International Study Center

Covid-19

Correct as of 07.07.2020 at 06:00 (CDT)

Course-Related Information

Question Answer
Is the Baylor University campus open for me to attend my classes?

Virtual learning is being conducted for all Summer 2020 courses.

We plan to welcome students back to campus for the Fall 2020 semester. If unanticipated issues, such as visa delays or travel restrictions, prevent you from arriving in time, online options will be available.

All Global Gateway Program (GGP) courses will be offered virtually, along with select Direct Admit courses. See the Fall 2020 FAQ document for details.

How many credits will I earn for courses I take online?

GGP: You will earn nearly the same number of credits for virtual courses as you would on campus.

  • GGP 1-semester: 10 credits
  • GGP 2-semester: 9 credits
  • Total 2-semester: 22 credits
  • GGP 3-semester: 1 credit
  • Total 3-semester: 23 credits

Direct Admit students will earn the same number of credits for online courses as on campus. Credits vary depending on course load.

Who will teach my courses?

Your courses will be delivered online by the same highly trained university faculty who deliver our on-campus courses.

How will my online courses be conducted?

Your courses will consist of high-quality interactive sessions that include live and recorded video and voice sessions. Some of our courses will be live while some courses can be completed on your own time. Some examples of interactive sessions you may participate in during your course may include:

  • Participating in a live discussion online
  • Watching an online presentation and inserting your own video comments or questions throughout the video
  • Participating in a discussion board on your own time
  • Viewing a lecture and participating in a video meeting with your professor to answer questions
How will I be assessed?

Before you begin your courses, Baylor staff will need to connect with you directly for online language placement testing.

Once your classes start, your instructor will assign a variety of individual or group assignments and projects. Once complete, you will submit these to be marked by the instructor or shared with the group through Canvas. You will also take part in quizzes, midterms and final exams through Canvas.

What type of materials and platform will I use for virtual learning?

We utilize the virtual learning platform Canvas and additional platforms like WebEx to support your learning.

Canvas houses course outlines, materials, discussion forums, recorded sessions, collaboration tools, and more as the learning management system that Baylor University uses for all classes, and it does not require a VPN.

The online platform will include course materials and recorded sessions that will help you review those course materials. You will submit all assignments for Baylor through the Canvas platform.

Do I need to be available at a specific time to participate in the course online?

The course material can be accessed at your convenience. There will be interactive class activities and recorded sessions that will be available for you to access. You will be informed of any required live interactive sessions well in advance so that you can plan ahead. Recorded sessions can be accessed at any time based on your own schedule.

Interactive sessions may be scheduled in different time zones to allow students to interact with instructors and other students. When working on group presentations, you will have the flexibility to find a time which is convenient for everyone in the group.

As opposed to on-campus delivery, most courses will have no set class hours, except for any pre-scheduled interactive sessions. Students will be expected to have self-discipline and be active participants in the virtual classroom. Students will be required to check the class materials and assignments regularly, whether or not the class meets at a scheduled time each week. Students must be engaged in the program Monday through Friday and meet all assignment deadlines.

Baylor will offer live office hours, which may occur in the evening in your time zone. These will be regularly scheduled so you can plan ahead.

What tools do I need to start my courses at Baylor?

You will need the following resources to support your virtual learning:

  • Textbooks
  • Laptop or PC with microphone (tablets are not acceptable)
  • Time – each course will require a significant time commitment (participation in sessions and online groups, assignments, etc.)
  • Internet with good Internet connectivity • Webcam (for PC) or laptop camera for interactive discussions
Since I’m studying virtually, is there a tuition discount?

The full tuition price is required for virtual learning at Baylor University. Your tuition price reflects the value of the high-quality education and the caliber of Baylor instructors, which is the same as if you were studying on campus.

However, Baylor has significantly reduced fees for virtual learning as follows:

  • GGP 1-semester: $475 per semester
  • GGP 2-semester: $475 per semester
  • Total 2-semester: $950
  • GGP 3-semester: $50
  • Total 3-semester: $1,000
  • Direct Admit: $600 per semester
What if I decide I don’t want to spend the semester enrolled in virtual learning course, or I'm unable to come to campus due to visa issues?

We are committed to working with every student on options to continue studying with us.

If you enroll in virtual learning, you are eligible for a 100% refund (including deposit) up to two weeks into the program.

To cancel your place before commencement of your program or withdraw from your studies during the Trial Period, please use the following link: https://www.studygroup.com/request-withdrawal-na

If you have evidence of two visa rejections and submit a refund request no later than December 3,* you will receive a 50% refund.

If you complete your online program, but have not met the visa rejection criteria or submitted a refund request by the deadline, you will still receive the credits you earned and may be able to continue your virtual learning in the next semester.

If you would prefer to defer your enrollment and begin your studies later, let us know right away. We will work with you to find an alternative study plan for you at a future date.

*Subject to change based on academic calendar

Health Information

Question Answer
What is the latest US health guidance on COVID-19?

The official updates from the US government provide the very latest information, including health and travel advice (both for those coming into the country and those travelling abroad) and information on current travel restrictions. This is an evolving situation and advice is being regularly updated. Read more information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

What precautions are being taken by Center staff to protect students?

To protect the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff, Baylor University and the International Study Center have moved to online instruction for the remainder of the summer semester. For the most up-to-date information from Baylor University about coronavirus, visit the Baylor University coronavirus information page.

We are carefully following the advice of the US government and the CDC, part of the Department of Health and Human Services, to ensure the health of our whole US community, including all our students and staff.

Read further information on: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-19-information.htmlhttps://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

All our staff and students have been instructed on what to do if they feel unwell. Staff are ensuring that students adhere to basic hygiene recommendations about regular hand washing and how to look after themselves.

Our teams on each campus are trained to manage any health concerns or illness. These teams are available to support all students if they are worried about their own health or if they have any other concerns related to coronavirus.

Are staff at Baylor University International Study Center testing students for signs of infection?

No, we are not testing students and have no plans to do so unless advised to by US government officials.

What can students do to protect themselves against infection?

Our staff are ensuring that students adhere to basic hygiene recommendations about regular hand washing and how to look after themselves.

What healthcare arrangements are in place if a student becomes ill?

Students often fall ill with everyday colds, coughs and infections – and our staff are well trained to look after any student that is feeling unwell. Given the current situation, staff are being extra vigilant.

Please be assured that the US government is well prepared and has put in place infection control measures, and the hospital system is well prepared to manage any further cases should they occur.

If a student falls ill with symptoms that could be coronavirus, they will receive urgent medical attention and will be tested by medical professionals. If the virus is diagnosed, then they will be taken to the nearest appropriate medical facility.

I am worried about my health – do I have to come to campus?

Baylor University has moved all classes to online instruction starting March 23, 2020. Classes will be held online for the remainder of the Summer semester.

We are planning to return to campus for the Fall 2020 semester, but will also have virtual learning options available for students who are unable to arrive in time. See Course Information above for more details.

Baylor University strongly encourages students not to return to campus at this time. Access to residence halls is restricted to a limited number of students – including students whose permanent residences are outside the USA – through the end of the semester. For more information, read Baylor University’s coronavirus response.

We are carefully following the advice of the US government to ensure the health of our students and staff.

Please contact Center staff or email globalstudentsupport@studygroup.com for assistance if you have further questions.

Who should I contact with any other questions?

If you/your child are/is due to begin studies with us soon and you have an urgent inquiry regarding the coronavirus outbreak, please contact globalstudentsupport@studygroup.com for assistance. To help us provide the information that you need quickly, please include your student ID and Baylor University International Study Center in the subject of your email.

For inquiries related to students who are already at Baylor University, please contact Center Staff. Alternatively, please contact globalstudentsupport@studygroup.com for assistance.

Travel Information

Question Answer
Are there travel restrictions for entering the USA?

The US government has implemented travel restrictions for foreign nationals into the USA from multiple countries due to COVID-19. The official updates from the US government provide the very latest information. This includes health and travel advice (both for those coming into the country and those travelling abroad) and information on current travel restrictions. This is an evolving situation, and advice is being updated regularly.

As of March 18, 2020, the US government has suspended all routine visa services in most countries worldwide due to COVID-19. Embassies and consulates in these countries will cancel all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments as of March 18, 2020. Embassies will resume routine visa services as soon as possible. For more information, visit https://www.usembassy.gov/

What health tests are being carried out by health officials at airports and other ports of entry?

At this time, travel restrictions and entry screening apply only to travelers arriving from some countries or regions with widespread ongoing spread of COVID-19. However, US policies are subject to change as the situation evolves. You can read further travel information on the CDC website.

The official updates from the US government provide the very latest information, including health and travel advice and information on current travel restrictions.

Can I travel at this time?

We are advising all our students currently in the US to remain in the country for the foreseeable future. Whilst the US government has clearly outlined which countries are currently under a travel ban, this guidance can change at a moment’s notice. Therefore to avoid any risk of not being allowed to re-enter the country, we are advising students to remain in the US. Anyone who chooses to leave the US to travel home will need to adhere to any US travel advice and restrictions in place at the time they plan to return.

If parents are planning to visit their children in the US, we advise you to first check the travel advice from the US government regarding travel bans and self-quarantine as this may impact the time you can spend with your child.

What should I do if my travel plans are affected by travel restrictions?

If your travel plans are affected by travel restrictions, please email globalstudentsupport@studygroup.com to discuss your individual situation.

Additional Information

Student wellbeing is always our top priority and we understand this is a challenging period for you. Students are always welcome to speak with any member of our team at the International Study Center for support.

Alternatively, you can send inquiries to globalstudentsupport@studygroup.com.

We’ll get you to where you want to be – Read our latest guidance for current students, or find out more about online learning.