Immigration laws allow you to arrive in the US no more than 30 days before the start date listed on your Form I-20 or Form DS-2019. For spring 2021, the start date is January 11, 2021. Summer start dates will vary by program.
The start date on the I-20/DS-2019 is the arrival day for all new international students for that term. Orientation, housing, and transportation provided by IUP are organized around these days.
Entering the United States of America
When entering the U.S., you will need to show your passport, visa, and IUP I-20 (F-1) or DS-2019 (J-1). Your passport must be valid for at least six months after your arrival. Be ready to show proof of finances and your SEVIS fee receipt. You will be fingerprinted, photographed, and an entry stamp will be placed in your passport. You may be asked to go to another line where they will look at your documents and ask additional questions.
Your arrival will be registered electronically. After arriving, you can go to US Customs and Border Protection to view and print a copy of your I-94, a document that verifies your legal entry. The printed I-94 is required for obtaining a Social Security number, driver’s license, and employment in the U.S. Our office will collect copies of your passport, visa, I-20 or DS-2019, and I-94 during orientation to activate your F-1 or J-1 status.
Arriving at the Pittsburgh Airport
We advise all students to make flight destinations to the Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT), which is about 80 miles southwest of Indiana, Pennsylvania. Students who arrive in New York City can also travel by bus (11–13 hours) to an on-campus bus stop in Indiana. Our office has organized a shuttle pick-up from the airport for the designated arrival dates only for the Indiana campus. Students admitted to IUP’s Culinary School, IUP Pittsburgh East, or Northpointe campus should arrange their own airport transportation.
Students who will arrive before International Student Orientation begins who have a signed on-campus housing contract should email firstname.lastname@example.org about an early check-in with the IUP Office of Housing, Residential Living, and Dining.
Where should I go when I arrive at IUP?
Students who have reserved on-campus housing, must report to the Wallwork Hall on the IUP campus between 3:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. on the arrival day. Students who 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 international students attending IUP main campus, IUP at Northpointe, and the Culinary Academy must attend the 9:00 a.m. Orientation session on the day after arrival 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 Grant Street.
Below is a list of local accommodations in Indiana, Pennsylvania, including hotels, bed-and-breakfasts, and more. Some hotels may offer a discounted rate for new IUP students—please check with the hotel prior to booking.
Best Western Indiana Inn
Address: 111 Plaza Drive - 3 miles from IUP
Address: 1275 Indian Springs Road - 2 miles from IUP
Hilton Garden Inn
Address: 714 Pratt Dr, Indiana PA 15705. Only 0.2 miles from IUP.
Park Inn by Radisson
Address: 1395 Wayne Avenue - 2 miles from IUP
Quality Inn and Suites
Address: 1545 Wayne Avenue - 3 miles from IUP
If you need to reserve a hotel room in Pittsburgh, see the list of
Pittsburgh hotels on the Airport Hotel Guide site.
Due to COVID-19, we are not sure if we will offer a shuttle service from the Pittsburgh airport to Indiana, Pennsylvania, for spring 2021. Students can use the transportation services below to organize a ride to IUP upon arrival. View the IUP Campus Maps and Directions page for directions. Most students will be admitted to the IUP main campus in Indiana, Pennsylvania, which is approximately 80 miles northeast of the Pittsburgh International Airport. All rates for airport transportation are subject to change. Please be aware that the university does not have the resources to meet nor transport students on an individual basis.