Pre-Arrival Information for New International Students

All incoming international students are strongly encouraged to read the following information about getting to Purdue Calumet, confirming your arrival date and travel arrangements with our office, requesting an airport pick-up from one of the Chicago airports, finding a place to live on campus or nearby, and knowing what to expect during the first few days you are here in the U.S. If you have questions or concerns that are not addressed by the information on this page, then please contact us with your questions at

Please Read Our Complete Pre-Arrival Guide Here:

Spring 2015 Pre-Arrival Guide

IPO Airport Pick-Ups and Other Transportation Information:

All new international students are eligible for a free airport pick-up by members of our friendly IPO staff. We offer this complementary service daily from both Chicago Midway and Chicago O’Hare international airports back to the Purdue Calumet campus, during a designated airport pick-up period, just before the start of every semester. Our airport pick-up dates for the upcoming semester are listed below. If you are a new international student arriving in the U.S. during our designated airport pick-up period (see dates below) and you would like to request an airport pick-up, please use the link below:
Spring 2015 Airport Pick-Up Dates:
January 3rd – January 5th from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST)
IMPORTANT: Please complete the Airport Pick-Up and Housing Information Form to confirm your arrival even if you are not requesting an airport pick-up. The last day to request an airport pick-up is Friday, December 19th, 2014. Coach USA (see below) will be recommended for any airport pick-up requests submitted after December 19th.

Arriving Outside of the IPO Airport Pick-Up Period?                                           

Here’s Our Recommendation for Getting to Campus:

The fastest, easiest, and most affordable mode of transportation from the airport to campus is the Coach USA Airport Shuttle. You can board the bus during one of its scheduled stops at either of the Chicago airports. Make sure to board the bus that is servicing Northwest Indiana, and includes a stop in Highland, Indiana. You will get off of the bus at the Highland, Indiana stop. The cost will be $27 for one-way. You only need to purchase a one-way ticket. You can check the schedule for shuttle times and even purchase your ticket online at (look for “Scheduled Services”/ Chicago Airport Express).

Transportation from the Coach USA Bus Stop to Campus

Depending on the date and time of your arrival at the Highland Coach USA bus station, we may be able to arrange for you to be picked up by a member of our friendly staff. Contact the IPO Mentors via email at or by telephone, or call the IPO main office at 219-989-2502 to request a pick-up from the bus station. This option may only be arranged between the hours of 9:00am and 5:00pm.  Please note that a personal pick-up is not guaranteed, but we will be happy to help you make additional arrangements.

If you are unable to arrange a pick-up with our office, then it may be necessary to pay for a taxi cab to pick you up at the bus station and take you to your new housing destination. Be sure to have the address of your housing destination ready and available for the driver when you get picked up. Yellow Cab of Northwest Indiana is one of the closest taxi cab companies available, and can be reached by telephone at 219-932-9999 (This company is not in any way affiliated with Purdue Calumet or IPO, and we hold no responsibility for poor or unsatisfactory service). Please note that in the U.S. it is necessary to request taxi cab service by telephone call.


Housing Information:

New students are strongly encouraged to make housing arrangements before you arrive in the U.S. Students have the option of living on campus at the University Village, or off campus in a house or apartment of your choosing. You can learn more about living on campus at the University Village Residence Halls, and complete the University Village housing application process by clicking on the link below:

University Village: Future Residents Information

New Resident Information Session:

When you arrive at University Village (UV), you will be required to attend a mandatory housing information session for new UV residents 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 UV, and find out about recommended items that will be essential for a successful stay.The dates for New Resident Information Sessions will be posted soon. Please check back for more information. 

Off-Campus Housing: If you would like information about living off-campus, please contact the IPO Mentors at for assistance.


SEVIS Check-In

One of the first things you will be required to do upon your arrival to the Purdue Calumet campus is report to the International Students & Scholars division of the International Programs Office in CLO 176 for SEVIS (immigration) Check-In. 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


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). Our orientation program provides valuable information to ease your transition to campus and life in the USA.
New International Student Orientation for Spring 2015 will be held on
Thursday, January 8th in Alumni Hall
Doors open and registration begins at 9:30am
Orientation starts at 10am.


Please note that in addition to the New International Student Orientation hosted by the International Programs Office, graduate students also must attend a Graduate School Orientation, and students in the English Language Program also must attend an ELP Orientation. You should receive information regarding any program-specific orientation events directly from your departments and schools.


ELP Students: Placement Testing and ELP Orientation Session

For those of you who will be joining the English Language Program (ELP), please note that you will have to take a Placement Exam on Tuesday January 6th from 9:00am – 1:00pm in CLO 151. No pre-registration is required for this testing. In addition to participating in the mandatory New International Student Orientation on Thursday January 8th, you also must attend an additional orientation session for ELP students only, on Friday, January 9th from 9:00am – 12:00pm in CLO 151. During this session you will learn about the policies, expectations, and benefits related to the English Language Program.


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


Other Questions?

 If at any time you have any other questions or concerns about arriving to campus, finding a place to live and getting settled in, attending New International Student Orientation, or any other topics please send an email to the International Programs Coordinator at