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Frequently Asked Questions

We recognize that you may have some questions and concerns about starting your program at the University of Oklahoma amidst the pandemic. International Student Services is here to assist you and answer any questions you may have. Below we have compiled some Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 and OU policies. 

Additionally, International Student Services has created a COVID-19 resource page specifically for international students. Please check the page frequently for updates!

  • What is the COVID screening/testing process when I arrive to campus? Is self-isolation/quarantine required?

The university requests that individuals who are not fully vaccinated* and who have traveled through international or domestic hubs take a COVID-19 test upon their arrival to campus. If your test comes back negative, you should take another test 5 days later to confirm you did not contract COVID-19 during your travels. If you test positive, report your result on the Healthy Together App found here: https://ou.edu/together/healthy-together#more

*To be considered fully vaccinated, you must have received Johnson & Johnson, both doses of Pfizer or Moderna, or another WHO-approved vaccine.

  If you are not fully vaccinated, the university is providing free, at-home test kits that can be picked up at the following locations:

o   Walker Lobby International Student Welcome Table, 1406 Asp Ave., August 10-13 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

o   International Student Services in Farzaneh Hall, 729 Elm Ave., Room 144, Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

After completing your first test, if you test positive, report your result on the Healthy Together App found here: https://ou.edu/together/healthy-together#more

Testing for COVID-19 is also available at the on-campus clinic, Goddard Health Services, but you might incur an expense if you don’t currently have insurance coverage through the university or are currently insured but have to pay a co-pay.

If you are living on-campus, you are permitted to move into your on-campus Housing upon arriving to Norman and should take your COVID-19 test as soon as possible. You are free to remain in your on-campus housing and can move freely around campus unless you get a positive test result.

  • I know the US has a lot of travel restrictions for travelers coming from different countries. Will I be allowed to enter the US from my home country?

The US President has issued five COVID-19 related proclamations to limit travel to the United States. These proclamations will remain in effect until terminated by the President. ISS recommends looking at this page for the most up-to-date information: https://www.nafsa.org/regulatory-information/covid-19-restrictions-us-visas-and-entry. The information will be found under the heading “Geographic COVID-19 Proclamations Affecting Entry from Certain Countries.” This page also includes information on driving into the US from the Canada or Mexico border.  

You can also find information on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website here

Please email us at niso@ou.edu if you have specific questions about your travel plans.

  • Should I get vaccinated in my home country or get vaccinated at the university after I arrive?

There is not currently a requirement for OU students to be vaccinated., but COVID-19 vaccinations are free, strongly encouraged, and widely available. If you are able to be fully vaccinated by the time you arrive on campus, it may be best to get the vaccine at home. However, you should discuss this question with your doctor. Currently, students are able to get a vaccine on campus; please see OU's guidance on vaccines here.

  • Which vaccines are recognized in the US?

Although COVID-19 vaccinations are free, strongly encouraged, and widely available, there is not currently a requirement for OU students to be vaccinated. If that changes, the university will communicate about which vaccines are acceptable at that time.

  • Will I be required to wear a mask on campus?

Masks are not required, but are highly encouraged. You can find more about the OU mask policy here.

  • Where can I find more information on OU's other immunization policies?

Please see the information on Health Services' website here.


Be sure to check the ISS COVID page and the OU Together page frequently for updates. 

Please email niso@ou.edu if you have any questions; we are happy to assist you!

Updated 7/30/21