During the fall 2021 term, new students are 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 who began at Stout prior to spring 2020 may take any number of courses online as part of DHS' increased flexibility, 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.) Students who began during the pandemic (fall 2020 and spring 2021) are required to maintain physical presence, meaning at least one course must have a required in-person component.
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.