COVID-19 Guidance


Information for Fall 2021 is not yet available. Check this page often for updates and let us know if you need any assistance!

We are glad you have chosen USF to develop your English skills, start your college career as an undergraduate student, or continue your education in graduate school. 



Once I arrive in the US, am I required to self-quarantine? If yes, for how long? 

The current policy as of April 30, 2021: students are expected to self-quarantine if they are unvaccinated travelers for at least 7 days after domestic and international travel. If you have been fully vaccinated with an FDA or WHO authorized vaccine (Pfizer BioNtech, Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen, Moderna, Astra Zeneca, Serum Institute Covishield), are asymptomatic and have tested negative for COVID-19 you will not be required to self-quarantine. 


Will I be tested for COVID-19? If so how?

You will be tested on day 6 after your arrival. All COVID-19 testing will be coordinated through INTO USF.


Who is considered fully vaccinated?

2 weeks after your second dose in a 2-dose series of a FDA or WHO authorized vaccine (Pfizer BioNtech, Moderna, Astra Zeneca, Serum Institute Covishield) or 2 weeks after a single-dose of the FDA and WHO authorized Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

If you don’t meet these requirements, you are NOT fully vaccinated. Keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated. If you have a condition or are taking medication that weakens your immune system, you may NOT be fully protected even if you are fully vaccinated.


Is USF offering COVID-19 vaccines to international students?

At this time, international students can be vaccinated at USF for free. Student Health Services and INTO USF send regular email updates to students about when vaccination appointments are available and how to register. COVID-19 vaccinations are currently taking place on-campus, the specific location will be provided once you have made your appointment.


What other COVID-19 protocols should I be aware of? 

Students are expected to:

  • wear face coverings at all times
  • wash your hands regularly
  • disinfect your personal/work spaces
  • maintain at least six feet of distance from other individuals 

Learn more about the actions you can take to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 here.

Who can I contact if I have further questions?

Contact Janna, the Student Services Associate Director, here.



Prior to arriving in the U.S., it's important to confirm your housing, send all necessary documents and apply for your visa. The Welcome Guide has details on visas, documents, immunizations, etc. You can also reference the Community Resource Guide for information on things to do, places to eat, local places of worship and more. If you'd like airport pick-up, please complete the Arrivals Request 72 hours before your arrival. 



Fight off stress by establishing a healthy routine of sleep, diet, and exercise. On campus, get a great workout at the Campus Recreation Center and find tips on managing your stress at the Center for Student Well-Being in the MSC.