Welcome Guide

Welcome! We are here to support you on your journey to the United States and help you adjust.

Welcome “Home” to Purdue Northwest!

We highly recommend the PNW on-campus student housing complex, University Village. Located on the Hammond campus, it offers safe, affordable, apartment-style living that is within walking distance to classes, the fitness center, the dining hall, the library, student activities and more.

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Immunization Information: International Students in PNW Housing

Arrival to Campus and Airport Pick-Up

PNW will be offering free airport pick-up service for new international students to Purdue Northwest from Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) on Monday, August 12 and Wednesday, August 14.

In order to request complimentary airport pick up August 12 or August 14, you must complete the following form before July 31.

International Student Airport Pick Up Form

PNW will not offer a pick-up service outside of these dates.

If you will not arrive during these dates, PNW cannot offer a free pick-up service. However, many community members reported a positive experience with the transportation services listed below.

This is not a comprehensive list and they are not endorsed by PNW.

Private Car Service

Taxi service from O’Hare Airport

Find taxi information at O’Hare Taxi, Limo, TNP | Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) (flychicago.com)

Local taxi near PNW

  • Yellow Cab
    (219) 932-9999

Mandatory Check-In and New International Student Orientation

New International Student Orientation: January 8

Once you arrive in the US, one of the first things you do is log in to your MyISS account and complete the mandatory check-in for international students in the vMISCI section. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Immigration Services in Lawshe Hall 226.

Please bring the following:

  • Your passport, with the appropriate student/scholar visa
  • Your Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or DS-2019)
  • Any other immigration-related documents that you have obtained, such as from the Customs and Border Patrol Agents or any previous schools you may have attended

Have questions regarding your immigration documents or SEVIS check-in? Email iss@pnw.edu.

Health Insurance

All international undergraduate and graduate students who are registered, regardless of credit hours, or in an approved professional certificate program must enroll in the mandatory university health insurance plan unless they meet the criteria for a waiver.

Learn More About Health Insurance

Do You Have a Question or Concern?

Your questions and concerns matter to us. Ask anything you’d like, as a prospective PNW international student, and we’ll respond in a video sent directly to you and shared on our website.

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