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New International Students

Preparing for arrival

Welcome to DePauw University's ranks of outstanding international students.  ISS staff looks forward to working closely with you throughout your time at DePauw.  Read on for important information about how to prepare for your arrival to campus. 

International Student Orientation

Your first semester as a university in the United States will present you with exciting opportunities and new challenges.  International Student Orientation begins on Monday, August 17, 2015, and is required for all new international students.  During International Student Orientation (August 17-21), student will have additional time they need to settle into life on campus and in the US, learn about their requirements for maintaining valid immigration status, get familiar with important staff and resources and establish initial friendships.  All international students are required by DePauw and by the US Department of Homeland Security to report to campus on the first day of international student orientation, which is indicated in the admission letter to DePauw.  Events and topics covered during International Student Orientation include:

  • Welcome Celebration reception
  • Campus tour
  • Faculty-led Classroom Experience 
  • English Language assessment and placement
  • Immigration information sessions 
  • Opening a bank account
  • Employment information
  • Health insurance orientation

The week also promises fun, with picnics, 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 life and opportunities as a DePauw student.  

DePauw Summer English Immersion Institute

At DePauw, our priority is for first-year international students to achieve academic and personal success in their first semesters on campus.  DePauw's Summer English Immersion Institute is one valuable resource available to first-year international students so that they can prepare themselves for their first semester at DePauw.  All new international students are encouraged to learn more about the DePauw Summer English Institute and apply for limited spaces. Students admitted to this academic program will report to campus on August 3, 2015, and the English Institute ends on August 16, 2015.  All international students that participate in the English Institute are also required to participate in International Student Orientation from August 17-21. 

English Language and Academic Support for international students

In addition to the Summer English Immersion Institute, DePauw students have access to a wide variety of English and academic support resources, including writing seminars tailored for non-native English speakers, 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:

Bills and payments for tuition and fees at DePauw

It is important that all new students and their families learn how monthly bills for tuition and fees are delivered, when fees are charged, when payment is required, and find the information they need to make wire transfers or establish payment plans.  It is important to note that fall semester tuition and fees are generally due August 1, and that monthly late fees are charged to student accounts when charges are left unpaid for more than 30 days.  Find comprehensive information about student bills and making payments here, and email if you have any additional questions.  

Apply for an F-1 Student visa (new degree-seeking undergraduate students)

Study in the States website

The primary website where the US government posts information for international students is called Study in the States, and you can find that at  Please visit this website to educate yourself about the visa application process and what you must do once you are inside the United States to maintain valid F-1 student immigration status.  It is your responsibility to learn about your immigration requirements so that you can continue your academic program at DePauw without any problems. Our ISS staff will help you understand your immigration requirements and provide important support throughout your four years at DePauw.

Paying your SEVIS I-901 Fee

All new students are required to pay a SEVIS I-901 fee of $200 before scheduling a visa interview at a US Consulate or Embassy in their home country.  Several payment options are available. The most convenient one is to pay online by using a credit card.  Please visit the following page on the Study in the States website to pay your SEVIS I-901 fee

When entering the US, you will be required to present the payment receipt for the SEVIS I-901 fee to a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) official, in addition to your passport and I-20 Certificate of Eligibility.  Therefore, make sure that you carry these three documents with you.  Do not pack these documents in your checked luggage.

F-1 Student visa application process

After receiving the I-20 Certificate of Eligibility, read through the entire document carefully, and then sign and date the I-20 on Page 1.  By signing the I-20, you agree to comply with all the terms and conditions, as specified on Page 2 of the I-20Once you have paid the SEVIS fee, make an appointment for an F-1 Student visa interview as soon as possible at the US Embassy or Consulate nearest to you.  Visa processing times vary widely depending on the embassy or consulate, so please visit the US Department of State website ( to learn about the application process at your US Consulate or Embassy.  Begin preparation of the required materials as early as possible in order to ensure a timely arrival to campus in August.

You will need to take the following documents to your visa interview. Each US Embassy or Consulate may require that you provide additional documents, so check your US Embassy’s or Consulate’s website to confirm exactly which documents it will require.  Usually, the following documents are required to apply for an F-1 Student visa:

  1. I-20 Certificate of Eligibility student immigration document
  2. Passport valid for at least six months from the day of your interview
  3. Financial documentation
  4. Letter of admission from DePauw University
  5. SEVIS I-901 fee receipt

When the visa is granted, it is stamped onto the passport.

Arriving at the Port of Entry

When you arrive to your “port of entry” (the first airport you reach during your travel to the United States), you must present the following documents to the immigration officer:

  1. A valid passport with a valid F-1 Student visa
  2. I-20 Certificate of Eligibility   
  3. SEVIS I-901 fee receipt
  4. Any other requested information, such as financial documentation or admission letter

After examining these documents, the immigration officer should enter all relevant data into the SEVIS system and return your documents to you. Be sure to keep all of this documentation in a safe place—it is YOUR responsibility to have all required, original immigration documents in your possession, as well as to maintain photocopies of important and old immigration records. Be sure that you have contact information for ISS staff with you during your travel, and call us if you experience problems or delays.

Transportation to Campus

We recommend that you plan your travel so that you arrive in Indiana at the Indianapolis International Airport (IND) on Monday, August 17th, 2015. You can catch one of the three DePauw shuttles that will bring you to campus. Shuttles are planned for 12:00pm (noon) and 6:00pm. 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 Monday, August 17, 2015, to Friday, August 21, 2015. International students are also required to take part in the First-Year Student Orientation for all new DePauw students.

If you travel to campus on your own, please contact DePauw's Public Safety office, located at 101 E. Seminary Street, for your room key. Public Safety's phone number is 765-658-5555.

Transportation Resources

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.

Accommodation Resources

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.

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.