COVID Resources for International Students

Many international students have questions about COVID testing for travel, vaccines, funding, grocery delivery, and other resources during the pandemic. Please read through IUP's safety and campus guidelines during COVID. Specific on- and off-campus resources for international students are below. 

International students need to make sure they continue to maintain their F or J visa status and are careful using public benefits. Some services offered are not for non-US citizens and could impact your future immigration status. See Guidance on Use of Public Benefits.

If you have a need that is not listed below, call 2-1-1 to connect to resources in your community. This list is by no means exhaustive—please do your own research. This is provided as a basic resource for international students at IUP.

Deliveries During Self-Quarantine

  • Restaurant food delivery: If you are self-quarantining, most local restaurants have delivery service or curbside pickup. Doordash is also a delivery service throughout the US. Indiana, Pa. has many restaurants, including Mexican, Thai, Indian, Mediterranean, American, Chinese, Japanese, plenty of pizza shops, and more.
  • Grocery Delivery: For delivery of groceries, you can use Instacart delivery service, or order online and do a contactless pick-up and sometimes delivery from local grocery stores. Local grocery stores include Martins, Aldis, Walmart, Giant Eagle, and BiLo.
    • New students: Indiana, PA zip code is 15701
  • Online Ordering: Consider applying for an Amazon student account to order books, supplies, and more online with free shipping. Students need to use an .edu email to sign up. After six months the cost is $6.50 per month.

Food Pantries

  • IUP Food Pantry in G-12 Stephenson Hall has food and hygiene items available for students. Call or email to set up a time to pick up food.
  • Indiana ICCAP - Indiana County Community Action for food boxes distributed monthly. 724-465-2657. Located at 827 Water Street, Indiana, PA 15701.
  • Join Facebook Food 911 - Indiana, PA group for up-to-date food pick-up information in Indiana, Pa.
  • St. Thomas More University Parish: 724-463-2277. 1200 Oakland Avenue, across from campus Parking Garage; food box. Phone registration before noon on Sunday required; must be able to pick up food Tuesdays from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Funding Assistance

  • IUP Emergency Student Fund - This fund is available for all IUP students to apply for if they've been impacted by COVID (loss of job, loss of income from home country) to help with living costs. If you're experiencing difficulty paying your rent, utilities, or medical bills, please submit an application to be considered. This is reviewed by IUP, and someone will be in touch with you.
  • International Education Partial Tuition Waiver - Students who are not already receiving this scholarship from the OIE office can apply. This is a $140/credit discount for graduate students or a $210/credit discount for undergraduate students. Students taking thesis, dissertation, or distance education classes would not qualify. Those with full 20-hour graduate assistantships do not qualify. All others would be considered. Submit a PTW Appeal form.
  • Loans - See our International Student Scholarship page for some suggestions.
  • Dollar Energy Fund - Sign up online or call 866-857-7095. Low-income assistance for gas, electric, and water bills.
  • LIHEAP - Sign up online or call 724-439-7061. Low income heating assistance program; can apply online.
  • Women Infants and Children (WIC) - Students who have a baby in the US can apply for some support with formula and milk for their babies.

COVID Testing and Vaccines

  • As of January 26, 2021, the CDC requires all passengers aged 2 or older to present a negative COVID-19 testing for entry to the US
  • As of November 8, 2021, non-immigrant travelers (this includes F and J visa holders) arriving by plane must be fully vaccinated to enter the U.S. Only limited exceptions apply. Visit the CDC international travel pages for additional guidance.
  • IUP Health Service offers free COVID testing. Please follow IUP testing instructions and set up an appointment online. Students who have COVID symptoms should call or email the Health Service to get further instructions. If your health needs are beyond what IUP Health Service offers, we recommend contacting Susan Graham, sgraham@iup.edu, the IUP case worker who assists students in finding a doctor, dentist, and insurance.
  • COVID Testing: IUP Health Service offers COVID testing, including tests required for international travel. Here are other local options for COVID testing:
  • COVID Vaccines: Moderna vaccine is available through IUP Health Service. Vaccines are also widely available throughout the community. Visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccines page for additional information. If you are in a state other than Pennsylvania, search for the state's Department of Health website for details. International students are eligible for the vaccine.
  • Finding a Doctor or Hospital:
    • Students who have health insurance should follow guidelines and recommendations for doctors covered by your policy. There are many doctors in and around Indiana, Pennsylvania, that can be found through basic searches.
    • Students should purchase health insurance for themselves while in the US.
    • Highlands Healthcare Clinic is a free clinic open to all in Johnstown, Pa. Wait times are long, but services are discounted.
    • CHIP - Students who have children residing in Pennsylvania who meet eligibility may qualify for CHIP PA Health Insurance for children and teens.
  • Additional COVID Resources