UNLV Reviewing Updated Guidance for International Students

Jul. 8, 2020

On July 6, the U.S. Student and Exchange Visitor Program issued updated guidance on enrollment requirements for international students planning to study at U.S. universities on F-1 visas this fall.

According to the guidance, students on F-1 visas attending universities that plan to operate with a mix of in-person and remote courses – which at present includes UNLV and other NSHE institutions – must enroll in at least one in-person course to maintain the requirements of their visa.

The university is working with NSHE officials to review the updated guidance, including how it may affect our international students this fall given the uncertainty of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

The UNLV Office of International Students & Scholars has been in direct contact with the university’s international student population and will continue to update, support, and find creative solutions for affected students as additional details are known.

On Monday evening, NSHE released the following statement on behalf of the system:

“The Nevada System of Higher Education’s institutions are following the governor’s directives and anticipate offering both in-person and on-line classes for the upcoming fall semester.

NSHE recognizes the valuable cultural and intellectual contributions our approximately 2,000 international students make to Nevada’s eight public higher education institutions.  NSHE is currently reviewing the new rule changes to determine how they may impact our international students."  


At UNLV, international students make incredible contributions every day that enrich the cultural and economic vitality of our campus and our community.  We’re proud to have nearly 1,000 international students as members of our university community, and we’ll do all we can to ensure they’re able to reach their academic and research goals at UNLV.