VTBound - Frequently Asked Questions
The new students who live on campus and are scheduled to attend the Spring Orientation on January 15 can move into their on-campus housing on 1/14. The move-in process (including the mandatory COVID testing) will be sent out by Housing and Residence Life in mid December. We recommend you to arrive no later than the14th. You will need to stay at a local hotel if you arrive before January 14. If you will be arriving to campus after January 14, you will need to email Stephanie at email@example.com and let her know.
Housing and Residence Life will be reaching out to all new arrivals for spring to give you an opportunity to express your building and room type preferences. You will also be able to share a preferred roommate if you have one. Please note that HRL may not be able to accommodate all requests.
If you plan to come to Blacksburg for Spring semester, please log on to the StarRez Portal to sign the on campus housing contract before December 9, 2020. If you are not able to obtain a visa or flight, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to notify Housing and Residence Life that your housing contract for Spring 2021 needs to be cancelled.
No, you are not required to come to campus, however you do need to contact your International Student Advisor, Stephanie at email@example.com to let her know your plans. Your I-20 will need to be updated to reflect a new program start date of Fall 2021.
If you will not be coming to campus for the Spring 2021 semester, you need to contact your International Student Advisor, Stephanie Montana, at firstname.lastname@example.org to let her know your plans. Your I-20 will need to be updated to reflect a new program start date of Fall 2021.
Students need to make a 2.0 cumulative (overall) GPA to continue with VT Bound. There are no requirements for individual course grades. If a student does not make a 2.0 cumulative (overall) GPA, they can appeal to stay in the program and a committee will decide their options for continuing at VT.
Yes, you can still take 100% on-line classes at VT. These can be synchronous courses and/or asynchronous courses.
If you are taking courses in your own country, you can take all on-line classes. You are required, however to have at least one hybrid or face-to face course if you are taking courses in Blacksburg. You should contact your major department to discuss courses for Spring term.
No. Once you decide to join the VTBound program you will be issued a Form I-20 with a Spring 2021 start date (not Fall 2020). You will use this Form I-20 to apply for the F-1 entry visa (if applicable), and you will not be authorized to enter the US until 30 days prior to the start of Spring 2021 on January 19, 2021.
Yes. If you meet the requirements of VTBound and successfully complete the program in Fall 2020, you will be considered an on-campus student starting Spring 2021.
The Cranwell International Center will issue you an updated Form I-20 with the start date changed to Spring 2021 (not Fall 2020). The updated Form I-20 will be sent to you electronically. You will use this Form I-20 to apply for the F-1 entry visa (if applicable), and you will not be authorized to enter the US until 30 days prior to the start of Spring 2021 on January 19, 2021.
Housing is not guaranteed for the Spring term, but VTBound students will be prioritized for any available housing.
Yes. Comprehensive fees totaling approximately USD $1,050 will be waived for VTBound students for Fall 2020.
No. Classes will be asynchronous. You will be able to access, engage in, and complete the lectures and other course materials and assignments on your own timetable.
You will work with your VTBound academic advisor and your academic major advisor to register for appropriate classes that are in specially designed academic tracks that align with you major requirements.
Classes will be asynchronous. You will be able to access, engage in, and complete the lectures and other course materials and assignments on your own timetable.
Yes, the grades you receive for the courses offered through the VTBound program will count towards your Virginia Tech GPA.
A special orientation program will be available online for VTBound students. More details will be forthcoming soon.
Your Academic Advisor will be a VT Bound program academic advisor. They will email you with their information in the near future. You will be assigned an advisor in your major for your second semester at Virginia Tech.
Yes, you will have the opportunity to speak with an academic advisor in August concerning your schedule. More details will be sent out by the first week of August.
Your choice of courses is dependent on your major. An email with information about scheduling courses will be sent out by the first week of August from your VTBound Advisor.
Your professors will work with you and the software where courses is hosted, called Canvas, can adjust due dates and times to your time zone. More information will be sent to you about time zones and assignment submissions by your VTBound Advisor closer to the start of the semester.
Yes. We will have exact times and dates available for tutoring by the first week of courses. Your VTBound Advisor will email you with more information closer to the start of the semester.