Updated Feb. 15, 3:05 PM ET

While all members of Elon’s community should follow information posted to the Ready and Resilient website, this page contains updates and advice specific to the international community.

Spring 2021 Arrival to Campus and Quarantine

  • Students should aim to arrive to campus in time for classes to begin, Monday, Feb. 8. See the University calendar for more information.
  • Following the Jan. 21 Executive Order on Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel, all travelers entering the United States from a foreign country are required to follow new protocol.If you are returning to campus directly from abroad, there are three things that you’ll need to do:
    1. Take a COVID-19 viral test within three days prior to travel, receive a negative result, and carry the proof of your negative results with you throughout your travels and for entry into U.S.
    2. Quarantine for seven days upon entry
    3. Complete an additional COVID-19 test on day four or five of the quarantine (this will be arranged by the University for those in quarantine local to campus)
  • The Jan. 25 Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Non-immigrants of Certain  Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Coronavirus Disease continues the 14-day entry restrictions for individuals who have been physically present in any of the following countries prior to travel to the U.S.: South Africa, China, Iran, European Schengen Area, Ireland, United Kingdom, Brazil.
    • NAFSA Association provides further explanation of what this means for students.
    • In summary, F-1 students from the Schengen Area, United Kingdom, and Ireland may still enter the U.S. due to inclusion in National Interest Exceptions (NIE). J-1 students from these areas must contact their local U.S. embassy or consulate to obtain a National Interest Exception (NIE) for entry to the U.S.
  • Students that are required to quarantine may choose to do so on- or off-campus at Elon or elsewhere (e.g. with a family member in the United States).

We recognize that your arrival plans are shaped by dynamic international regulation and availability of air travel — both of which are outside your or our control.

If due to visa or travel restrictions you cannot arrive by the start of classes, we will work with you and your faculty directly to ensure you have remote access to your classes. 

Global Education Center (GEC) staff will be in touch with each student individually regarding their specific arrival and quarantine plans and flight itinerary. Likewise, if a student chooses to quarantine at Elon, we will be in touch with them individually with details of their support, including meal access, check-in protocol, etc.

Remote-Only Classes for Spring 2021

International students may apply to enroll in non-residential, remote-only classes from this webpage.

In your request, be specific in detailing your case, including that you are an international student and any circumstances that complicate your ability to study at Elon (e.g. home country regulation, travel restrictions, etc.).

If you have questions about these options (e.g. how they may affect your visa status, how options apply to your situation, etc.), we’d be happy to talk with you — you can schedule a remote advising session here.


COVID-19 Testing for International Students

ALL Elon students, faculty and staff are required to complete COVID-19 testing, both before returning to campus and weekly once on campus (free of charge).

General Information from Health Services

Health and Immunization Records

If you are a new, international student, it is mandatory to have all of your health and immunization records submitted to the Health Services department prior to your arrival. If you have not already done so, please prioritize submitting this information. Details on how to do so are available on the Health Services website.

Student Health Services Appointments

Please keep in mind that throughout the semester for any health questions and concerns, both in-person and virtual appointments will be available to Elon students. Students who are not feeling well will begin by scheduling a virtual appointment and, depending on  the outcome of that appointment, will be given guidance and a potential in-person follow up.


International Student Orientation

International student orientation, which ordinarily happens on campus a few days prior to new student orientation, will be fully online and available for students to view at their own pace (linked above).

International student orientation is an important part of a student’s start at Elon. The GEC partners with offices across campus and fellow international students to make sure new students have the information they need to have a successful transition to Elon. This includes topics on adjusting to U.S. and Elon academic culture, setting up life in the U.S., and staying in status as an international student. It is also a way for the Elon community to welcome its newest international members!