To our international students: We know that you have questions and concerns during this unprecedented situation, and the OISS team is here to help. You can request a virtual advising appointment by emailing oissmail@wayne.edu, or calling us at 313-577-3422. 

Planning for Fall 2020

We are pleased to share with you that the Board of Governors has announced there will be no tuition increase for the upcoming academic year. While other decisions have not yet been finalized, the university is expected to announce the plan for Fall 2020 classes July 15.

Changing your term of entry

If you were originally admitted for Fall 2020 but want to be considered for a later term, you must submit a new application and contact undergraduate or graduate admissions to request that your documents be moved to your new application. 

Please note that this is not an automatic deferral; we review your application for an updated admissions decision.

Class offerings and formats

Class formats will include in-person; fully online (synchronous); remote (asynchronous); and hybrid. That does not mean that courses will be offered in more than one format, or that it will be the format you anticipated. Check with your academic department to discuss your options.

When possible, we recommend that you begin your coursework online from your home country because we so not know when global travel will resume. We are not aware of online classwork impacting the visa approval process.

If you plan to begin your coursework online, you must contact OISS at oissmail@wayne.edu before registering for classes.


The U.S. federal government's recent announcement to suspend visas for foreign workers does not impact F1 or J1 visa-holding students. Admitted international students will be able to enter the U.S. with an F1 or J1 visa.  

When international travel is permitted, you will receive your I-20 and other immigration-related documentation that you will need. 

Salary for an assistantship

In order to be employed in the U.S., federal regulations require lawful presence. For international students, lawful presence is obtained when entering the U.S. in your F1 status. This means you cannot receive a salary while outside of the U.S. If you were offered an assistantship, you should consult your faculty advisor for further guidance.

New health and safety guidelines for campus

Familiarize yourself with new mandatory campus health and safety guidelines — including practicing social distancing and wearing a face covering — by completing the Be Warrior Safe training in Canvas.

Students must complete the Campus Daily Screener  beginning 48 hours before coming to campus and each day that you will be on campus. If you are cleared to be on campus, you will receive a bar code that you may be asked to produce. Students who will be living on campus will receive specific instructions from the Office of Housing and Residential Life.

Students will be provided a Warrior Safe is Warrior Strong swag bag that will include two reusable Wayne State face coverings.  More information about the swag bag will be shared via email later this summer.

University housing

University housing will be open for the fall semester, and a face covering is required in all public areas of campus housing buildings (not in residents' private rooms).

Fall 2020 housing move-in will be extended over seven or more days in August before classes begin.  Before receiving a move-in pass, all residents will be required to complete online training regarding campus and housing COVID-19 mitigation strategies and requirements. All residents will be tested for coronavirus infection as part of the move-in process.

Get more information online

Wayne State will be open and ready to serve our students safely and carefully, with your health our top priority. The best place to get all the latest information about the university's plans is on the dedicated coronavirus website, so check back often for updates.