If you have not been admitted to Indiana University Southeast, please visit the Office of Admissions to learn more about the admission process.
New F-1 International Students
In a short time, you will begin your studies at Indiana University Southeast – we look forward to meeting you. We suggest that you take the following steps to prepare for your journey to the United States.
Arrange for Housing: If you wish to live on campus, you must submit a housing application. Learn more about on-campus housing, rates, the application process, and more.
Apply for a Visa: Visa procedures vary from country to country, so contact your local US embassy or consulate to learn the steps you need to take and the documents you will need to provide. Items often required are:
- DS-156 Nonimmigrant Visa Application Form
- DS-158 Contact Information and Work History for Nonimmigrant Visa Applicant
- DS-157 Supplemental Nonimmigrant Visa Application (for males between ages 16 and 45)
- Valid passport
- I-20 Certificate of Eligibility (make sure you sign and date line #11)
- Form I-901 (SEVIS fee receipt)
- One or more passport photographs
- Completed visa application form obtained from the consulate
- Documentation of funding for a year of study
- Letter of admission from IU Southeast
- Prepare for your visa interview.
Collect Important Documents: When you come to the United States, you should bring important documents that relate to your academic, medical, and legal history, as well as those of any accompanying family members. These can include the following:
- Academic records and descriptions of coursework taken at previous universities
- Medical and dental records, including immunization and vaccination records
- Physicians’ statements about any major medical conditions and prescriptions
- Health insurance policies, if applicable
- Marriage certificate, if applicable
- Birth certificates and medical records for children, if applicable
- International driver’s license
- Certified English translations of your documents
- Your letter of admissions may list additional documents that you must bring.
Plan Your Flight: Look at your I-20 to find your start date. You may arrive in the US up to 30 days before the start date listed on your I-20. Here are some other tips to help you plan your travel:
- You may arrive in the US up to 30 days before the start date listed on your I-20
- The closest airport to IU Southeast is the Louisville International Airport (airport code SDF)
- Place identification labels on and in all baggage
- Include your name and address as well as IU Southeast’s address on all parcels shipped
- Always carry your passport and travel documents in a pocket or purse, not in your baggage.
Prepare to Land in the US: Toward the end of your flight to the United States, airline personnel will ask you to fill out several forms for the US Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and US Customs. One of these documents is an I-94 – a small card on which you will write your name, birthdate, and county of citizenship. Do not lose this card!
Upon arrival in the United States, a US Immigration Officer will ask you to present your passport, visa, I-20, I-94, and financial support documents. The officer will also ask you about your plans in the United States and then direct you to Customs Services for inspection of your baggage.
Travel to Campus: It will take about 20 minutes (by car) to get from the Louisville International Airport to IU Southeast. Airport pickups can be arranged with the Office of Admissions – please contact us by e-mail with your flight information if you wish to be picked up at the airport. You can learn about other transportation options at the airport.
Finance Your Arrival: You should have from $1000 to $1500 available to meet immediate expenses during your first week or two at IU Southeast. Such expenses include some or all of the following: temporary housing, transportation, meals, books and supplies, household items and clothing
Do not carry large sums of cash. Instead, you should bring traveler’s checks, which can be cashed when needed and easily replaced if lost or stolen. You can wire additional funds to the United States later.
Learn About Mandatory Health Insurance: Medical expenses are high in the United States. Enrolling in IU’s mandatory insurance program offers affordable protection against such expenses. It also satisfies part of your legal obligation as a non-immigrant visa holder to meet all medical expenses (and those of any accompanying dependents) while in the United States.
Indiana University enrolls all international students in an insurance plan that provides the required coverage. If you have insurance that meets or exceeds the coverage of this plan, you will qualify for an insurance waiver. Learn more about IU Southeast’s insurance requirements.