Pre-Arrival Information for New International Students

Airport Pick-Ups:

The International Programming Office at Purdue University Calumet offers a limited meet & greet transport service to first-time international students arriving at either Chicago O’Hare or Chicago Midway during the designated airport pick-up period:

  • Spring 2016 Airport Pick-Ups will be offered December 15 – January 5 (LIMITED, see below)
  • Airport Pick-ups will not be provided on December 24, 25, 26, 27, 31, or January 1 due to holidays.

The Airport Pick-Up and Housing Information form must be completed at least two weeks before your arrival date in order to secure your airport pick-up.

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 (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

Housing Information:

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:

University Village: Future Residents Information

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

SEVIS Check-In:

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

New International Student Orientation:

The International Programming 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 will be held on the following dates:
  • 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

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

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 you have any other questions or concerns about arriving to campus, please send an email to the IPO Mentors at