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EIU Office of International Students and Scholars

International Student Orientation

Welcome to EIU, Charleston, and The United States!

Eastern Illinois University hosts an International Student Orientation (ISO) and several welcome events for incoming international students. These fun, informative, and interactive programs cover a variety of topics that will help you meet new friends and learn about EIU!

Orientation Spring 2019

Program Information 

Plan to arrive in the United States on either Sunday, August 11, or Monday, August 12, 2019. 

The required International Student Orientation for all new international students will be Tuesday, August 13 - Thursday, August 15, 2019. 

Classes begin Monday, August 19, 2019. 

Learn more about Prowl activities happening around campus. 

All F-1 and J-1 visa holders, including new students and those returning to EIU after a leave of absence, are required to attend International Student Orientation. All other U.S. visa holders, permanent residents, U.S. citizens who grew up abroad, parents, and spouses are also invited to attend Orientation, but they will need to contact international@eiu.edu for more information. 

 

Pre-Arrival


International Student Orientation

 

ISO is designed for you to get settled and to take care of important items such as: 

  • Finalizing your class schedule 
  • Opening a US bank account - W8
  • Finalizing your housing 
  • Buying school supplies to set up your residence hall room or apartment 
  • Get your Panther Card 
  • Complete immunization documentation 
  • SEVIS Check-in with International Students & Scholars

Visit MyEIU for more required tasks prior to the start of classes.

Here is a map of popular locations on campus.


Immigration Check-In 

All F-1 and J-1 students are REQUIRED to check in at the International Students & Scholars office within five days of your arrival on campus or at your predetermined check-in session (International Student Orientation). This is required by US federal law. 

All incoming international students will have a registration hold placed on their records - this means you will not be able to register for classes until you check-in. Further instructions will be provided for check-in. 

Check-in requirements: 

  • I-20 or DS-2019 
  • Biographical page of passport 
  • I-94 
  • F-1 or J-1 visa stamp 
  • Be ready to provide a complete US address.

  

Questions? 

If you have any questions, you may contact us at international@eiu.edu or at 1 (217) 581-2321. 

We look forward to seeing you soon! 

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Contact Information

Office of International Students and Scholars

1170 Blair Hall
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, Illinois
61920-3099 USA
+001(217)581-2321
oiss@eiu.edu


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