Immigration laws allow you to arrive in the U.S. no more than 30 days before the report date listed on your Form I-20 or Form DS-2019.
The start date on the I-20/DS-2019 is the arrival day for all new international students. Housing and transportation provided by IUP are organized around these days.
Entering the United States of America
When entering the U.S., you will need to show your passport, visa, and IUP I-20 (F-1) or DS-2019 (J-1). Your passport must be valid for at least six months after your arrival. Be ready to show proof of finances and your SEVIS fee receipt. You will be fingerprinted, photographed, and an entry stamp will be placed in your passport. You may be asked to go to another line where they will look at your documents and ask additional questions.
Your arrival will be registered electronically. After arriving, you can go to U.S. Customs and Border Protection to view and print a copy of your I-94, a document that verifies your legal entry. The printed I-94 is required for obtaining a Social Security number, driver’s license, and employment in the U.S. Our office will collect copies of your passport, visa, I-20 or DS-2019, and I-94 during orientation to activate your F-1 or J-1 status.
Arriving at the Pittsburgh Airport
We advise all students to make flight destinations to the Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT). If you fly to New York City, you can also travel by bus (11–13 hours) to our on-campus bus stop in Indiana. Indiana, Pennsylvania, is approximately 80 miles northeast of the Pittsburgh International Airport. Our office has organized a shuttle pick-up from the airport for the designated arrival dates only. If you arrive a day early, we recommend that you stay at a hotel overnight and get hotel transportation back to the airport for the IUP pick up the next day. If you arrive prior to or after these days, you can make your own airport transportation arrangements. If you fly to New York City, you can also travel by bus (11–13 hours) to an on-campus bus stop in Indiana, Pennsylvania, approximately 80 miles northeast of the Pittsburgh International Airport. Indiana does not have a commercial airport; the closest airport is in Pittsburgh.
Students arriving a few days prior to the official arrival day who have an on-campus housing contract can check in at Wallwork Hall, but will first need to make arrangements with the IUP Office of Housing, Residential Living, and Dining.
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Where should I go when I arrive at IUP?
If you have reserved on-campus housing, you must report to the Wallwork Hall on the IUP campus between 3:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. on the arrival day. If you are planning to live off campus, please make arrangements with your landlord or friends to pick you up before the first day of Orientation. All new international students must attend the 9:00 a.m. Orientation session the day after arrival day. New students with questions can also stop by our office during business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. See the campus map to find us. We’re located in Delaney Hall on Grant Street.
It is best to fly to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and arrange ground transportation in advance from the airport to IUP. Indiana, Pennsylvania, is approximately 80 miles northeast of the Pittsburgh International Airport. Indiana does not have a commercial airport; the closest airport is in Pittsburgh.
We do not recommend taking a taxi from Pittsburgh to Indiana unless there are two or three passengers. It is very expensive—$200+!
The shuttles from the airport to IUP will begin at noon and end at 7:00 p.m. Please try to arrange your flight so that you will have shuttle available to transport you. That means try to arrive at the Pittsburgh airport before 7:00 p.m.
IUP Airport Pickup
The Office of International Education will take reservations for an IUP van/bus to transport new incoming students from the Pittsburgh International Airport to the IUP campus on the official arrival day: August 19, 2019 (fall) (for new students only)
Please be aware that the university does not have the resources to meet nor transport students on an individual basis.
Below is a list of local accommodations in Indiana, Pennsylvania, including hotels, bed-and-breakfasts, and more. Some hotels may offer a discounted rate for new IUP students—please check with the hotel prior to booking.
Best Western Indiana Inn
Address: 111 Plaza Drive - 3 miles from IUP
Address: 1275 Indian Springs Road - 2 miles from IUP
Hilton Garden Inn
Address: 714 Pratt Dr, Indiana PA 15705. Only 0.2 miles from IUP.
Park Inn by Radisson
Address: 1395 Wayne Avenue - 2 miles from IUP
Quality Inn and Suites
Address: 1545 Wayne Avenue - 3 miles from IUP
If you need to reserve a hotel room in Pittsburgh, see the list of
Pittsburgh hotels on the Airport Hotel Guide site.
All rates for airport transportation are subject to change. Please be aware that the university does not have the resources to meet nor transport students on an individual basis.