Next Steps: Before You Arrive to Campus


Arrival and Orientation Dates

PLEASE NOTE: ALL DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO COVID-19 REQUIREMENTS

SPRING 2021

Airport Pick-Up   January 2-3, 2021
14-Day Self-Quarantine & Online Orientation  January 4-17, 2021
Orientation & Check-In January 18, 2021
Classes Begin January 19, 2021
Classes End May 14, 2021

Academic Calendar

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Next Steps: Pre-Arrival Checklist 

IMPORTANT: All new international students are required to attend each day of the mandatory Orientation Program. Students will not be permitted to enroll in classes until they have completed the Orientation Program. 

Once you have been admitted to the university, PSU will mail you the official admission packet which will contain your admission letter and immigration document (Form I-20 or Form DS-2019).

To prepare for your arrival to campus, please do the following: 

1. PAY SEVIS FEE
Once you receive the I-20 or DS-2019 from PSU, please go online and pay the required SEVIS Fee (Form I-901). This must be paid before your visa appointment. You must bring the receipt with you to the visa appointment.
Pay SEVIS Fee Here

2. COMPLETE VISA APPLICATION AND SCHEDULE APPOINTMENT
Please complete the visa application (Form DS-160) and schedule a visa appointment as soon as possible.
Visa Application Process

3. BOOK YOUR FLIGHT
Please book your flight to the Joplin Regional Airport (JLN). This is the closest airport to campus. PSU provides free shuttle service from the Joplin Regional Airport only.

4. AIRPORT SHUTTLE RESERVATION
PSU will pick you up from the Joplin Regional Airport on predetermined dates. (See airport pick-up dates at the top of this page.) This service is free for new students. Please complete the shuttle reservation form with your flight information.
Airport Shuttle Reservation Form

HOTEL: For those needing temporary accommodations, PSU will provide transportation to and from the LaQuinta Inn and Suites. It is the closest hotel to campus. Students will need to stay in a hotel if they arrive to campus after 4:30 p.m. or arrive on Saturday or Sunday. 

5. APPLY FOR ON-CAMPUS HOUSING
PSU recommends that all new international students live on-campus in University Housing. For those under the age of 21, it is mandatory to live on-campus in University Housing. Please complete the Housing Application.
University Housing Application

For those needing off-campus housing, a list of apartments and rental houses can be requested by emailing iss@pittstate.edu. Also, assistance will be given upon arrival for those needing help finding housing. Students should be prepared to stay in the hotel temporarily while searching for off-campus housing. 

6. MEDICAL FORMS REQUIRED
Please complete the following required medical forms:
Proof of Immunization Compliance Form
This form must be completed by your doctor/healthcare provider OR an official certified copy of your immunization records must be attached to this completed form. This completed form MUST be submitted BEFORE you will be permitted to enroll in classes. This form should be submitted to the Student Health Center: healthctr@pittstate.edu.
Medical History & Tuberculosis (TB) Screening Form 
This form should be completed by you and does not require a doctor's signature. Please submit this before you arrive to campus. Upon your arrival to PSU, the Student Health Center will give you a TB (tuberculosis) blood test. All new international students are required by the State of Kansas to be screened for TB before they are permitted to enroll in classes.

7. HEALTH INSURANCE
Health (Medical) Insurance is required for all international students enrolled at PSU. You will be required to purchase health insurance directly from PSU. PSU will automatically register you for health insurance and you will pay the insurance fee upon your arrival to the university.
Health Insurance Information

8. PAY SCHOOL FEES
It is important that you are prepared to pay your school fees (tuition, university housing, health insurance) immediately upon your arrival. If you would like to wire your payment in advance, please contact the Cashier's Office for bank wire instructions at cash@pittstate.edu

9. ORIENTATION, REGISTRATION & ENROLLMENT 
You are required to attend each day of the mandatory Orientation Program. You will not be permitted to enroll in classes until you have completed the Orientation Program. Please make your travel plans accordingly. Enrollment in classes will take place during orientation. 

10. VISA INFORMATION
Arrival Grace Period: F1 & J1 students may enter the U.S. 30 days before the start term on the I20 or DS2019. Departure Grace Period: F1 students have 60 days to exit the U.S. from the last day of the academic program. J1 students have 30 days to exit the U.S. from the last day of the academic program. 
Additional Visa Information

 

Need help? 
If you need assistance or have questions, please feel free to contact the International Programs and Services Office at iss@pittstate.edu