Our office is here to assist international students and scholars with questions about studying, living and working at Towson University and the Baltimore metropolitan area.
On July 14, the Student Exchange and Visitor Program rescinded its July 6 guidance (and July 7 FAQ); universities were instructed to continue to follow the SEVP guidance of March 9, 2020 and March 13, 2020. On August 7, 2020, SEVP's COVID FAQs were updated with guidance about the Fall 2020 semester, and SEVP have confirmed that this guidance applies to Spring 2021 as well. Continuing and transfer students who are in the US may take a full course of study in person, hybrid, or fully online and remain in the U.S. Continuing students who are outside the U.S. may take a full course of study online and maintain their F-1 status. The SEVIS immigration record of continuing students who are outside the US will be kept active as long as students remain enrolled full-time. New (initial and transfer) students who are currently outside the U.S. will need take at least one in-person/hybrid course to enter the U.S. and maintain status.
Due to the ongoing pandemic and the resultant changes in Towson's methods of instruction, the ISSO needs to know the location and enrollment plans for all students for the Spring 2021 semester
Towson University is home to over 400 international students from over 80 countries and to 30 foreign faculty, exchange scholars, and visiting faculty each year. The International Student and Scholar Office (ISSO) provides documents, services, and programs essential to a culturally diverse academic environment that enhances international learning opportunities for students, faculty, and staff.
A message of affirmation for our entire student community - President Schatzel July 15, 2020
TU's ongoing commitment to international students - President Schatzel July 13, 2020
Per Towson University recommendations, the ISSO staff continues to work remotely.
Wherever possible, we aim to maintain our services. We will still be: answering e-mails, processing requests made through the ISSO Portal, and available for Zoom appointments.
Currently, our office is sending out electronic I-20s to Towson University email accounts.
Please contact us at this time via e-mail: isso AT_TOWSON. Due to the volume of messages, please allow 2-3 business days for us to respond to your emails.
Update 7/14/2020. Dept of State announced phased reopening of embassies and consulates.
TU plans reduced density hybrid model for spring.
Update 7/14/2020. Continuing F-1 students may student online from inside or outside U.S. and maintain status.
Critical academic and immigration information provided. Additional student requirements clarified (secure link previously provided through student email)
If you are an enrolled (current) student with a documented disability, you may request accommodations through ADS. Accommodations may include testing accommodations and use of the Testing Services Center, note-taking assistance, sign language interpreting and captioning for deaf students, alternate formats for print materials, assistive technology, para-transit registration and internship accommodations.
If you are a prospective student or applicant, please contact ADS for information about services and accommodations available as a current student.