Myriad of Policies
During the annual NAFSA conference, the US State Department has emphasized that as many visa appointments as possible are being offered, though full operating capacity cannot be resumed and there is still a large backlog.
Many schools have enacted mandatory vaccination rules; for international students who have no access to approved vaccines, school policies vary. This includes a large range of quarantine and remote learning policies, as well as re-vaccination rules. A full remote-learning schedule is not possible for international students in the US due to visa regulations. Compounded with rising costs, many students are choosing to take time off with a gap year instead. There are multiple factors that schools must take into consideration to help students transition back onto campus.