COVID-19 Fall Planning for Students Traveling to the US
Many international students and their families have questions about safety protocols and procedures that Emory has implemented to protect its students, faculty, and staff. We appreciate international students’ interest and advocacy for safety protocols and public health awareness as their engagement helps us to more widely share information about Emory’s extensive health and safety procedures and robust resources. By prioritizing the health and safety of our campus community, we continue to fulfill our academic mission.
Emory University’s protocols for the fall semester include layered disease prevention measures such as required vaccinations for all students, faculty, and staff, which have resulted in 93% of students and 91% of employees being vaccinated as of August 2021. The university has also implemented robust screening and diagnostic testing resources and indoor mask requirements. In addition, the university has increased ventilation for indoor spaces, an extensive contact tracing program, and quarantine and isolation processes.
Emory will continue to closely monitor infection and transmission of COVID-19 and will modify its safety procedures based on guidance from the CDC, public health experts, and fluctuations in local COVID-19 conditions.
We look forward to welcoming international students to campus this fall. Please find additional information and resources in the following FAQs. As always, you are welcome to reach out to your ISSS advisor with any questions. We are happy to support you and connect you with additional campus resources.
COVID-19 fall planning FAQs
Are students required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?
Emory University has announced that it will require all students to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in order to protect themselves and our community.
What vaccines comply with Emory's requirement? (updated July 7, 2021)
Students who completed a COVID-19 vaccination series with a vaccine that has been authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO) or an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine will comply with Emory's immunization requirement. Look under "Which vaccines comply with Emory’s requirement?" tab for the list.
What if I received a vaccine that is not approved? (updated May 7, 2021)
Students who completed or partially completed a COVID-19 vaccine series with a vaccine that is not authorized by FDA or not authorized for emergency use by WHO will be offered an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine series. The minimum interval between the last dose of a non-FDA authorized vaccine and an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine is 28 days.
Are international students and other students arriving from abroad required to arrive a few weeks early to be fully vaccinated before orientation and the start of classes? (updated May 25, 2021)
To comply with Emory’s student immunization policy for fall 2021, we ask all students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to arrival. However, for students unable to be vaccinated with an approved COVID-19 vaccine, Emory will not require you to arrive earlier than the date communicated by your respective school. To attend in-person campus activities and classes, unvaccinated students will be subject to required testing and additional safety protocols until being fully vaccinated.
Will Emory University require students who arrive from outside the US to quarantine? (updated May 25, 2021)
No. As stated above, you will follow our strict testing and safety protocols and have the opportunity to receive a required vaccine upon arrival if you did not have access to an approved vaccine in advance. In the meantime, you will be allowed to move into your residence hall (if applicable), attend orientation and take your in-person classes.
Will Emory provide vaccines to students arriving in the fall? (updated May 7, 2021)
Yes, Emory is committed to providing access to COVID-19 vaccinations for all students, faculty, and staff members. Specific to the fall semester, the Student Health Services webpage will be updated in the future with fall vaccine distribution details. This information will also be shared directly with all students.
Will the required vaccine be provided to enrolled students free of charge even if they waived out of Emory student health insurance? (updated May 25, 2021)
Yes, all enrolled Emory University students will have the opportunity to be vaccinated upon arrival at no cost regardless of their type of insurance.
When can I sign up for a vaccine as a student? (updated May 25, 2021)
If you are in Atlanta this summer, the form for vaccine-eligible students to consent and schedule a vaccination can now be accessed online. The Student Health Services webpage will be updated in the future with fall vaccine distribution details. This information will also be shared directly with all students. If you can get vaccinated outside of Emory Healthcare, including at a pharmacy or clinic, please do so.
Can I get vaccinated in my home country AND in the US?
It has yet to be determined whether students should be vaccinated by more than one type of vaccine. The university is soliciting guidance from public health officials and in accordance with any state or federal guidance including whether or when a booster shot is needed.
Do I need to submit my COVID-19 vaccination status anywhere? If so, how and by when? (Updated June 22, 2021)
Yes, all students are required to comply with Emory’s student immunization policy, including COVID-19 vaccination, for Fall 2021. Beginning July 1, any student not fully vaccinated is required to conduct a weekly screening testing once they are accessing campus. Depending on your school of enrollment, registration holds will begin in July for those not compliant with Emory’s student immunization policy. Students should follow instructions for uploading vaccination documentation on the Student Health Services (for Atlanta students) or the Oxford Student Patient Portal (for Oxford students) webpages.
What if I have received only the first dose of an approved COVID vaccine when I arrive at Emory? (Updated June 22, 2021)
Please submit and upload the first vaccination information onto the Student Portal so that SHS is aware of what you need to complete the COVID vaccine requirement. You will receive information on how to complete the requirement and will be offered the vaccine free of charge at the appropriate interval between vaccinations. You may also schedule a COVID vaccine appointment within the Student Patient Portal after the designated interval for your second vaccine (Pfizer available on Tuesdays and Moderna available on Thursdays).
Be sure to complete the electronic immunization form available via the Student Patient Portal where you can submit the vaccination dates and upload your documentation.
For those students who have not finished a vaccination series or do not have access to certain vaccines, they will be made available to you upon arrival. You will receive follow-up information, if necessary, from our immunization compliance team through the Student Portal. If you have any questions concerning immunization compliance, send a message through the Student Portal to Immunization Compliance or email email@example.com.
Must my vaccination card be written in English? (Updated June 22, 2021)
Please ensure immunization records have the student’s Name, the name of the vaccination and date in English. If necessary, please provide a translation.
Besides COVID, what other immunizations are required at Emory? What if I have not received other required immunizations or only the first dose before I arrive at Emory? (Updated June 22, 2021)
All incoming Emory students must meet the CDC and American College Health Association immunization and tuberculosis testing guidelines prior to registration for classes. The list of required immunizations and other important information can be found on the Student Health Services (SHS) website. Be sure to complete the electronic immunization form available via SHS’s secure website through the student patient portal where you can submit the vaccination dates and upload your documentation.
For those students who have not finished a vaccination series or do not have access to certain vaccines, they will be made available to you upon arrival. You will receive follow-up instructions if necessary from our immunization compliance team through the Student Portal. If you have any questions concerning immunization compliance, send a message through the Student Portal to Immunization Compliance or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If my family travels with me for orientation, can they accompany me on-campus if they have had no vaccine or an unapproved one? Also, can my family get a vaccine through Emory while they are here? (updated May 25, 2021)
We want to be able to host visitors during the fall move-in process with some stipulations. Please read the Emory visitor policy carefully. The general public can get vaccines through Emory Healthcare as well as local pharmacies and clinics. Find more information about Emory Healthcare vaccines here and be sure to keep in mind the required time between vaccination 1 and 2 when booking a return flight.
What if I must arrive earlier than my residence hall move-in date because there are no flights available? (updated 6/24/2021)
Students who are living on campus in the fall with a current fall assignment may go to their My Housing page and complete an early arrival application. The Housing office will only be able to approve requests with circumstances that require early arrival and are only able to approve requests for students arriving on or after August 13th. Please note that students arriving early will not have the full experience of campus when they arrive before official opening.
Please note the charges for early arrival are $50.00 per night.
Were the April 26th and July 22nd COVID Vaccine Information Sessions recorded? (updated 7/22/2021)
Yes. You may view the info session recordings here.
Dear international students,
Emory University prioritizes the health and safety of our campus community and recognizes the unique obstacles many of our new and returning international students face in planning for the fall 2021 semester. As international students prepare to come to campus, we are eager to address common questions that may arise and to direct you to relevant resources.
Leveraging Emory’s world-renowned public health and medical expertise, the university has a strong track record for proactively addressing the health and safety of our campus community. During the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters, the university established regular COVID-19 testing, strict masking guidelines, and physical distancing requirements that our on-campus students – many of whom are international students – have embraced and followed. These practical measures will continue in concert with the new requirement for all students to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Refer to Student Health Services and Emory Forward for detailed health guidance and steps that Emory has planned to keep the Emory community safe and healthy.
The vaccine requirement raises unique questions for international students, and we have developed Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on our website to address common concerns. Some of the FAQs are still being carefully considered in accordance with both public health guidance and state and federal requirements. As a result, we appreciate your patience as we provide additional information to the webpage. It will be updated on a rolling basis as new information is available.
In the meantime, you are always welcome to reach out to your ISSS advisor with any questions. We are happy to support you and connect you with additional campus resources.
The ISSS Team