New International Students
We are pleased that you are considering DePauw University for your higher education. We invite you to begin exploring all of the opportunities available to you at DePauw! Follow the link below to learn more about our admission guidelines. http://www.depauw.edu/admission/applying/
Below is important information regarding applying for a U.S. student visa, pre-arrival information, transportation to campus, international student orientation , and frequently asked questions. For detailed information about the sections below, please access the following link: Important Information for new International Students and Applying for a US Student Visa F-1
Preparing for Arrival
We are excited you will be joining us at DePauw University. The information provided here will help you prepare for your travels to the U.S.
Transportation to Campus
We recommend that you plan your travel so that you arrive in Indiana at the Indianapolis International Airport (IND) on Sunday, August 18th, 2013. You can catch one of the three DePauw shuttles that will bring you to campus. Shuttles are planned for 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. They will depart promptly from the Ground Transportation area of the Indianapolis International Airport. All new international students are required to participate in the International Student Orientation scheduled from Sunday, August 18th, 2013 to Friday, August 23rd, 2013 . In addition, international students are also required to take part in the First-Year Student Orientation.
If you travel to campus on your own, please contact The Public Safety Office, located in the Union Building, room 210, for your room key. The phone number is 765-658-4261.
- Shuttle buses (only for DePauw students) to and from the Indianapolis International Airport (closest airport to campus), Megabus and Greyhound bus stations at the beginning and end of all break periods. Reservations for all shuttle buses are required and will be charged to students' DePauw account.
- Taxi services based in Greencastle
- Greencastle's local bus service, "Rural Transit"
- AMTRAK train services in Indianapolis and Crawfordsville, Indiana
DePauw students who need transportation for a specific date often post a request on DePauw's online e-Services "Classifieds Bulletin board" to find other students who can assist; typically, students offer to pay for the cost of gas.
The International Student Services office provides special shuttles for new international students arriving for the first day of International Student Orientation, and new students should reserve their seats in advance.
For information on options for accommodations near campus, please visit DePauw’s local lodging information page.
Baggage and Mail
When traveling to the United States, carry any important documents with you at all times in case you have baggage delays or other problems. Be careful with your belongings as you travel. Avoid traveling with large amounts of cash. For more information, please access the following link: Baggage and Mail
You will want to have clothing for a variety of activities including going to class, exercising, and going to a concert or out to dinner. When you pack, remember that you will be carrying your luggage, so pack lightly. Also, it may be cheaper to buy certain items in the U.S., than to ship them or bring them with you. For more information, please access the following link: Clothing
It will be hot and humid when you first arrive, and in September, April and May as well. You will need light clothing for this time. 20°C to 35°C (68°F to 95°F).
Students, especially from warm climates, may need to purchase winter clothing - a heavy coat, gloves, scarf and hat, and waterproof winter boots or heavy shoes. You may buy these items in Greencastle if necessary. The winters in Greencastle can get quite cold: -18°C to 5°C (0°F to 40°F).
Items from Home
To make you feel more at home, bring photos of your family and friends. You may also want to bring cultural artifacts so that others can learn about your culture.
International Student Orientation
The first semester at a new school promises to be one of the most exciting and hectic times of college life. For international students studying in a new educational system and far away from home, it can be even more challenging. International Student Orientation is required as it allows additional time for international students to adjust to DePauw University and the United States, but also time to cover the many important topics that are specific to international students’ success while studying here. Topics and events include:
- Welcome Celebration Reception
- Campus Tour
- Classroom Experience
- English Language Assessment
- Immigration 101 – How to Stay in Status
- Opening a Bank Account
- Health Insurance
The week also promises fun, with movie nights, scavenger hunts and shopping trips. By the end of the week, international students will be ready to take part in the required First Year Experience during which they will meet more students, meet with their academic advisors to discuss their courses and learn more about what is available to them as a DePauw student. Here is a link to view the international Student Orientation schedule
English Language and Academic Support
DePauw students have access to a wide variety of resources at their fingertips when they need academic assistance. International students can take advantage of additional English and academic support services, including tailored writing seminars, tutoring, workshops and Academic Resource Centers to improve writing, speaking and listening skills. For more details about courses, testing and available English language and academic support, visit the following website: http://www.depauw.edu/student/mil/iss/acad_resources.asp
Frequently Asked Questions
We ask that you use this Frequently Asked Questions and the pre-arrival information section to help you with your inquiries before your arrival at DePauw University. Further details will be provided through email communication from the International Student Services office.