Congratulations and welcome to Cleveland State Global! Soon you’ll be on the exciting Cleveland State University campus. Before you arrive, complete the steps below to avoid common issues and delays for international students. If you have any questions, contact us and we’ll be happy to help!

Complete Your Pre-Arrival Checklist

After you receive the electronic copy of your I-20, complete the following steps before booking your visa appointment:

  • Schedule a free visa information and preparation session with your personal enrollment advisor.
  • Check that the details on your I-20 are correct (including your date of birth), and make sure your name is the same as it appears on your passport.
  • Prepare the documents you will need to take to the embassy when attending your visa interview.

After you complete the above steps, you should apply for your visa as soon as possible. It requires an interview with the U.S. embassy and your scheduled appointment may be several weeks out.

  1. Complete your visa application.
  2. Pay your I-901 (SEVIS) fee.
  3. Visit usembassy.gov to learn more about scheduling your visa appointment, what to expect when you arrive, and the documentation you need to take with you.
  4. Notify your personal enrollment advisor of the date and embassy of your visa appointment.
  5. Watch these videos to help you apply for your visa and prepare for your interview:

Other links that international students find useful:

When purchasing your ticket, plan to arrive on or before your scheduled move-in day.

We are so excited for you to join us on campus! To ensure a smooth transition to your new home, plan to arrive on or before your official move-in day. Airport pickup is available at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

Once you book your flights, you must fill out the student arrival form. If your family is joining you, you must also complete the family arrival form.

Move-in dates

For all application and payment deadlines as well as move-in and program start dates, please visit the Important Dates page.

We are looking forward to meeting you in person!

Making your payment in full two weeks before you arrive will help avoid delays with enrollment.

Please complete the following form:

Helpful Resources

This useful brochure is full of information on your I-20 paperwork required for your visa, what you should pack, and other tips to prepare you for your arrival to the Cleveland State University campus.

This guide will help you learn more about the process for getting your F-1 visa and arriving in Cleveland.

Check off everything on this list to ensure you have completed all the steps before you arrive and bring everything you need to the Cleveland State University campus.

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