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 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 informative, fun, 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 Sunday, August 16 or Monday, August 17, 2020.

Starting Fall 2020, the required International Student Orientation for all new international students will be available ONLINE. More information about how to access this requirement is available below.

Classes begin Monday, August 24, 2020. 


Housing Upon Arrival

If you are arriving at EIU before August 16, you are responsible for securing your own housing starting on the date you arrive

 If you are arriving to campus after August 17, you are responsible for securing your own housing starting on the date you arrive.

Transportation from O'Hare International Airport to EIU will not be available due to limited enrollment. Alternative options will be provided to incoming students. 


To apply for campus housing, please visit the EIU Housing website at 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 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: Click on "Membership," then "Member Directory," then use the pull-down menu that says “View All Businesses” to choose “Apartments/Rental Properties.”


Feel free to contact EIU's Housing office or off-campus Charleston rentals. Email if you need assistance.


Pre-Arrival & International Student Orientation

Starting Fall 2020, the required International Student Orientation for all new international students will be available ONLINE

* Click Here for Arrival Assistance & Online Orientation for Fall 2020! *

Orientation is designed for you to get settled and to take care of important items before the academic year begins.

  • Welcome Information
  • Health Services requirements
  • SEVIS Check-in with International Students & Scholars
  • Learning how to properly maintain your immigration status
  • 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 
  • Getting your Panther Card
  • Complete immunization documentation 


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 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 for more information. 


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 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. 

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.



If you have any questions, you may contact us at 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

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