Arriving at IUP

  • Arrival Information

    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. 

  • IUP Airport Shuttle Service

    Students and scholars admitted to all IUP campuses should make final flights to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and arrange ground transportation in advance from the airport to the IUP campus you are admitted to. Most students will be admitted to the IUP main campus in Indiana, Pennsylvania, which is approximately 80 miles northeast of the Pittsburgh International Airport. Indiana does not have a commercial airport; the closest airport is in Pittsburgh.

    The Office of International Education organizes a shuttle from Pittsburgh International Airport to Indiana, Pa. on the first day of International Orientation. Students admitted to IUP’s Culinary Acasemy, IUP Pittsburgh East, or Northpointe campus should arrange their own airport transportation.

    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.

  • Hotel Information

    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
    Phone: 724-349-4600
    Address: 111 Plaza Drive - 3 miles from IUP  

    Hampton Inn
    Phone: 724-349-7000
    Address: 1275 Indian Springs Road - 2 miles from IUP

    Hilton Garden Inn
    Phone: 724-349-2222
    Address: 714 Pratt Dr, Indiana PA 15705. Only 0.2 miles from IUP.  

    Park Inn by Radisson
    Phone: 724-463-3561
    Address: 1395 Wayne Avenue - 2 miles from IUP  

    Quality Inn and Suites
    Phone: 724-349-9620
    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.

  • Airport Shuttle and Taxi Services

    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.