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International Students

DBU remains committed to serving and supporting our International Students. Whether you remain on-campus or are currently overseas, the DBU International Affairs staff remain focused on meeting your needs. We have been praying for you and your family, and we will continue to do so.

Please know that we are continuing to workto support your educational goals. Our Admissions Office, Immigration Officers, Student Services, IEP, Student Housing, and Campus Dining are all open. Should you or your students need anything, do not hesitate to contact our staff. The safety and success of DBU students is our priority.

The information below will help answer questions as we move forward together.

Frequently Asked Questions

Student Services FAQs

Will there be off-campus shuttles?

No.  There will be no shuttles to off-campus apartments.  However, we will continue to offer shuttles from campus to certain shopping venues to ensure that students have access to purchase food and necessities.

 Will there be shopping trips?  

Yes, DBU will continue to taking on-campus students to the grocery store so that students can purchase food and other necessities.  This trips will go to various grocery stores and local ethnic markets on a rotating basis Monday thru Thursday each week.  Please check the DBU International Students Facebook page or call the International Office (214) 333-5427 for times and destinations for these trips and for details on how to sign up.

Is the International Office (IO) building currently open?  

Yes. The building is open and staffed during regular business hours. For fall 2020, the building will also be open on weekends. However, limits on building capacity are being enforced and masks are required.  We recommend contacting our staff by phone or email.  You may setup an appointment if needed. Contact us by calling 214-333-5427 or by emailing us at

Will there be International Tutoring? 

Yes, we are still available to help you with your academic needs during this time. Our tutoring sessions will now be held online. You can schedule your next tutoring session at  

What do "online classes" mean? 

DBU is offering students an assortment of online, hybrid, hy-flex, and in-person classes.  Online classes are provided in the same format as previous years.  Students will complete work on a weekly basis and interact primarily through discussion boards.  Hybrid classes include some online and some in-person interactions.  Hy-flex courses use real-time video to stream classes with some students in the classroom and others online.  Check for instructions from your professors on Blackboard to determine the format of your class. 

I don't feel well. What do I do?  

The DBU Health Services Clinic is available help you with any health issues during this time. However, in the midst of the Coronavirus outbreak, and as a means to keep everyone safe, DBU is requiring that anyone wishing to see a DBU nurse first contact them by phone (214-333-5151) or by email ( and allow them to provide you with additional information for next steps. 

Also, if you would like to use a doctor’s office or an emergency room, Dallas County Health and Human Services advises that you first call ahead prior to leaving so that you can receive proper instructions and avoid contact with others.  For additional information regarding your DBU student health insurance coverage, you may visit the insurance website

Please keep in mind that if you are running a fever of 100 degrees or more, in addition to having a cough and experiencing trouble breathing, please do seek medical attention, either through the DBU Health Services clinic or through a doctor’s office of emergency room.  If you are having trouble with knowing what to do, as always, you can contact the International Student Services Department at  214-333-5427 or by email us at

What about registration forfall classes? 

Advance Registration began on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, as scheduled. Your advisor is ready to meet with you (over the phone, email, or virtually) to discuss your options when you are ready.  Classes fill up fast.  If you would prefer a specific type of class format (online, hybrid, hy-flex, in-person), we recommend you register as soon as possible.

Would you advise me to return to my home country during this Coronavirus situation?

We desire that you remain safe and healthy. DBU is committed to keeping our housing and food service available unless told otherwise by the government. International travel is not advised, and the United States government has warned all US citizens to avoid travel. In some cases, if you return home, you may be subject to quarantine upon arrival. You also need to verify your visa will allow you to return once the Coronavirus restrictions improve. However, it is up to every person to make the decision that is best for you. If you decide to travel home, email to schedule a time to have your I-20 signed. Please allow up to a week to process your request.

Am I able to gather with my friends in our room if we keep the group small?

Any gatherings pose a potential to spread COVID-19.  Gatherings should be limited to as few people as possible and participants should wear a mask at all times and practice social distancing.  Many cases of COVID-19 among young people have stemmed from gatherings such as weddings, parties, and other social gatherings.

Immigration FAQs

Will DBU offer only online classes this Fall?

No, DBU is committed to offering in-person, hybrid, hy-flex, as well as online classes in Fall of 2020.  International students will still be required to enroll for a full course load.

Does the recent announcement mean students have to go home?

No, students can stay in the United States as long as they maintain status in accordance with the guidance provided by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  The temporary guidance for fall 2020 will actually give you more flexibility in scheduling classes.  Our immigration specialists (DSOs), located in the International Admissions office, are here to help students understand how to maintain legal status in the USA.  They will continue to engage with students by email, webinar, and through online appointments.

What does it mean for schools to be adopting a hybrid model? 

The hybrid model is a mixture of online, hybrid, and in-person classes.  At DBU, international students may take a mix of class types.   If you were in active F-1 status on March 9, 2020, you may take as many online courses as needed.  If not, you will need to take at least 1 in-person or hybrid class.

What is a “full course load”? 

This is the minimum number of hours an international student on an F-1 visa (most DBU international students) must take to maintain legal status.  For undergraduate students, a full course load is 12 credit hours.   Masters students must take a minimum of 9 credit hours.  Students who are graduating are allowed to take only the credits needed to graduate.

How many online classes can I take?

If a student was in active F-1 status on March 9, 2020, he/she  may take as many online classes as needed to make progress toward their degree. If not, he/she will need to take at least one in-person class. Students also have the option to take hybrid, hy-flex, and in-person courses.  The waiver of online class restrictions is only available through fall 2020.

If a student went back to their home country, should they come back?

It depends on their situation.  If they have a valid visa and a current I-20, we encourage them to return once they have confirmed housing arrangements.  This will allow the student to maintain an active immigration status.  International students who are out of the country taking only online courses and had an active I-20 for spring 2020 as of March 9 are eligible to study outside the United States for fall 2020 and still maintain status.  However, students must still take a full course load of classes.

What if I have difficulty traveling to the US?

We have expertly trained staff that are ready to help guide our international students.  Below is the contact list of people they can reach out to for help determining their next steps. 

New Students –
Current Students –
Immigration Questions –

Can students go home and maintain their F1 status?

Yes, guidance from Immigration and Customs Enforcement states students attending a school that is offering a hybrid or completely online schedule are eligible to study from their home country if they already had an active F1 status as of March 9 and maintain a full course load of classes.   

If students are on OPT, how will this message affect them?

There is no impact on students currently on OPT. Students who have graduated and are now pursuing OPT do not need an updated I-20.

Can I still do Curricular Practical Training (CPT)?  

Yes. If you have an academic requirement to do an off-campus internship (paid or unpaid), then you can still apply for CPT. If your internship location wants you to work from home, please make sure that they clearly indicate this in your offer letter. We need to know your worksite address.    

Can I still apply for OPT?  

Yes, you can still apply for OPT as long as you are in the USA before your program is completed. The F-1 status only requires that you finish all the requirements to complete your program.   

ImportantIf you are outside the USA when you graduate, you will lose the ability to apply for OPT. You must be inside the USA to apply for OPT. You will also not be able to re-enter the USA after graduation unless you have a new I-20 for a new degree. 

May I work from home on OPT?  

Traditional 12-month OPT: Yes. You may work from home during the traditional 12-month OPT. If this change is temporary  there is nothing you need to do. If the change is more prolonged, please report to that you are working from home. We will update your SEVIS record to reflect this update. If it changes in the future, again, just let your DSO know.  We suggest you keep documentation and records of any work from home in case you need to apply for future immigration benefits.

24-month STEM Extension: The same exceptions as traditional OPT apply to STEM OPT.  If the work from home is temporary you do not need to submit an updated I-983.

I lost my job. What should I do?  

If your company still considers you an 'employee,' but not reporting to work, then there is nothing you need to do, and your status is ok. Check with HR. 

If you are no longer an employee, then you need to follow the unemployment procedures: 

  • On-campus job: nothing you need to do.
  • CPT: Check with your professor if you need to find another internship or if you have met the course requirements.
  • OPT: Report the end date of your employment to a DSO within ten days and watch the 90-day unemployment clock.
  • STEM OPT Extension: Report the end date of your employment to a DSO within ten days. Make sure also to submit your final I-983 evaluation, and take note of your 60-day unemployment clock.

How can we reach a DSO?  

Our office is providing phone/video meetings in most situations although some in-person appointments may be scheduled.  To request a phone/video appointment, please email, and we will send you a link so you can select a time that works best for you. Please provide your name, DBU ID, a good phone number.While our office is open, we do request you make an appointment due to limits on office occupancy and social distancing guidelines.

Admissions FAQs

Will DBU continue to admit students?  

The Department of International Admissions and Immigration is operating at full capacity to help students get admitted into the University. Our offices will be open Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. CST.  Due to social distancing, please call and make an appointment before coming to the office.

Will new students be required to self-quarantine? 

No, DBU does not require new students to self-quarantine based on travel. However, if you have been in contact with someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19, you will be required to self-quarantine.  This should be completed before you come to DBU.

Can I still get an I-20?

We will continue to provide immigration services to all of our potential students throughout this season. However, we are asking all new students to plan ahead to help find available interviews at their country's consulate.  

What if I am not able to get my transcripts due to my school being closed? 

We are committed to helping each student in whatever situation they might be in during this unique season. If you are having difficulty, please work with your admissions representative or email

What if I am not able to take the TOEFL, IELTS, or other English Proficiency exams?

DBU now accepts the Duolingo English Test (DET) for our English Proficiency requirements for international students at both the Undergraduate and Graduate levels. This test can be taken entirely online via the Duolingo Website at

Please direct any questions you may have about the DET to our admissions team at

What if I am not able to take the GMAT or GRE due to COVID-19 cancelations? 

Our International Admissions office will make special considerations for the admissions consideration of students who find themselves in this situation. Each program will have different applications of this consideration, so if you have any questions, please direct them to any of our admissions representatives for support.  

Future DBU Events FAQs

Will there be an orientation for new international students?  If so, when will that take place. 

Yes, the orientation will be held virtually this year.  New students will receive a special invitation by email before classes begin.

Other Frequently Asked Questions

Follow the links below to head to the corresponding sections on our FAQ page.