Due to the continued public health threat of COVID-19, the lack of access to a vaccine, limited availability of community-wide testing and accurate contact tracing, and concerns around providing the campus-based experiences our students know and expect, SNHU has made the incredibly difficult decision to extend remote learning for all campus students through the fall 2020 semester.
If students choose to join SNHU remotely, they will receive the same campus programs/curriculum and study with the same campus faculty, but take classes remotely online until they can safely join us on campus. All accepted students (graduate, transfer and ESL) will have the opportunity to start their programs remotely and join SNHU once the campus is re-opened for on campus study. Our goal remains to ensure that SNHU students have the highest quality educational experience, and we are investing significant time and resources throughout the summer to plan for remote instruction, including increased training for faculty to ensure consistency and quality and expanded access to student support services.
Tuition fees will be reduced while campus students are enrolled remotely. See the below FAQ for an outline of the reduced tuition rates for our different programs.
Students who choose to enroll in SNHU and start remotely for the Fall 2020 session will do so from their home country (or current location if they are already in the US). Students’ admission counselor will work with them to ensure they have the correct I-20 based on their needs once they have met our requirements for an I-20. Once SNHU has re-opened, if students are unable to secure a visa, they will have the choice to transfer the credits they’ve taken at SNHU to another institution or to continue their studies online in our Global Campus programs. Most campus programs are also available online with our Global Campus. If a student has selected a program not available online, they can request consideration for a change of program.
How do I indicate to SNHU whether I’ve decided to start remotely in Fall 2020 or want to defer my admission?
Please complete this form to indicate your study plans (regardless of which term you plan to begin your studies).
How do I secure my place in my program?
Whether you decide to start your remotely or defer your admission to a future term, you will be required to:
Do I need to pay a deposit? If so, when is the deadline?
If you do not yet have your I-20 from SNHU, you may be required to pay a tuition deposit. While there is no deadline for the deposit, it is recommended that students planning to enroll in the September term complete all of the steps necessary to secure your spot in the program by August 1st.
Will my deposit be used for my first semester tuition? Is it refundable?
Deposits will be applied toward first semester tuition. If you enroll in our remote semester, your deposit will be applied towards your tuition expenses and will only be refunded if you withdraw from your course prior to our add/drop period. If you do not enroll in our remote fall semester, the deposit is fully refundable for students who have their visa denied or on a case-by-case hardship basis. The deposit is non-refundable in other circumstances.
*European applicants are exempt from the deposit requirement.
I’ve been accepted for Fall 2020 but want to defer to a future term. How many times can I defer my admission?
If you are unable to attend SNHU for the Fall 2020 intake you will have the opportunity to defer your acceptance to a future term (within one year of your initial planned start term) without being required to pay an additional application fee or resubmit your application. Accepted students must enroll within one year of the term indicated on the original acceptance offer. If you have already submitted financial documents, you should contact your admission counselor or email@example.com to determine if new financial documents will need to be submitted.
I deposited for the Fall term and now I want to defer my start to Spring 2021. What happens to my deposit?
Your deposit will be deferred along with your admission to the Spring 2021 term start. Deposits will be applied toward first semester tuition and are fully refundable for students who have their visa denied or on a case-by-case hardship basis and who have not incurred tuition expenses for which the deposit has been applied. The deposit is non-refundable in other circumstances.
I received a scholarship for the Fall term and now I want to defer my start to Spring 2021. What happens to my scholarship?
Your scholarship award will be deferred along with your admission to the Spring 2021 term.
I don’t yet have an I-20 (or visa). Can I defer to January 2021? In that scenario, by when do I need to get my I-20 documents to SNHU?
You may defer your admission (but must enroll within one year of the term indicated on the original acceptance offer) regardless of whether you have yet been issued an I-20. If you choose to defer to January 2021, you will have until the application deadline for that term (October 12, 2020) to submit the documentation (submit a bank statement, passport and affidavit of support – if required) for your I-20. When we receive your financial documents determines when we can issue your I-20, which will influence how quickly you can make your visa appointment. A visa appointment that would enable you to travel for the start of the January term.
Embassies and Consulates have been closed or visa appointments delayed/backed up due to COVID-19. If I defer my start to January 2021, what happens if I cannot get a visa appointment in time to start?
If you are unable to secure your visa in time to join us on campus for a future term, you may defer your admission to the following term without penalty (but must enroll within one year of the term indicated on the original acceptance offer).
I already have an I-20. Do I need to deposit in order to start my program remotely?
No. If you have already received your I-20, you do not need to pay a deposit. If you have not received your I-20 and are unsure if you are required to pay a tuition deposit, please contact your admission counselor or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If I start my program with SNHU remotely, can I come to the US to do so?
If you are currently outside of the US and you choose to start your program remotely, you must do so from your current location. SNHU will issue a new I20 for the next available term so you can pursue an F-1 visa to join us on campus once we re-open.
I don’t yet have an I-20 (or visa). Can I start my program with SNHU remotely without it?
You may start your program remotely without having yet received your I-20 (or visa), but in order to do so you will be required to complete the documentation (submit a bank statement, passport and affidavit of support – if required) for your I-20 and make a deposit (if required) in order to secure your place in your program. Even if you start remotely, SNHU will issue an I-20 for the next available term so you can pursue an F-1 visa to join us on campus once we re-open.
If I am in the US and start my program with SNHU remotely, will it impact my current I-20 or F-1 status?
As long as SNHU remains closed due to COVID-19, students who are already in the US with a currently valid visa are allowed to remain in the US with that visa and a new I-20 from SNHU, while taking remote classes, with no impact to their visa or I-20. During this time, you must remain enrolled in a full-time status. Once the allowances for COVID-19 are discontinued, you will need to engage in face-to-face classes to maintain your F-1 status.
If I start my program with SNHU remotely, what happens if I am unable to secure a visa to come to campus the next semester?
Once SNHU reopens, if you cannot obtain a visa to continue your studies on campus, you will have the following options:
If I start my program with SNHU remotely and I am unable to secure a visa to come to campus, will I get a refund for my studies?
No. Tuition deposits and payments for remote study will follow SNHU’s regular refund policy.
If I start my program with SNHU remotely, can I come to the US as soon as I get a visa?
If you start remotely, SNHU will issue an I-20 for the next available term so you can pursue an F-1 visa to join us on campus once we re-open. If the campus reopens for the next term, you will be eligible to enter up to 30 days prior to that term start.
If I start my program with SNHU remotely, will that affect my ability to do OPT after I graduate?
If you start your SNHU program remotely in the US while still remaining in the US on a student visa, you will be able to apply for OPT after graduating. If you start your SNHU program remotely from outside of the US, you will need to take classes for a minimum of two consecutive semesters in the US to be eligible for OPT. If you have specific questions about OPT eligibility, contact our International Student Services office at ISS@snhu.edu.
If I start my program with SNHU remotely, what is the last date I can apply for a scholarship?
As part of the commitment to international students and their academic achievement, Southern New Hampshire University offers merit-based scholarships to international students who are applying for admission to SNHU. Students must submit a completed scholarship application at least 30 days before the start of the term.
In light of the extenuating circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, SNHU is offering a special additional one-time International Engagement Scholarship of $1,000 to any accepted Fall 2020 student who attends a virtual SNHU Accepted Student Roundtable. Accepted students will receive more information by email or can learn more here.
If I start my program with SNHU remotely, will it cost the same as on campus study?
Fees will be adjusted accordingly.
If you have questions about costs, please reach out to email@example.com.
Will starting my program with SNHU remotely impact my time to complete the degree?
As long as you take a full course load (3 courses for a graduate program; 5 courses for a UG program), starting your program remotely will not impact the time it takes to complete your degree.
Will it impact my chances to get a scholarship or the scholarship amount if I study remotely?
Students with questions should contact Student Financial Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or +1 603-645-9540.
I’m concerned about taking a full-time course load remotely. Can I choose to study part-time instead?
If you are already on an F1 student visa, regardless of if you are in the US or outside of the US, you must maintain a full-time course load. If you are a new student and have not yet begun studies in the US, you may take a part-time course load. If you are unsure of your status or have questions about the number of required courses to maintain a full-time course load, please contact your admission counselor or email email@example.com for clarification.
If I start remotely part-time will it impact my scholarship?
If I start with SNHU remotely and later my visa is denied, will I get a refund?
If your visa is denied, you will still be responsible for the tuition cost of the courses you have enrolled in. Refunds will follow SNHU’s refund policy and is based on if and when you withdraw from any of your courses. Please reference the refund policy for specifics on eligibility of refunds for course withdrawals. Tuition deposits will be applied towards tuition of your remote courses.
I’ve applied for an ESL program, will this be offered remotely if I cannot come to the campus or on campus classes are not offered?
Yes; our ESL programs will be offered remotely while SNHU’s campus remains closed.
If I start my program with SNHU remotely, what will my schedule look like?
Is it synchronous or asynchronous study? Will it be easy to accommodate the schedule if I’m in a different time zone?
The remote study schedule will vary per professor/class. Faculty are cognizant of the global locale of our students and work within student needs to ensure a mix of synchronous and asynchronous learning. Faculty record synchronous sessions to allow for those who could not attend the “class” session to view at a later time. Faculty are also asked to have synchronous office hours to allow for one-on-one assistance when needed.
Will it change the quality of my education if I study a semester remotely?
No. SNHU will offer the same rigorous academic programs regardless of the delivery mechanism. Our goal remains to ensure that SNHU students have the highest quality educational experience, and we are investing significant time and resources throughout the summer to plan for remote instruction, including increased training for faculty to ensure consistency and quality, expanded access to student support services, and reduced tuition to match the cost of SNHU online courses. SNHU faculty and staff are here to support students in remote learning for the duration of this unique, challenging, and unprecedented time, and we will be communicating about resources and updates with students throughout the fall semester.
Do I need a specific type of computer or other equipment in order to study remotely?
What platform will my courses be offered on if I choose to start my program remotely? What do I do if that platform is restricted (or becomes restricted) in my country?
As long as you have reliable internet, and can log in to join live sessions and watch video recordings - you should be able to study in our programs remotely without any problems. SNHU uses the Brightspace platform for instruction, and you will generally interact with the faculty via video in either RingCentral (Zoom) or Adobe Connect.
If any of these platforms are or do become restricted, our faculty will work with you to find a suitable method by which you can communicate with your professor and classmates.
For students in the MS Information Technology program: No specific type of computer is required (as long as it’s not something like a Chromebook) as long as the computer is able to run Windows. Faculty recommends the computer have at least 8GB of RAM. SNHU provides free Microsoft Office to all students.
You can learn more information about our laptop program and preparation of participating in remote campus classes here.
What are the advantages of studying remotely in your campus programs versus taking the online program?
Our remote campus programs are taught by the same talented faculty as you will meet on campus when you arrive. They will welcome you here once you join us in person, and in the meantime, will guide you as you study and learn with your classmates. You will also have the opportunity to participate in live sessions periodically with faculty and staff which will help ease your transition as you prepare to join us on campus.
If I am in the US and start my program with SNHU remotely, will I be able to move into on campus housing?
An official decision has not yet been made on whether or not on campus housing will be available for newly starting students. If you are interested learning more about the possibility of living on campus once campus is open for students, please email our Office of Residence Life at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If I start my program with SNHU remotely, will I still be able to attend international student orientation?
Yes; SNHU’s International Student Services (ISS) office, in partnership with other offices on campus, will offer a remote orientation for students before they start their academic program remotely. Once students return to campus, we will also offer an in-person orientation for all students new to the physical campus to help orient them to campus life in Manchester, NH.
What other support services and activities will be available to international students while SNHU is remote?
SNHU will continue to offer a variety of virtual support services and activities for international students. In addition to our virtual international orientation, we will also provide a virtual academic orientation which will introduce students with the Dean’s office, Library, Brightspace, Learning Center and Career Center. Students will have an opportunity to meet other new students remotely and introduce and get to know each other. In addition, Brightspace Advising pages will list all resources available with links, virtual recorded workshops, etc.
If I start my program with SNHU remotely, what are some ways that I can connect with other students who are in my classes or other international students?
Following SNHU’s social media accounts is a great way to connect with the campus community and stay up to date on university news. Check out our SNHU International Facebook page and SNHU International Instagram and join our Fall 2020 Incoming International Student Facebook group. Also, don’t forget to tag us when you share. Students often go online to share their #SNHU story, share their #PenmenPride or show us the ways they participate in #SNHUnited. You can find our entire Social Media Directory here.
Will SNHU reopen for Spring 2021?
SNHU leadership has not yet made an official decision on whether campus will reopen for in-person study in Spring 2021. In the meantime, International Admission is continuing to accept and issue I-20s for the Spring 2021 term. We are committed to welcoming international students to SNHU: either through coming to campus in January if we re-open, starting SNHU remotely before coming to campus later, or permitting students to defer (easily and at no cost) to a future term should they choose. The SNHU task force will continue to monitor public health guidance from local, state, and federal authorities and will announce the decision about whether campus will re-open closer to start of the Spring 2021 term.