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Information for study abroad students and parents

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On Wednesday, President Trump signed a proclamation that suspends entry to the United States of most foreign nationals who have been in certain European countries at any point during the 14 days prior to their scheduled arrival to the U.S.

It is important to note that this ban does not apply to legal permanent residents of the United States (generally), and/or to immediate family members of U.S. citizens.

In light of API closing its operations in Spain and Arcadia’s shutting down its program in Greece, please be assured that Bryant has a team in place should students need assistance completing the coursework started abroad.  Dr. Laurie Hazard, Assistant Dean for Student Success, is the point person for this team (lhazard@bryant.edu; 401-232-6746).

For students studying abroad in other locations this semester, we understand that the situation is uncertain and that you may be thinking about returning home earlier than originally planned.  The decision of whether to return to the U.S. from various study abroad locations is a difficult one for families. Should you decide to come back to the states, we have in place a team who will work with you to develop individualized plans so that you can complete through Bryant the coursework you started abroad.  As above, Dr. Laurie Hazard, Assistant Dean for Student Success, is the point person for these plans (lhazard@bryant.edu; 401-232-6746).

Please keep Cindi Lewis, Director of Global Education, informed of student travel plans (clewis4@bryant.edu; 401-232-6209).  Should you encounter difficulty finding a return flight to the U.S., please contact the in-country U.S. Embassy for assistance https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/COVID-19-Country-Specific-Information.html.  We will supply updates as more information becomes available. 

Bryant staff are here to assist in any way we can. 

Information for international students

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With the exception of students who have traveled to a CDC level 2 or level 3 country, who should follow our protocol in contacting Health Services, Bryant University international students can return to their residence hall rooms on Sunday, March 15.

To assist Residence Life staff in keeping track of students who choose to return to campus while on-site classes are temporarily suspended, as well as any special circumstances our international students may be facing that need to be addressed, students have been asked to notify Residence Life of when they plan to return (date and time period) and their purpose for returning.

Information on campus dining is elsewhere on this page.

International students who do not plan to stay on campus for the next two weeks but need access to their room for the purpose of retrieving personal belongings should alert the Office of Residence Life. They will be provided access to their residence hall and should depart from campus once they have collected necessary items.

Visa and I-20 info for International Students Returning to Their Home Countries:

If you decide to go home while online courses are offered, please check your I-20 for travel signature on page 2. Travel endorsement is valid for one year. If you already had your I-20 signed for travel last semester, you do not have to get a new one.

If you are currently on-campus and you need a new signature, visit the OISS during office hours (M-F, 9am-4pm.). If you are off-campus or already home and need a new signature, you can request the OISS to ship your new I-20 using Eship Global. Required documents for re-entry can be found at: https://www.ice.gov/sevis/travel#_Toc81222004.

CONTACTS:

  • Emily Collins Garcia, Bryant’s international student advisor, may be reached at ecollinsgarcia@bryant.edu
  • Kaoru Paganelli, assistant director of International Student & Scholar Service, may be reached at kpaganel@bryant.edu.

*COVID-19 has presented colleges and universities across the country with unprecedented and rapidly evolving circumstances. To protect the safety and well-being of the Bryant community, Bryant University’s policies and procedures are subject to change as the situation progresses. Please check this site regularly for the most updated information.”