Your First Week at IUP

  • International Student Orientation

    Spring 2021 International Student Orientation will be held January 13–14, 2021. Students should plan to arrive in Indiana, Pennsylvania, on or before January 11. Students who need to arrive later due to IUP’s remote start, please email to obtain updated immigration documents and guidance. Students checking into on-campus housing should email to arrange a check-in time. Those living off-campus need to make arrangements with their landlords about a move-in date.

    Students with specific questions can use our OIE Virtual Walk-In Hours from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday–Friday; or you can email us at  

    Our Orientation program is for all new, transfer, graduate, non-degree international students—we will share important immigration information and IUP resources to ensure your transition to life at IUP is successful. Even if you have had prior experience in the United States, we require that you attend. Use IUP Maps, Directions, and Parking to find your way to IUP for those who will be arriving on campus, or to find our office, located in B-25 Delaney Hall.

  • Registering for Classes

    Graduate students should contact their graduate coordinators, listed on the IUP admission letter, for advising and a registration pin number. Most graduate departments prefer students register for classes prior to coming to the United States.

    Registration for ALI and undergraduate students will be handled remotely with the IUP Orientation Office. Schedules for new students are being built prior to arrival. Students can view schedules and ask more questions during our virtual Academic Success session August 19, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. 

    If you are concerned about classes, please contact your academic department with questions. Generally, the Office of International Education staff members are not your academic advisors. 

  • Connecting to IUP Wired and Wireless Internet

    A web-based utility called now makes it easier to configure and connect to the IUP wired network, regardless of your platform (PC or Mac) or operating system.

    You must know your IUP username and network password to use iconnect. See instructions for How to Reset Your Own Network Password.

    Residential Network Setup
    To use to connect your machine to the wired network, you must connect your machine to an active jack in your residence hall room, using an Ethernet cable.

    Wireless Setup

  • Paying Your Tuition Bill

    To pay IUP tuition, fees, medical evacuation/repatriation fee, immigration fee, orientation fee, and, if applicable, room and meals, please be prepared to make appropriate banking arrangements upon your arrival. All students should be prepared to pay their IUP bill at the end of the orientation program. A local on-campus bank representative (PNC) will attend orientation and assist all students interested in opening a PNC bank account. Other banks have student accounts as well and are within walking distance of IUP. 

    Please Note: See Undergraduate Program Costs and Graduate Program Costs to understand total costs for two semesters for international students. Exchange students have different tuition discounts based on exchange partner agreements. Tuition and fees are subject to change at any time. Prices are usually increased in July for the next academic year. All prices listed on immigration documents and brochures are estimates and are subject to change. 

  • Financial Assistance and Partial Tuition Waiver

    All degree-seeking, international students (F-1 or J-1 visa status) are reviewed for financial assistance from IUP’s Office of International Education through a Partial Tuition Waiver. Students on other visa types or legal permanent residence (green card) are not eligible for any OIE funding. Graduate students may also be eligible for a graduate assistantship in their department. Please select the link below for more information on graduate assistant positions and for the application. 


    International students can also consider obtaining a loans through ELMSelect. Search for “Indiana University of Pennsylvania,” and then select your level of study and program to find loan options. Most loans require international students to have a co-signer that is a permanent resident or US citizen.

    Partial Tuition Waiver (PTW)

    Partial tuition waivers are awarded to eligible international students based on financial need, and no additional application form is necessary. If students are awarded a PTW, the amount of funding will be reflected on the immigration documents (I-20 or DS-2019), and an official PTW letter will be included in the student’s acceptance package.

  • Family Resources

    International students and scholars who bring their families to the US while studying at IUP may have questions about medical facilities, schools, and entertainment. The link below provides a list of resources available to families while in Indiana, Pennsylvania. We encourage all family members to purchase health insurance while here. Please contact our office with any additional questions you may have.

    Family Resources