News and Updates

Developments and Requirements amid COVID-19

This page will highlight ongoing developments relevant to international students and scholars amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) will keep this page up to date as all information may be subject to change.

Please read the following information carefully. If you have additional questions or concerns, contact

For updates on other NMSU developments during the COVID-19 pandemic, please see:

Summer 2020 Classes:

All classes for the summer 2020 semester will now be online only.
New international students outside the US cannot get an I-20 to be admitted for summer 2020 because they are not allowed to take all online courses.
Unfortunately, International Student and Scholar Services will not be able to process an I-20 for a summer 2020 program start date.

New international students can take online summer semester 2020 classes if they are admitted to the summer semester and remain physically outside of the USA while taking these online courses.
In this case students will be issued an I-20 at a later time once they are able to enter the US.

Cost of online courses:

New Mexico State University is currently reviewing possible changes to online course costs. More information will be forthcoming. Please continue to monitor:


Information regarding student fees and any future changes to those fees can be found here:
University Accounts Receivable:

New International Student Orientation

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic New International Student Orientation is now an online course and includes additional requirements.
ISSS will inform students of changes to orientation through email.
Please email Kylie at if you have questions about international orientation.

Fall 2020 Classes:

The office of International Student and Scholar Services is currently issuing I-20’s for the 2020 fall semester.

New Mexico State University is planning to offer hybrid classes for the 2020 fall semester.

New Mexico State University is continuing to monitor pandemic developments. For more information regarding university developments in relation to COVID-19 please visit:

Descubre scholarship:

Information and updates regarding the Descubre scholarship can be found here:
Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the “Freshman Out of State” tab, then scroll to find “Descubre Out-of-State Tuition Discount” information.

For specific Descubre related questions, please contact:
Ignacio Legarreta Rascon
Carlos Ortega Sandoval


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