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Pre-arrival Information

Complete Enrollment Process

Pay international processing fee. This fee is a processing fee required for international students to pay prior to receiving their Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or DS-2019). For more information, please visit the International Processing Fee page.

Once you have paid the IPF please fill out this form, please note that we will be using the information indicated here for mailing and other official purposes.

Apply for Student Visa 

Applying for a U.S. Visa

A valid visa is required to lawfully enter the United States. Immediate family members (spouse and children under the age of 21) who will accompany you may apply for dependent visas.

Understand the visa type you are on before you being your application, F-1 students and J-1 exchange students have different

Application for Dependent Visas


Be prepared to show evidence of relationship to the dependent (e.g. certificate of marriage or birth certificate).

If your dependent is attending the visa interview alone, be sure to bring a copy of the above mentioned documents to the interview. 

Expiring Passport

Your passport should have at least 6 months validity before entering. The visa stamp in your passport is only required for entry into the United States. Once you are in the United States the visa stamp may expire as long as you have:

  • A passport that is valid for at least six months into the future 
  • An unexpired I-20 (for F-1s) or DS-2019 for (J-1s) 

If you leave the country, you will need to apply for a new visa before returning to the United States


Ensure that you have secured housing. Freshmen are required to live on-campus the first three semesters.


Travel to campus

Once you have secured housing, arrange for travel to campus. Students are required to be on campus before the program start date listed on the form. Do also be mindful of blackout dates by Residential Life before booking your ticket.

Students should NOT arrive more than 30 days before the start date

Travel outside the indicated dates will likely result in student being turned away at the border


Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Review COVID-19 updates and restrictions before travel to the United States.

Submit your COVID-19 vaccination records to Health Services.

Federal COVID-19 regulations

Post-arrival Information

Check post-arrival information and do the post-arrival checklist once you arrive on campus.