Next Steps: Before You Arrive to Campus


Arrival and Orientation Dates

Fall 2019

Spring 2020

Summer 2020

Airport Pick-Up   August 9-12, 2019
Orientation August 13-16, 2019
Classes Begin August 19, 2019
Classes End December 13, 2019
Airport Pick-Up   January 12-14, 2020
Orientation January 15-17, 2020
Classes Begin January 21, 2020
Classes End May 15, 2020
Airport Pick-Up   May 25-27, 2020
Orientation May 28-29, 2020
Classes Begin June 1, 2020
Classes End July 24, 2020

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. 

Next Steps

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. 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 will be available upon arrival. 

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. NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION 
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. 

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