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Dear International Students,

Due to COVID-19, the International Center has been operating remotely and we are doing our best to maintain student services during this time. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our office. All staff contact information remains the same and can be accessed at the Meet Our Staff webpage on our website. You can also always email us at RowanIC@rowan.edu.


For Fall 2021:


Students/Traveling Faculty Vaccinated Outside of the United States

  1. Upon arrival to the United States all students/traveling faculty must quarantine on arrival. If living on campus, Triad will be offered.
  2. Arriving individuals must contact the Wellness Center for a rapid antigen test at 856-256-4333, #4
  3. These individuals will be scheduled, by the Wellness Center, for a PCR test at day five after arrival.
  4. If negative, can end quarantine after 7 days.
  5. If fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the US FDA or World Health Organization (WHO) no routine asymptomatic surveillance is required.
  6. If not fully vaccinated or if they are the recipient of a vaccine not approved by the FDA or WHO, revaccination will be offered.  These individuals must submit to regular asymptomatic surveillance testing until fully vaccinated.

 Source CDC: People vaccinated outside the United States

People who were vaccinated outside the United States with an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine and have received all the recommended doses do not need any additional doses. People who received the first dose of an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine that requires two doses do not need to restart the vaccine series in the United States but should receive the second dose as close to the recommended time as possible.

Some people may have received a COVID-19 vaccine that is not currently authorized in the United States. No data are available on the safety or efficacy of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine currently authorized in the United States after receipt of a non-FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine. However, in some circumstances people who received a COVID-19 vaccine not currently authorized in the United States may be offered revaccination with an FDA-authorized vaccine:

  • COVID-19 vaccines not authorized by FDA but listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO)2
    • People who have received all recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine that is listed for emergency use by WHO do not need any additional doses with an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine.
    • People who have not received all the recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine listed for emergency use by WHO may be offered a complete FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine series.
  • COVID-19 vaccines neither authorized by FDA nor listed for emergency use by WHO
    • People who received all or some of the recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine that is neither authorized by FDA nor listed for emergency use by WHO may be offered a complete FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine series.

The minimum interval between the last dose of a non-FDA authorized vaccine or a WHO-listed vaccine and an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine is 28 days. Only people who have received all recommended doses of an FDA-authorized or WHO-listed COVID-19 vaccine are considered fully vaccinated for the purpose of public health guidance.

*This protocol comes directly from the Wellness Center and is subject to change at any time. The International Center will communicate any and all changes directly with our incoming and current international students.

 Recommended Timeline for Incoming International Student Arrivals:

  • August 16, 17, 18: Incoming International students arrive in New Jersey. Students go to Wellness Center for Rapid testing as soon as they arrive in NJ. 
  • August 19, 20, 23, 24: International students receive PCR test in Wellness Center 5 days after arrival.
  • August 24: Last day of quarantine for all incoming international students. Quarantine also applies for students who live off-campus.
  • August 25, 26: International Student Orientation. Students attend orientation in person since they completed 7-day quarantine prior to the orientation. 
  • August 27: International students receive first dose of Covid vaccine on campus.

Vaccine Incentive for International Students

Rowan University will accept the vaccination of students who will be vaccinated with non-FDA, but WHO approved vaccines. Here is the latest list of WHO approved vaccines that we will accept as a part of the incentive program and exemption from routine testing. Students who are vaccinated with WHO approved vaccines will get the $500 credit that can be put towards their course registration bill for Fall 2021. Residential students will receive an additional $500 credit to put towards their housing bill. These students don’t need to participate in ongoing surveillance testing that will be conducted for non-vaccinated students.  



Executive Order Travel Ban

Travel Ban 3.0 is currently in effect. On September 24, 2017, President Trump issued Proclamation 9645 (Travel Ban 3.0) pursuant to Section 2(e) of Executive Order 13780. Travel Ban 3.0 is currently in effect, and limits entry to the United States by certain citizens of seven countries: Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen, and Somalia. An eighth country, Chad, was removed from this list effective April 10, 2018. The Travel Ban 3.0 restrictions on the remaining seven countries are country-specific, and tailored to the situation of each individual country. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld Travel Ban 3.0 on June 26, 2018.For more information check NAFSA resources.

Unlawful Presence

Effective August 9, 2018, USCIS made fundamental changes to its policy on how an immigration status violation might lead to a finding that an F, M, or J nonimmigrant should be subject to the 3- or 10-year reentry bar provisions of INA 212(a)(9)(B). Under the new policy, USCIS will start counting days of unlawful presence the day after an F, M, or J status violation occurs, unless the student applies for reinstatement or the student or exchange visitor is covered by some other exception to the unlawful presence counting rules. Prior policy did not count unlawful presence until a USCIS official or immigration judge made a formal finding of a status violation.

Please read all the details about the Accrual of Unlawful Presence and F, J, and M Nonimmigrants on Nafsa website