On July 6, the federal Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP) announced new plans to prevent international students at colleges operating online in fall quarter (due to the COVID-19 pandemic) from taking a full online course load and remain in the United States.
This announcement is both senseless and cruel, causing undue anxiety, stress, and fear for our Shoreline international students and families in the midst of a global pandemic. Students must be granted the flexibility to live and study in the location that best supports their health and safety.
While this rule change is not yet final, Shoreline Community College, along with our Board of Trustees, unequivocally condemns this change. Campus leadership is working closely with the International Education department and is actively reaching out to elected officials, professional organizations, and other colleges and universities to obtain more information and devise solutions to ensure all of our students are able to continue their studies in the fall, safely and without interruption.
Please know the College is committed to finding ways to support our international students. Our community cares deeply and stands with our international students, many of whom have made great sacrifices to study in this country and chose Shoreline because of the tremendous support we provide throughout their educational experience. Any student who may be in need of emotional support during this uncertain time are encouraged to reach out to the Counseling Center (206-546-4594) for assistance.
The Executive Team, along with staff in the International Education department, will continue to update the campus community as more information becomes available. Do keep our international students and their families in your thoughts. I know as a College, we will do what we always do: come alongside our students with support and care.
Wishing you continued health and well-being,
Cheryl Roberts, Ed.D. President Office of the President
The Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP) announced Monday that students at colleges that are going to be fully online in fall quarter (due to the Covid-19 pandemic) will not be able to stay in the U.S., but would need to take online coursework from overseas.
For those Shoreline international students who are already taking courses from overseas, our understanding is that this change will not affect you. For students who are still in the U.S., we understand that this news might be causing you and your families stress. It is important to know that these modifications have not been published to the Federal Register, and are not yet final. It is also not clear how these modifications will be implemented.
I am working closely with our International Education Department, campus leadership, professional organizations, colleges and universities in the state and across the country to get further information and to come up with solutions to make sure that our students are able to continue to pursue their academic goals while remaining safe and healthy. We will also be exploring options to work with our congressional representatives and other state officials to advocate on behalf of our students.
An update to this message will be sent on Friday, July 10th from Samira Pardanani, Executive Director of International Programs. Please watch your Shoreline email and Shoreline social media accounts for that message.
Please know that Shoreline Community College supports and cares about all of you.
This infographic is a good reminder that we should all focus as much as we can on the things we can control when life confronts us with a difficult situation, rather than worrying about the things we cannot control.
Remember, if you would like to talk to someone, you can reach out to the International Education staff at IEhelp@shoreline.edu or contact Shoreline’s counseling center at 206-546-4594. We’re here to help!
Update June 25, 2020: Masks or face coverings are required in public spaces beginning June 26, 2020
“Effective June 26, a statewide order requires individuals to wear a face covering in indoor public spaces such as stores, offices and restaurants. The order also requires face coverings outdoors when you can’t stay 6 feet apart from others.” (From Washington State Coronavirus Response website.)
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).
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 email@example.com.
Are classes in Summer and Fall quarters going to be all online?
The College has decided that most classes for Summer and Fall quarters will be taught remotely: meaning that most classes will be taught online.
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 Summer and/or Fall. 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 Summer and Fall 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions about OPT, contact F-1 immigration specialist Harumi Kendall at email@example.com.
I am not currently in the U.S. but plan to attend Shoreline Community College in Summer and/or Fall Quarters. 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, OR request a deferral (postponement).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 hear that the IE department is operating 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 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:
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.
Wear a cloth mask when you leave your home and may be within 6 feet of other people, and always in stores or other buildings.
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 Summer and Fall Quarters. 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 has transitioned the majority of courses to online delivery through Fall 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!
Task Force: A Communicable Disease Task Force has been meeting regularly 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:
Who is in charge?
What is my role? What are my specific tasks?
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.
Should I wear a face mask?
Public Health – Seattle & King County recently directed all residents of King County to wear cloth face coverings in public places in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19. You can read their list of DOs and DON’Ts for face masks for more information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
Treatment of the coronavirus is covered under the international student insurance plan similar to other illnesses.
For instance, coverage for the coronavirus may be covered up to the plan maximum, unless it’s determined to be a pre-existing condition. If you have questions about pre-existing conditions, please contact Shoreline’s international student insurance provider LewerMark at 1-800-821-7710.
If you have not downloaded your insurance card, please visit https://www.lewermark.com/student-login/ and log in with your Shoreline SID number and your birthdate (format MMDDYYYY – for example, March 4, 2020 is 03042020). Follow the instructions, then click the menu button at the top to access your ID card. If you are having problems, please contact IE.
If you haven’t gotten a flu shot this year yet, it is recommended. The cost of the flu shot may be covered in your insurance under the $250 wellness benefit. The $250 maximum per year includes the cost of routine physical exams and other preventative immunizations. If you are not sure if you have used your $250 benefit yet, please contact LewerMark by phone, chat, or email.
Some other free resources that are included in the cost of health insurance are:
Teladoc: Speak with a licensed doctor by web, phone, or mobile app, 24/7 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week). These doctors can treat general medical conditions and/or behavioral health, and can also prescribe medicine over the phone. If you are sick but do not believe you have COVID-19, Teladoc may be a good option for you. The phone number is 1-800-835-2362. You can also visit www.teladoc.com to sign up, or download the free Teladoc app.
Nurse Line: Speak with a registered nurse over the phone, 24/7. They can help you decide what medical options are available or where to go if you are sick or injured. There is also translation assistance with Nurse Line. The phone number is 1-866-549-5076, and you should be ready to provide your name, SID, and date of birth.
MySSP: The international student insurance plan includes the My Student Support Program, or MySSP.MySSP is designed to help students with stress, sadness, loneliness, and more, as well as supporting students with adapting to a new culture and being successful at school. Students who use MySSP can connect to a support advisor 24/7 by mobile app, online chat, or over the phone (1-866-743-7732).
Scholastic Emergency Services (SES): SES may cover the cost of a visit from a family member if a student is hospitalized for 5 or more days. Likewise, if a student experiences the loss of an immediate family member, SES will cover the cost of a round trip ticket so that the student may return to his/her home country.
If you have questions about the international student insurance plan or any of these services, contact Yushin Wung.
What to do if you 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.
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.
In the coming weeks, both the International Education department and Student Life will be announcing a number of on-campus job openings for the coming 2020-21 academic year.
Here’s a look at the opportunities coming up.
International Student Ambassador
These student workers help the International Education department reach out to students in countries where their native language is spoken. They do this mostly through email and social media, such as Facebook or Line. International Education will be hiring students who can speak and write Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and Japanese. Applications open in mid-March. You can find more information in the International Education department.
International Student Leaders
You probably remember meeting some of the International Student Leaders when you first arrived at Shoreline for Orientation, where they help to make sure everything goes smoothly and the new students know where they need to go. They also plan events like the Halloween Party and Global Showcase throughout the year. Applications open mid-March. You can find more information in the International Education department.
Peer Activity Leaders
If you are interested in Japanese language or culture, this is a great opportunity for you. Peer Activity Leaders work with a group of students who come to Shoreline from Japan to study for eight months, helping to introduce them to U.S. culture as well as share Japanese culture with the campus community. Applications open April 6. You can find more information and applications in the International Education department.
For students who want to live on campus in the residence hall, this is an ideal position. Resident Assistants support students who live in the residence hall in a variety of ways, including creating a sense of community, holding events and workshops, and helping to enforce the rules and policies of Shoreline Community College. In return, Resident Assistants get to live in the residence hall at no cost! Applications are due on March 20 by 5:00 p.m.
Student Life Leadership
There are a variety of leadership positions in Student Life, which is home to Shoreline’s Associated Student Government (ASG) and the Arts & Entertainment Board (A&E). One position, ASG President, is elected, but the other 18 positions that will be opening have a regular hiring process. Applications for both the ASG President position as well as all the other open positions can be completed online and are due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 13.
Tips for Completing Applications
The first step to getting any of these jobs is completing the application. When you do this, it is important that you answer every question completely. Take your time and think about your answers very carefully.
One example of an interview question is something like: “Why are you interested in this position?”
While you might be applying because you think it would look good on your university transfer application or your resume, or because you would like to make some extra money, that is not what the people who read the applications want to know.
They want to know what specifically about the job appeals to you. Maybe you want to develop your leadership skills, or you want to help to support new students. Then add an explanation of what skills, experience or characteristics you have that would make you good at the job. In fact, your answer to almost every question should include some information about why you would be good at the job.
Tips for the Interview
The next step, if your application makes a good impression, is at least one interview. This may be a one-on-one or a group interview. Either way, there are some things you can do to make a good impression.
Research what you would be responsible for and what you would have to do in the position. Prepare to talk about why you would be good at these things.
Practice interviewing with a friend. You can find lists of common interview questions online. These might not be the same questions that are asked in the interview, but just practicing answering questions and talking about yourself helps you be prepared.
Decide what you want to wear to the interview the night before. You should dress a little more formally than usual. (But you do not need to wear a suit.)
Arrive 5-10 minutes before the interview is scheduled to start.
Be aware of your body language. Look the interviewers in the eye when listening and answering questions, and be sure to smile occasionally.
Talk about your skills and experience when you answer questions.
Make sure you answer the questions fully but don’t take up too much time on each question. The time for the interview is limited, and you want to make the most of it.
Be prepared to ask questions. Often, the last question of an interview is: “Do you have any questions?” Asking questions about the details of the job shows that you are really interested and have thought about it. It’s usually a good idea to ask about the timeline for what will happen next, too.
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:
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
The Seattle area enjoys a mild climate – usually. But once in a while, we do see some cold weather and snow. Because it doesn’t happen very often, it’s important to be prepared when we are expecting enough snow to affect our daily routines.
If it snows enough, Shoreline Community College may open late or the campus may close for the whole day. Here are some ways to stay informed:
Sign up for Shoreline RAVE alerts. You can choose to be notified by phone call or text and email for urgent Shoreline notifications.
Check your @go.shoreline.edu email or the Shoreline website to see if campus will open late or be closed for the day.
Sign in to Canvas to see if your instructors still expect you to complete or submit assignments online.
If you are not used to cold weather and snow, here are some tips:
Avoid driving unless absolutely necessary. Driving on snowy and icy roads can be very dangerous, especially for those who do not have experience.
If you do drive, drive slowly and leave plenty of space between you and the car in front of you – stopping quickly may not be possible on snow and ice. Keep a warm blanket in your car to use if you get stuck.
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.
Every year for one week in November, schools, colleges and universities, and even embassies throughout the U.S. and around the world celebrate International Education Week (IEW). The official website explains that IEW ” is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide,” and is and effort ” to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences.
This year, Shoreline Community College is celebrating IEW with a wide variety of events.
International Coffee and Tea Tasting
Monday, November 18| 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. PUB Lobby Drop by the PUB on Monday morning to kick off IEW by tasting coffee and tea from different countries and cultures around the world! You’ll also have the chance to learn about the many different traditions and customs related to coffee and tea.
Study Abroad Fair & Passport Day
Monday, November 18 | 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. PUB Lobby Want to study abroad? Learn about all the fascinating places you can go with Shoreline’s study abroad programs and the scholarships that are available. We’ll also have a representative from the Seattle Passport Agency who can tell you all about how to get a passport!
Tuesday, November 19 | 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. 7262 Great Room (in the on-campus residence hall)
Test your knowledge of the world! Compete against small teams and individuals to see who can answer the most questions in our globe-spanning trivia night. Winners will receive prizes, and everyone will get free pizza!
“Old Masters, New Skills” Perspectives on Teaching in Modern China Wednesday, November 20 | 11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. PUB 9208
Listen to the tales of an American laoshi (that’s “teacher” in Mandarin) spanning what it’s like to teach in China as a foreigner and interesting places to visit along the way! Shoreline ESL faculty member Tom Genest will be sharing his experiences and taking questions about his time in China.
South Africa Study Abroad Panel Wednesday, November 20 | 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. PUB 9208
Join Dr. Ernest Johnson, Dr. Elena Esquibel, and a group of students who recently returned from a study abroad trip to Cape Town, South Africa. Students will make a presentation about their experiences and answer questions from the audience.
Thursday, November 21 | 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. PUB Lobby
Learn words and useful phrases from native speakers of languages hailing from countries around the globe! Each language will have a table with games and snacks.
Friday, November 22 | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 3000 Main Gym
Show off your skills in a doubles badminton tournament! Badminton is popular in countries around the world, from Britain to China to Indonesia. Join us in celebrating this sport whose popularity can’t be contained by borders. All current Shoreline students are welcome to sign up – if you don’t have a partner, we can help you find one. Finalists will win prizes!