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 informative, fun, and interactive programs cover a variety of topics that will help you meet new friends and learn about EIU!
New International Students Stand by EIU's Booth Library with International Student Ambassadors.
This information is subject to change due to local COVID-19 regulations.
Plan to arrive in the United States on Sunday, August 15 or Monday, August 16, 2021. OISS will help you get to EIU's campus for those who follow the directions in the Fall 2021 Arrival Assistance & Orientation Handbook. If you travel on your own, you are assuming the responsibility for arriving on campus on time.
Orientation for Fall 2021 will be offered in two parts:
Fall 2021 classes will begin on Monday, August 23, 2021.
As a reference, a past Orientation schedule is available here.
Unfortunately, temporary housing will not be available during International Student Orientation week.
You must have a place to stay in Charleston upon your arrival to campus and throughout August 19, 2021.
Starting on Friday, August 20, students planning on living on campus will be able to move to their assigned campus residence hall. Those living off campus should keep in touch with their landlords about their own move-in day.
To apply for campus housing, please visit the EIU Housing website at https://www.eiu.edu/housing/. Note that freshmen under age 21 are required to live on campus in our residence halls. You can reserve residence hall housing by emailing Ms. Lindsey Partlow at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please inform Ms. Partlow of your arrival date.
To live off-campus, the information for several rental companies is listed on the Charleston, Illinois Chamber of Commerce website here: https://www.charlestonchamber.com/. Click on "Membership," then "Member Directory," then use the pull-down menu that says “View All Businesses” to choose “Apartments/Rental Properties.”
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There are several tasks that you should complete before you arrive on campus. Once you arrive, however, OISS hosts International Student Orientation which helps you get settled and to take care of important items before the academic year begins.
All F-1 and J-1 visa holders, including new students and those returning to EIU after a leave of absence, are required to complete 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Visit MyEIU for more required tasks prior to the start of classes.
Here is a map of popular locations on campus.
All F-1 and J-1 students are REQUIRED to check in at the Office of International Students & Scholars during International Student Orientation or within 5 days of your arrival on campus. This is required by U.S. federal law.
If you do not comply with U.S. immigration regulations, you will have a registration hold placed on you record, which means means you will not be able to register for classes. Further instructions will be provided to you.
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We will see you soon!