Use the checklist below as a guide to help you prepare for your arrival to the USA and your first weeks at The University of Akron. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list of all of the things you should do, but simply a help to you so that you can be prepared.
Make sure that your I-20/DS-2019 includes your correct name as listed on you passport, correct date of birth, and correct major and academic level. If you received an I-20/DS-2019 for dependents, make sure their personal information is listed correctly. Sign page one of your I-20/DS-2019. (Are you transferring from another institution? See the transfer information at the bottom of the page.)
You will need this in order to apply for your visa. Information on the SEVIS fee can be found at www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/.
Be sure to follow the Embassy's instructions for non-immigrant visa applicants and provide all of the required documentation. More information and tips on applying for your visa can be found at www.uakron.edu/dotAsset/1514155.pdf.
All new international students must check-in with the Office of International Programs prior to orientation. Check-In is done by appointment only. You are required to attend your scheduled "Check-In Session." F-1 and J-1 students should only register for check-in after the visa is received. Click HERE to register for your Check-In Session.
if you would like the chance to connect with fellow students admitted for the Spring 2012 semester. Click HERE to visit the Facebook group. You will need to create a Facebook account, if you do not already have one, in order to join the group.
F-1/J-1 students are permitted to enter the USA up to 30 days before the starting date listed on the I-20, which means that you can enter the USA as early as December 10, 2011. You should plan to arrive in time to attend your scheduled Check-In Session and Mandatory New International Student Orientation.
If you have not yet made arrangements for your housing, there are some community groups that can match you with a host family for your first few days in Akron, while you look for housing.
Be sure to check with your academic department to see if they have any other requirements for you.
Anticipate how much money you will need to cover your immediate expenses upon arrival in the USA and plan accordingly. Refer to page three for more information. Graduate students with assistantships may not be paid until after the semester has started.
Many current international students recommend bringing items from home that might be difficult to find or expensive in the USA, such as medicines, non-perishable food items, and clothing. You should bring some warm clothing and a winter coat so that you have them once you step off of the plane. Be sure to pack all of your immigration documents in your carry-on bag so that you have them with you at the port of entry.
You have embarked on an exciting journey to fulfill many of your personal, academic, and professional goals. Take a moment to reflect on all of the hard work that has gotten you to this point in your life. For information on what to expect at the port of entry, please read the information here.
The OIP is located in the Polsky Building, room 483 (Campus Map) The OIP is open Monday- Friday 8:00am- 5:00 pm should you need assistance outside of your scheduled Check-In Session.
All international students are required to purchase UA’s Student Health Insurance. Click here to read about the UA Student Health Plan and enroll in coverage.
Undergraduate students under the age of 21 are strongly encouraged to apply for on-campus housing. Contact Residence Life and Housing at firstname.lastname@example.org or +1 330 972 7800, to reserve your space as soon as possible. Residence Halls fill up very quickly. Most international students choose to live off-campus in the surrounding neighborhoods. The office of Off-Campus Student Services offers assistance to students who choose to live off campus. If you choose to live off-campus, we strongly encourage you to thoroughly inspect your apartment/house and make sure you understand the terms and conditions of the leasebefore you sign the lease. The UA Police Department offers a free apartment safety inspection for UA students. More information will be given at orientation.
Orientation will be held at the Martin University Center on January 4-5 for all students, with additional activities on January 6 for Undergraduate and Reciprocity students. You will be given an orientation schedule during your Check-In Session. Breakfast and lunch will be provided at orientation with many vegetarian options available. Students with a conditional admission who will attend the English Language Institute (ELI) before starting their academic program should not attend orientation and should instead contact ELI for orientation information.
Graduate students should meet with their academic adviser in their academic department to establish a class plan. Undergraduate students will be given an appointment with their academic adviser at orientation to register for classes.
To find sample questions visit: http://act.org/compass/sample/math.html andhttp://www.math.uakron.edu/~wilder/Math_COMPASS_Prep.htm.
International students in F-1/J-1 visa status who have been offered on-campus employment, graduate assistantships, or who are authorized for off-campus employment, as permitted under immigration regulations, must apply to the Social Security Administration (SSA) for the Social Security Card to obtain a U.S. Social Security Number (SSN).
Follow the instructions available here.
Have a great semester! Participate in campus activities and join student organizations to make friends and feel more at home.