Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
- I am not a U.S. citizen and currently live overseas, how do I apply for Undergraduate Admissions?
- I am not a U.S. citizen and currently live overseas, how do I apply for Graduate Admissions?
- I have been accepted to the University of Louisville, what are my next steps?
- Do I need to get my immunizations records?
- How do I apply for my student visa?
- I have questions about my passport?
- Where can I print off my I-94 number?
- How do I apply for on-campus housing?
- Is there temporary housing available?
- How do I contact my undergraduate or graduate academic advisor?
- How to I register for my courses?
- Will someone pick me up from the airport when I arrive in Louisville?
- How do I log into ULink and my Email?
- How do I receive a student ID?
- What are the insurance requirements? Is there a waiver process?
- How do I pay my tuition and other fees?
- Can I work on-campus? How?
- How do I apply for Curricular Practical Training (CPT)?
- How do I apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT)?
- I am currently on OPT, how do I apply for STEM?
- Where do I find information about academic training?
- Where can I find information for Social Security?
- Where can I find information on U.S. Taxes?
- Transfer-In or Transfer-Out from the University of Louisville?
- I would like to invite family/friends to visit me, how can I receive an invitation letter?
- Are there any scholarship opportunities from the International Center?
- How do I obtain a driver’s license?
- What do I need to do to travel from the US?
- How do I invite a J-1 Exchange Visitor/Post-Doc/Scholar to the University of Louisville?
- Any other J-1 information I should know?
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.