As Summer starts, we’re already looking forward to Fall quarter! We know many of you are starting to make your plans for starting or continuing your studies at Shoreline in the fall. If you’re considering arriving in the U.S., please take a look at these Frequently Asked Questions for international students:
*Please note that some of the information posted below has changed. We have an updated FAQ post available at this time. All information posted below is subject to further change, particularly if health guidelines in our area change. We are committed to providing you with updates as quickly as possible should any of the information change.
1. Can I attend Shoreline in person for Fall 2021 Quarter?
Yes! We will have robust hybrid class offerings and activities on campus this fall.
2. What classes can I take in person?
There are MANY options you can take in person, including classes in Art, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, ESL, Film, Math, Music, Physics, and more! You can see for yourself in our class schedule for Fall. On-campus classes are listed as “hybrid,” because they will have both in-person meetings and online learning combined.
3. Can I attend Shoreline online for Fall 2021 Quarter?
Yes! We will continue to offer fully online options this Fall if you are joining us from your home country or if Fall quarter will not be your first quarter in the U.S.
4. Do I need to get a negative COVID-19 test to fly to the U.S.?
Yes! The CDC is still requiring a negative COVID test to fly, even if you have been fully vaccinated. See more information on the latest testing requirements, here.
5. Do I need to get a Covid-19 vaccination before entering the U.S.?
The CDC is not currently requiring vaccines to travel to the U.S.
6. Do I need to get a COVID-19 vaccination to study at Shoreline?
While it’s strongly encouraged, COVID-19 vaccines are not currently required to enroll. This information has changed since the original post was published. Please see our updated FAQ post for new information.
7. Can I get vaccinated in Seattle?
Yes! Vaccines are readily available for international students. Many students are choosing to get vaccinated after they arrive in the U.S. There will be free vaccine clinics on campus at Shoreline as well. Please see our updated FAQ post for new information.
8. Which vaccinations are available?
- For students 16+: Pfizer is approved and available (more may become available for this group as the FDA approves their use for younger students)
- For students 18+: Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson
9. Does student health insurance cover the cost of the vaccine in the U.S.?
Yes, and in fact, vaccines can be accessed by students free of charge, even without health insurance.
10. 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 at email@example.com.
11. Will I need to quarantine when I arrive in the U.S.?
While the CDC recommends social distancing after travel, quarantine is not required. This information has been updated since the original post was published. Please see our updated FAQ post for new information.
12. Do I need a signature on my I-20 to enter or leave 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
13. Will you offer airport pick-up service for Fall quarter?
Yes! We will offer airport pick-up service prior to Orientation. Admitted students will receive additional information about this via email. For specific questions about this service, contact Linda Du at email@example.com.
14. Are masks and social distancing still required on campus?
Shoreline is following the State of Washington’s plan for Higher Education reopening.
At this time, masks are required while indoors on campus, and social distancing is required in all areas of campus, per that plan. This information has been updated since the original post was published. Please see our updated FAQ post for new information.
15. Will the Residence Hall be open?
Yes! The Residence Hall has been open continuously since 2019, and it will continue to be open in the Fall. You can learn more and apply at www.7000campusliving.com.
16. Will Homestay options be available?
Yes! All of our homestay partners are still offering placements for international students. You can see our housing and homestay information at https://www.shoreline.edu/international/about-us/housing.aspx
17. Is the Greater Seattle Area safe?
We are very proud of the City of Seattle for (at the time this has been published) being the most vaccinated major city in the country. Both the city and surrounding areas have vaccinated over 70% of the population 16+ years old, reaching the U.S. standard for herd immunity. The community is making a big effort to keep all residents safe.
I have another question that wasn’t answered!
Check the Shoreline webpage for COVID-19 updates, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or IEhelp@shoreline.edu!