Next Steps: Before You Arrive to Campus


Arrival and Orientation Dates

SPRING 2023

Airport Pick-Up from JLN January 6-10, 2023
Arrive to PSU on or before this date January 10, 2023
Orientation & Enrollment January 11-13, 2023
Classes Begin January 17, 2023
Classes End May 12, 2023

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

Housing Check-in Dates and Times: 

Friday, January 6, 2023: TBD
Saturday, January 7, 2023: TBD
Sunday, January 8, 2023: TBD
Monday, January 9, 2023: TBD
Tuesday, January 10, 2023: TBD
Wednesday, January 11, 2023: 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 $10 per night early check-in fee each night. If you arrive outside of the 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. 

 

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.

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


2. COMPLETE VISA APPLICATION AND SCHEDULE APPOINTMENT
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.

Resources: 
Student Visa Information
Applying for the Student Visa

Visa Application Fee: $160
Visa Application Form

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 completed form must be submitted before you will be permitted to enroll in classes. Please upload this form and your immunization records to the Student Health Center student portal. (Click on "Immunization Upload")
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.

COVID Vaccination Questionnaire
The COVID vaccine may be required for travel. The COVID vaccine is not required for enrollment at PSU, however, it is highly recommended. The vaccine is available upon arrival at the Student Health Center.

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