Our office and the entire campus community is looking forward to welcoming you here at Purdue Northwest, and supporting you throughout your academic program. We in the Office of Global Engagement are especially excited to meet you and help you get settled here on our campus both in and out of the classroom. As you prepare to travel here to the U.S., we want to remind (or inform) you of the following:
New International Student Arrival Form:
So that we can plan ahead for arrivals, immigration check-in, new international student orientation, social events, field trips and more, we ask that all new international students planning to attend our school in the fall of 2019 complete the online New International Student Arrival Form: https://purdue.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4ZKnfAyhqZYTbRX You should complete the form after you have purchased your plane ticket to come to the U.S.
***Please Note: As of July 30th, we are no longer accepting new requests for airport pick-ups.
If you have not completed an online arrival form yet, please do so right away and indicate on your arrival form that you would like our help arranging transportation from the airport to campus. We will do our best to help you navigate your trip according to your arrival plans.
The Office of Global Engagement offers all new international students free transportation from either of the Chicago airports (Midway or O’Hare), to our Hammond campus. In order to request an airport pick-up, please be sure to indicate your request and upload your flight itinerary when completing the International Student Arrival Form. Airport pick-ups should be requested at least two weeks before your arrival date in order to ensure that we can accommodate you. The last day that airport pick-ups can be requested (for fall 2019) is Tuesday July 30th and therefore the last day that airport pick-ups will be offered (for fall 2019) is August 13th.
Please note that some airport pick-up trips will be very crowded with new students, and we cannot always accommodate excessive luggage or extra travelers (for example, parents). The Office of Global Engagement staff reserve the right to make special arrangements when necessary, such as utilizing the Coach USA airport shuttle for overflow luggage and/or travelers.
We highly recommend all new international students make arrangements to live on campus at University Village. Campus housing offers safe, affordable, apartment-style living that’s walking distance to classes, the fitness center, dining hall, library, student activities, and more. You can learn more about living on-campus, and complete the Housing application online: https://www.pnw.edu/housing/future-residents/
New international students who choose to live on campus will be asked to complete several important immunization requirements before your arrival, as well as a TB test which can only be completed in the U.S. Should you have any questions related to student housing on campus, please contact the Housing staff, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On-Campus Housing Orientation: New international students living on-campus at University Village, please note that there will be an orientation for all new international residents on Tuesday, August 13th from 6:00pm – 7:00pm in Griffin Hall. You may find complete details in your assignment letter from Housing. If you have questions about the on-campus housing orientation, or you did not receive the information, please contact the Housing staff via email, at email@example.com.
If you would like help finding a place to live off campus, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mandatory Immigration Check-In:
One of the first things you must do once you arrive in the U.S. is report to the Office of Global Engagement 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 4:00 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 email@example.com.
New International Student Orientation:
As part of your welcome and introduction to Purdue University Northwest, we have many events and information sessions planned in order to help you adjust to become more familiar with your surroundings. While New International Student Orientation is required for all international students in order to get your student ID card, we make it quite fun and rewarding. New International Student Orientation will include campus and local community tours, shopping and banking trips, technology workshops, immigration and campus resource sessions, social events to meet and make new friends, and LOTS of free food and giveaways. Important dates: Organized orientation sessions and events will run August 14, 15, and 16. You will be given more information about dates, times and locations when you first arrive and check in at the Office of Global Engagement (Upon arriving in the US, you are asked to first check in with the Office of Global Engagement in CLO 176 on the Hammond campus. If you need help finding us, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local shopping and banking trips: While there will be local shopping and banking trips offered during the New International Student Orientation dates listed above, if you would like to schedule an earlier trip to go shopping or open a bank account, please send an email to email@example.com.
English Language Program (ELP) Students:
As part of New International Student Orientation, if you will be attending any ELP classes, please note that you are required to take the ELP placement test on Tuesday, August 12th. Check-in begins at 8:30am in CLO 155. There will be only one make-up test provided for late arrivals. The make-up placement test will be offered on Friday, August 16th at 10:00am in CLO 155.
In addition, there will be an ELP orientation on Friday, August 16th in CLO 230, beginning at 8:30am. If you have questions about the program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Even though you are joining us for “fall” semester, which is generally a cooler time of year, currently we are experiencing summer and the temperature ranges from 70’s – 100 degrees Fahrenheit. You’ll want to bring clothes that are appropriate for warmer climates, and maybe a light jacket. You will find there are plenty of places to shop for clothes here, too.
Connect with the IPO Global Ambassador Team
Get answers and make instant friends! We have an incredibly talented group of student leaders here to help YOU!! We would encourage you to 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.