Accepted International Students
Now that you have been accepted to Kutztown University, you can follow the next steps to become a Golden Bear.
President's International Student Welcome
Kutztown University President, Dr. Kenneth Hawkinson, provides a welcome statement for international students.
International Next Steps Checklist
Download the Checklist to Stay on Track!
Pay the Advanced Registration Deposit (ARD)
Pay your non-refundable $300 Advanced Registration Deposit (ARD) as soon as possible to confirm your enrollment in the upcoming semester.
You can pay the ARD online using the following options:
1) Pay with the currency of your home country using Flywire
2) Pay with U.S. dollars using a credit card through your applicant portal. Refer to the instructions in your acceptance letter.
Login to your MyKU Student Account Portal
All admitted students are assigned a MyKU Student Account portal. Instructions on how to log in are sent via email. Be sure to check this portal regularly for updates on your next steps!
Check KU Email
Your KU student email account will be created 24 hours after KU receives your Advanced Registration Deposit. It is the only email that the campus offices will use to communicate with you about housing, billing, and other important information. Access your student email account by clicking the Yellow K YOU button and then Email icon. Your login will be the user ID and password you received by email.
If you have any difficulty signing into your email account, contact Information Technology at +1 610-683-1511 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Complete Housing Process
All new undergraduate students are required to live in the residence halls for the first two years of study or until they earn 60 credits. A list of exceptions is on the Housing website. Incoming international students with fewer than 30 credits will live in a traditional residence hall. Students with more than 30 credits may live in the suites or apartments on campus.
Check your KU email account for instructions about how to complete the My College Roomie Profile, which will be used to help match you with a roommate prior to your arrival to campus. Housing assignments will be made before the start of the semester.
Questions about housing and residence life should be directed to the Housing, Residence Life and Dining Services Office: +1 610-683-4027, email@example.com.
Submit I-20 Request
International students who require an F1 visa to study in the United states must submit an I-20 request form, the required financial documents, and a copy of their passport before we can issue your I-20.
The international office will email you the I-20 request form once you submit your deposit.
SEVP is currently allowing I-20 documents to be sent via email, we will not be sending a copy through the mail.
- Apply for a Student Visa
Submit Required Health Forms
You will need to provide completed health forms & proof of certain immunizations and health tests prior to your arrival at KU. Watch for an email with information about completing the Health and Wellness Center's requirements. These requirements should be completed and submitted for approval at least two weeks prior to your arrival.
For questions about the health forms, please contact Health and Wellness Services at +1 610-683-4082, Option 2, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submit Proof of Health Insurance Enrollment
International students at Kutztown University are required to carry adequate health insurance in the United States to be effective for all periods of time the student has been authorized to be in the United States by an immigration document issued by the University.
Healthcare is expensive in the United States, and international students are responsible for any costs associated with their physical or mental health. Please note that most health insurance in the U.S. does not cover all medical benefits like prescriptions, dental, and vision.
Health insurance policies must be purchased through a company that sells insurance in the United States. The insurance requirements set forth by the Department of State are as follows:
- Medical Benefits of at least $100,000 per accident or illness
- Repatriation of Remains in the amount of $25,000
- Expenses associated with the medical evacuation of the exchange visitor to his or her home country in the amount of $50,000
- A deductible not to exceed $500 per accident or illness
If you are a degree seeking student holding an F-1 visa, we strongly recommend you follow these requirements when purchasing your insurance.
Kutztown University currently recommends ISO International Student Insurance. ISO has set-up three policy choices that meet university coverage standards.
Other companies to consider:
- Compass Student Insurance: studenthealthusa.com
- International Student Insurance: internationalstudentinsurance.com
International student athletes and students participating in intramural or club sports must have an insurance policy that covers athletics. You may choose any health insurance plan with this coverage. One option is through Tokio Marine HCC. Be aware that the “Smart” Plan does not include athletic coverage. Athletic coverage is optional in these plans and needs to be selected in addition to medical coverage.
Athletic Plans: StudentSecure by Tokio Marine HCC
Review New International Student Orientation Information
All first-time international students are required to attend a mandatory orientation program. Orientation is scheduled the week before classes begin.The tentative orientation schedule will be posted on our website when it becomes available.Please contact the Office of International Admissions & Services if you have questions about orientation.
- Confirm Travel Plans
What to Bring to Campus
You may travel a great distance to get to KU and the U.S. and you might not want to travel with everything you will need at KU. The Office of International Admissions & Services provides several options for you to get the things you will need. You can bring items in your luggage, ship items to the Office of International Admissions & Services before you arrive, or purchase items on the shopping trip planned during orientation.
Plan Payment of Tuition and Fees
Invoices are sent to the KU student email account in mid-July for fall and mid-December for spring. Payments are due around August 1 for fall and January 2 for spring. You will receive an invoice after you receive a course schedule. Check your email and pay your tuition and fees on time. You can view your invoice and pay by credit card or an electronic check from a U.S. bank in MyKU. You can pay by cash or check in person at the Office of Student Accounts.You can pay your KU bill using the currency of your home country through Flywire. For specific payment options and instructions, visit the Office of Student Accounts website.
Submit your Final High School or College Transcripts
Make arrangements to have your secondary school or university transcripts sent to KU. Final secondary school transcripts must include the date of completion/graduation. Final university transcripts must include grades from the last term you took classes at the institution. Transcripts can be sent electronically or via post mail.
Mail to: Office of Undergraduate Admissions, P.O. Box 730, Kutztown, PA 19530 or send electronically directly through your school.
We look forward to meeting you. Please contact us if you have any questions about the steps you must take before you arrive.