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Traveling to the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, Indiana, USA

The travel information below should serve as your final pre-departure resource before leaving your home country.

Each semester, the University of Southern Indiana hosts a pre-departure orientation for newly admitted international students. This live webinar is designed to help you navigate the visa and arrival process. Not only will you have the opportunity to talk with USI's Immigration Advisor, but you will also meet Orientation Assistants and have opportunities to ask any questions. Please check your email regularly back for link to connect and additional information on USI's next pre-departure orientation. 

Pre-departure Resources

Travel Information

Arrival in Evansville

The nearest airport to the University of Southern Indiana is Evansville Regional Airport (EVV). The Center for International Programs provides Evansville airport and Greyhound pickup services before orientation each semester. Be sure to bring all immigration documents with you, as well as your local address and emergency contact information. Additional orientation details will be provided closer to your arrival.

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. You have to have your I-20, visa, passport, admission letter and evidence of COVID-19 vaccination to enter the country.

Please plan to arrive in the U.S. in time to participate in the International Orientation Program. Plan to attend all of the activities which are designed to assist in your adjustment to the University and the Evansville community. Undergraduate students may need to take one or two English language courses for credit during the fall semester, depending on the results of the placement tests. Housing may not be available if you arrive before the arrival date on your I-20.

Please complete the Arrival Information Form to let us know the date, time, and flight information for your arrival at the airport (or bus station) in Evansville. We can arrange to meet you if you need transportation to USI. If you have questions about your arrival, you may contact us via email at (

Arrival Essential Packet

Order your Arrival Essential Packet ($50 cost- includes, bed linens, comforter, towels, laundry basket/  Arrival Essentials Packet

What to Bring

View our online list of suggestions of What to Bring.

Here are some additional packing suggestions from past and present USI international students.

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About Evansville

EducationUSA Pre-Departure Seminars

Contact your local EducationUSA Advising Center for helpful information on studying in the U.S. as well as pre-departure webinars.