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Big Red Restart Frequently Asked Questions


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International Student FAQs:

Yes, however, academic delivery may still look a little different. WKU is closely monitoring COVID-19 and please note that course delivery plans are subject to change. As always, the safety and health of the WKU community is our top priorty. Learn more about the current plans for instruction, registration and course delivery HERE and the 2020-2021 restart calendar HERE.

The safety and health of the WKU community is a top priority during this time. View the university's operations for health and safety HERE.

We regret that we cannot assist with VISA arrangements. While we look forward to welcoming you to Bowling Green, if you do not have a visa appointment yet, it may be best for you to study with us from your home (on-line) for Fall 2020.

Most students enroll in 12-15 credit hours. You have the option to enroll from part time to full time status. We do not recommend that you apply for a course-load of more than 18 credit hours per semester. If you are outside the U.S., you do not have to maintain your F-1 status. 
The United States government requires that all students from outside the U.S. who arrive on campus to self-isolate for 2 weeks. You may go anywhere on campus while following the Big Red Restart guidelines outlined HERE.
 If you are having challenges re-entering the U.S. please contact your academic advisors to determine hybrid and online course options that are available for you and email us directly at isss@wku.edu to see how this may impact your F-1 status.
We recommend that students arrive on campus no later than August 11th. Please note that late arrivals may cause challenges including delays in your enrollment, housing, etc.
Yes. We send a new I-20 to all students. This will come to your Topper email account.

Appropriate face masks include a cloth face covering or appropriate paper mask that covers both the nose and mouth. These coverings are required:

  • At all times when in public areas or shared spaces within buildings, including hallways and classrooms
  • Outdoors when near others where social distancing of at least six feet cannot be maintained 
  • When in a vehicle with other persons, including cars, vans and buses

There are situations where a face mask is not required or cannot be worn due to the type of activity or factors related to the environment. Examples include:

  • While eating or drinking
  • While in your residence hall room or alone inside a university office 
  • In environments where hazards exist that create a greater risk by wearing a mask (engineering bays, biology research & instructional labs, etc.)
  • Performing physical exertion, such as manual labor, running and athletics training
  • Outdoors with more than six feet continuous separation between all people or there is only brief contact such as passing a person on the sidewalk
  • Other physical limitations or conditions that preclude an individual from wearing a face mask 

In all cases where a mask cannot be worn and social distancing cannot be maintained, alternative methods must be utilized to limit potential transmission of COVID-19. Specific guidance for the personal protective actions noted in this section will be included in a formal procedure document - WKU EHS-20-002 Personal Protective Measure for COVID-19.


Learn more about WKU's health and safety guides HERE.

 No, however, free testing will be available on campus.
Yes. Housing & Residence Life will open residence halls on August 11th for international students, however, please make sure that you register in advance. View the COVID-19 housing considerations HERE.
 Yes. View the COVID-19 dining considerations HERE.
If WKU moves to a fully online course delivery, according to the recent announcement from ICE/SEVP regarding Fall 2020 courses, all international students would be required to leave the U.S. or transfer for another insitution. We know that you have questions, but as this announcement was just made, we are still in the process of reviewing all the information. Please be patient during this time and continue to check your email for updates.

 For Fall 2020, we will only offer two courses, which will be online:

  1. IDST199
  2. COMM145

Returning IPAS students should contact isss@wku.edu

Undergraduate students (bachelors degree-seeking) are full-time enrolled when they have 12 or more credit hours.

Graduate students (masters or doctorate degree-seeking) students must carry a minimum of 9 credit hours for full-time enrollment.


If you are inside the U.S. you cannot be enrolled in all online courses. You must take some in-person or hybrid courses.

WKU offers in-person studies, hybrid/hyFlex courses, and online courses in the Fall 2020 semester. Please log in to our online orientation program to have us help guide you.

Please be sure to schedule a one-on-one advising appointment to help you determine the best course of action for your situation.  

While we look forward to welcoming you in Bowling Green, if you do not have a visa appointment yet, it may be best for you to study with us from your home (online) for Fall 2020.


We are here for you!


Email: applyinternational@wku.edu


WhatsApp: +1 270 681 0632



Email: isss@wku.edu







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 Last Modified 7/7/20