Pre-Arrival Information for International Students
Successful applicants to EOU will receive notification of admission in the form of an acceptance letter and an I-20 form necessary for obtaining an F-l student visa. Your admission status will be determined upon receipt of all required credentials.
Along with the letter of acceptance, you will receive helpful information on how to apply for an F-1 student visa. Foreign students must appear before a United States Consulate in order to secure an F-l student visa. The following items must be presented. Please review all your documents to ensure accuracy prior to applying for your visa.
- Form I-20 (certificate of eligibility issued by Eastern Oregon University)
- Valid passport
- Proof of sufficient financial support
- Letter of admission
- Proof of payment of your $200 USD SEVIS I-901 Fee
International Student Adviser
The International Student Adviser will help you become acquainted with EOU and the La Grande community. The adviser acts as a liaison between international students and the sponsoring agencies, provides assistance in the interpretation of immigration laws and regulations, and helps students with academic concerns, financial matters and personal or social situations. In addition, you will assigned an academic adviser who will help you plan a program of study.
Prior to your arrival, e-mail your travel information to the International Student Adviser and complete the following:
- Fill out the Arrival Notification Form
- Make arrangements with the International Student Adviser to be picked up at the Pendleton airport or the local bus station (for students traveling to La Grande for the first time).
- See the International Student Programs website.
Traveling to the U.S.
The essential documents to have with you at all times during your trip are:
- Valid passport (must be valid 6 months beyond date of entry into the U.S.)
- Valid F-1 visa
- Copy of your SEVIS I-901 payment receipt
- Form I-20
- Travelers checks
- Copy of travel itinerary
- Emergency contact information
- Contact information for EOU’s International Student Adviser, Janet Camp
Upon Your Arrival
- Check into your residence hall
- Review welcome packet found in your room (if living on campus)
- Attend International Student Orientation and Mountie WOW!
International Student Orientation
Before you start classes, you’ll attend an orientation to help you prepare and become acquainted with EOU. International students are welcomed to campus beginning Sept. 18-21 for special activities. All new students take part in Mountie Week of Welcome (WOW) from Sept. 21-25. Both programs are essential to your success and are a fun, exciting beginning to your college experience!
During orientation be sure to:
- Arrive on time to all events to ensure a successful beginning at EOU
- Bring all documents to check-in meeting
- Take placement exams required to register for classes
- English placement for all new international students will be given during the scheduled orientation time
- EOU placement exams are only required of students who have not taken college level math or writing in the U.S. and are to be determined by your academic adviser
- Meet with academic adviser to register for classes (12 credit minimum)
- Turn in required immunization forms (failure to do so will prevent you from registering)
- Complete Revolving Charge Contract
- Use your course schedule and campus map to find the location of your classes. Your Resident Assistant is here to help if you need it!
- Purchase text books
First Week of Classes
The following items should be part of your schedule during the first week of classes.
- Pay your bill or make payment arrangements by the 14th calendar day of the term
- Start a routine of checking your EOU e-mail account regularly
- Attend class consistently from the first day
To receive additional information regarding policies and procedures, please contact Janet Camp, International Student Services Coordinator, at 541-962-3406 or toll-free at 1-800-452-8639 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.