Give yourself the best possible start. Students living on-campus may arrive the Sunday prior to the first day of orientation. For students living off-campus it is recommended that you arrive two days prior to the first day of orientation. All international students are required to attend all days of international student orientation.
In order to arrange for transportation from the airport, please complete this short form.
Before your flight
- Have your travel documents in order and confirm with the International Student Advisor, Jie He, before the check-in date. Pack these documents in your carry-on bag and not in your checked luggage.
- Make arrangements to have U.S. currency available upon your arrival in the United States.
- Request the correct visa (F-1) at the US Embassy/Consulate in your home country.
At the Port of Entry
Be prepared to provide the following documents at the port of entry to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer. NOTE: CBP instpection takes place before you collect your luggage, so you must have these documents on your person. Do not put your travel documents in your checked luggage.
- Visa stamp (if applicable)
- SEVIS Form I-20 (F-1) or DS-2019 (J-1)
- SEVIS fee receipt
- Supporting financial documentation
When you are at the port of entry the officer will place an admission stamp in your passport and then write the visa status you are being given (F-1 or J-1) and the expiration date. For students in F-1 or J-1 status the expiration is noted with “D/S” which stands for ‘duration of status’.
When you enter the country, an electronic record of your admission, known as the I-94, will also be created. You can retrieve a copy of this record by visiting this page: https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/.
Important: If the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Officer at the Port of Entry (POE) issues you an I-515 form, please bring this form, your passport and your I-94 (issued for 30 days) to our office. (This is an urgent matter that needs prompt attention.)
Just like any trip, packing the right items and bringing the correct documents are essential if you want to avoid unnecessary hassles. Of course, if you have any questions as you prepare for your journey to Augsburg College, we are here to help you.
Here are some things to consider as you get ready for your trip:
- Clearly identify your luggage inside and out with your name, U.S. address and overseas address.
- Check airline regulations for weight, size, and number of bags.
- In your carry-on, keep a change of clothes, toiletries, valuables, important documents (passports, visas, arrival instructions) and medication.
- When packing clothing, consider both the physical and social climate and dress accordingly. Take items that have multiple uses and (for colder climates) can be layered. Bring comfortable and practical clothing and shoes.
Suggested items to pack:
- A good bilingual dictionary, since it might not be possible to obtain one for your language in the United States,
- Books, manuals, or journals that you think may be useful for reference in your field of study and that definitely will not be available in the United States,
- Pictures of your family, home, and country for yourself but also to show to your new friends,
- Items from your culture, such as musical instruments, recordings of traditional and contemporary music, picture books, arts and crafts, and small gifts, to share your talents and customs with people in the United States,
- For festive occasions you may consider bringing traditional dress and accessories from your country to show and express more about your culture and traditions, and
- Professional clothing in case of a site visit to a company or job/internship interview.
- $100 in local currency for when you first arrive
- Map of your host city
- Guidebook of your region and of the places where you will travel
- Photocopy of your passport information pages. Also leave a copy at home.
- Books, cards, board games, movies, journal
- Addresses and phone numbers of family and friends
- Favorite recipes
For more details on shipping and what to bring from home, visit EducationUSA.