Frequently Asked Questions - COVID 19

Travel Regulations, MLI COVID-19 Policy & the COVID-19 Status in Los Angeles

Q1. What is the current guidance for traveling to the U.S?

All non-US citizens flying to the United States are required to be fully vaccinated, as follows:
(two-dose vaccination: Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax) or (one-dose vaccination: Johnson and Johnson).

Q2. What is MLI’s policy regarding attending In-person classes?

MLI follows CDC and Los Angeles Country guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. You need to abide by the following regulations:
1. All students attending in-person programs are required to be fully vaccinated, as follows:
(two-dose vaccination: Pfizer, Moderna, Novavax) or (one-dose vaccination: Johnson and Johnson).
2. You must take your temperature and use hand sanitizer upon arrival to school.
3. If you are sick, you may not come to school until you have submitted a negative PCR test to your school.

Q3. What should I do before arriving to the USA/leaving my home country?

You must be fully vaccinated.

Q4. For what period of time does the COVID-exception to the 5-month rule cover?

There is no 5-month rule during this pandemic period. As long as you have a valid I-20, you will be able to come to the U.S.

Q5. If I have a student visa, can I come to the U.S. without a problem?

If you have an active student visa, apply for an I-20, pay your SEVIS fee (form I-901: receipt of SEVIS fee) and start your program.

Please check travel restrictions:

Q6. Can I come to the USA and attend online programs only?

No, according to SEVP regulations, overseas students entering on an initial I-20 can not attend 100% online classes.

Q7. What will happen if there is another lockdown in LA?

We will follow CDC instructions and switch to online programs if needed.

MLI during COVID-19

Q1. Does MLI have online classes or in-person classes?

MLI offers in-person classes only. Students who came to the U.S. after 3/09/20 must take in-person classes. Thus, MLI offers in-person classes to full fill immigration requirements for F1 students.

Q2. Do you offer the ESL program in person?

Yes, MLI offers in-person ESL classes at both campus. TOEFL and Conversation classes are also offered in-person.

Q3. Are MLI school events canceled?

No, MLI offers weekly activities including homework help, beach trips, museum visits, and more.

Q4. Have there been any confirmed COVID-19 cases at MLI?

Yes, there have been several confirmed cases of COVID-19 at MLI. If a student is sick, they are required to take a PCR test and submit the negative test result before returning to campus. If a student tests positive for COVID-19, we strongly encourage all students in the class to take a PCR test and confirm the negative test results before returning to campus. Only students who submit a negative PCR test, are allowed to return to school.

Q5. When will the school return to having fully in-person classes?

MLI has returned all classes to in-person.

Q6. How do I get textbooks?

Purchase textbooks from your respective campus.

Q7. How is your school managing in-person classes during the pandemic?

Everyone on campus is required to submit proof of vaccination, and temperature is checked daily upon arrival at school. Students that are sick must stay at home. Students must submit a negative PCR test before returning to school.

Q8. What programs do you offer?

ESL, TOEFL, Conversation Intermediate and Conversation Advanced Programs are offered in person. Students are interviewed by our academic staff and placed in the appropriate program and level.

Q9. Can I check into a student accommodation the day I arrive in the U.S?

Yes, students can check in to student housing on the day of arrival if the student has provided proof of full vaccination.



Q1. Can I defer my admission for reasons related to COVID-19?

Yes, you can change your program start date. Please inform us of when you want to start your program based on the start dates listed on our School Calendar. If you are an F1 student (Student visa), we will reissue your I-20 with a new program start date and send you a digitally signed I-20, so that you can print it out and take it with you when you enter the U.S.

Q2. How can I receive a copy of my I-20?

During the pandemic, all government agencies will accept a digital copy of your I-20. However, if you need the original I-20, we can mail it to you. In this case, you will be charged a shipping fee.

Q3. Do I have to pay a fee if I postpone my start date?

No, if you are an F1 student (student visa holder), we will simply email your new I-20 to you with the new program start date.

Q4. Does the proof of vaccination have to be the original?

No, originals are not required.

Q5. Will there be any penalty fees for postponing the housing move-in date?

As long as you notify us 30 days prior to your move in-date, there will be no fees.

Q6. Which students are allowed to join in-person classes?

All students who come to the U.S. with initial I-20 (new students) must attend In-person programs due to SEVIS (U.S. immigration) requirements.

General Questions Related to COVID-19

Q1. How can I get a COVID-19 test for free?

If you take a PCR exam from L.A. county, the testing is free. Please visit the LA county COVID-19 testing website:

Q2. What if I test positive for COVID-19?

First, you must have Medical/Travel Insurance which will cover issues related to COVID-19. Follow the instructions provided by LA testing centers. If you test positive for COVID-19, notify your school immediately and submit your positive test results. You may return to campus after the required quarantine period and upon submission of a negative COVID-19 test result.

Q3. What should I do if I believe I may have been exposed to COVID-19?

You should take a PCR exam. L.A. County provides free PCR exams. For more details, please visit the L.A. county website:

Q4. What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

For details regarding COVID-19 symptoms, see the CDC (Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention) website. There is also a Coronavirus Self-Checker available.

Q5. What is the COVID-19 situation like in LA?

COVID-19 infection rates in LA have increased recently. Vaccines are effective at protecting people from getting seriously ill, being hospitalized, and even dying—especially people who are boosted. For LA County COVID-19 data see: