DePaul Global Gateway Program – COVID-19 information for students

Correct as of 06.28.2021 at 08:30 (CDT)

Course-Related Information

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Is the DePaul University campus open for me to attend my classes?

If you can arrive in Chicago, we are eager to have you join us on campus soon. However, if you are unable to arrive on campus for Fall Quarter, virtual learning is available.

DePaul University has announced that it intends to offer a full complement of in-person courses for the Fall Quarter 2021. If unanticipated issues, such as visa delays or travel restrictions, prevent you from arriving in time, online options will be available. Global Gateway Program courses will be offered virtually, along with select Direct Admit courses.

How many credits will I earn for the courses I take online?

Our Global Gateway Program allows you to receive the same number of academic credits online as if you were studying on campus. We have provided curriculum samples for all GGP pathways at the end of this document for you to review the number of credit hours per quarter.

For your first quarter of online studies, you can earn up to the following number of credits based on your pathway:

Undergraduate GGP

  • Standard GGP: 12 credits
  • Extended GGP: 10 credits
  • Extended Plus GGP: 0 credits

Graduate GGP (College of Computing and Digital Media)

  • Standard GGP: 4 credits
  • Extended GGP: 0 credits

Graduate GGP (Kellstadt Graduate School of Business)

  • Standard GGP: 8 credits
  • Extended GGP: 0 credits

How will virtual courses be conducted?

If you are taking an online course, your courses will consist of high-quality interactive sessions that include live and recorded video and voice sessions during a variety of session times (based on different time zones). Some of our courses will be live and streamed from DePaul’s classrooms while some courses can be completed on your own time.

Some examples of interactive sessions you may participate in during your course may include

  • Participating in a live discussion online
  • Watching an online presentation and inserting your own video comments or questions throughout the video
  • Participate in a discussion board on your own time
  • Viewing a lecture and participating in a Zoom meeting with your professor to answer questions

Do I need to be available at a specific time to participate in the course online?

The course material can be accessed at your convenience. There will be live and recorded sessions that will be available for your access. You will be informed of any required live interactive sessions well in advance so that you can plan ahead. Recorded sessions can be accessed at any time based on your own schedule. Some interactive sessions may be scheduled in different time zones to allow students to interact with instructors and other students. When working on group presentations, you will have the flexibility to find a time that is convenient for everyone in the group.

As opposed to on-campus delivery, there are no set class hours. Students will be expected to have self-discipline and be active participants in the virtual classroom. Students will be required to be engaged in the program on a Monday through Saturday basis and follow the assignment deadlines.

What is the attendance policy?

For students who are in Chicago, in-person attendance is required for all on-campus classes.

For online courses, attendance may be taken at synchronous class meetings. DePaul students are expected to access all of their assigned learning materials in a timely fashion and are expected to complete all assignments, exams, quizzes, discussions by the deadlines. You should expect to check the D2L site Mondays through Saturdays to ensure you have all of the information you need to complete your assignments on time.

What materials and what platform will I use for my online courses?

We utilize a virtual learning platform, Desire2Learn (D2L), which houses course outlines, materials, discussion forums, recorded sessions, collaboration tools, and more! D2L is the learning management system that DePaul University uses for all classes, and it does not require a VPN. All course materials will be provided online for easy access at your convenience. D2L provides recorded sessions to help you review course material. You will submit all assignments for DePaul through the D2L platform.

What tools do I need to start my courses at DePaul University?

You will need the following resources to support your virtual learning:

  • Laptop or PC
  • Internet with good Internet connectivity
  • Webcam (for PC) or laptop camera for interactive discussions
  • Time – each course will require a significant time commitment (participation in sessions and online groups, assignments, etc.)

Since I’m studying virtually, is there a tuition discount?

The full tuition price is required for virtual learning at DePaul University. You are paying for the academic quality of DePaul University, a highly recognized university in the USA, not the brick-and-mortar buildings. Your virtual studies at DePaul are at the caliber of education that you would receive on campus, including working with our DePaul faculty members. In addition, you have access to all of our student support offices online and our online engagement tools to help you feel a part of DePaul’s community while studying online.

Undergraduate fees are reduced by $130 for Autumn Quarter for virtual learners. Graduate GGP students enrolled in online courses are not charged student fees. International students living in the US are required to have health insurance.

What if I decide I don’t want to spend the quarter enrolled in a virtual learning course?

We are committed to working with every student on the options to continue studying with us. Our standard cancellation and refund policies will have been provided to you when your place was confirmed.

For students who decide to withdraw after beginning their online courses, GGP and direct admission students may receive a 100% refund on their tuition and deposit within 14 days of starting their course online, should they decide not to continue with virtual learning for the quarter.

If a student completes the course online and is then not able to come to the US because of visa issues, that student will be entitled to a 50% refund of tuition paid after completing the online program if he/she has achieved the required minimum GPA requirement, has met academic progress criteria, and shows evidence of three (3) visa denials. This refund policy is applicable to GGP and direct admission students.

To cancel your place before the commencement of your program or withdraw from your studies during the Trial Period, please use the following link:

Health Information

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What is the latest US health guidance on COVID-19?

The official updates from the US government provide the very latest information, including health and travel advice (both for those coming into the country and those travelling abroad) and information on current travel restrictions. This is an evolving situation and advice is being regularly updated.

Read more information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website .

What precautions are being taken by GPP staff to protect students?

We are carefully following the advice of the US government and the CDC, part of the Department of Health and Human Services, to ensure the health of our whole US community, including all our students and staff.

For further information visit:

All our staff and students have been instructed on what to do if they feel unwell. Staff are ensuring that students adhere to health and hygiene recommendations. Our teams on each campus are trained to manage any health concerns or illness. These teams are available to support all students if they are worried about their own health or if they have any other concerns related to coronavirus.

Can international student receive a COVID-19 vaccine when they arrive in Chicago?

In a demonstration of its commitment to safety, mutual care and social responsibility, DePaul University has announced that students will be required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 when the 2021-22 academic year begins this September. All students will be eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine, and there is no cost. To assist its population, including international students, in receiving the vaccination, DePaul is offering the vaccination at campus and is developing plans for on-campus clinics during late summer and early fall.

Additional Details

  • The vaccine requirement includes all undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in all degree programs who intend to be on campus in the Fall 2021 quarter.
  • Non-vaccinated students will be required to get tested for COVID-19 twice a week.
  • While documented medical and religious exemptions will be accommodated, DePaul expects most students will be vaccinated.

Click here for more details about DePaul’s COVID-19 vaccination policy.

What is DePaul University’s policy on vaccines that have not yet been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)?

DePaul will abide by this guidance which essentially defers to the World Health Organization for their approval of vaccines for emergency use:

Vaccine authorized for emergency use by WHO

  • Completed vaccine: You do not need to take an additional dose of a U.S. FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Partial vaccine: You need to take a U.S. FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine to be taken after 28 days after your most recent non-FDA approved dose.

Vaccine NOT authorized for emergency use by WHO

  • Partial or Completed Dose: You need to take a U.S. FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine to be taken after 28 days after your most recent non-FDA approved dose.

The list of vaccines currently approved by the WHO is found at This list is updated up to May 4 and does not yet include Sinopharm that was approved on May 10. So the complete list at the moment includes: Pfizer, Moderna, J&J, Astra Zeneca, Serum Institute of India, and Sinopharm.

More vaccines are under consideration as you see on the list.

For the most up-to-date information, please visit:

What can students do to protect themselves against infection?

Our staff are ensuring that students adhere to basic hygiene recommendations about regular hand washing and how to look after themselves.

What healthcare arrangements are in place if a student becomes ill?

Students often fall ill with everyday colds, coughs and infections – and our staff are well trained to look after any student that is feeling unwell. Given the current situation staff are being extra vigilant.

Please be assured that the US government is well prepared and has put in place infection control measures, and the hospital system is well prepared to manage any further cases should they occur.

If a student falls ill with symptoms that could be coronavirus, they will receive urgent medical attention and will be tested by medical professionals. If the virus is diagnosed, then they will be taken to the nearest appropriate medical facility.

Who should I contact with any other questions?

If you/your child are/is due to begin studies with us soon and you have an urgent inquiry regarding the coronavirus outbreak, please contact for assistance. To help us provide the information that you need quickly, please include your student ID and DePaul University Global Pathway Program in the subject of your email.

For inquiries related to students who are already at DePaul University, please contact GPP Staff. Alternatively, please contact for assistance.

Travel Information

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Are there travel restrictions for entering the USA?

The US government has implemented travel restrictions for foreign nationals into the USA from multiple countries due to COVID-19. The official updates from the US government provide the very latest information. This includes health and travel advice (both for those coming into the country and those travelling abroad) and information on current travel restrictions. This is an evolving situation, and advice is being updated regularly.

What health tests are being carried out by health officials at airports and other ports of entry?

At this time, travel restrictions and entry screening apply only to travelers arriving from some countries or regions with widespread ongoing spread of COVID-19. However, US policies are subject to change as the situation evolves. You can read further travel information on the CDC website .

The official updates from the US government provide the very latest information, including health and travel advice and information on current travel restrictions.

What should I do if my travel plans are affected by travel restrictions?

If your travel plans are affected by travel restrictions, please contact to discuss your individual situation.

If I am travelling to Chicago, do I need to self-isolate when I arrive?

Travellers from outside the US are required to self-isolate upon arrival in the US. The CDC website details those quarantine procedures and is updated regularly.

In addition, the City of Chicago is currently under an Emergency Travel Order. Travellers who are coming from other states within the US may be required to self-isolate upon arrival in Illinois. This City of Chicago website is updated weekly and should be consulted prior to travel.

Additional Information

Student wellbeing is always our top priority and we understand this is a challenging period for you. Students are always welcome to speak with any member of our team at the Global Gateway Program for support.

Alternatively, you can send inquiries to .

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