ISS Needs Critical Data From All Students

To Our International Students,

The Office of International Student Services (ISS) looks forward to welcoming you to the new semester.  Classes are scheduled to begin on February 1, 2021.

We recognize that the pandemic continues to create challenges in securing visas and arriving on campus.  While we very much hope you are able to be in Cleveland physically, we also want to remind you Case Western Reserve continues to offer a dual-delivery model of instruction to ensure that all of our students are able to engage in their academic pursuits remotely no matter where you are.

We at ISS also want to do all that we can to meet your needs, whether you are in Northeast Ohio or thousands of miles away. To provide the best assistance possible—and provide accurate information in our required report to the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)—we need your help. Please complete this brief survey by February 5, 2021

The survey will tell ISS:

  • where you plan to spend the spring 2021 semester,

  • how your courses will be delivered (in-person, remotely, or both), and

  • if you need a new I-20 to be issued at a future date.

NOTE: This survey is distinct from the request undergraduates received December 22 from Provost Vinson and VP Stark; in this case, ISS needs the information specifically for its programs serving you as well as federal reporting requirements. 

Your response to this survey is critical. First, it will help us plan more effectively as we serve all of you—as well as prospective international students.  In addition, it will allow us to maintain student records accurately based on SEVP’s guidance for spring 2021.  You can read more about the guidance on our website.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and timely response to this request.  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact ISS at


Best Regards,

Marielena Maggio, M.A.
Director, International Student Services, PDSO & ARO