International Student Visa Information

OES has a robust community of international students in our residential life program. Students from all over the world live on campus in our dorms. 
In order to help students have a smooth transition from their home country to our campus, we have outlined the steps necessary to do that successfully. Please bookmark this page as it contains important information to apply for a U.S. visa as well as tips for travel.
When a non-U.S. citizen has been accepted for admission and has completed enrollment, OES will reach out with specific information regarding how to begin the I-20/visa application process.

How to apply for an F-1 student visa.

Important Documents to Bring on the Airplane (NOT in checked luggage)

  • Airplane ticket(s)
  • Valid passport and visa
  • Printed and signed I-20
  • Form I-901 receipt
  • OES admissions acceptance letter
  • Financial support documents
  • Immunization and medical records regarding chronic medical conditions (with English translations)
  • Contact information for the OES Principle Designated School Official (PDSO), to use in the case of an emergency while traveling or going through immigration. This will be emailed to all residential students in the summer.

Information about the schedule for the first few days on campus, what to pack, roommate details, how to set up a bank account, etc. will be sent throughout the summer.