2021 FALL TERM

Will the school completely reopen in 2021 Fall?
Beginning 2021 Fall Term, BFA and Certificate students should expect all their courses to be held on-campus and in-person. Students experiencing or anticipating challenges related to returning to campus are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Affairs.
I am currently attending Gnomon online or am starting for the first time. How will I know how to find my classrooms?
Gnomon staff members will be available to guide students during the first week of classes, and a campus map will be provided in your orientation documents. Campus tours will be available to students prior to and during the Fall Term. Gnomon will send information, dates, times and a full itinerary a few weeks prior to Fall term. For more information on setting up a campus tour, please contact Admissions.
What if I am experiencing financial hardship that makes returning to campus for 2021 Fall Term not possible?
Students who are experiencing financial difficulties are encouraged to contact our Office of Financial Aid to discuss assistance options.
What if I’m uncomfortable attending physical classes in the Fall? Can I take classes fully or partially online?
At this time, Gnomon is planning to open at 100%, with all courses to be held on campus. If the College finds that full or partial remote learning is advised, advantageous, or necessary, we will inform all students as immediately as possible.
If any individual is uncomfortable attending on-campus courses, they have the Right to Withdraw at any time. Students may also request a Leave of Absence (LOA). Please view Gnomon’s Student Handbook for eligibility and information.
Will administrative departments continue to be available remotely if I want to limit my time on campus?
For student convenience, many of Gnomon’s offices will continue to have a presence online, while also being accessible on campus. All offices are available via email, as is standard. Please contact the specific office you wish to communicate for information.
Will Gnomon continue to support cloud-based rendering for program students?
Yes, Gnomon has decided to continue offering students the added value of rendering remotely. The College has partnered with RebusFarm, Chaos Cloud, and GridMarkets - online render services that support a variety of software – to support program enrolled students.
For individual course takers looking for rendering options, there are a number of render farm providers around the world, including the ones listed above.
A list of render farms that support V-Ray can be found here.
Most of these vendors provide a multitude of render options through a variety of renderers (not just V-Ray). Costs can range dramatically farm to farm. Cost is primarily driven by the renderer the client (you) choose, but can be managed by ensuring projects are optimized prior to job submission. It is also a good idea to perform spot or wedge render jobs (one render every 30 frames – or more) to ensure there are no errors. Please also note that custom plugins and scripts may not be supported – check with the provider prior to signing up if you are using custom plugins that may not be supported on their farm.
Which portion of campus will be opened?
For Fall Term, the entire Gnomon campus will be open and accessible, though some specific spaces may have staggered or limited schedules.
Will the Student Store be opened?
Yes. The Student Store will be open three to five days a week, approximately 11 am to 3 pm. The days and hours are subject to change as Gnomon transitions into Fall.
How can I order supplies for my classes?
The best options to order supplies for your classes are as follows:
For all sculpture supplies and other items, please order from AFA Supplies. They have a designated page dedicated exclusively for John Brown and all John Brown classes offered at Gnomon. AFA offers shipping services and direct pick up from their location.
For all other course supplies, please visit Blue Rooster Art Supplies, Blick Art Supplies or Amazon. The Student Store does currently offer a limited inventory of supplies. Please check store hours.
I am a program student, when will I get an ID badge?
If you are an active and confirmed program student starting Fall Term, please send your request to the Front Desk to request instructions and order your badge ahead of time. When Fall Term commences, your badge will be made available during Orientation and can also be retrieved from the Student Store or the Front Desk-Reception area near the South Gate campus entrance.
Where can I park?
Street parking is available but is metered and can be limited. Alternately, parking is available in the lot directly south of the Gnomon campus on Romaine and Cahuenga. To use this lot, students must obtain a keycard which can be purchased online through the Student Web Portal. See below.
How can I purchase a parking pass?
Please send your request to Student Accounts or you may purchase online through the Student Web Portal. Students must obtain a keycard which can be purchased online for $140.00 per term. Each keycard is active until after makeup week of the current term. There is a $15.00 replacement fee if the keycard is damaged, lost, or stolen. Keycards must be returned at the end of the term to Student Accounts.
Where can I eat if kitchens are not available?
The roof top garden, the lounge below Labs 4 & 5, the lower garden near lobby, and the indoor lounge near lobby. Some vending machines will be stocked, and these are located north of main lobby.

COVID HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS

Will Gnomon require students to get the COVID 19 vaccination?
Yes. All persons planning to be on Gnomon’s campus this Fall Term must submit proof of Full Vaccination unless receiving an approved exemption for medical or religious/philosophical reasons. While our goal is a 100% vaccinated population, we legally must allow for exemptions. Any person who requires an exemption for these noted reasons, please contact Student Affairs for the Exemption Form. The Form, which contains requirements clarifying continuous Covid-19 testing, specific protocols and safety procedures for the unvaccinated, must be submitted and approved prior to entrance.
What does it mean to be fully immunized/vaccinated?
In general, people are considered fully vaccinated:
  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine.
Which vaccines will be accepted?
To meet the Gnomon’s Covid-19 vaccine requirement, a vaccine must be approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or World Health Organization (WHO). As of June 3, 2021, WHO has evaluated the following vaccines against Covid-19 and determined they meet the necessary criteria for safety and efficacy: AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine, Johnson and Johnson, Moderna, Pfizer/BionTech, Sinopharm, and Sinovac.
Is the vaccine safe?
According the the CDC, COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. Please see: Ensuring COVID-19 Vaccine Safety in the US.
How can I access the Covid-19 vaccine?
The COVID-19 vaccine is available to the public at no cost. For assistance finding a vaccine administration location, please visit:
  • LA County Department of Public Health
  • California State Vaccine Appointment site
  • Numerous pharmacies throughout Southern California are also offering the vaccine, including CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Vons/Albertsons, Ralphs, and Costco (members only).
  • LA County COVID tracing call center can help schedule appointments: Call (833) 540-0473 daily between 8 am and 8:30 pm.
  • Vaccines.gov
  • In partnership with the Los Angeles Fire Department, LAX is now offering free one-dose Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccinations for those 18 and older. Vaccine availability is subject to change. The vaccine clinic is open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday (closed Sundays). For more information, see: Fly LAX Vax and Testing
How do I submit my COVID-19 immunization records?
Gnomon has created a password-protected website where students are able to upload their vaccination and exemption information. If you are a student, please email Student Affairs in order to gain access to the website.
When will I need to be fully vaccinated to be eligible to enter campus in the Fall?
Students must be fully vaccinated at or before the start of the Fall Term, October 11th, 2021, and must upload proof of vaccination prior to arriving on campus. If seeking a medical or religious exemption, the Exemption Form must be completed and uploaded prior to arriving on campus. Please contact Student Affairs for further information on Exemption Form and requirements for unvaccinated individuals.
I do not plan on receiving the COVID-19 vaccine due to religious/philosophical or medical reasons. Will this prevent me from attending Gnomon?
While our goal is a 100% vaccinated population, we legally must allow for religious/philosophical or medical exemptions for an individual that is not vaccinated. Any student who requires an exemption for these noted reasons, please contact Student Affairs for the Exemption Form. The Form, which contains requirements clarifying continuous Covid-19 testing, specific protocols and safety procedures for the unvaccinated, must be submitted and approved prior to entrance.
Those with approved exemptions or accommodations may return to campus with the requirement that they remain masked in all public settings, comply with a covid testing plan, and submit a negative test within 72 hours of visiting the campus, among other items, and requirements may change at any time. Students who are not vaccinated, and have no approved exemption, cannot study on campus. Gnomon has systems in place for promoting and enforcing compliance with health and safety policies. To request an exemption please contact Student Affairs.
What is the deadline to submit a medical, religious/philosophical exemption form?
The Exemption Form, which contains requirements clarifying continuous Covid-19 testing, specific protocols, and safety procedures for the unvaccinated, must be submitted no later than October 1, 2021.
What may occur if there are active COVID-19 cases on campus to the unvaccinated student who has an approved exemption?
In active infectious disease outbreak situations, students granted an exemption may be asked to vacate campus, and may not be allowed to return to campus, for their protection, until the outbreak is declared to be over. These situations will be determined on a case-by-case basis, and in consultation with state and local public health officials.
All students have the Right to Withdraw at any time, and unless a Withdrawal is activated by the student, the individual is responsible for any missed course work and all tuition or other charges regardless of campus presence. Students may also request a Leave of Absence, and in the case of an emergency, an Emergency Leave of Absence. Please view Gnomon’s Student Handbook for eligibility and information.
Will all on campus employees during 2021 Fall Term be required to get the COVID-19 vaccination?
Yes, all employees who are working on campus during the Fall Term will be required to receive and provide proof of the COVID 19 vaccination or have a completed and approved Exemption Form.
What will be the safety protocols for the Fall Term? Will there be a mask mandate?
Any student interested in studying on campus during the Fall Term will receive all health and safety protocols, rules, and regulations prior to the term start. Each student will be required to provide necessary documentation and follow all steps before being allowed on campus.
County guidelines that determine Gnomon’s ability to operate in-person are changing rapidly, and very few protocols are at the School’s discretion. For this reason, many details about Fall Term, including specific health and safety protocols such as requiring personal protective equipment, social distancing, and additional best-practices, are still being examined by multiple offices as they are modified at the city, county and state level.
The School will continue to seek guidance from public health experts on what is legally permitted and medically advisable, and we will certainly keep our student population, and entire community, informed. We will keep our community regularly updated as more specific information is made available.
Gnomon has a designated COVID-19 Compliance Task Force that is responsible for establishing and enforcing all COVID-19 safety protocols and ensuring that staff, faculty and students receive education about COVID-19. Gnomon also has assigned a COVID-19 Compliance Officer to oversee the task force and who serves as a liaison in the event of an outbreak on campus. You may contact Gnomon's COVID-19 Compliance Officer, Chris Strompolos.
Gnomon has purchased and will have in many classrooms, labs and the library Aerus Pure & Clean w/ ActivePure Technology air filtration units. Gnomon Operations is working closely with the property owners of the Hollywood Exchange property to upgrade HVAC system with advanced filtration, heightening MERV and HEPA standards for internal air filtration for all interior classroom and office spaces.
PPE Supplies and Cleaning Stations for proper hand hygiene and disinfection will be made available to all students, staff and faculty at strategic locations campus-wide.
Gnomon has:
  • A designated COVID-19 Compliance Task Force that is responsible for establishing and enforcing all policies and procedures to support the health of our community
  • A designated COVID-19 Compliance Officer who serves as a liaison to DPH in the event of an outbreak on campus.
  • Mandated that an appropriate face mask that covers the nose and mouth is required. Please see mask instructional webpage. The mask must be worn by all individuals at all times while on campus when in contact or likely to come into contact with others. Faculty members, teachers or lecturers may wear face shields with a cloth drape attached to the bottom of the shield and tucked into the shirt, instead of face masks when lecturing. Masks will be available, at no cost, to all individuals entering the campus. Any individual who does not comply with wearing a mask properly will be asked to leave the campus.
  • Mandated that masks are worn consistently and correctly during eating or drinking. All individuals on site are discouraged from eating or drinking in any interior space. When eating or drinking, it is preferred to do so outdoors and away from others.
  • Mandated that all individuals entering campus are instructed to wear their face masks properly and to properly wash, replace, or sanitize their face mask frequently.
  • Mandated that all employees, vendors and delivery personnel have been provided instructions regarding maintaining physical distancing and the use face masks when around others. Any individual who does not comply with wearing a mask properly will be asked to leave the campus.
  • Ensure break rooms, restrooms, classrooms, labs, offices and other common areas and commonly touched items will be disinfected throughout the day and evening. Enhanced cleaning of all campus buildings will be completed on a regular basis by a professional cleaning service and trained custodial staff.
  • Disallowed the use of drinking fountains and communally shared water refilling stations as this is prohibited. Students are encouraged to carry their own water.
  • Ensured and communicated that student kitchens will be tailored for partial use only. Refrigerators will be made available, however, the communal use, supply and availability of cooking and eating utensils, plates, dishes, napkins will not be available and student kitchens do not contain an area to dine. Students are encouraged to bring their own items to campus, eat off-campus, and/or dine in an exterior/outdoor space.
  • Communicated that the Gnomon Student Store will not sell food or beverages until further notice.
The most current guidelines from the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health and the CDC will be posted and made available to all individuals entering the Gnomon campus in both printed and digital formats.
Have there been known cases of COVID-19 at Gnomon?
Gnomon has been in campus closure since March 2020, with only a partial, and limited, open in Summer Term 2021. Pre-closure in 2020, and during Summer Term partial open, no active COVID-19 cases were disclosed or known on campus.
Once the campus opens in 2021 Fall, how will Gnomon handle known cases of COVID-19 among its community?
Gnomon has been certified in COVID-19 Safety Compliance by the Los Angeles Department of Public Health. We are prepared to fully implement all required COVID-19 protocols as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the LACDPH to minimize the spread of COVID-19.
Gnomon has a designated COVID-19 Compliance Task Force that is responsible for establishing and enforcing all COVID-19 safety protocols and ensuring that staff, faculty and students receive education about COVID-19. Gnomon also has a designated COVID-19 Compliance Officer who serves as a liaison in the event of an outbreak on campus.
A COVID-19 Prevention Program and Response Plan has been crafted and is available per request.
In the case of a positive COVID-19 case, the area in question would be evacuated and closed off as soon as possible. A request to our cleaning crew for a deep clean and sanitizing service (hospital grade) would be placed immediately. In some cases, it might be best to let the room “rest” 24 hours before sending a crew in to clean and sanitize.
Any individual on campus who had potential COVID-19 exposure will be contacted to notify them of their potential or presumed exposure and directed to quarantine and seek testing per CADPH guidelines. Unvaccinated persons may be asked to leave campus, for their safety, and must wait for approval to return.
Detailed due diligence and notifications will be provided and reported to the LA County Department of Public Health.
What will be the capacity restrictions for in-person class attendance?
Specific safety protocols, such as capacity restrictions, are yet to be determined as they are subject to the County’s ever-changing guidelines.
Gnomon’s classrooms will have no more than 18 students in a physical classroom, and an average class size of 12 students is likely, as possible. Capacity restrictions will be totally adopted to fulfill our obligation to keep students, staff and faculty safe.
What if Delta or another COVID variant causes local case counts to go up? Will classes go back online?
Gnomon’s campus closure in 2020 was at the discretion of Los Angeles County. Gnomon is not aware of future mandates the County may announce, however if Gnomon is required to close again, for any reason, the College will have no choice but to comply, and likely move classes back to an online paradigm, as available. For complete information, please see: Reopening LA County.
What should I do if I am experiencing COVID-19 symptoms?
Please remain home, and if on campus, leave as soon as possible for your safety and all others in our community. Immediately contact your medical provider for testing and other health and wellness guidance.
Please review CDC recommendation:
What should I do if I’m not vaccinated and test positive with COVID-19?
If your test results for COVID-19 are positive, this means that COVID-19 (coronavirus) was found in your test sample, and you have been diagnosed with a COVID-19 infection. Contact your medical provider immediately and let them know that you have been diagnosed with COVID-19. This will help them ensure you get the best possible care and protect others.
If you have a medical emergency, call 911 and tell them you have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
You may not enter campus for any reason until you are approved to return. If you have not already done so, please isolate yourself at home right away. You must stay in isolation even if you do not have any symptoms.
Contact Student Affairs as soon as possible at so the College may begin procedures to keep our community safe and guide you through next steps.
View additional recommendations from the CDC: 10 Things You Can Do to Manage Your COVID-19 Symptoms at Home

STUDENT LIFE

Will events, clubs, and student activities continue to be held virtually instead of on campus?
With campus reopening, most events, activities and clubs will be on campus. Some student-centered activities may be in an online format during Fall Term.
How can I connect with current students?
There are many ways to become part of Gnomon’s vibrant student community:
Student Council:
Whether you want to learn more about student organizations or participate in virtual events, the Student Council is a valuable resource.
For more information on how you can get involved, contact your Student Council or visit the Gnomon Student Council Facebook group.
Student Clubs:
There are various student-run Gnomon Clubs (Animation, Games, Life Drawing, VFX), which provide an energetic community forum for collaboration, learning, and experience within specific disciplines. Club activities include, but are not limited to, guest speakers, sketch events, career-specific lectures, and social/virtual gatherings. Students are welcome to join multiple clubs.
Do you have any housing options for domestic and international students?
Yes. Information about housing can be found on the Gnomon Housing page on the Gnomon website, as well as in our Gnomon Housing and Visitor’s Guide. Many incoming students also find value in connecting with their future classmates to share housing postings and find roommates via Gnomon’s Housing Facebook page.
Disclaimer: Gnomon does not own, operate, or control any campus or non-campus student housing, including Kapi Residences. All prospective tenants are encouraged to use good judgement when evaluating prospective units and apartment properties.
Please contact the Office of Student Affairs with any questions and/or concerns.
How can I best take care of my mental wellbeing during COVID-19 public health crisis?
As a Gnomon program student, you have access to wellness resources such as confidential virtual counseling and the Gnomon Student Services Program (GSAP) to support your needs as you pursue your academic goals.
Virtual Counseling
Our resident counselor, Dr. Jason Waterman has over 25 years of experience working in the field of mental health and substance abuse and is a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. He holds a doctorate in Psychology and is licensed by the Board of Behavioral Sciences as a Marriage and Family Therapist.
Dr. Jason assists students with adopting healthy coping skills, while providing the tools and motivation necessary to accomplish their educational and professional goals.
He draws from various psychological approaches and uses a combination of cognitive-behavioral and humanistic therapies to approach treatment issues.
Program students can schedule a free, confidential appointment with Dr. Jason Waterman within their Student Portal or contact Office of Student Affairs.

TECHNOLOGY/COMPUTERS

I am a program student with a loaned Gnomon workstation. When am I required to return it?
All loaned equipment must be returned to Gnomon immediately following the end of the 2021 Summer Term. Gnomon will be holding a multi-day equipment return event, tentatively scheduled for September 21-23, 2021. Everyone who was issued loaned equipment will be contacted by the Technology Office via Gnomon email containing all instructions and deadlines for scheduling appointments and returning equipment.

PROSPECTIVE AND INCOMING STUDENTS

When will I be able to tour the campus?
Physical campus tours will resume in the 2021 Fall Term, or earlier upon announcement. Health and safety protocols will be determined and clarified at the time of announcement. For more information, please contact our Office of Admissions.
In the meantime, please visit the Campus page on our website.
I am an incoming program student starting in the 2021 Fall term. Will I have access to a loaned workstation? Will I be required to attend physical labs?
At this time, Gnomon is reopening the physical campus and will not loan any workstations to students. Workstations will be available for student use within the campus computer labs.
I am in incoming program student starting in 2021 Fall Term. Will there be an in-person orientation or opportunity to meet my classmates?
Student Orientation for 2021 Fall Term will be held online. However, several in-person events and student activities are currently in the planning stages. Gnomon will inform all students once plans and protocols are completed.

INDIVIDUAL COURSE TAKERS & FOUNDATION IN ART AND DESIGN STUDENTS

When will the campus be open to non-program students, such as those enrolled in individual courses or the Foundation in Art and Design?
The campus will be open to all enrolled students in the 2021 Fall term.
Will Gnomon require individual course and Foundation students to get the COVID-19 vaccination?
Yes. All persons planning to be on Gnomon’s campus this Fall Term must submit proof of Full Vaccination unless receiving an approved exemption for medical or religious/philosophical reasons. While our goal is a 100% vaccinated population, we legally must allow for exemptions. Any person who requires an exemption for these noted reasons, please contact Student Affairs for the Exemption Form. The Form, which contains requirements clarifying continuous Covid-19 testing, specific protocols and safety procedures for the unvaccinated, must be submitted and approved prior to entrance.
In active infectious disease outbreak situations, students granted an exemption may not be allowed to come to campus, for their protection, until the outbreak is declared to be over. These situations will be determined on a case-by-case basis, and in consultation with state and local public health officials.
All students have the Right to Withdraw or Cancel at any time, and unless a Withdrawal is activated by the student, you are responsible for any missed course work and all tuition or other charges regardless of campus presence.
Will Fall 2021 individual courses continue to be available online?
Gnomon offers a selection of online courses each term. The Fall Term schedule containing on-campus and online course options will be published in September 2021.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Please review the information below as it pertains to you. We will be updating this page frequently as we continue to receive information. You are advised to check this page regularly.

If you have concerns, please contact Gnomon’s Student Affairs Manager and PDSO, Carmen Munoz.

The information and advice indicated on this FAQ page is based on prevailing guidance as mandated by the US Department of Homeland Security. Please be advised that this information is subject to change; updates announced hereafter will be published on this page as soon as we receive official notification. Please check this page regularly for the most current information. Continuing F-1/M-1 students will also receive applicable notifications via their Gnomon email.

I-20’S AND VISAS

I have been admitted to Gnomon, when will I receive my I-20?
Your I-20 will be issued digitally once you have submitted the following to the Admission Office:
  • Non-refundable $150.00 Gnomon international student processing fee
  • Non-refundable $125.00 Confirmation of Acceptance fee
  • All Confirmation documents
How will I receive my I-20?
At this time, I-20s will be issued digitally, by email only.
Students will need to print the I-20 (all pages) and sign the Student Attestation section on page 1.
As part of SEVP COVID-19 procedural changes, PDSO’s may send Forms I-20 electronically to students via Gnomon email.
Will Gnomon provide students with a printed Form I-20 (ink-signed copies) when the school reopens?
Forms I-20 issued electronically or with electronic signatures—as permitted during the COVID-19 emergency—will remain valid until students have a need for an updated Form I-20 (e.g. I-20 is lost or due to travel).
Once my visa is approved, how do I choose an arrival date?
When purchasing your plane ticket, international students should note the start date on their I-20. You may enter the United States no earlier than 30 days prior to the start date listed on the I-20.
The above information is not applicable to continuing students with a valid visa.
Am I allowed to continue taking my classes online even after Gnomon reopens campus fully?
To maintain a valid F1 or M1 visa status you must take in person courses once Gnomon reopens and resumes in person learning.
An online, or distance learning, course for the purpose of international student regulations means a course that is primarily offered through technology and does not require the student's physical attendance for classes, examinations, or other purposes integral to completion of the class.
  • Only one online or distance learning class can count toward a full course of study for an F-1 student during each term.
  • No online or distance learning classes may count toward an M-1 student's full course of study requirement.
If you are unsure which courses count toward the requirements for a full course of study, speak with Gnomon’s PDSO to verify your schedule meets the requirements to maintain your status.
Please review FULL COURSE OF STUDY REQUIREMENTS FOR F-1 AND M-1 STUDENTS AT K-12 SCHOOLS for more information.
I am an International student who may be unable to return to campus for the 2021 Fall Term due to travel or visa restrictions. Will I have an option to take courses remotely?
For students unable to enter the U.S. because of visa issues or the continuation of travel restrictions, Gnomon is hopeful that the College can offer remote learning as an accommodation, however this is uncertain and distance education may not be available.
Important Note: If you were issued an I-20 for the 2021 Fall Term and are unable to enter the U.S. due to travel or visa restrictions, Gnomon’s PDSO may defer your I-20 to the following start term.
Please contact the Office of Student Affairs for more information.
Does time spent studying outside of the United States during the COVID-19 emergency count toward the one-year requirement for OPT?
An F-1/M-1 student accrues eligibility for practical training once a student has been issued a visa and their record has become active in SEVIS.

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

Do students who already have valid visas but are outside of the United States need a new visa before they attempt to travel to the United States?
No, students with valid visas (not expired) do not need to apply for a new visa before traveling to the United States to resume their studies. However, students may still be subject to travel restrictions due to COVID-19. Students should check with the local U.S. embassy or consulate for information specific to their country.
I am a Continuing International Student (currently holding an F-1 or M-1 visa) and traveling to the U.S. Am I allowed to enter the United States? What documents do I need?
Yes, you may return to the United States. However, you will need to reach out to Gnomon’s PDSO to update your I-20 with a current travel signature. The travel signature must be less than a year old.
Please also check your I-20 for accuracy, paying special attention to:
  • Biographical information
  • Major(s)
  • Program end date
  • Travel signature
You will also need to travel with a current passport (must be valid for at least 6 months after entry), and valid unexpired visa.
Please understand that while Gnomon’s PDSO can provide general guidance on travel, admission into the U.S. and travel restrictions imposed due to COVID-19 are at the discretion of the U.S. government.
Do I need a COVID-19 test to travel?
Yes, per the CDC International Travel Order. Students should be aware of the CDC order that went into effect January 26, 2021. Per this order: "Air passengers are required to get a viral test (a test for current infection) within the 3 days before their flight to the U.S. departs, and provide written documentation of their laboratory test result (paper or electronic copy) to the airline or provide documentation of having recovered from COVID-19. Airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers or documentation of recovery before they board. If a passenger does not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery, or chooses not to take a test, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger."
More information can be found on the CDC’s FAQ page (updated July 6, 2021) and we advise students to contact their airline directly if they have questions about this policy.
How can I check if there is a travel ban in place for my home country?
US Travel Ban Guidance - Updated July 21st, 2021
On July 21st, the US government updated its National Interest Exception (NIE) guidance for certain travelers arriving from countries that currently have a US travel ban in place (as noted on the CDC’s website. Students should refer to the updated NIE guidance here. If you have specific questions about this guidance or your admissibility to the US, please contact the U.S. Embassy in your country.
U.S. Travel Restrictions
Students arriving from countries that currently have a US travel ban in place, as noted on the CDC’s website, should refer to the updated National Interest Exception (NIE) guidance found here. If you have specific questions about this guidance or your admissibility to the U.S., please contact your U.S. Embassy.
To view Country Specific Information, visit: COVID-19 Country Specific Information
Gnomon is unable to guarantee any student’s ability to re-enter the U.S.
Travel to LAX
Visit: Fly LAX - Travel Safely
Important Note: Face masks are required at LAX by federal law.
Please check the regulations for whatever US port of entry/airport in which you are arriving. Students arriving at Los Angeles Airport (LAX) from other countries or states are required to acknowledge that they have read and understood California’s travel advisory through completing this mandatory form. Failure to submit the form is punishable by a fine of up to $500.
I am arriving without having access to a COVID-19 vaccine. What should I do?
In partnership with the Los Angeles Fire Department, LAX is now offering free one-dose Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccinations for those 18 and older. The vaccine clinic is open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday (closed Sundays). For more information, see: Fly LAX - Covid Vaccine
Vaccine availability subject to change.
Do I have to take any precautions after I arrive in the U.S.?
Please review the CDC’s latest recommendations for international travelers: After International Travel
Who can I contact if I have questions about my immigration or any visa-related items?
Please contact Gnomon’s PDSO or the Office of Student Affairs.

HEALTH INSURANCE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Where can I obtain information about health insurance?
Healthcare and health insurance are important aspects of your life while attending Gnomon and living in the United States. International students are required to have adequate health insurance throughout the duration of their F-1 or M-1 student status. While you are encouraged to find a health insurance plan that works best for you, plans from International Student Insurance (ISI) are available for you to consider. For more information visit International Student Insurance (ISI) and review plan brochures for comparison:
GeoBlue Navigator Health Plan
Student Secure
Visit International Student Insurance’s “Insurance Explained” to obtain information available in video and article format to help you dissect and understand insurance in the U.S.
Disclaimer: Gnomon does not endorse any particular health insurance plan or healthcare provider. Any information or links to external websites, contacts, and/or non-Gnomon information provided are provided as a courtesy. It is a student’s responsibility to obtain a health insurance plan that meets their needs.