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.
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 using a credit card 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:
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.
Follow the Next Steps Checklist to stay on track
Follow the checklist below to be sure you complete all of the tasks necessary to be successful in the enrollment process!
Submit I-20 or DS-2019 Request and Determine Shipping Method
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.
International exchange students who require a J1 visa to study in the United States must submit a DS-2019 request form the required financial documents, and a copy of their passport before we can issue your DS-2019.
SEVP is currently allowing I-20 documents to be sent via email. If you would prefer to have your documents mailed, please select from the services below.
You have two shipping options available to receive your I-20 or DS-2019:
Regular Overseas Mail
If you prefer not to pay to have your documents sent by express mail our office can send your I-20 or DS-2019 by regular overseas mail. Overseas mail takes 4-6 weeks. If you want your I-20 sent by regular overseas mail please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating this is your preferred mailing choice.
Express Mail Shipment
Kutztown University is pleased to make available DHL, UPS and Federal Express mailing of initial attendance immigration documents (I-20 or DS-2019) to students overseas that are applying for F or J visas. The Office of International Admissions and Services has partnered with eShip Global, which will allow you to receive your documents through DHL, UPS or FedEx.
The DHL, UPS and FedEx mailing costs must be paid by credit card (Visa, Mastercard or Discover cards only). To request express mailing of your documents, go to the eShip Global website and sign up for an account. Please make sure that your name matches your passport and select the Office of International Admissions as the sender address. Please enter 12345 in the student ID field. If you have questions about how to use this service, please visit the FAQs section of the eShip Global website or email email@example.com. Please pay close attention to the information submitted, as errors in the credit card information or submitting incorrect or incomplete address information will result in a delay of your I-20 or DS-2019 mailing.
- Apply for a 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 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.