We are looking forward to your arrival at Purdue University Northwest. We have compiled the following information and resources in order to ensure that you have as smooth an arrival as possible. Please read on to find out about our free airport pick-up service for new international students, housing, placement testing, orientation, and more. If you have any questions, please email us at email@example.com. Also be sure to follow us on Facebook! We look forward to welcoming you to Purdue University Northwest!!
We proudly offer a free airport pick-up service to all new international students, scholars and visitors!!
Our friendly team of Global Ambassadors and volunteers will meet and greet you upon your arrival at either Chicago airport (Midway/MDW or O’Hare/ORD) and bring you back to the PNW Hammond campus. Any students going onto Westville should email the Global Ambassadors in addition to completing the New International Student Arrival Form in order to make special arrangements. When requesting an airport pick-up, be sure to submit your flight itinerary at least two weeks before your arrival.
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 on the Hammond campus is 1.7 miles and costs approximately $10 – $12.
If you have any questions regarding transportation to campus, please contact the Global Ambassadors by email, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
New International Student Orientation
New International Student Orientation (NISO) is offered at the beginning of each semester and it is mandatory for all new international students and scholars.
In addition to attending NISO, 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.
ELP 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.
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.