Coronavirus Covid-19

The International Center continues to monitor the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, both locally and globally.

The safety of our students and employees abroad and of international students and scholars on campus is our highest priority.

Announcement: Health & Safety Updates: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Last Updated 9/1/2021 – Please review information for students, faculty and staff.

Study Abroad Programs

  • Fall study abroad in select programs and countries was approved. Please note that some fall programs were canceled because of low enrollment, partner-program cancellations, border closures or other factors..
  • Winter and spring study abroad programs are under consideration. Some programs have already been suspended for the spring semester due to country-specific regulations. Check specific programs on for further information.
  • Vaccinations are required for study abroad participation. Students must show proof of vaccination or be granted an exemption. While the CSU (Cal Poly) allows for exemptions as outlined in the CSU vaccine announcement, students must understand that the vaccination policies for the country to which they are traveling, the regional government, program or institution or other entity, may require them to be vaccinated regardless of the CSU exemption that they have been granted.
  • All non-credit programs are suspended until the winter 2022 quarter. Exceptions will be reviewed 90 days prior to departure for programs in countries where CDC and DoS levels are at a 2 or lower. Visit International Travel on
  • For any future university-related travel, travelers for all programs should monitor how the global health situation develops. At the time of purchase, participants should insure their flights against trip disruption and/or cancellation or have fully refundable tickets.
  • Students preparing for any future programs abroad should consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and  U.S. Department of State for ongoing recommendations.
  • Students are encouraged to explore alternate options for study and interning abroad, including Virtual Study Abroad programs and Virtual International Internships.

Virtual Internship & International Study Opportunities

  • The International Center offers consultations and resources for faculty interested in integrating Virtual Exchange into their classes, visit Virtual Exchange Resources. We also encourage faculty to contact us at  for more information. 

International Students & Scholars

The Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) guidance from March of 2020 for F-1 students is extended through the 2021-22 academic year.

  • Students entering the U.S. with an Initial Attendance or Transfer Pending I-20 are required to be enrolled full time and complete at least one in-person class on campus to maintain F-1 visa status.
  • Continuing F-1 students who want to keep their F-1 visa status active will need to be enrolled full-time, whether in the U.S. or outside the U.S., to maintain eligibility for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and/or Optional Practical Training (OPT) in the future. All continuing students must submit an Enrollment Plans form through the International Student Hub.
  • Students wanting to apply for OPT are required to take classes within the U.S. in their final quarter whether in-person or virtual.
  • F-1 students do not need to contact an embassy or consulate to obtain the individual the National Interest Exemption to travel to the U.S. They are automatically included in the exemption of the CDC travel restriction.
  • J-1 exchange students accepted for fall 2021 will need to have a majority of their classes in-person to maintain J-1 visa status. When applying for the J-1 visa, request to be granted a National Interest Exemption of the CDC travel restriction (if your country is on the restricted list).
  • J-1 visiting professors and research scholars and student interns will only be issued a DS-2019 to apply for a J-1 visa if physical presence on campus is necessary to achieve their academic goals. When applying for the J-1 visa, request to be granted a National Interest Exemption of the CDC travel restriction (if your country is on the restricted list).
  • All inbound students and scholars need to contact their airline for information on how to comply with the requirement to provide proof of a negative COVID test prior to boarding a flight to the U.S.
  • ALL STUDENTS should be aware of Cal Poly vaccination requirements, including both COVID-19 vaccine and other mandatory immunizations. For more information visit Cal Poly COVID-19 vaccination policy. View Campus Health & Wellbeing information about additional mandatory immunizations.

Faculty/Staff Traveling without Students

  • Strategic Business Services indicates that all travel requests and expenses go through the Concur process on Poly Travel.

Out of an abundance of caution and care, the International Center office continues to operate virtually, and our staff are happy to serve you in the following ways: