IUP provides a mandatory three- to four-day International Student Orientation Program for all new students. You are required to attend. It is not optional. It will cover basic and important issues that will enable you to settle quickly into life at IUP and the Indiana community itself. Even if you have had prior experience in the U.S., we require that you attend. You can also download the International Handbook.
Submit the International Orientation Transportation Confirmation Form after receiving your visa and making flight plans. E-mail questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the first day of Orientation, a breakfast will be served buffet style, and an orientation packet with the complete schedule will be distributed at that time. Students are required to arrive for the first session on this day, and also for subsequent sessions that will be held until classes begin.
Note: One to two meals per day will be provided during Orientation. Dining halls will not always be open; please be prepared to pay for any additional meals during this time.
Please note that all undergraduate students (freshman and transfer, as well as exchange students who are interested in taking English or math courses) must take English and math tests to assist academic advisors with course registration and accurate course placement. Testing is mandatory and will be conducted during Orientation. No preparation is necessary for these tests.
Spring 2018 Orientation Details
Below is a brief outline of the orientation schedule.
Transportation from Pittsburgh International Airport to IUPArrival day schedule for all new IUP international students:10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. — Pittsburgh International Airport Transportation to IUP. One or two shuttles will be going to and from the airport on this day. Wait between Baggage Claim Areas A and B. A seat on these shuttles must be reserved in advance, and an e-mail confirmation time for the shuttle pick-up will be e-mailed to you. Cost is $60 per person.
On-Campus Housing Move-In and Walmart Shuttles from Wallwork Hall3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. — On-campus housing move-in and Walmart Shuttles to Wallwork Hall. On-campus housing check-in for all students who have submitted housing contracts will be in Wallwork Hall. Please note: IUP will not be able to accommodate arrivals before 3:00 p.m. or after 10:00 p.m. Shuttles to Walmart department store for any items needed by new students will be running every hour, departing from Wallwork Hall.
Mandatory orientation begins at 9:00 a.m. in the HUB: Ohio Room on Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Breakfast, check-in, distribution of the detailed orientation schedule, placement testing for undergraduate students, and a tour of Indiana and IUP take place beginning at this time.
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 undergraduate students will be done during Orientation. Schedules of your classes will be constructed at that time and not prior to your arrival at IUP. A range of seats in courses are being held for international students during Orientation.
If you are concerned about classes, please contact your department with questions. Generally, the Office of International Education staff members are not your academic advisors.
To see a list of courses required by your major:
To view classes offered for each semester:
A web-based utility called iconnect.iup.edu 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 SetupTo use iconnect.iup.edu 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.
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: 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.
You will receive an e-mail at your IUP e-mail address when your bill is available for review. You must view your bill by logging into MyIUP and following the Student Services tab to access IUP EasyPay. Bills are issued electronically on the 28th day of each month, with payment due the 20th day of the following month. You can expect the fall (August) semester bill online in July, and the spring (January) semester bills will be available in November.
Sponsor (Third Party) Billing
When you have a sponsor who is paying all or part of your semester fees, you can have your sponsor billed directly by our office. You must bring or mail your statement on or before the billing due date and include an authorization letter from the sponsor detailing the sponsorship and authorizing IUP to bill for your fees. You will be responsible for making payment for any remaining balance by the billing due date.
If you are attending IUP as an exchange student, you will still receive a bill. However, this will require you to pay only the amount that is not covered by your exchange agreement. The OIE can help if you have questions about which expenses are covered by your exchange.
What type of payment will IUP accept?
Since you will be expected to pay IUP tuition, fees, mandatory health insurance, orientation fee, and, if applicable, room and board during orientation, please make sure that you have made appropriate banking arrangements. A representative from a local on-campus bank, 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.
Acceptable forms of payment are as follows:
Please note: IUP will not accept foreign currency or checks drawn on a foreign bank account.
What banks are in Indiana?
It takes banks several weeks to process checks that are drawn on a foreign bank. Traveler’s checks, bank cashier’s checks, or international postal money orders, all made payable in US dollars by a US bank or financial agency, can be processed by banks without delay. Your local home bank can advise you of these matters, and we suggest that you discuss them with your bank before leaving home.
All degree-seeking, international students (F-1 or J-1 visa status) are reviewed for financial assistance from IUP’s Office of International Education. 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. Contact your academic department for an application.
Partial Tuition Waiver (PTW)
Partial tuition waivers (PTW) 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.
International students awarded a PTW receive the following amount of money each academic semester (fall and spring only), provided they maintain good academic and immigration status and complete the required service hours:
PTW is not available for the following:
If you were selected to receive a PTW award, and then received a GA of eight hours or less, you will be eligible for a $1,000 waiver. You are still required to complete the required service hours.
Maintaining A Partial Tuition Waiver
To maintain a partial tuition waiver, undergraduate students must complete unpaid, volunteer service each semester PTW is awarded.
Volunteer hours must be completed in conjunction with organized activities from IUP clubs, IUP offices, Indiana community organizations, or local business. Casual volunteering (i.e., walking the neighbor’s dog, tutoring a friend, or helping at a club meeting) is not acceptable. The Office of International Education has final authority to determine the acceptability of volunteer hours.
If you have questions about the acceptability of hours from a volunteer activity, please e-mail OIE-PTW@iup.edu or email@example.com to receive approval. All PTW students must participate in major OIE events, International Education Week (fall) and International Unity Day (spring). PTW students can earn up to 10 service hours for participating in these events. Details of these events and the participation requirements will be provided by the Office of International Education via the OIE weekly e-mail and PTW e-mails. If you have questions, contact us at OIE-PTW@iup.edu.
PTW students are responsible for submitting proof of volunteer hours to the OIE by the deadlines listed each semester. Hours must be officially submitted to the OIE by completing the Partial Tuition Waiver Hour Confirmation Sheet. Another acceptable form of reporting service hours is through a report by supervisors or faculty via direct e-mail or a letter to the Office of International Education. Please note that if submitting a PTW Hour Confirmation Sheet with more than 10 hours for a volunteer service, you are required to provide a specific list of the days and times of the volunteer service to substantiate the hours.
To guarantee that students will continue to receive the PTW, service hours must be reported by the following deadlines:
Partial Tuition Waiver Hour Confirmation Sheet
Partial Tuition Waiver Appeal Form
Related Sites and Other Financial Information
Additional information about financial assistance can be found in the links below.
Graduate Assistantships and Scholarships
Selected Funding Opportunities Open to Non-U.S. Citizens
Undergraduate Tuition and Fees and Graduate Tuition and Fees
Student Loans for International Students
eduPass: Guide to studying in the USA
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
IIE for Funding Sources in U.S.
Loans for Latin American and Caribbean Students
International students and scholars who choose to 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.
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