Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)


ISSS Helpful Tips

Review your UofL I-20 or DS-2019 for accuracy (information must be identical to your passport). Pay the SEVIS I-901 fee ($200 for F-1 students or $180 for J-1 students and scholars). Ensure your passport validity, passport should be valid at all times (six months into the future). Make a Visa Appointment; keep in mind that some students from a few countries are not required to obtain a visa; however the SEVIS fee must be paid and you must travel with an I-20, I-901 SEVIS receipt and proof of financials.Prepare for the student visa interview and attend the visa interview. See the pre-arrival guide for more information.

Keep the following documents on your person at all times during travel to the US: passport, I-20 or DS-2019. Keep copies of your documents in a separate location. You should also pack a change of clothes in a carry-on in case your luggage is misplaced or even lost by the airlines.

Louisville has a four season climate. Bring appropriate winter clothing, as the temperature in Louisville can drop below 10 degrees Celsius and summer temperatures average around 37 degrees Celsius. Dress for class is casual; however you may want to bring a few formal outfits for special events or traditional clothes for international celebrations.

Orientation is mandatory for all international students to cover immigration regulations. During orientation, there will also be the opportunity for you to meet with student organizations, local banks and cell phone carriers at the Resource Fair. Please note that your academic department may have additional orientations which cover information about maintaining your academic status and other issues. Your department may require you to attend those as well. Orientations will be held prior to the start of the semester.