Your First Week at IUP

International Student Orientation

Students arriving for summer programs should email our office to complete an immigration check-in. Students arriving for fall 2021 programs should plan to arrive on or before August 16, 2021. International Student Orientation will be held August 18-19, 2021. Students checking into on-campus housing should email iup-housing@iup.edu 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 intl-education@iup.edu.

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.

About Orientation

Fall 2021 International Student Orientation will be held on-campus August 18 at 9:00 a.m. Students will receive a registration link in their email. Important information about US Immigration requirements related to student employment, full-time coursework, how to obtain an SSN and driver's license, and IUP resources will be shared with students. Undergraduate students will be advised and registered for classes remotely with assistance from the IUP Orientation Office. Graduate students should work with graduate coordinators for advising and registration of classes.

Placement Testing

Please note that all ALI and 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. Placement testing will be completed online. Details will be emailed to students one month prior to Orientation.

Spring 2021 Orientation Details

If you have questions, use our please contact 724-357-2295 or email intl-education@iup.edu during regular office hours, 8:00 a.m.-noon and 12:30-4:00 p.m. We will have limited face-to-face hours.

Monday, August 16, 2021

Transportation from Pittsburgh International Airport to IUP
On-Campus Housing Move-In

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Welcome to Campus. Join current IUP international students to hang out, learn more about IUP, and ask questions you might have.

Wednesday, August 18 Thursday, August 19, 2021

Virtual International Student Orientation Program begins at 9:00 a.m. We will review immigration requirements, IUP academic policies and resources, and US culture. Students will also receive a tour of Indiana virtually or in person. Additional meetings are scheduled to discuss Undergraduate Academic Success and Schedule Changes and Graduate Student Academic Success.

During this week, students must complete an online immigration check-in through the IUP International Student Portal.

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 andundergraduate studentswill 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.

To see a list of courses required by your major:

  1. Go to the IUP catalogs:
  2. Click on the college of your major (example: College of Business).
    • Look for the required classes for your major. Make a list of classes you might want to take your first semester.
    • Undergraduates take four to five classes. Graduates take three to four classes.

To view classes offered for each semester:

  1. Go to MyIUP.
  2. Click on View Schedule of Classes Listing and choose the appropriate semester.
  3. You will see an alphabet across the top of the screen. Click on the letter of the academic department the class is in. Example: If you need to see if Accounting 101 is offered, go to the A, then Accounting, and you will see which classes and times are offered for the semester.

Connecting to IUP Wired and Wireless Internet

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 iconnectSee instructions for How to Reset Your Own Network Password.

Residential Network Setup
To 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.

 

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.

Degree-Seeking Students

You will receive an email 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.

Exchange Students

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 duringorientation , 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:

  • Bank cashier's check or traveler's check negotiable in US dollars, drawn on a US bank, and payable to Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Cash
  • Check drawn on a US bank
  • International postal money order
  • Credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover, 2.75 percent convenience fee
  • Flywire: to get started, go to the IUP Flywirewebsite to create a peerTransfer login and fill out your payment details and also find more information about it. IUP has partnered with peerTransfer to save you money on your International student payments. You could also visit the Student Billingwebsite for more information on bill payment methods. ALI students looking for more information regarding tuition and fees can visit the American Language Institute Cost page.

Please note: IUP will not accept foreign currency or checks drawn on a foreign bank account.

What banks are in Indiana?

Banks in Indiana

  • PNC, Hadley Union Building, 319 Pratt Drive, Indiana, PA 15705 (This is the only on-campus bank.)
  • Peoples Bank, 501 Philadelphia Street, Indiana, PA 15701, 724-349-6990
  • PNC, Philadelphia Street, Indiana, PA 15701, 724-465-5561
  • S&T Bank, 800 Philadelphia Street, Indiana, PA 15701, 724-349-1800
  • Indiana First Savings Bank, 935 Philadelphia Street, Indiana, PA 15701, 724-349-2810
  • First Commonwealth, 600 Philadelphia Street, Indiana, PA 15701, 724-463-8555

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.

International Student Costs

International students can visit the IUP Student Billing Office for exact tuition and fees and bill payment methods. Student bills are available in MyIUP once a student registers for classes. Our International Graduate Cost Estimate and International Undergraduate Student Estimate sheets can help students and their families make a financial plan for attending IUP.

Financial Assistance

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.

Loans

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 Waivers (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.

 

What is a Partial Tuition Waiver (PTW)?

The PTW is a financial award for international students seeking a degree at IUP. Students who are awarded PTW will have the funds automatically applied to their tuition bill. If you are not a sponsored or exchange student and do not have a GA or TA position, you may be eligible for a Partial Tuition Waiver. PTW recipients are chosen based on financial need.

Available PTW Funding Amount Per Semester

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. The PTW award will be automatically applied towards a student's fall and/or spring semester tuition bill after the drop/add period.

PTW Amounts are as Follows:

  • Undergraduates: receive $210/credit up to 12 credits and are required to complete 40 hours of community service for nine- to 12-credit waiver; 20 hours for a six-credit waiver or less.

  • Post-Bacc Students: receive $125/credit up to 12 credits and are required to complete 20 hours of community service fornine- to 12-credit waiver; 10 hours for six-credit waiver or less.

  • Graduate Students: receive $140/credit up to 9 credits and are required to complete 20 hours of community service for six- to nine-credit waiver; 10 hours for three credits or less.

  • Graduate Students who have a 10 hour GA receive $70/credit up to nine credits and are required to complete 10 hours of community service for six- to nine-credit waiver.

Exclusions:

  • PTW money cannot be applied towards: summer or winter distance education courses, thesis or dissertation credits.
  • PTW money cannot be awarded to those who have a 20-hour GA or more.

Maintaining A Partial Tuition Waiver

Completing the PTW Contract

PTW students must complete a Qualtrics survey every funded semester which will function as their PTW contract. A link to this survey will be provided by email to PTW students. If you do not complete the survey, your PTW will be revoked.

Mandatory Volunteering

PTW students must complete unpaid, volunteer service each semester PTW is awarded. If you do not complete the mandatory volunteer hours, your PTW will be revoked.

To maintain a PTW, students must complete mandatory service hours.

  • Undergraduates: 40 hours/semester for nine- to 12-credit waiver or 20 hours/semester for six-credit waiver
  • Graduates: 20 hours/semester for six- to nine-credit waiver and 10 hours for three credits.
  • All PTW recipients, regardless of full-time status, must participate in major OIE events: International Education Week (fall), International Unity Day (spring), and the OIE Food Drive. 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 email and PTW emails.
  • 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 email OIE-PTW@iup.edu or intl-education@iup.edu to receive approval.

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 email 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:

  • Fall Hours Due:Last day of fall semester classes
  • Spring Hours Due:Last day of spring semester classes

Partial Tuition Waiver Hour Confirmation Sheet

Partial Tuition Waiver Appeal Form

Volunteer Opportunities

All PTW students are required to participate the following OIE events: International Education Week (fall), and International Unity Day (spring). These volunteer hours are on campus and are guaranteed.

Below are other OIE-sanctioned volunteer opportunities. These are not guaranteed, may be off-campus, and may require interviews and/or obtaining clearances. The OIE can offer advisement on how to obtain clearances.

Four Footed Friends

This will be a weekly event, every Tuesday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The office of International Education will transport you to Four Footed Friends, where you will be responsible for walking dogs, playing with the cats, and cleaning the litter boxes and the pens the dogs stay in. If you attend each week, this will cover an undergraduate's 40-hour requirement.

Indiana Regional Medical Center

Volunteers provide a variety of services, such as greeting patients, sorting incoming hospital mail, and escorting patients to the appropriate areas. To be considered as a volunteer, please complete the online volunteer application or call the Volunteer Office for a paper application at 724-357-7138. Clearances are needed. See IRMC Volunteer Opportunities.

IUP Libraries

The IUP Libraries have many opportunities for volunteering. Contact Linda Cramer,lcramer@iup.edu, for opportunities that are available.

ICCAP

ICCAP provides programs aimed at helping low-income families and individuals attain self-sufficiency. The programs provide new ways to solve household problems, manage emergencies, learn new living skills, and foster community involvement. They also examine and promote methods by which organizations and institutions can deal with the problems of rural and disadvantaged people.

ACE Tutoring or SkillZone

American Culture and English (ACE) tutoring is a unique opportunity for ALI student to benefit from individualized instruction with highly qualified peer tutors. SkillZone tutors will help international student develop essential academic skills, such as study strategies, managing classroom expectations, technology, and academic integrity. You must interview for these volunteer opportunities.

YMCA of Indiana County

Visit the YMCA website to download the application, or contact George Nace by email at Georgenace@icymca.org or by calling 724-463-9622 for more information on how to get involved in the YMCA of Indiana County Programs.

  • Welcome Center
    Help to check in members and perform some light office work.
  • Youth Programs
    Volunteer to help in childwatch, help run activities during our monthly special events or fun days. Clearances will be needed.

For more volunteer opportunities, visit the Office of Service Learning in Pratt Hall Suite 302 or by visiting their website.

Submitting Proof of Volunteer Hours

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 email 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:

  • Fall Hours Due: Last day of fall semester classes
  • Spring Hours Due: Last day of spring semester classes

Partial Tuition Waiver Hour Confirmation Sheet is available below for download.

Partial Tuition Waiver Appeal Process

If you are an undergraduate student, you can appeal a PTW denial after two semesters. If you are a graduate student, you can appeal a PTW denial after one semester.

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