Next Steps: Before You Arrive to Campus

Arrival and Orientation Dates


Airport Pick-Up from JLN January 7-11, 2022
Arrival Date January 11, 2022
Orientation & Enrollment January 12-14, 2022
Classes Begin January 18, 2022
Classes End May 13, 2022

University Housing Check-In Dates & Times
(For new international students only)

Spring 2022: TBD

University Housing Check-In: To check-in to your room upon arrival, you must submit a housing application in advance and have received a room assignment prior to arrival. There is a $20 per night early check-in fee each night. If you arrive after check-in times, you will need to stay at the hotel at your own expense until the next available check-in time. 

Please note: All dates and times are subject to change. 



All new international students must take the COVID test immediately upon arrival to Pittsburg. Students must self-isolate for 24-hours pending test results. The test will be administered by the Student Health Center.

Students must check with their airline to see if the COVID test is required prior to travel. 

QUARANTINE: Students from the countries and locations listed on the KDHE Travel Related Quarantine List will be required to the 14-day quarantine upon arrival. Quarantine may be avoided if the student meets certain criteria: at least 2-weeks post fully vaccinated, vaccinated within the past 6-months, and asymptomatic during travel. (Requirements are subject to change)

COVID VACCINE: The COVID vaccine is not required for enrollment, however, the vaccine is available at the Student Health Center for those students who want to receive it. 

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: 

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.

SEVIS Fee (F1 Visa): $350 (degree-seeking students)
SEVIS Fee (J1 Visa): $220 (exchange students)
Pay SEVIS Fee Here

Please complete the online visa application (Form DS-160), pay the visa application fee, and schedule a visa appointment at the US Embassy or Consulate as soon as possible. Please check with the US Embassy or Consulate in your country for additional guidance and steps.

Student Visa Information
Applying for the Student Visa

Visa Application Fee: $160
Visa Application Form

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.

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. 

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 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. 

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. The compliance form and immunization records should be uploaded to the Student Health Center here
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.

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

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

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. 

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