing for 14 days after you return from travel. Social distancing means staying out of crowded places, avoiding group gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.

For CDC COVID-19 travel recommendations by country (including those with entry restrictions to the US), please visit the CDC website.

On March 19, the US Department of State issued similar advice regarding international travel when it announced the Global Health Advisory has been raised to Level 4, “Do Not Travel.” For more information, view the full story here

New and Returning International Students

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