The International Programs Office (IPO) encourages all newly admitted international students to utilize the resources on this page as you plan your journey to the U.S. and arrival at Purdue Calumet. This page provides incoming international students with important 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 your first few days here. If you have questions or concerns that are not addressed by the information on this page, then please contact us with your questions at IPO@purduecal.edu.
Please Read Our Complete Pre-Arrival Guide Here:
IPO Airport Pick-Ups and Other Transportation Information:
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 stops in Crestwood, Highland, Notre Dame, South Bend Airport, Michigan City, and Portage. You will take 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 www.coachusa.com (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 IPOmentors@purduecal.edu 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. No pick-ups will be made December 24th – January 1.
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.
If you would like information about living off-campus, please contact the IPO Mentors at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
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:
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
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, June 10th from 9:00am – 1:00pm in CLO 151. No pre-registration is required for this testing. Also, in addition to participating in the mandatory New International Student Orientation on Thursday, June 12th, you also must attend a special ELP Orientation on Friday, January 13th from 9:00am – 12:00pm in CLO 151. During this orientation 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 IPOmentors@purduecal.edu.
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 topicsplease send an email to IPOmentors@purduecal.edu.