New federal guidance regarding international students

To: UC Santa Cruz Community

From: Campus Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Lori Kletzer

On July 6, the U.S. Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) announced changes that will affect international students during the fall 2020 quarter. With yesterday’s update, requirements for students in F-1 status have changed. Students in F-1 status at schools that have moved to a hybrid instruction model must enroll in at least one in-person course this fall to remain in or enter the United States.

UCSC appreciates and values our international students and we realize this unexpected guidance from SEVP creates additional stress and uncertainty for our international students. Our campus will do all that we can to support our students while complying with these changes and minimizing disruption to coursework  and research at UCSC. This is an evolving situation and we are exploring all options. We will provide an additional update by early next week and more information as it becomes available.