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Int’l students must leave US if studies go entirely online this fall. Here are Boston colleges’ reopening plans so far

Yuriko Schumacher July 8, 2020

This story will be updated periodically. Last updated: July 7 International students cannot stay in the country this fall if their college or university operates entirely online, according to...

A student studies near a laptop.

International students face extra challenges with online classes

Pavithra Rajesh July 6, 2020

Most college students across the U.S. experienced some form of virtual learning this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. International students who returned home after dorms closed faced an additional...

A bar in Rio disregards social distancing rules during the coronavirus pandemic.

Reopening Rio amid the coronavirus pandemic

Luiza Loyo June 29, 2020

Two weeks ago in Brazil, I went on my first drive after about 90 days of self-isolation. As I drove by the beach, I noticed a family of five with a little child, none of whom were wearing masks. It was...

Daily wage workers get supplies.

India’s daily wage workers cope with pandemic through public support

Sharmila Kuthunur May 27, 2020

India’s immediate enforcement of a nationwide lockdown since March 24 has left vulnerable communities in the country scrambling to sustain their livelihoods. Among those are India’s “daily wagers”...

International students cook during the coronavirus pandemic.

[Video] International students adapt to life in quarantine with home cooking

Huilin Li May 24, 2020

How do you cope with being quarantined in this pandemic, sometimes by yourself, in a foreign country? Spoiler alert: You become more creative and experimental in home cooking! Huilin Li interviewed...

A student walks through a library.

Starting a new school year in the middle of a pandemic

Mihiro Shimano May 24, 2020

As U.S. universities struggle to decide whether to start their fall semester online or in person, Japanese universities have already started their instructions online for the first semester of the year. The...

A church service online during the coronavirus pandemic.

Moving with the times, The Catholic Church embraces live streaming during COVID-19

Desirée Vignola May 21, 2020

Sitting on my deck in my small town in Massachusetts, I can hear birds chirping as a mother robin brings food to her baby chicks in one of my bushes -- and the voice of the priest from Baton Rouge, Louisiana,...

Two Tales of Moving Out During a Pandemic.

[Podcast] Two tales of moving out during a pandemic

Pirzan Turel May 20, 2020

Tale 1: From Boston University By Delong (Andy) Ye Sitting in a near-empty room with two large suitcases, I contemplated my decision to move off-campus. Boston University was closed for...

A delivery worker delivers food.

[Video] How a food delivery service adapts to COVID-19 demands

Huilin Li May 17, 2020

In a time when people are ordered to stay home and avoid gathering, food delivery services have seen higher demands and a fluctuating workforce as employees are taking days off to avoid being sick. Chowbus,...

The line in the airport.

Chinese international students: Struggles to get home in a pandemic

Xiaoxi Ma May 15, 2020

The coronavirus epidemic sent thousands of Chinese students abroad scrambling to get home in March. Instead of a month spent attending classes, studying in the library and preparing for exams, they had...

A person exercises and climbs the stairs.

Tips to stay fit during quarantine

Pirzan Turel May 14, 2020

For the average person, fitness is hard enough to keep up on a regular basis. In this new normal that we’re experiencing, it’s even tougher. I’m no bodybuilder or athlete, far from it, but I recognize...

A mosque during Ramadan.

[Podcast] Abroad in America: How a Muslim family celebrates Ramadan during the pandemic

Suhra Nahib May 6, 2020

Ramadan is the month when Muslims across the world fast from sunrise till sundown. It’s typically a month of prayer, reflection and community where where families gather to pray at the mosques, to...

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