Accepted International Students
Now that you have been accepted to Kutztown University, you can follow the next steps to become a Golden Bear.
Pay the Advanced Registration Deposit (ARD)
Pay your non-refundable $275 Advanced Registration Deposit (ARD) as soon as possible to confirm your enrollment in the upcoming semester. After you pay your ARD, the Office of International Admissions & Services will send you the I-20 or DS-2019 application, depending on your student type, which you will need get the document you need to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee and apply for a student visa. You will also begin to receive the pre-orientation emails. Payment of the ARD allows you to apply for on-campus housing.
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 (credit card or eCheck) through your MyKU account:
- Log into MyKU using the password and ID you received in your acceptance letter.
- Choose KU Financial Account.
- Click on "Make a Payment" and proceed with payment for the amount "Now Due."
- If you do not see an amount due in MyKU, please contact the Office of International Admissions & Services.
Please note: a 2.75% fee will be assessed for U.S. credit card payments and a 4.25% fee will be assessed for international credit card payments.
3) Mail a US check or money order payable to Kutztown University:
Kutztown UniversityOffice of Student AccountsP.O. Box 730Kutztown, PA 19530USA
- Make sure the student's full name and ID number are on the check or money order
- Mail to:
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 in your acceptance letter. Add @live.kutztown.edu to your ID and the password from your acceptance letter to sign in.
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.
Pay SEVIS I-901 Fee
All international students must register with the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). After you pay the ARD, you will receive your I-20 (F-1 students) or DS-2019 (J-1 exchange students). Please review your I-20 or DS-2019 for accuracy. You will need to I-20 / DS-2019 to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee at www.fmjfee.com. This is required for you to apply for your visa. Visit the SEVIS website and review the Student Visa Requirements webpage for more information.
Apply for a Student Visa
After you pay the SEVIS I-901 fee, you can begin the student visa application process. Visa application requirements vary by country, so you should go to www.usembassy.gov to find the U.S. Embassy or Consulate nearest to you and research the specific requirements. You can also refer to the Student Visa Requirements webpage for more information. Notify the Office of International Admissions & Services when you receive your student visa.
Submit Required Health Forms
You will need to provide proof of certain immunizations and health tests prior to your arrival at KU. Watch for an email from Lois Piehel with information about completing the Health and Wellness Center's requirements. These requirements should be completed and submitted for approval two weeks prior to your arrival.
You will also need to have health insurance for your entire stay in the U.S. See the International Student Health Insurance page for specific details.
For questions about the health forms, please contact Health and Wellness Services at +1 610-683-4082, Option 2, Option 2 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 is posted on our website.Please contact the Office of International Admissions & Services if you have questions about orientation.
Confirm Travel Plans
Please do not make any non-refundable travel plans until you receive your student visa. As soon as you confirm your travel plans, please email the information to the Office of International Admissions and Services. Our staff will transport students from the bus stop on campus or the Lehigh Valley International Airport. You can provide the following information in an email message to the Office of International Admissions and Services:Flight Schedule for All Flights:
Bus/Train/Other Ground Transportation:
- Airline Name and Flight Number
- Departure Time and City
- Arrival Time and City
Please follow these directions to travel from the airport to Kutztown University.
- Bus Company Name
- Departure Time and City
- Arrival Time and City
We encourage students to purchase linens from our partner, Residence Hall Linens, and have them shipped to our office prior to arriving at KU - see shipping address below. The Complete Campus Value Pak is an excellent value for students studying at KU for a degree program and contains most of the items you will need to set up your residence hall room. Students who do not pre-order their linens should consider bringing bedding and a pillow with them to campus or shipping these items to the International Office before they travel to KU. We have a limited supply of basic linens available for purchase in the office. We will take new students on a shopping trip to purchase items for their residence hall during the orientation program.
SHIPPING INFORMATIONAll boxes should be clearly marked with the student's name.The shipping address is:Office of International Admissions and ServicesBoxwood House15200 Main StreetKutztown, PA 19530USA
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.
We look forward to meeting you. Please contact us if you have any questions about the steps you must take before you arrive.