International Study Center

Covid-19

Correct as of 05.05.2021 at 03:50 (CDT)

Course-Related Information

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Are both Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 courses available on campus?

We are looking forward to welcoming you to join us on campus. If our campus is not open, you can still benefit from the flexibility to begin your program virtually from home^.

^excluding PG Pathway

How many credits will I earn for my course I take online?

Global Gateway Program students: You will earn nearly the same number of credits for virtual courses as you would on campus.

  • GGP 1-semester: up to 10 credits
  • GGP 2-semester: up to 9 credits
  • Total 2-semester: up to 22 credits
  • GGP 3-semester: up to 1 credit
  • Total 3-semester: up to 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 online pathway courses?

Your courses will be delivered online by the same instructors 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

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

You will be able to access live and recorded sessions, and 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.

Some interactive sessions may be scheduled to allow you 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.

You will be expected to be an active participant in the virtual classroom, to be engaged in the program on a Monday through Friday basis, and to meet the assignment deadlines. All standard classroom rules of behavior and etiquette are expected in the virtual classroom.

How will I be assessed?

Before you begin your courses, Baylor staff will need to connect with you directly for 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, Kaltura, and Zoom 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. Exams and quizzes often require Respondus Lockdown Browser.

The online platform will include course materials and recorded sessions. 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.

Unlike on-campus classes, online courses 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 every day, even if the class does not meet 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 are the same as if you were studying on campus.

What if I decide I don’t want to spend the semester enrolled in a virtual learning course, or I'm unable to come to campus due to visa issues?

Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for more information.

Health Information

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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.

Are masks required on campus?

Face coverings or face masks are required to be worn by all individuals in ALL buildings on the Baylor campus and in ALL outside campus areas where social distancing is not possible, when in groups, where congestion is likely and at prescribed events.

What other measures are in place to keep me safe?

Currently, all Baylor students are required to complete a COVID 19 test weekly at an on-campus testing facility. For more details, visit Baylor’s COVID-19 Weekly Testing FAQs.

As of 19 April 2021, all adults ages 16 and above are eligible to receive emergency use authorization (EUA) COVID-19 vaccines in the US. While Baylor will not require a COVID-19 vaccination for students, faculty, and staff for the fall semester, Baylor’s medical staff strongly encourages everyone get vaccinated as soon as possible. Baylor Health Services is an authorized vaccine provider and offers COVID-19 vaccination appointments for students and employees when vaccines become available. Read more on Baylor’s COVID-19 Vaccination Information website.

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.

How can I learn more about Baylor University’s COVID-19 measures?

Visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information pages on Baylor’s website for further details.

Please contact International Pathway Program staff or emailglobalstudentsupport@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 Global Gateway Program in the subject of your email.

For inquiries related to students who are already at Baylor University, please contact the Global Gateway Program Staff at global_gateway@baylor.edu. Alternatively, please contact globalstudentsupport@studygroup.com for assistance.

Travel Information

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Are there travel restrictions for entering the USA?

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.

For more information, visit https://www.usembassy.gov/.

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 Global Gateway Program for support.

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

Find out more about starting your studies or check the latest COVID-19 information.