Pre-Arrival Preparation Checklist
Please refer to this checklist to keep you on-track with what you should be doing to prepare for your arrival to Miami University:
CONFIRM YOUR ENROLLMENT AT MIAMI
To confirm your enrollment, go to: http://www.muohio.edu/accepted
To confirm your enrollment, please email globalgrad@MiamiOH.edu
CONFIRM YOUR HOUSING (ON-CAMPUS) / SELECT OFF-CAMPUS HOUSING
Note: The University requires all new undergraduate students to live on-campus during their first two years of study. Students over 21 years of age can live off campus, but must contact the Office of Student Housing housingandmeals@MiamiOH.edu.
ARRANGE YOUR FLIGHT
Please plan according to the International Student Orientation Arrival date. To review these start dates, please click here.
IMPORTANT NOTE: For all initial students, please consider the 30-day entry requirement when making your travel plans to the U.S. This means that you cannot enter the U.S. more than 30 days before the start date listed on your I-20 or DS-2019.
REVIEW AND SIGN YOUR I-20 OR DS-2019 FROM MIAMI UNIVERSITY
If you have not received your SEVIS form I-20 or DS-2019 from Miami University, you should be receiving it shortly. You will need it to apply for your visa and to enter the United States. Please review all information in sections 1-9 and notify ISSS (international@MiamiOH.edu) if there are any errors. If everything is correct, sign and date the bottom of the form.
PAY THE SEVIS FEE
All initial F-1 and J-1 students MUST pay the SEVIS fee prior to their visa interview ($200 for F-1 students; $180 for J-1 students). This is in addition to the visa application fee. For more information on how to pay the SEVIS fee online or by mail, please visit:
http://www.ice.gov/SEVIS/i901/index.htm. The SEVIS fee can be paid online at https://www.fmjfee.com/i901fee/. Be sure to PRINT OUT THE SEVIS FEE RECEIPT to bring to your visa interview. F-2 and J-2 dependents are not required to pay the SEVIS fee.
APPLY FOR YOUR VISA
When you apply for your visa, you will have to submit the Form I-20 or DS-2019, documentation of your financial support, admission letter, SEVIS fee receipt, and evidence that you intend to return to your home country at the conclusion of your studies in the U.S. Before your visa interview, you will need to pay the $140 visa application fee, the $200 SEVIS fee, and fill out Form DS-160. To locate a U.S. Embassy or Consulate, and get visa tips and information, please visit: http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1268.html (for F-1 students) and http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1267.html (for J-1 students)
REGISTER FOR THE INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORIENTATION PROGRAM
Completing the mandatory online registration will allow you to obtain your orientation schedule prior to arrival. It should take you about 15 minutes, and is very easy to understand. You will be able to save your information and log-in at any time (as many times as you need) to complete the process. Please visit https://ioffice.miamioh.edu/orient/ to begin the online registration process.
UPLOAD COPIES OF PASSPORT AND VISA
When you register online at https://ioffice.muohio.edu/orient/, you will be asked to upload a copy of your passport biographical page (NOT PASSPORT PHOTO) and a copy of your current visa. If you do not have a scanner, you can take a picture of these documents and upload the picture. We STRONGLY encourage you to upload a copy of your passport page and visa stamp (if you have your visa stamp at this time). You can always return to the website to upload your visa stamp when you have received it. Any document not uploaded will be scanned for you upon arrival to Miami during Orientation.
PURCHASE YOUR MIAMI METRO AIRPORT BUS TICKET
Miami University has arranged Miami Metro Airport buses to transport new international students from Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky (CVG) airport to Miami University, Oxford. Tickets are $30 per person and are non-refundable. To purchase your Miami Metro Airport bus ticket, please click here.
Please Note: You must print your ticket and present it to board the bus at CVG.
RESERVE A ROOM AT THE DOUBLETREE HOTEL CINCINNATI AIRPORT
A special discounted rate has been arranged at the Doubletree Hotel near CVG airport for Friday and Saturday night prior to the Orientation start dates. In order to receive the special Miami University group rate of $89.95 USD/Night + tax, you MUST book your room at the Doubletree Hotel by following the these instructions:
SET-UP YOUR MIAMI UNIQUE ID AND PASSWORD
For more information, please visit: http://www.units.muohio.edu/internationalprograms/pre-departure-information-resources.php
TAKE THE MATH PLACEMENT TEST (UNDERGRADUATES ONLY)
PURCHASE HEALTH INSURANCE
For more information on how to purchase or waive Miami’s health insurance, please visit: http://www.units.muohio.edu/internationalprograms/health-insurance.php
SUBMIT YOUR MEDICAL FORM
For more information on how to submit your Medical Form, please visit:
PRINT ORIENTATION SCHEDULE
OIE will send you an email shortly before Orientation with instructions on how to print your orientation schedule. Please print your schedule and bring it with you to Orientation. If you do not have access to a printer, you will be able to print your schedule at Orientation.
PREPARE YOUR DOCUMENTS FOR TRAVEL TO PRESENT AT THE U.S. PORT OF ENTRY
You should be prepared to present the following documents to the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) inspector at your port of entry:
- Miami University Issued Form I-20 or DS-2019
- Miami University Admission Letter
- Financial documentation (as you submitted at the time of your admission to Miami and your visa interview)
- SEVIS fee receipt
Please do not store these documents in checked baggage. Bring them with you on the plane so you will have them handy upon arrival.
READ ALL OF THE ARRIVAL AND ORIENTATION INFORMATION ON THE ISSS WEBSITE
Please review all of the arrival and orientation information posted on the OIE website at: http://www.units.muohio.edu/internationalprograms/admitted.php