IUP provides a mandatory three- to four-day International Student Orientation Program for all new students. You are required to attend. It is not optional. It will cover basic and important issues that will enable you to settle quickly into life at IUP and the Indiana community itself. Even if you have had prior experience in the United States, we require that you attend. Use IUP Maps, Directions, and Parking to find your way to the Orientation Programming listed below.
Submit the Transportation Request Form if you need airport transportation on our arrival day. You can also find important resources in our International Student Handbook. Email questions to email@example.com.
On the first day of Orientation, a breakfast will be served buffet style, and an orientation packet with the complete schedule will be distributed at that time. Students are required to arrive for the first session on this day, and also for subsequent sessions that will be held until classes begin.
Note: One to two meals per day will be provided during Orientation. Dining halls will not always be open; please be prepared to pay for any additional meals during this time.
Please note that all ALI and all undergraduate students (freshman and transfer, as well as exchange students who are interested in taking English or math courses) must take English and math tests to assist academic advisors with course registration and accurate course placement. Testing is mandatory and will be conducted during Orientation. No preparation is necessary for these tests.
Spring 2020 Orientation Details
Below is a brief outline of the orientation schedule.
Transportation from Pittsburgh International Airport to IUPArrival day schedule for all new IUP international students:10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. — Pittsburgh International Airport Transportation to IUP. One or two shuttles will
be going to and from the airport on this day. Wait between Baggage Claim Areas A and B. A seat on these shuttles must be reserved in advance, and a confirmation time for the shuttle pick-up will be emailed to you. Cost is
$60 per person.
On-Campus Housing Move-In and Walmart Shuttles from Wallwork Hall3:00 to 10:00 p.m. — On-campus housing move-in and Walmart Shuttles to Wallwork Hall. On-campus housing check-in for all students who have submitted housing contracts
will be in Wallwork Hall. Please note: IUP will not be able to accommodate arrivals before 3:00 p.m. or after 10:00 p.m. Shuttles to Walmart department store for any items needed by new students will be running every hour, departing from Wallwork
Welcome Block Party for all new students will be held. Meet other new students, sample food from local restaurants, or relax inside with board games.
New International Student Orientation Program (for exchange and undergraduate and graduate degree-seeking students) begins at 9:00 a.m. (location TBA) Check in and receive an orientation schedule. We will review important resources for international students, and discuss US academic
culture and an overview of immigration requirements. Students will receive a tour of Indiana and IUP as well as be advised and register for classes.
Graduate students should contact their graduate coordinators, listed on the IUP admission letter, for advising and a registration pin number. Most graduate departments prefer students register for classes prior to coming to the United States.
Registration for undergraduate students will be done during Orientation. Schedules of your classes will be constructed at that time and not prior to your arrival at IUP. A range of seats in courses are being held for international students during Orientation.
If you are concerned about classes, please contact your department with questions. Generally, the Office of International Education staff members are not your academic advisors.
To see a list of courses required by your major:
To view classes offered for each semester:
A web-based utility called iconnect.iup.edu now makes it easier to configure and connect to the IUP wired network, regardless of your platform (PC or Mac) or operating system.
You must know your IUP username and network password to use iconnect. See instructions for How to Reset Your Own Network Password.
Residential Network SetupTo use iconnect.iup.edu to connect your machine to the wired network, you must connect your machine to an active jack in your residence hall room, using an Ethernet cable.
To pay IUP tuition, fees, medical evacuation/repatriation fee, immigration fee, orientation fee, and, if applicable, room and meals, please be prepared to make appropriate banking arrangements upon your arrival. All students should be prepared to pay their IUP bill at the end of the orientation program. A local on-campus bank representative (PNC) will attend orientation and assist all students interested in opening a PNC bank account. Other banks have student accounts as well and are within walking distance of IUP.
Please Note: Tuition and fees are subject to change at any time. Prices are usually increased in July for the next academic year. All prices listed on immigration documents and brochures are estimates and are subject to change.
You will receive an email at your IUP e-mail address when your bill is available for review. You must view your bill by logging into MyIUP and following the Student Services tab to access IUP EasyPay. Bills are issued electronically on the 28th day of each month, with payment due the 20th day of the following month. You can expect the fall (August) semester bill online in July, and the spring (January) semester bills will be available in November.
Sponsor (Third Party) Billing
When you have a sponsor who is paying all or part of your semester fees, you can have your sponsor billed directly by our office. You must bring or mail your statement on or before the billing due date and include an authorization letter from the sponsor detailing the sponsorship and authorizing IUP to bill for your fees. You will be responsible for making payment for any remaining balance by the billing due date.
If you are attending IUP as an exchange student, you will still receive a bill. However, this will require you to pay only the amount that is not covered by your exchange agreement. The OIE can help if you have questions about which expenses are covered by your exchange.
What type of payment will IUP accept?
Since you will be expected to pay IUP tuition, fees, mandatory health insurance, orientation fee, and, if applicable, room and board during orientation, please make sure that you have made appropriate banking arrangements. A representative from a local on-campus bank, PNC, will attend orientation and assist all students interested in opening a PNC bank account. Other banks have student accounts as well and are within walking distance of IUP.
Acceptable forms of payment are as follows:
Please note: IUP will not accept foreign currency or checks drawn on a foreign bank account.
What banks are in Indiana?
It takes banks several weeks to process checks that are drawn on a foreign bank. Traveler’s checks, bank cashier’s checks, or international postal money orders, all made payable in US dollars by a US bank or financial agency, can be processed by banks without delay. Your local home bank can advise you of these matters, and we suggest that you discuss them with your bank before leaving home.
All degree-seeking, international students (F-1 or J-1 visa status) are reviewed for financial assistance from IUP’s Office of International Education through a Partial Tuition Waiver (PTW). Students on other visa types or legal permanent residence (green
card) are not eligible for any OIE funding. Undergraduate students can complete IUP’s General Scholarship Application and contact their academic department about additional scholarship eligibility. Graduate students may also be eligible for
a graduate assistantship in their department. Please select the link below for more information on graduate assistant positions and for the application.
General Scholarship Application for IUP
Partial tuition waivers are awarded to eligible international students based on financial need, and no additional application form is necessary. If students are awarded a PTW, the amount of funding will be reflected on the immigration documents (I-20
or DS-2019), and an official PTW letter will be included in the student’s acceptance package.
What is a Partial Tuition Waiver (PTW)?
The PTW is a financial award for international
students seeking a degree at IUP. Students who are awarded PTW will have the
funds automatically applied to their tuition bill. If you are not a sponsored
or exchange student and do not have a GA or TA position, you may be eligible
for a Partial Tuition Waiver. PTW recipients are chosen based on
Available PTW Funding Amount Per Semester
International students awarded a PTW receive the following amount of money each academic semester (fall and spring only), provided they maintain good academic and immigration status and complete the required service hours. The PTW award will be automatically
applied towards a student’s fall and/or spring semester tuition bill after the drop/add period.
Maintaining A Partial Tuition Waiver
PTW students must come to the OIE for a mandatory meeting once per funded semester to discuss expectations of PTW and plans for volunteer hours. The date and time of the meeting will be sent to you by email. If you do not attend the meeting, your PTW award will be held until you meet with us. If you cannot attend the meeting, you must contact the OIE as soon as possible.
PTW students must complete a Qualtrics survey every funded semester which will function as their PTW contract. A link to this survey will be provided by email to PTW students. If you do not complete the survey, your PTW will be revoked.
PTW students must complete unpaid, volunteer service each semester PTW is awarded. If you do not complete the mandatory volunteer hours, your PTW will be revoked.
To maintain a PTW, students must complete mandatory service hours.
If you have questions about the acceptability of hours from a volunteer activity, please email OIE-PTW@iup.edu or firstname.lastname@example.org to receive approval.
PTW students are responsible for submitting proof of volunteer hours to the OIE by the deadlines listed each semester. Hours must be officially submitted to the OIE by completing the Partial Tuition Waiver Hour Confirmation Sheet. Another acceptable form of reporting service hours is through a report by supervisors or faculty via direct email or a letter to the Office of International Education. Please note that, if submitting a PTW Hour Confirmation Sheet with more than 10 hours for a volunteer service, you are required to provide a specific list of the days and times of the volunteer service to substantiate the hours.
To guarantee that students will continue to receive the PTW, service hours must be reported by the following deadlines:
Partial Tuition Waiver Hour Confirmation Sheet
Partial Tuition Waiver Appeal Form
Related Sites and Other Financial Information
Additional information about financial assistance can be found in the links below.
Graduate Assistantships and Scholarships
Undergraduate Tuition and Fees and Graduate Tuition and Fees
Student Loans for International Students
eduPass: Guide to studying in the USA
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
IIE for Funding Sources in United States
Loans for Latin American and Caribbean Students
All PTW students are required to participate the following OIE events: International Education Week (fall), International Unity Day (spring), and the OIE Food Drive. These volunteer hours are on campus and are guaranteed.
Below are other OIE-sanctioned volunteer opportunities. These are not guaranteed, may be off-campus, and may require interviews and/or obtaining clearances. The OIE can offer advisement on how to obtain clearances.
This will be a weekly event, every Tuesday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The office of International Education will transport you to Four Footed Friends, where you will be responsible for walking dogs, playing with the cats, and cleaning the litter boxes and the pens the dogs stay in. If you attend each week, this will cover an undergraduate’s 40-hour requirement.
Volunteers provide a variety of services, such as greeting patients, sorting incoming hospital mail, and escorting patients to the appropriate areas. To be considered as a volunteer, please complete the online volunteer application or call the Volunteer Office for a paper application at 724-357-7138. Clearances are needed. See IRMC Volunteer Opportunities.
The IUP Libraries have many opportunities for volunteering. Contact Linda Cramer, email@example.com, for opportunities that are available.
ICCAP provides programs aimed at helping low-income families and individuals attain self-sufficiency. The programs provide new ways to solve household problems, manage emergencies, learn new living skills, and foster community involvement. They also examine and promote methods by which organizations and institutions can deal with the problems of rural and disadvantaged people.
American Culture and English (ACE) tutoring is a unique opportunity for ALI student to benefit from individualized instruction with highly qualified peer tutors. SkillZone tutors will help international student develop essential academic skills, such as study strategies, managing classroom expectations, technology, and academic integrity. You must interview for these volunteer opportunities.
Visit the YMCA website to download the application, or contact George Nace by email at Georgenace@icymca.org or by calling 724-463-9622 for more information on how to get involved in the YMCA of Indiana County Programs.
For more volunteer opportunities, visit the Office of Service Learning in Pratt Hall Suite 302 or by visiting their website.
Submitting Proof of Volunteer Hours
Partial Tuition Waiver Hour Confirmation Sheet is available below for download.
Partial Tuition Waiver Appeal Process
If you are an undergraduate student, you can appeal a PTW denial after two semesters. If you are a graduate student, you can appeal a PTW denial after one semester.
Additional Scholarship Links
eduPass: Guide to Studying in the USA
International students and scholars who choose to bring their families to the US while studying at IUP may have questions about medical facilities, schools, and entertainment. The link below provides a list of resources available to families while in Indiana, Pennsylvania. We encourage all family members to purchase health insurance while here. Please contact our office with any additional questions you may have.