What To Do Before You Arrive In The US
Arrival in Evansville
Students may not use the F-1 visa or J-1 visa to enter the U.S. for the first time until 30 days before their program start date (on page 1 of the I-20 form or DS-2019 form). An immigration inspector may deny you entry into the U.S. if you use the visa earlier than this 30-day period. Please consider that date carefully when making your travel plans.
Please plan to arrive in the US in time to participate in the International Orientation Program.
If you would like us to pick you up at the Evansville Regional Airport, please complete the Arrival Information Form and fax it to us at 812-228-5097, or notify us of your arrival via email at
Advice from some of our previous international students:
- Clothes that you love. Feel free to express yourself through your own culture. —Maria Andreou
- Make sure you bring some of your country’s own music that you like, because chances are there will be some music here that you won’t like. —Ryan Hughes
- Look into the benefits of getting an international student ID card. It can come in handy for discounts before you receive your USI student ID. —Yoon-Hee Kim
- Try to bring some things from your country. The Global Community has weekly programs where you can share with others about your country. Also the International Club has an Annual Food Expo and it is nice to have something from home to display. —Ararat Mardoyan
- Books in your own language are great and help you not to forget your native language. —Despo Polemiditou
- Bring a variety of clothes, a laptop computer if possible, and a dictionary in your own language. —Ajmal Myakhel
- You don’t really need fancy clothes, but it is a good idea to bring a nice outfit or suit. —Yoon-Hee Kim
- You can never have enough little gifts from your country to thank people here. You will be surprised how much people help you and it’s nice to thank them with something from your country. —Stijn Mentrop
- Some electrical appliances such as an electric razor or hair dryer will not work with the American system. If you have an adapter at home it would be good to bring it if this is going to be a problem. Adapters that are available in America convert 110 currents to 220, but not the opposite so they will not work. —Per Rosengren
- Bring pictures of your family and friends or your high school year book. They can be of great comfort to you and a great way to share a bit of yourself with new friends. —Maria Andreou
- Don’t forget to bring any medicines you take from home and prescriptions for things like glasses, contacts, etc. —Anne-Claire Limon
- If you have something at home that you feel close to or attached to (like a teddy bear or picture) bring it with you. —Maria Andreou
- Bring a winter jacket/heavy coat with you. Purchase it before you come because they are probably cheaper in your country. —Hieu Ho
- Consider getting an international license in your country before you come. —Anne-Claire Limon
Obtaining your F-1 Visa
After you receive an I-20 form from the University of Southern Indiana, follow the U.S. Embassy/Consulate’s instructions to schedule an interview for your F-1 student visa. It is important to apply for your student visa as far in advance as possible. Many consulates recommend that appointments be made no more than 90 days from the intended date of travel, but some can make earlier arrangements for interviews.
Obtaining your J-1 Visa
After you receive a DS-2019 form from the University of Southern Indiana (or from the program sponsor, such as ISEP), follow the U.S. Embassy/Consulate’s instructions to schedule an interview for your J-1 visa. It is important to apply for your exchange visitor visa as far in advance as possible. Many consulates recommend that appointments be made no more than 90 days from the intended date of travel, but some can make earlier arrangements for interviews.
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