Student Emergency Assistance Fund

IU responds to needs of international students

The COVID-19 pandemic brought abrupt and significant change to IU’s campuses this semester. Students are completing their courses, and some are even finishing their degrees, virtually. While some remain in Bloomington, others returned to their home countries, or are staying with friends and family elsewhere in the U.S. 

In the midst of this global disruption, it has been truly inspiring to see the resilience of our students, and the commitment and dedication of the faculty and staff who are working to help them advance toward their degrees.

Global travel restrictions that have been implemented as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic have made this crisis particularly challenging for our international students. In addition to anxiety about their own health and safety, and that of their families, some students now face financial hardship arising from challenges including food insecurity, unexpected housing needs, emergency travel, and additional technology requirements. In the interest of our neediest students, I am asking you to consider donating to the university’s emergency fund supporting those facing unforeseen financial hardship.

If you are experiencing financial hardship of your own, I understand that now is not the time to give. But if you are able to help, any level of support makes a difference and is greatly appreciated.