Welcome

To our international students: We know that you have questions and concerns during this stressful and unprecedented situation, and the OISS team is here to help. Answers to your most common questions are below.


Can I meet with an advisor?
Virtual advising is available from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Request an appointment by emailing oissmail@wayne.edu or by calling us at 313-577-3422.


Is my visa status affected by the change to online courses? 
No. The Department of Homeland Security eased these regulations and will allow international students to continue this semester's courses online without jeopardizing your visa status. You must remain enrolled full-time and continue making progress toward your degree for your visa status to remain open. This temporary accommodation is in place until in-person classes resume.


What if I need to travel?
With the uncertainty around travel and possible travel disruptions and restrictions, we encourage you to avoid travel unless necessary. However, if you plan to leave the U.S., please review OISS travel information online. Don't forget, you MUST email oissmail@wayne.edu prior to your departure.


I am an international student and want to return to the U.S. What do I do?
International students who are outside the country should contact us to discuss your plans and assistance you may need to return to the U.S. and/or complete your semester remotely. Email us at oissmail@wayne.edu


Can I still apply for OPT? 
Yes. Students on Optional Practical Training (OPT) are still considered F-1 students at Wayne State University. You must physically be in the U.S. when you submit your OPT application. OISS will process your paperwork as soon as we receive your complete application. If you have not applied for OPT yet, but plan to, you should submit your application as soon as possible.


Is the W Food Pantry open?
Yes, on Wednesdays only from noon to 4 p.m. They have prepackaged bags and are following social distancing guidelines so when you arrive, take a seat on the bench outside and the staff will be right with you. 


Where can I get more information about student services and Wayne State's responses to the pandemic? 
For the latest updates, visit WSU's COVID-19 website.