Before You Arrive

Soon you’ll be on the exciting KU campus in Lawrence, Kansas. Before you arrive, complete the steps below to avoid common issues or delays for international students. 

    • Apply for Your Visa

      After you receive the electronic copy of your I-20, complete the following steps before booking your visa appointment:

       a. Schedule a free visa information and preparation session with your personal Enrollment Advisor.

       b. Check that the details on your I-20 are correct (including your date of birth) and make sure your name is the same as it appears on your passport.

       c. Prepare the documents you will need to take to the embassy when attending your visa interview.


      After you complete the above steps, you should apply for your visa as soon as possible. It requires an interview with the U.S. Embassy and can sometimes take several weeks to schedule.

      1. Complete your Visa Application.

      2. Pay your I-90 (SEVIS) fee.

      3. Visit to learn more about scheduling your visa appointment, what to expect when you arrive, and the documentation you need to take with you.

      4. Notify your enrollment advisor of the date and embassy of your visa appointment.

      5. Watch these videos to help you apply for your visa and prepare for your interview:


      Other links that international students find useful:

    • Submit Your Flight Details

      When purchasing your ticket to your new city, plan to arrive on or before your scheduled move-in day. Once you book your flight, visit to enter your flight itinerary and confirm your free airport pickup. These important details will help the campus team prepare for your arrival and make your big day go as smoothly as possible.

      2018 Summer May 29, 2018
      2018 Fall August 6, 2018
    • Pay Your Tuition and Fees

      Making your payment in full two weeks before you arrive will help avoid delays with enrollment. Before you begin, please make sure you have your acceptance letter in front of you, as you will need to refer to the information in the letter.

      Choose between two ways to submit payment for tuition and fees:

      • Flywire by Peer Transfer: Please visit KUAAP Flywire Portal to complete the transfer process. Please note that you can not use a U.S. credit card or U.S. bank account.
      • Wire Transfer: Find the wire transfer information on your offer letter. When making the transaction, be sure to include the student’s name and birthday.
    • Complete The Required Health Forms

      You will need to complete the following health forms before your arrival:

      You will take these forms with you to the Watkins Health Center during orientation.

    • Set up Your KU Online ID and Create Your Email Alias

      All KU Academic Accelerator Program incoming students are required to have a KU ID and email set up before they arrive on campus. You will need to complete this before you leave your home country. Here are the instructions on how to create your ID and email.

    • Complete KU Housing Contract and Select Your Meal Plan (Undergraduate Students Only)

      All KU Academic Accelerator Program incoming students are required to submit a housing contract and select a meal plan before they arrive on campus. You will need to complete these forms before leaving your home country.

      Click one of the links, below, to view step-by-step housing contract instructions for your intake term.

      Summer 2018 Instructions
      Fall 2018 Instructions

    • Submit your Immigration Documents in iHawk

      All KU Academic Accelerator Program incoming students are required to submit all of the immigration documents prior to enrolling in classes. Use this video or the paper instructions on how to submit them. Begin the process here.

    • Prepare for Math and English Placement Exams
      All KU AAP incoming students are required to take a math and English placement exams once they arrive on campus. (Graduate students are only required to take the English Placement exam) You can begin preparing for the exam with by watching this helpful video.

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    Next Steps Brochure
    This useful brochure is full of information on your I-20 paperwork required for your visa, what you should pack, and other tips to prepare you for your arrival to the KU campus.
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    Immigration Guide
    This guide will help you learn more about the process for getting your F-1 visa and arriving in Kansas.
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    Pre-Arrival Checklist
    Check off everything on this list to ensure you have completed all the steps before you arrive and bring everything you need to the KU campus.
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    Orientation Schedule
    Here’s an example of what your orientation schedule might look like. During orientation, you will receive a full campus tour, see the sights around Kansas, and get to know your fellow international students!
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    Academic Calendar
    Plan ahead! This calendar tells you when class starts and ends, and when holidays and exams are happening.