International student enrollment: After admission

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For undergraduate international students

Please note: This page is for you if you have been admitted. If you have yet to apply, go here to begin the application process.


1. Admission decision

After you are admitted, please fill out this short form to tell us your decision regarding your admission to the university.

  1. Beginning in the Fall 2018 semester you will be able to submit your enrollment fee online. Until then, contact your admission advisor to hold your place. 
2. Submit required documents to obtain your visa

If you have not submitted the following documents, you must submit them now.

  1. Passport biographical (photo) page
  2. A bank statement or letter showing that you have enough funding to cover education and living expenses
  3. Complete the Declaration & Certification of Finances for Undergraduate Students form

Follow this link to access all forms for international students.

Documents may be submitted as PDFs to

3. Receive your I-20 or DS-2019

You will need your I-20 or DS-2019 to apply for your visa. Make sure you have provided your financial documents and a copy of your passport to

4. Apply for a visa
  1. Before you apply for your F-1 or J-1 student visa you must submit Form I-901 pay a $200 SEVIS fee  to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
  2. Schedule your visa interview by going to a U.S. embassy or consulate in your home country. List of U.S. embassies and consulates.
  3. Prepare for your interview. See "How to Prepare for Your Visa Appointment" on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security site.
  4. Collect documentation for your interview: Your passport, I-20 or DS-2019, Letter of Admission, financial documents and proof of your ties to your home country. 
5. Apply for housing (Temp, On-Campus, Off-Campus)

On-campus housing: All new undergraduate and new English Language Institute students are required to live on campus in one of our award winning residence halls for the first two years of their time at Akron. Living on campus will help you acclimate to campus sooner and make friends. Learn more about the halls.

Note: Residence Halls fill up very quickly. The Residence Hall handbook has more information. 

Off-campus options: The Off-Campus Living page includes useful information about the housing options available in the area and the support available for students who choose to live off campus. 

If you need somewhere to stay while you look for long term housing, check out the temporary housing options for new international students.

6. Need to defer? 

Should you need to defer your attendance to a later date, please let us know by emailing international recruitment at

7. At the Port of Entry into the United States

Learn what to prepare for arriving in the United States, documents you should carry, inspection requirements and more can be found on this port of entry webpage. 

8. Health insurance

The University of Akron requires that all international students have major medical health insurance through UA’s student health plan. When you first register for classes, the mandatory health insurance fee will be added automatically to your student account, unless you have insurance through a government sponsored scholarship, or parental/spousal employer coverage for the academic year. More about health insurance for international students. You will also learn more at orientation.

9. Arrive at The University of Akron

You must provide to us your arrival flight information to receive your Orientation details prior to coming to Akron. 

When you arrive on campus, first check-in with us at UA's International Center in Buchtel Hall suite 202 (map). All of our contact information and hours of operation is listed below.

When you come to our office, present your passport and Form I-20 OR DS-2019, including documentation for any dependents. 

Please note: Failure to report to the school listed on your Form I-20 or DS-2019 will be reported to the United States Citizenship and Immigrations Services (USCIS) as a violation of your immigration status.

Visit our Arrival Information page for everything you need to know once you arrive in Akron and on campus, including Orientation details and helpful information.