International Student Services

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for International Students


Page last updated on July 7, 2020

Please note that information on this page overrides all other information on the International Student Services (ISS) site. Berklee is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation. This page lists important information specific to international students. Please check this page regularly for updates.

During this extraordinary time, ISS is pleased to provide our full range of services remotely, including advising appointments and drop-in hours. Even though you can’t come into the office, we can connect with you via Google Hangouts or phone, or correspond by email. Whether you need a new I-20, have questions about enrollment, or need to submit an OPT application, let us know how we can help you.

ISS presented a webinar on April 2 and 3 titled "COVID-19 and F-1 Status: What You Need to Know." You can download the slide deck and watch the webinar video for additional information about ISS virtual operations, maintaining F-1 status, student resources, and more. A question-and-answer session is included at the end of the webinar video.

We understand this may be a challenging time. Your safety and wellbeing are our top priority. Our team remains available to assist you in navigating this new reality. Please stay healthy.

Contact Us

  • Office hours: We are operating remotely from Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (Boston time).
  • Phone: Call us at +1 617-747-6600 and leave a voicemail (include your Berklee ID number and phone number). An advisor will return your call during business hours.
  • Email: iss@berklee.edu (include your Berklee ID number).

International Student Services is the first place to go for accurate information on policies and procedures concerning international students. Your friends and roommates are not trained to analyze and make recommendations concerning your individual situation. It is always recommended that you come to International Student Services any time you have questions about maintaining your F-1 status.

We also encourage any international students finding it difficult to adjust to life in the United States to consult our office for assistance.

Watch an international student discuss his education at Berklee: