The International Programming Office at Purdue University Calumet offers a one-time, courtesy pick-up service to first-time international students arriving only at the Chicago O’Hare or Chicago Midway airports.
Airport Pick-ups for the following semesters will be offered during these dates:
- Fall 2015 Airport Pick-Ups will be offered July 24 – August 16 (Last day to sign up is August 3rd!!)
- Spring 2016 Airport Pick-Ups will be offered December 12 – January 3*
- *Airport Pick-ups will not be provided on December 24, 25, 31, or January 1 due to holidays.
If you would like someone to meet you when you arrive, please complete the Airport Pick-Up and Housing Information form at least two weeks before your arrival date.
PLEASE NOTE: It is very important that you submit your Airport Pick-Up and Housing Information Form at least two (2) weeks in advance of your arrival. If you fail to give the required notice, we cannot guarantee your pickup.
Please complete the Airport Pick-Up and Housing Information form even if you do not want to request a courtesy airport pick-up from the International Programming Office. We will use this information to confirm your arrival date and housing arrangements in the U.S.
Coach U.S.A Airport Shuttle:
If you are unable to arrive within the designated Airport Pick-Up dates listed above, then the Coach USA Airport Shuttle is a fast, convenient and affordable option for you, that 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). The Coach USA airport shuttle costs $28 one-way and $50 round trip. You can look up the bus schedule and pay for your tickets online at www.coachusa.com (look for “Scheduled Services”/ Chicago Airport Express). From the Highland Coach USA bus stop, you may take a taxi cad to your final destination.
If you have any questions regarding transportation to campus, please contact the IPO Mentors 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 announced soon.
If you have any housing questions, or would like information about living off of campus, please contact the IPO Mentors by email, at email@example.com
One of the first things you must do once you arrive in the U. S. is report to the International Affairs Office in CLO 176 for immigration check-in (SEVIS). This can be done Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm.
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:
- Summer 2015 – Thursday, June 11
- Fall 2015 – Thursday, August 20
- Spring 2016 – Thursday, January 7
More information about New International Student Orientation will be released soon. If you have questions about New International Student Orientation, please contact the IPO Mentors by email, at email@example.com
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 and graduate students). Please check with your academic department or advisor.
ELP Students: Placement Testing and ELP Orientation Session:
All ELP students must take a Placement Exam and attend ELP orientation. No pre-registration is required for the placement testing. During the ELP orientation session, students will learn about policies, expectations, and benefits related to the English Language Program.
If you have questions about the ELP placement test or orientation session, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Connect with an IPO Mentor
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!! I would encourage you to check out our IPO Mentors webpage and contact our IPO Mentors at any time before or after you arrive in the US, if you have any questions or would just like to connect with a current student at Purdue Calumet. Send them an email at IPOmentors@purduecal.edu.
If you have any other questions or concerns about arriving to campus, please send an email to the IPO Mentors at email@example.com.