Latest information related to COVID-19

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) for current and future students, their families and educational advisors

COVID19 FAQs

Current Covid Faqs

  • Where can I find more information and updates with respect to what is happening on campus as a result of COVID-19?

    • Please refer to the Richard Bland College of William & Mary Coronavirus website for the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19. Students should also monitor their school email accounts for messages from Richard Bland College of William & Mary and Global Student Success Program (GSSP) staff. Many of our GSSP teams are also utilizing WhatsApp and other messenger services to stay in touch.
    • For general US updates, please refer to the following website: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • What does fall look like for my student?
    • Richard Bland College of William & Mary (RBC) will fully reopen the campus in August 2022; keeping safety procedures in place as recommended by the Center for Disease Control. Classes will be offered in a variety of methods to help all students maintain full-time schedules. Most classes will return to an in-person format with limited options for asynchronous or synchronous online courses. The campus is classified as a ‘hybrid’ format; meaning classes will be taught both face-to-face and in an online modality, allowing students the most flexibility in attending on-campus, in-classroom instruction or via the online lectures.*
  • What is RBC doing to keep campus safe?
    • RBC has implemented a safe and secure plan which is revised based on updates from the Center for Disease Control.
  • What if my student cannot attend classes in person?
    • The plan is for international students is to take full-time schedules in-person. Students will work with RBC Learner Mentors to register for the correct courses during the fall semester. International students who are unable to attend classes completely in-person will be evaluated on a case-by-case scenario by both GSSP advisors and RBC Student Success Team.
  • Will there be a decrease in tuition/fee costs?
    • Given that the live instruction, student support, and connection with students will continue to remain at a high standard that you have come to expect from RBC, our tuition fees will remain unchanged for the fall term.
  • What are the procedures in place in case there is an incident on campus?
    • RBC has quarantine plans in place, in the case that students, faculty, or staff will need to self-isolate; including deep cleaning of any area involved in the incident. Areas and rooms are reserved in on-campus residence halls should a student need to quarantine and isolate. RBC’s rural setting and small enrollment numbers are an advantage in these cases as this allows for little to no contact from campus outsiders. Our current student health insurance plan (CISI) is applicable to any student who may contract COVID-19. Students will receive health coverage for testing and treatment related to COVID-19.
  • Does my student health insurance cover COVID-19?
    • Students' insurance covers COVID-19 testing and treatment. Please keep in mind that eligibility for testing is based on screening measures in place by local healthcare providers (i.e. you must have symptoms or be otherwise eligible based on local requirements).

Future Student and Student Recruitment & Admissions Operations

  • Should I still apply to study in the U.S.?

    • Yes! While COVID-19 has disrupted school schedules and other aspects of daily life, we encourage students to stay the course with their plans for education in the U.S. The U.S. and the rest of the world will recover from the impacts of COVID-19 and we want students to be ready to enroll at our partner institutions and achieve their goal of earning a U.S. degree as soon as possible.
  • What if I can’t send the required admissions application documents right now?
    • Due to school closures and other limitations, we understand that you may not be able to submit certain required documents right away. Once you submit your admissions application and all available documents, one of our recruitment team members will contact you to assess next steps. In some cases we can waive, substitute or delay the need for certain requirements to keep the admissions process moving.
  • TOEFL/IELTS testing centers in my area are closed. What should I do??
    • Many students are able to demonstrate English proficiency by taking the Pearson Versant Test (PVT) or Duolingo English Test. Both of these tests can be completed remotely, rather than at an in-person testing center.
    • The Pearson Versant Test (PVT) is available free of charge and can be arranged by contacting your recruitment representative. Please reference the U.S. recruitment representative contact list at the bottom of this Q&A list.
    • For more information and to register for the Duolingo English Test, visit https://englishtest.duolingo.com
    • In addition, we encourage you to visit the ETS (TOEFL) website for information about remote testing options now available in a limited number of countries: https://www.ets.org/s/cv/important-update
    • Please refer to Richard Bland College of William & Mary GSSP site to review the available English proficiency test options and minimum scores for your preferred program.
  • If I pay my enrollment deposit and later am unable to travel to the U.S. because of embassy/consulate closures, travel restrictions or other circumstances beyond my control, can I obtain a refund?
    • If students are unable to travel to the U.S. because of circumstances beyond their control, including embassy/consulate closures, travel restrictions and the like, we will offer students the chance to defer to a future term or refund their deposit.
  • What is the deadline for applications?
    • We are working with our institutional partners to be as flexible as possible with deadlines. We will update the information on the following site as conditions warrant.
    • Richard Bland College of William & Mary GSSP Important Dates site
  • What is the deadline for enrollment deposits and required documents to obtain an I-20?
    • We are working with our institutional partners to be as flexible as possible with deadlines. We will update the information on the following site as conditions warrant.
    • Richard Bland College of William & Mary GSSP Important Dates site
  • Richard Bland College of William & Mary GSSP Recruitment Representative:
*Changes may occur before the semester begins to ensure the upmost caution is taken and all students, faculty and staff are in the safest classroom and campus scenarios.