The International Programming Office at Purdue Northwest (Hammond campus) offers a meet & greet and complimentary airport pick-up to first-time international students arriving at either Chicago O’Hare (ORD) or Chicago Midway (MDW) Airports.
Please read the following important information before submitting your request, to determine whether or not you are able to take advantage of this service:
- Summer 2018 and Fall 2018
- To be announced
- This complementary service is LIMITED!
- It is offered only between 9:00 A.M. and 9:00 P.M. Central Standard Time (CST) on weekdays and weekends that fall within our official airport pick-up dates.
- If your flight arrives at a time outside of this range, you will have to arrange your own transport.
Other IMPORTANT things to keep in mind:
- To ensure that we are able to accommodate your pickup request, all submissions MUST be made AT LEAST TWO (2) WEEKS IN ADVANCE of your flight.
- Before booking your flight, please keep in mind mandatory orientation week events you may be required to attend during the week before classes begin. Do NOT wait until the weekend before classes begin to arrive at Purdue Northwest!
The Airport Pick-Up and Housing Information Form will reopen before the summer semester. Stay tuned for more information! Please continue reading for alternative options regarding transportation.
Other Options for Transportation:
If you will NOT be requesting an Airport Pick-Up, cannot take advantage of the service due to when your flight is scheduled, or missed the deadline to register, please read the below information about the Coach U.S.A. Airport Shuttle if you need assistance with transport from the airport to Highland, Indiana, where you can then seek a taxi cab service to campus or your housing.
Coach U.S.A. Airport Shuttle:
If you are unable to arrive within the designated Airport Pick-Up dates listed above or missed the deadline to sign up, then the Coach USA Airport Shuttle is a fast, convenient and affordable option for you, which offers transportation from Chicago Midway and Chicago O’Hare airports to a bus station near to campus. When boarding, be sure to board the bus that is servicing Northwest Indiana, and includes a Highland, Indiana bus stop. You will get off of the bus at this stop (Highland, Indiana) which is located at 8114 Indianapolis Blvd.
The Coach USA airport shuttle costs $29 one-way and $52 round trip. You can look up the bus schedule and pay for your tickets online at Coach USA (click “Airport Express to O’Hare & Midway” and then “Highland” under the correct airport) or you can pay upon boarding. From the Highland Coach USA bus stop, you may take a taxi cab to your final destination.
Northwest Indiana has UBER! UberX is a ride-sharing service that offers safe, reliable transportation at prices more than 30% cheaper than a taxi. All driver partners must undergo Uber’s rigorous background check, a driving history check, and ongoing quality controls. Find more information about Uber by visiting the website.
- Yellow Cab of Northwest Indiana: (219) 932-9999
- *Hours: 5:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m
- Best Calumet Cab Company: (219) 932-2169
- *Hours: 24-hour service
- AAA Cab: (219) 932-8050
- *Hours: 24-hour service
- (Formerly Howard’s Cab)
Please Note: A regular taxi ride from the Highland Bus Terminal (Coach USA) to University Village is 1.7 miles and costs approximately $10 – $12. The busiest times are typically early mornings and late afternoon.
If you have any questions regarding transportation to campus, please contact the Global Ambassadors by email, at email@example.com.
It is strongly encouraged that you make housing arrangements before you arrive in the U.S. Students have the option of living on campus at the University Village (UV), or in a house or apartment off campus. We recommend that new international students live on campus, and you can learn more about living on campus by clicking on the link below. You will also find instructions for completing the University Village housing application process:
Please note that new University Village residents will be required to attend a housing information session within the first few days after you move in to your new apartment. During the information session, you will learn about the policies and procedures for living at the University Village, meet staff and fellow residents. The dates for new UV resident information sessions will be provided to you upon moving in (or even sooner).
Mandatory Check-In after Arrival
One of the first things you must do once you arrive in the U.S. is report to the International Affairs Office in Classroom Office Building (CLO) 176 for immigration check-in (SEVIS). This can be done Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
When you come for SEVIS Check-In, here are the documents that you will want to bring with you:
- 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 & Border Patrol Agents, or from any previous schools you may have attended
If you have questions regarding your immigration documents or SEVIS check-in, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
New International Student Orientation
The International Programs Office (IPO) holds mandatory New International Student Orientation at the beginning of every semester, which is required for all new international students in F-1/J-1 status (including transfer students from other U.S. schools) as well as visa-waiver students and short-term students. Our orientation program provides valuable information to ease your transition to campus and life in the U.S.A.
Summer 2018 and Fall 2018 Orientations:
TO BE ANNOUNCED
- Be sure that you plan your arrival to the U.S. with this orientation date in mind.
- ATTENDANCE AT ORIENTATION IS REQUIRED.
- Please confirm your attendance by sending an email to email@example.com.
- Orientation is slated to end by early afternoon. If you need to meet with your advisor or take care of other needs, please schedule these only after 3:00 P.M.
- In order to obtain a PNW student identification card, you first need to attend orientation and receive a certificate of completion. You will also need to show a passport. We recommend that you bring your passport to orientation so that you can get your I.D. card afterwards, once you also have your certificate.
In addition to attending the mandatory New International Student Orientation, students also may be required to attend other, program-specific orientation sessions (examples include ELP — see below — and graduate students). Please check with your academic department or advisor.
If you have questions about Orientation, please contact the Global Ambassadors by email, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
English Language Program (ELP) Students
All ELP students must take a Placement Exam and attend ELP Orientation. No pre-registration is required for either. During the ELP orientation session, students will learn about policies, expectations, and benefits related to the English Language Program.
Summer 2018 and Fall 2018
- ELP Placement Testing: To be announced
- ELP New Student Orientation: To be announced
Orientation will include lunch, a stop at the Bookstore, and a campus tour, with all activities ending around 2:00 P.M. If you need to schedule an appointment or take care of other needs, please schedule this for after 2:00 P.M.
Please continue to monitor your email for upcoming announcements related to ELP Placement Exams and ELP Orientations. If you have questions about the program, please contact email@example.com.
What to Bring
Wondering what to bring along to the United States? Luckily, we have many stores and shops which carry almost anything you could possibly need. Check out our recommended list of items for college students, to get an idea of the things you will either want to bring along with you, or purchase upon arrival.
Connect with the IPO Global Team
We have an incredibly talented group of student leaders from all over the world right here in our office, and they are here to help YOU!! We would encourage you to check out our Global Ambassadors & Assistants webpage and IPO Facebook Page and contact our team at any time before or after you arrive in the U.S., if you have any questions or would just like to connect with a current student at Purdue Northwest. Send them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking to Make New Friends?
New international students, especially, are encouraged to join the Global Exchange Friendship Program. This program matches new international students with domestic students, faculty and staff, and local families to helps ease the transition into American culture for international students and encourage cross-cultural exchange through friendships. American and international participants together at least once per month throughout the school year for coffee, lunch, movies, shopping, an IPO-sponsored or other campus-wide event, etc. The possibilities are endless! (Please note: This is not a homestay program, and there are no financial obligations for participants).
Applications for the Global Exchange Friendship Program are ALWAYS available online! The form remains open year-round. Just check out the program page to learn more!
Are you here only for a few weeks or maybe just a semester, and want to share your culture and favorite activities with a new friend? You are invited to apply for this program, too! As long as you will be here for at least three weeks, you are eligible to participate.
If you have any other questions or concerns about arriving to campus, or you need to update any information you have provided to us (especially related to flight changes), please send an email to the Global Ambassadors at email@example.com.