International Student Services

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for International Students


Page last updated on October 16, 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.

Identify your ISS Student Type below before you continue reading the information on this page.

 

Select a category:

 

Maintaining F-1 Status for Spring 2021

ISS Continuing Students

This information does not apply to ISS Initial Students. Go to the ISS Initial Students category for specific information.

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ISS Initial Students

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Part-Time

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Vacation Semester and Leave of Absence

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Travel, I-20, and F-1 Visa

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Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Internships

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Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) Eligibility and Application Process

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Students on USCIS-Approved OPT or STEM OPT

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Employment (Non-Internships)

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Contact ISS

  • Office hours: We are operating remotely from Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. ET.
  • 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).
  • Meet with an international advisor: Sign up for virtual drop-in hours or schedule a virtual appointment.

International Student Services emails important updates to College and Conservatory F-1 visa holders (including alumni on post-completion OPT). These emails are archived in full on the Email Communication History page.

 

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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: