Before You Arrive

  • Receive Admissions and Immigration Documents

    All admission letters for international students are sent to the Office of International Education. Our office will then create an immigration document (I-20 or DS-2019) and mail an admissions packet to you. The Office of International Education does not mail American Language Institute and American Language Institute/Provisional Admission packets—only packets for exchange, undergraduate, and graduate students.

    Undergraduate Students must pay the $150 tuition deposit in order to receive your full information packet. Please see your undergraduate admission e-mail from the Admission Office for more details on how to pay your deposit.

    Please Note: International Education begins mailing admissions packets in February for students admitted for the fall and summer semesters; it begins mailing packets in October for students admitted for the spring semester. The Office of International Education mails admissions packages via U.S. Postal Service air mail. Standard delivery time is two to four weeks, depending on the country.

    The admissions packet includes the following:

  • Immigration HalfApply for a U.S. Visa

    International students coming to the U.S. for study will need to apply for the appropriate visa before being permitted to enter the country. As a student, you will be applying for an F-1 (I-20) or a J-1 (DS-2019) visa. U.S. law states that F and J visas are given to those who intend to remain in the U.S. temporarily, and their primary purpose is for academics.

  • Defer Admission

    All newly admitted international students who are unable to report to IUP by the scheduled start date have two options.

    Option One: Withdraw their admission to IUP.

    Option Two: Defer their admission to the next academic semester.

    Students can defer up to one full calendar year before needing to submit a new application, financial statement, and application fee. However, some graduate programs might require a one-year deferral.

    Students who are in the U.S. and unable to report to IUP should be in contact with our office immediately to sort out potential immigration issues.

  • Immigration Transfer from Another U.S. Institution

    Students who are in F-1 or J-1 status, coming to IUP from any school in the U.S. (high school, university, or English language school), are considered transfer students for immigration purposes.

    All transfers, both F-1 and J-1, will need to work with their previous school or program sponsor within 60 days (F-1) or 30 days (J-1) of finishing at their former school to determine a SEVIS transfer release date.

    Students must complete IUP's SEVIS Transfer form which will be emailed to the student after admission to IUP. Our office will contact transfer students as soon as their immigration documents have been processed. Transfer students are not required to pay the SEVIS fee and do not need a new visa if their current visa is valid. Students should use their IUP I-20 to re-enter the United States. 

  • Activate Your IUP Network and E-mail Accounts

    MyIUP is the university portal that allows students to complete a wide variety of university functions, including registering for classes, viewing grades, and reserving housing. In addition, students are provided a university e-mail address that will serve as the official means of communication between faculty, staff, and administration and students. Follow this technology "to do" list to get your semester off to a smooth start.

  • Reserve Housing and Meal Plan

    Both on- and off-campus housing is available for students coming to IUP. New and transfer undergraduate international students with fewer than 60 credits must live on campus. In addition, all exchange students are required to live in an IUP residence hall. Living on campus makes it easier to meet others, and everything you need will be in close proximity. Exceptions to this requirement include students who:

    • Commute no more than 35 miles from home of their parents or guardian.
    • Are married.
    • Have dependent children living with them.
    • Are veterans of military service.
    • Are over the age of 21 years. 

    Students requesting an exemption to the IUP residency requirement must complete a Residency Requirement Exemption Request Form, available online at the Office of Housing, Residential Living, and Dining, or at the Office of Housing, Residential Living, and Dining in Ruddock Hall, Suite G37, 1099 Maple Street, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA 15705.

  • Purchase Health Insurance

    Healthcare in the U.S. is very expensive. IUP strongly recommends that you purchase health insurance in case you have an emergency or need medical care while studying here.

    If you do not have insurance, bills can be as high as $5,000 for a simple emergency room visit, or $100 for a regular doctor’s visit. Minimal coverage requirements are listed below—this is what you can look for in an insurance policy. The Office of International Education is not able to advise you or assist you with purchasing health insurance. Please note that even basic health insurance in the U.S. does not cover all medical benefits like prescriptions or dental or vision.

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