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Transportation to U.S. and IUP

Some students want to travel in the U.S.A. or get settled before classes start. Immigration regulations permit F-1 and J-1 visa holders to arrive up to 30 days prior to the start date on their I-20/DS-2019.

The start date on the I-20/DS-2019 is the arrival day for all new international students: August 18, 2014 (Fall), or January 12, 2015 (Spring). Housing and transportation provided by IUP are organized around these days.

Arriving at the Pittsburgh Airport

We advise all students to make flight destinations to the Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) before 6:00 p.m. EST on August 18, 2014 (Fall), or January 12, 2015 (Spring). If you fly to New York City, you can also travel by bus (eight hours) to our on-campus bus stop in Indiana. Indiana, Pennsylvania, is approximately 80 miles northeast of the Pittsburgh International Airport. Our office has organized a shuttle pick-up from the airport for these days only. If you arrive a day early, we recommend that you stay at a hotel overnight and get hotel transportation back to the airport for the IUP pick up the next day. If you arrive prior to or after these days, you can make your own airport transportation arrangements.

Planning on Arriving Early?

Students arriving a few days prior to the official arrival day who have an on-campus housing contract can check in at Wallwork Hall.

For more information, please contact iup-ohrl@iup.edu.

Where Do I Fly?

Please make final flight destinations to Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT). If you fly to New York City, you can also travel by bus (eight hours) to an on-campus bus stop in Indiana, Pennsylvania, approximately 80 miles northeast of the Pittsburgh International Airport. Indiana does not have a commercial airport; the closest airport is in Pittsburgh.

After receiving your visa and making flight plans, please submit the “International Orientation Arrival Form” in URSA to let us know you are planning to attend IUP.

Where Should I Go When I Arrive at IUP?

If you have reserved on-campus housing, you must report to the Sutton Suites on the IUP campus between 3:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. on the arrival day. If you are planning to live off campus, please make arrangements with your landlord or friends to pick you up before the first day of Orientation. All new students are invited to attend the Welcome Dinner at 9:00 p.m. on the arrival day to meet new and returning international students. Those who are unable to attend or who arrive late must attend the 9:00 a.m. Orientation session the next day. New students with questions can also stop by our office during business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. See the campus map to find us. We’re located in Delaney Hall on Pratt Drive.

How Do I Get to IUP?

It is best to fly to Pittsburgh, Pa., and arrange ground transportation in advance from the airport to IUP. Indiana, Pa., is approximately eighty miles northeast of the Pittsburgh International Airport. Indiana does not have a commercial airport; the closest airport is in Pittsburgh.

Never take a taxi from Pittsburgh to Indiana unless you have no other option or unless there are two or three passengers. It is very expensive—$200+!

  • IUP airport pickup(for new students only): The Office of International Education will take reservations for an IUP van/bus to transport new incoming students from the Pittsburgh International Airport to the IUP campus on the official arrival day—August 18, 2014 (Fall).
    • Submit the “International Orientation Arrival Form” in URSA (IUP computer account). After receiving your visa and making flight plans, follow instructions for logging into URSA. In URSA, choose “Student Services” and then “International Orientation Arrival Form.” Enter information about your flight arrival so we will reserve a seat for you on our shuttle. E-mail questions to intl-education@iup.edu. Cost: $60
    • An e-mail will be sent to students with the times that students will be picked up at the airport.
    • Payment can be made upon arrival at IUP during Orientation. If you reserve a space, you will be charged $60.
    • If you miss your scheduled shuttle due to flight delays or cancellations, please call 724-357-2295 and listen to the message with instructions on how to get to IUP.
    • IUP students will be in the baggage claim area A and B with “Indiana University of Pennsylvania” signs to greet you. They have a list of all students who reserved a seat on the bus and will be looking for you.
    • The van/bus will depart from the Ground Transportation section (near US Airways Baggage Claim area) of the Pittsburgh International Airport on the first day of Orientation. Please wait in the baggage claim area between carousels A and B.

Please be aware that the university does not have the resources to meet nor transport students on an individual basis.

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