INFORMATION FOR NEWLY ADMITTED FALL 2020 INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

(Updated June 25, 2020)

We are all living with unprecedented challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite these challenges, we encourage you to start your education remotely this Fall 2020. We recognize associated embassy closures and travel restrictions are creating problems for our students, which is why UTRGV is pleased to offer international students the option to begin the Fall 2020 semester by registering for online courses.

Fall 2020 Remote Start Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for International Students

 

If you are unable to physically arrive on-campus this Fall 2020 due to embassy closures, visa issues, and travel restrictions related to COVID-19, UTRGV is offering you an opportunity to enroll in online courses so that you can begin making progress towards your degree.


 

If you are unable to physically arrive on-campus this Fall 2020 due to embassy closures, visa issues, and travel restrictions related to COVID-19, UTRGV is offering you an opportunity to enroll in online courses so that you can begin making progress towards your degree.


 

To support your educational goals, we are offering you the opportunity to begin the graduate program remotely. Unfortunately, we cannot defer your financial support, such as the competitive scholarship or PGRA award.

Admission Offer Deferral:

All requests for a deferral of admission for a later semester must be discussed with the Graduate Program Coordinator. He/She will be able to advise you on the next steps. If your request to defer your admission is approved, it will NOT include the financial support that was offered for Fall 2020.


 

CUnfortunately, we cannot defer your financial support, such as the competitive scholarship or PGRA award.


 

UTRGV departments are pleased to offer courses online for students beginning the program remotely in Fall 2020. Many local students are also choosing to attend online classes to avoid the risk of COVID-19 infection. Academic colleges, departments, and programs are working to develop courses that will be available online for Fall 2020. Please contact your Program Coordinator.


 

Yes. Courses offered through online instruction will be determined and taught by UTRGV faculty. UTRGV prides itself on our graduate programs' academic rigor and is confident that students who enroll at UTRGV through online instruction will continue to receive a world-class education. A majority of our faculty are QM Certified in online teaching


 

No. There will be no impact on financial aid awards for eligible students who enroll full-time in online courses for Fall 2020. Specific questions about your financial aid can be directed to Mr. Jose E. Sanchez, Assistant Director, in the Office of Financial Aid at jose.e.sanchez01@utrgv.edu.


 

All tuition and fee charges will remain the same as published. Starting your program of study by completing one or two semesters online offers additional advantages, including not having to pay for your lodging, meals, transportation, and other miscellaneous expenses of approximately $4,500, and the mandatory health insurance fee of a $1,163 per semester.


 

Yes. All students who join the UTRGV Vaquero family in Fall 2020 will be invited to The Graduate College’s New Student Orientation experience being conducted remotely. The Graduate College will provide more details soon!




Fall 2020 Recipients of Presidential Graduate Research Assistantship (PGRA) and Scholarships

 

We understand that many international students face difficulties securing visa appointments due to U.S. embassy closures and travel restrictions posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, we are encouraging all international students to enroll in online classes and complete their Fall 2020 semester from home if moving to the U.S. is not possible. Once travel is permitted, and visas are granted, students may arrive on-campus to continue their studies in the Spring 2021 semester.


 

If travel restrictions continue through the end of the Fall semester, students may continue to enroll in online classes and complete the Spring 2021 semester as well.


 

No. You cannot be appointed or employed and paid a stipend as a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA), Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA), or Graduate Assistant (GA) until you obtain the proper visa and physically arrive at the UTRGV campus. Once you arrive on campus, the length of your GRA/GTA appointment (number of semesters) will be adjusted for the remainder of your degree program.


 

TThe Graduate College is pleased to offer a $2,000 Graduate Dean’s Scholarship (competitive) to be used towards UTRGV tuition and fees, of which $1,000 will be applied during the Fall semester. The additional $1,000 will be applied to the second academic year of your program. The financial support is a one-time scholarship which qualifies international students for in-state tuition rates. It is contingent upon you remaining in good academic standing and making satisfactory progress toward your degree, as determined by the Graduate Program Coordinator or Doctoral Studies Committee. This scholarship cannot be combined with any other scholarship offered by the Graduate College.

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