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Information for International Students About Remote Study Due To COVID-19

Remote Study Experience:

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 (undergraduate, 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.

Visa Considerations:

Students who choose to enroll in SNHU and start remotely 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.

Remote Session FAQ for International Students

Indicating Plans:

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:

  • Submit the documentation (bank statement and passport, and affidavit of support – if required) for your I-20.
  • Submit a deposit (if required). If you are unsure if you are required to submit a deposit, please contact your admission counselor or email international@snhu.edu. We recommend you complete the form and provide the documents listed above no later than November 23rd in order to secure your spot for the Spring term.

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.

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 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.

Deferring Admission:

I’ve been accepted for but want to defer to a future term. How many times can I defer my admission?

If you are unable to attend SNHU 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 international@snhu.edu to determine if new financial documents will need to be submitted.

I made a deposit for my initial start term and now I want to defer. What happens to my deposit?

Your deposit will be deferred along with your admission to your new desired 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 and now I want to defer my start term. What happens to my scholarship?

Your scholarship award will be deferred along with your admission to your new desired term start.

I don’t yet have an I-20 (or visa). Can I defer to another term? In that scenario, 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, you will have until the application deadline for that term 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 May term.

Embassies and Consulates have been closed or visa appointments delayed/backed up due to COVID-19. If I defer my start, 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).

Starting Remotely:

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 international@snhu.edu.

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:

  • Continue your studies from outside of the US in SNHU’s highly-regarded “Global Campus” online programs, which have the same accreditation as our on 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.
  • Transfer your SNHU credits to another institution.
  • You may attempt to obtain a visa and begin on campus in a future term.

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 Spring 2021 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?

  • While campus remains virtual and we continue with remote instruction, UG tuition will be reduced to $960 per 3-credit course. Assuming a regular five course load per semester, tuition will drop to just under $5,000 for the spring semester. For students who take more than or less than 5 courses (15 credits), tuition will be adjusted accordingly. Students charged the reduced tuition rate are not eligible for institutional merit scholarships.
  • While campus remains virtual and we continue with remote instruction, graduate (master’s) tuition will be reduced to $627 per credit. Assuming a regular three course load per semester, tuition will drop to $5,643 for the spring semester. Awarded scholarships will still apply.
  • While campus remains virtual and we continue with remote instruction, ESL tuition will be reduced to $2,400 per 8-week term. 

Fees will be adjusted accordingly. 

If you have questions about costs, please reach out to sfscampus@snhu.edu.

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.