Newly admitted international students

Welcome New Warriors! Congratulations to our newly admitted international students! We are so excited to welcome you onto our campus as a Wayne State Warrior! Now that you are admitted, it's time to focus on preparing for your arrival to Detroit, getting orientated to Wayne State, and registering for your first semester classes! The Office of International Students and Scholars is here to support you through your next steps as you prepare for your first semester at Wayne State. 

Please note that you cannot enter the U.S. more than 30 days prior to the start date listed on your I-20.

Please note that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) guidance for new international students enrolled in hybrid or online programs due to the COVID-19 pandemic will remain the same for the 2021-2022 academic year as was in place for Fall 2020. The information, below, is based on our current understanding of the guidance and will be updated as additional information is received.

Please keep in mind that F-1 immigration status is independent from the ability to study at WSU. Students who are outside of the U.S. are still eligible to enroll in online courses.

If you are newly admitted student outside of the U.S. with an initial I-20: 

  • New students who plan to study in the U.S. for the 2021-2022 academic year must choose some in-person or hybrid classes. You are not limited to a specific number of online credits, but you cannot take a completely online course load.
  • You must enroll in at least 1 course listed as SYNC/EXAM (hybrid), CLAS/WEB (hybrid), or CLAS (in-person).
  • You must maintain normal full-time enrollment status and make normal progress toward completing your degree.
  • If you already have your I-20, you will not need a new one for your visa appointment.
  • If you have registered for Fall classes, take a copy of your class schedule with you to your visa appointment.

Note: Your eligibility for a visa and the issuance is at the discretion of the U.S. Department of State.

If you are a newly admitted student planning to study online (remotely) outside of the United States: 

  • New students who plan to study remotely outside the U.S. can do so and take as many or as few credit hours as you wish.
  • New students who want to pursue this option must contact OISS at oissmail@wayne.edu and let us know. You will remain in initial F-1 status and the start date on your I-20 will be changed to reflect the term you will be arriving in the U.S. You will receive an updated I-20 via email.

If you are a newly admitted student who is unable to get an F-1 visa and/or travel to the United States: 

  • If you can't get an F-1 visa or will not enter the U.S. and do not want to take all classes online while outside of the U.S., you can reapply for admission in a future semester.
  • Graduate students intending to reapply for admission should e-mail their department adviser for the next steps. Undergraduate students should contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for assistance. 
  • You will receive an updated I-20 to support your arrival for the future term.

If you are a newly admitted Canadian student who is planning to commute to WSU:

  • New students who plan to study in the U.S. must choose some in-person or hybrid classes. You are not limited to a specific number of online credits, but you cannot take a completely online course load.
  • You must enroll in at least 1 course listed as SYNC/EXAM (hybrid), CLAS/WEB (hybrid), or CLAS (in-person).
  • Canadian students can commute across the border for the purpose of attending WSU without a 14-day quarantine.
  • Canadian students who are moving to the Detroit area should plan to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.
  • Unless you have been issued a part-time commuting I-20, you must maintain normal full-time enrollment and make normal progress towards completing your degree.
  • A resource from the Government of Canada is available online