During the fall term, new students were not be able to obtain a visa and begin studying at UW-Stout on campus if they are enrolled entirely (full-time) online. (Full-time enrollment is defined as 12 credits or more for undergraduates, and 9 credits or more for graduates.) New students may take a full course of study online from their home country, in which case they will not need to obtain a visa until they are ready to begin classes in-person on the UW-Stout campus. Note that UW-Stout has no authority over visa issuance; therefore, taking all courses online carries risk as there is no guarantee that students will later successfully obtain visas.
Continuing students may take all courses online, but if they are in the U.S. they are advised to do so only when they are unable to enroll in in-person/hybrid courses. (Continuing students who are currently overseas may take a full course of study online to maintain active F-1 status.)
Access Stout has been updated to reflect course delivery (in-person, hybrid or online). The Office of International Education recommends that international students in the U.S. review their full-time course schedule and register for as many in-person/hybrid courses as their programs allow. Note that any combination of in-person, hybrid, and online courses enrollment is permitted per continued flexibility provided by DHS.
We anticipate the above information to continue to be true for the spring 2021 term, and will update this site once we receive updates from DHS.