Joint Co-op Institute Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you can return to China now. Travel arrangements may be more difficult, but you can get back to China.

From UC International:

We cannot guarantee those traveling anywhere will be able to return to the US this fall, especially from China, Italy, Iran and South Korea. And with the growing number of countries that could be added to the travel ban later, the best recommendation is not to travel at all.  But, if this trip is necessary and you decide to leave the US, make sure your I-20 has been signed for travel within 12 months of the date you intend to return (6 months if you are on OPT). If not, you can request this through iBearcatsGlobal, and this will take 2-3 business days to approve. Also ensure that there is not more than a five-month gap between your departure date and the date you plan to return and enroll in classes. If there is a gap of five months or more we will need to close your SEVIS record and issue a new I-20 for you to return. If your visa stamp is still valid in your passport you will not need a new visa. But you will have to pay the SEVIS fee again. We cannot guarantee what embassy/consulate operations will be if you travel. Visa operations in many countries are currently shut down. If your visa stamp is expired that would be another reason to seriously consider you need to travel.

Sorry, JCI cannot arrange flights for students.

On the US’ side, going home to China there won’t be a problem. UC International can’t speak for China’s side.

Going home to China won’t be an issue unless China closes their borders to citizens.

The visa stamp in the passport is still valid.

Yes, an I-20 can be issued whether students are in the US or outside the US. If you are planning to come back to the states for graduate school, you need to make those arrangements before you leave. If you will be studying at UC, you need to let UC International know that. UC International will need sources of support for the I-20 so they can issue the new I-20 and sign it for travel.

If you are going to another school, you need to submit UC International’s F-1 Transfer Out Request eForm. You will also need your letter of admission to the new school to do this. You need to have your SEVIS record transferred to the school before you leave. Those leaving permanently simply need to submit UC International’s Departure Certification eForm.

No, you do not need to return to Cincinnati to officially graduate from the University. The ceremonial graduation is postphoned at this point.

As long as you complete all coursework via the distance learning platforms, your graduation would not be affected by your return to China. You can return to China and continue to complete coursework from there. All coursework must be completed.

According to the university, the spring 2020 commencement is postponed.

Professors are required to submit final grades by May 6, 2020.  Once grades are submitted to the Registrar by a professor you should be able check the grades.

All course work including senior design should be able to be finished remotely either in the US or in China. You should contact the professor of your senior design course for specific details.

You still need to finish the senior design requirements if you are in China.  Your professor for senior design should provide additional information as to how to complete presentations and/or submission of reports.

Sorry, we don’t have an answer at this point.

Your professor for your senior design course should provide further details as to how the presentations for senior design will occur.

The professor of your senior design course should provide additional information as to how to complete your senior design project.  It is recommended that you contact the professor for additional details if you have not received such information.

The professor leading your senior design class will evaluate your performance and subsequently assign grades. You should direct specific questions to your professor.

Face-to-face instruction has been suspended for the remainder of the spring semester.  The professor of your senior design course should provide details to you as to how to fulfill a presentation requirement.

Face-to-face instruction has been suspended for the remainder of the spring semester.  Further access into the buildings at UC is now restricted. The professor of your senior design course should provide details to you as to how to fulfill a presentation requirement. It is recommended that you contact the professor for details as to how to finish the course requirements.

Yes, your Senior Design grade and graduation will be affected if you do not finish the capstone project per the instructions of the professor.  The professor of your Senior Design course should provide you adequate instructions on how to fulfill the requirements for Senior Design.

Professors should accommodate your schedule. Contact your professor and let them know you are located in China, then request an accommodation for the time zone differences.

To receive a grade in the course you must complete the work for the course.  If the course work is not complete you will not graduate.  Every individual should make the determination as to the location where it would be best to complete the course.  In making such a decision you should consider factors such as internet and online tools.

Since face-to-face instruction has been suspended for the remainder of the semester, all examinations should be conducted in a manner that can be completed remotely.  Specific questions about an examination should be directed to the professor of the course.

 

Note that JCI students are UC students.  All UC professors are to accommodate remote instruction beginning Thursday March 26.  It is recommended that you communicate directly with your instructor should you relocate to China or if there is a unique request for you. 

Online classes are currently scheduled to conclude on April 24.  Exam week then begins the following Monday, April 27.