COVID-19 FAQ

Does my international student insurance cover treatment for coronavirus? 

Treatment of the coronavirus is covered under the international student insurance plan similar to other illnesses.

The plan also offers a variety of free resources, including meeting with a doctor online or by phone, a 24/7 nurse line, and a student support line if you want to talk about any anxiety or stress (available in many languages).

For more information, see our detailed post on our international student insurance.

If you have questions about the international student insurance plan or any of these services, contact Yushin Wung

What should I do if I feel sick? 

If you are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, please call a doctor right away. You can call an urgent care clinic near campus or your home to speak with a healthcare professional, who will give you additional instructions. If you feel sick but you do not have these symptoms, you can also visit your urgent care clinic or you can use the Teladoc or Nurse Line service. See our short list of urgent care clinics close to Shoreline, or you can search for additional doctors included in your insurance plan.

In order to help the campus stay safe, if you feel that you are experiencing symptoms or have been in contact with someone who has, please fill out this form

Do I need a travel signature before leaving the U.S.?

When you leave the U.S., you do not need a travel signature. The signature is required when you enter the U.S.  If you will enter the U.S. within one year of your last travel signature, you do not need a new one. We recommend you carry a copy of your class registration with you when you arrive at a port of entry in the U.S. If you do not have a travel signature or it is too old, contact Harumi Kendall at hkendall@shoreline.edu. 

Are classes in spring quarter going to be all online? 

The College has decided that most classes for Spring quarter will be taught remotely: meaning that most classes will be taught online. A list will be published soon with a limited number of classes that will be taught in a face to face setting.

Please know that the College is being very proactive and responsive, and is committed to continuing to maintain our excellent quality of instruction. Students should rest assured that they will receive a lot of extra support from the College and the International Education department to help them be successful in the online environment. 

I’m a current student and I want to take classes in the Spring. What should I do?

The Department of Homeland Security has informed us that (current) students who maintain a class load of at least 12 credits will be allowed to remain in “Active” status while taking remote classes during Spring quarter. This can be any combination of credits labeled as online (N), hybrid (Y), or face-to-face (E, S).

Your I-20/SEVIS record will remain in active status while studying remotely in the U.S. OR outside of the U.S. By enrolling in 12 credits or more you will not need to use a vacation quarter – you will be able to continue maintaining your status while making academic progress.  

If this is your graduation quarter, you may take less than 12 credits by submitting a Reduced Course Load form to an academic advisor. An advisor will ensure that you are eligible to graduate before approving the Reduced Course Load. Email ieadvisors@shoreline.edu. If you have questions about OPT, contact F-1 immigration specialist Harumi Kendall at hkendall@shoreline.edu.

I am not currently in the U.S. but plan to attend Shoreline Community College in spring quarter. What should I do if I am not able to come to the U.S. due to COVID-19 travel restrictions? 

  • I am a new Shoreline student: Contact international admissions about taking online classes from your home country in spring quarter, OR request a deferral (postponement) to summer quarter.
  • I am a continuing Shoreline student currently on an approved annual vacation quarter outside the U.S. and cannot re-enter the U.S. (or have concerns about traveling): Contact our advisors ieadvisors@shoreline.edu to get advice about possible online classes that you can register for. They are happy to help you! In addition, also contact an F-1 Specialist (Harumi Kendall or Kristine Towns-von Stauber) to find out how to defer your I-20 so you can return to the U.S. in a future quarter. 
  • I am a continuing Shoreline student returning from a leave of absence with a new SEVIS I-20 (new SEVIS Number): Contact our advisors ieadvisors@shoreline.edu to get advice about possible online classes that you can register for. They are happy to help you! In addition, also contact an F-1 Specialist (Harumi Kendall or Kristine Towns-von Stauber) to find out how to defer your I-20 so you can return to the U.S. in a future quarter. 

How can I contact my advisor or other IE staff? 

You can contact IE staff in a variety of ways: 

I hear that the IE department is going online like most other campus services. Is that true? 

Yes, it is. Washington State Governor Jay Inslee announced that, to slow the spread of COVID-19, all schools, colleges, and universities in Washington State must close and/or strictly limit their in-person activities. This is being done for the safety and well-being of all students, faculty, and staff, as well as the general population. 

Although we will not be meeting in-person with students, the IE department will continue to offer services through Zoom video conference meetings, email, and by phone. We are dedicated to making sure that our students continue to receive all the support they need during this challenging time. Please contact us. We are here for you! 

I am planning to travel outside of the U.S. between winter and spring quarters. Is that OK? 

You may wish to consider avoiding travel that is not necessary. We do not know how long current travel restrictions will last, or if restrictions on additional countries will be added. If you must travel, check travel restrictions in that country in addition to checking with your airline. Be prepared for any changes that may delay your return to the U.S. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has the most updated information regarding travel alerts and warnings: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices 

If you are traveling overseas and do not have a current travel signature on your I-20, please email an F-1 Specialist (Harumi Kendall or Kristine Towns-von Stauber) and they will provide you with any needed information. Even though our physical campus is temporarily closed, both instruction and services are available! Staff is available during regular business hours to assist you. 

Can I take classes online from my home country? 

Yes. We have many online courses available, and we will be providing additional services within IE to help international students who are taking online courses from their home country due to COVID-19. If you are interested in taking a class online for spring quarter, please contact international admissions or an academic advisor. 

Which countries have COVID-19 travel restrictions to the U.S. (updated March 15, 2020)? 

Entry to the U.S. has been suspended from several countries and regions including China, Iran, Europe, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. Because of frequent updates, please check the most current list at U.S. Department of State website on COVID-19

In addition, we recommend that you check airline travel information and your government’s health department website, as this situation can change daily. 

How does it spread?

COVID-19 can be spread through close contact with someone who has the virus. Please go to one of the websites below for details about the virus: 

How can I protect myself and others?

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.  
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
  • Stay home when you are sick. 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 

What steps is the College taking? 

The college is actively monitoring the situation and staying up to date with local and state health authorities and proactively responding to support students and the campus community. The college is committed to providing regular updates to all students and staff, as well as different options to students to support them in their success. Actions include:

Campus closure: In order to minimize the spread of COVID-19, classes have been moved online and Shoreline’s physical campus will be closed for spring quarter. However, classes and services, including academic and immigration advising, will continue to be available online through the free video conference app Zoom, by phone, and by email.

Updated Webpage: The college has created a central webpage to provide updates, information, and resources about Covid19. The college is sending daily updates and will be updating this webpage as the situation develops. 

Adjustments to course delivery: The College is transitioning the majority of courses to online delivery for spring quarter. Faculty and administrators have been actively working to minimize the impact on student learning and success. Please know that while course delivery might be different, instruction will continue in spring quarter! 

Task Force: A Communicable Disease Task Force has been meeting regularly for several weeks and has been keeping up to date on local and federal news and government recommendations. This Task Force has also been working on response and preventative measures for the campus. If you have questions or concerns related to COVID-19 please contact Derek Levy, Acting Vice President of Students, Equity & Success (206-546-4544), or Yushin Wung, International Student Engagement Manager (206-546-6924). 

Incident Command System (ICS): this is a protocol that the college uses in response to emergency situations. It is an organizational tool for staff that answers questions such as: 

  1. Who is in charge? 
  1. What is my role? What are my specific tasks? 
  1. Whom do I report to? 

ICS allows the college to provide a systematic and organized response that is well communicated to all involved parties and decision-makers. 

Why aren’t more Americans wearing face masks? 

According to the World Health Organization, only people who are sick or who are caring for others who are sick are recommended to wear masks. 

What’s the best way to wash my hands? 

  • When possible, wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds before rinsing and drying well. Tip: sing “Happy Birthday” twice while you wash. 
  • If you do not have facilities nearby to wash your hands, you may use alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 

What if my parents are telling me to come home right now? 

We want to support you and your family the best way that we can. Please contact an advisor or F-1 Specialist in International Education so that we can tell you about your options, including going home and possibly continuing your education by taking online classes. 

I have more questions about COVID-19. Where can I learn more? 

You can contact the International Education Front Desk at iefrontdesk@shoreline.edu or 206-546-4697 for questions related to Shoreline Community College. 

For general information about COVID-19, these resources include much more information about COVID-19 and local and federal responses: 

King County Health Department – Main COVID-19 page with updates 

King County Health Department – Common Questions 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Frequently Asked Questions 

Other links: 

https://library.shoreline.edu/corona

https://www.bbc.com/news/health-51674743

https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus

Coronavirus Update and How to Stay Healthy During Cold and Flu Season

Read the latest update from the College on the coronavirus and staying healthy on the College news blog or below:

Winter means we’re in the middle of cold and flu season. While it’s important to take care of your health year-round, the cold weather and this year’s novel coronavirus (2019 n-CoV) outbreak means it’s even more important than ever to take steps to ensure health and wellness. 

Luckily, the risk of contracting the coronavirus is low and you can work to prevent it the same way you can avoid getting influenza, the common cold, and other similar viruses common this time of year.

Help stop the spread of these viruses and keep yourself and others healthy by:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Staying home when you are sick.
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throwing the tissue in the trash. 
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces. 

Combine the common sense strategies listed above with steps to improve overall health by:

  • Dressing warmly. Protect your body when you’re outdoors by wearing a coat, hat, boots, gloves, and scarf. Keeping your body warmer helps boost your immune system.
  • Getting a flu shot. Getting vaccinated can greatly increase your body’s ability to fight off or recover from the flu.
  • Staying active. Promote bone and muscle health, control weight, and improve sleep patterns for an overall healthier body better able to fight off illness.
  • Sleeping enough. Lack of sleep can weaken your immune system so help your body protect itself by giving it a break.
  • Eating healthy. A healthy diet strengthens the immune system by providing antioxidants and vitamins your body needs to resist viruses or infections.

The College is an international community with students living both on and off-campus. With so many people sharing common spaces, it’s up to us all to help prevent the spread of disease.  

If you experience any of the following symptoms and have either traveled to or from mainland China or had contact with someone who is suspected to have coronavirus, stay home and contact a health–care provider. 

Coronavirus Symptoms May Include: 

  • Fever
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Headache
  • A general feeling of being unwell

Student Resources
If you have questions about campus exposure risks (including in the residence hall), have recently returned from travel in China, have interacted with someone who has traveled to China, and/or are exhibiting signs of illness, please reach out to Derek Levy, Dean of Student Support & Success (206-546-4544), or Yushin Wung, International Student Engagement Manager (206-546-6924).

Some students may also benefit from the following resources: 

  • Counseling Center – Health care information, community resources, and confidential mental health support 
  • International Education –Support for international students, including health insurance and travel questions 

Find additional resources and more information about the College’s emergency preparedness plan for infectious diseases on the Safety and Security webpage.

Shoreline Rises into Top 20 U.S. Colleges Enrolling International Students

Shoreline Community College has joined the top 20 Associate’s colleges hosting international students in the United States.

In its Open Doors Report, released as part of global International Education Week celebrations, the Institute of International Education ranked Shoreline Community College number 19 in the U.S. on the list of Associate’s Colleges with the most international students.

Shoreline’s rise in the rankings comes amid overall drops in new enrollments by international students throughout the state and the nation. In this context, it has been increasingly difficult to attract new students. However, Shoreline has seen significantly lower declines in international enrollments compared to other similar institutions.

Shoreline’s International Education Department works hard to make sure international students have all the support they need to succeed in the U.S. education system. One recent graduate, Riadiani Marcelita from Indonesia, said, “the international student advisors worked with me from day one to plan my academic journey.” Riadiani is currently working at Adobe Systems in California.

International students also point to the excellence of our teaching faculty as another reason for the success. Kacem Saber Becis from Algeria noted, “the faculty are truly preparing me to be successful at a university.”

It is this support, and the student successes that it leads to, that attracts international students to Shoreline.

With just short of 1,000 international students from over 50 countries, Shoreline is one of five colleges in Washington State in the top 20 leading institutions, making ours one of the most competitive states in the country. In the past ten years, Shoreline has increased its international student population by around 30%, and moved from being ranked in the 30s to its current spot at 19.

The Open Doors Report has been published annually by the Institute of International Education since the 1948-49 academic year. Since 1972, they have partnered with the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to produce the report. Open Doors contains data on international students in the U.S. as well as American students who study abroad in other countries.

Craft Weekend

Support local artists and small business at three different fun events this weekend!

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The Shoreline Arts Festival has something for everyone. Not only can you view and purchase art from members of the community, there are dance and music performances, food trucks, hands-on art projects, and cultural rooms.

Date: Saturday and Sunday, June 24 & 25
Time: Saturday 10:00am – 9:00pm, Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Shoreline Center, 18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline, WA 98155
Cost: Admission is free! Bring money for food and souvenirs.

06-22-17 Craft Weekend 2

Urban Craft Uprising is Seattle’s largest independent craft show. There is a winter and a summer show, and no two events are the same. The artists, designers, and crafters (including chefs and bakers!) are selected by a jury to get the best mix of everything Seattle has to offer.

Date: Saturday and Sunday, June 24 & 25
Time: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Seattle Center Exhibition Hall
Cost: Admission is free! Bring money for crafts and goodies.

06-22-17 Craft Weekend 3

If you’re looking for something really unique, Oddmall – Emporium of the Weird, is taking place at Everett Community College. Oddmall prides itself in their eclectic and diverse lineup of crafters, artists, live performers, authors, and food stalls.

Date: Saturday and Sunday, June 24-25
Time: Saturday 10:00am – 6:00pm, Sunday 11:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Everett Community College – Walt Price Student Fitness Center
Cost: Admission is free! Bring money for one of a kind treasures.

Apply To Be an IPM Today!

International Peer Mentors (IPMs) are hiring! If you’re looking for a fun and unique leadership opportunity to engage with your fellow students, becoming an IPM may be right for you. To learn more about the position, visit the International Peer Mentor Facebook page. The deadline is Sunday, April 2nd, so don’t delay!

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Here’s what our current IPMs love about their experience working in the International Education Department, and why you should apply!

Blanche

My favorite part about being an IPM would be helping students and also improving several aspects of myself (my weaknesses). One of the main reason I became an IPM was to improve my communication skills and I am happy that I have been able to do that and even more. Being an IPM has helped me engage and participate efficiently on campus activities and to develop my leadership skills. I would definitely recommend students to apply because it will be an amazing experience, new people to meet and different cultures to discover. Also, an opportunity to discover and truly appreciate shoreline and all the amazing staff members in the international department.

IPM App 1

Moe

I like being an IPM because I enjoy working, I love the friends I got to meet. Being an IPM helped me develop my personality and become a courageous person. I think students should apply because it’s a new experience with new people and students can learn a lot from that!

Clara

I really enjoy being an IPM because I got to do a lot of things that I really love to do such as helping others, problem solving, and meeting lots of new friends. I have improved and grew not only in myself, but also with my teammates. I observed and tried to learn the strengths of my teammates, and I really appreciate the diverse group that we had. I felt more engaged with SCC, and I felt more connected to my school, my advisors, and the staff. For the people who really have passion about helping others, and who are really want to learn something from this job, it will be a good chance for you!

IPM App 3

Megan

Being an IPM is the coolest thing I have done so far for my life. You get to meet new students and be friends with them, you get to have a group of friends from your work and hang out with them after work! Being an IPM makes me realize what my strengths and weaknesses are, learn how to appreciate other people even though they make mistakes, and so many things you could hardly believe.
Let me tell you, being an IPM can give you a lot of things you would not expect in the past, the present, and of course in the future. 🙂

Jinhee

I love being an IPM because I am able to engage with SCC a lot more, I get to plan and organize events for students, and it also allowed me to work with a lot of people on and off campus. It is amazing to see how me and other IPMs are growing together as well as other students. Being an IPM requires me to not only be a professional staff, but also a friendly approachable student mentor. This is what I really like about this position. I really recommend IPM positions to every student who is willing to learn and contribute to the campus.

TK

I like being an IPM because it helps me to grow up as a person and as a member of the society. I learned how to work in an International Ed office, helped and assisted students who have questions or are troubled. I also get to know more about Shoreline community College since I became an IPM. I think students should apply because IPM is a job where you can polish your leadership style and gain a unique experiences in SCC.

Jisa

Becoming IPM is practice for speaking English, challenging work for the international team, and experience to work as a paid staff in the U.S. I think, IPM is not brilliant job, you take care of people, put posters on wall, and clean up, and so on. However, if you want to feel how hard working the international team is, and how awesome it is when we achieved something together, you should apply for this.

Shoreline Short Short Film Festival

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The first ever Shoreline Short Short Film Festival will take place on Saturday, March 25th! The festival starts at 7:00pm in the Shoreline Community College Theater. Tickets are $20 and they can be bought at the door, or you can reserve them over at the Shoreline Arts Council.

All of the films are three to ten minutes long, and they come from filmmakers all over Washington State. The best films will be honored with prizes and the audience will be able to vote for their favorite. Come and show your support for our local artists, actors, and filmmakers!

– Meg Humphrey

Shoreline Welcomes Students from 30 Countries

Fall quarter’s International Student Orientation Program is always the biggest of the year. This year, it was also among the most diverse groups of students we have ever welcomed to Shoreline, with arrivals from 30 countries across five continents.

To all of our new students: We are excited to see the contributions you will make to campus, and we wish you a wonderful start to your academic careers here at Shoreline. If you ever need any help, support, or even if you are just looking for opportunities to get involved, come in and see us in the International Education offices.

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