Now that you've been accepted to teach or conduct research at UIU, you'll want to be aware of the following items. This list is designed to help you prepare for your work and travel to UIU. Many of the resources outlined on the Admitted Student Resources will also be of interest for scholars.
Step 1: Health insurance
All international UIU scholars must have the university health insurance. All international scholars will automatically be enrolled in the health insurance plan. More information about the plan and its coverage is available in the UIU insurance brochure.
Step 2: Verify housing arrangements with the Center for International Education
Step 3: Pay the SEVIS Fee
The SEVIS fee is required by the U.S. government as a means to pay for the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). SEVIS maintains records on all J-1 visitors to the U.S.
The SEVIS fee is $180 for all J-1 exchange visitors. For more information regarding the SEVIS fee, please visit the Student and Exchange Visitor Program.
Step 4: Apply for a visa
Each scholar should review the visa requirements and appointment process for the U.S. embassy or consulate that is located closest to them as each embassy can have slightly different requirements for the J-1 visa depending on the country in which it is located. For the basic requirements for the J-1 visa, please visit the U.S. State Department.
Step 5: Complete the Pick-up/Arrival Form
If you would like OIP to arrange transportation from Eastern Iowa Airport (CID) to UIU, fill out the Pick-up/Arrival Form. The Pick-up/Arrival Form must be submitted at least 10 days in advance of your intended arrival date to guarantee transportation.
Step 6: Set up your UIU email account
Step 7: Optional meal plan
If you would like to purchase a meal plan for UIU's cafeteria, please review the plans available through Campus Dining.
Step 8: Entering the U.S.
When entering the U.S., scholars should carry their immigration documents and acceptance packet in a carry-on bag such as a purse or book bag for easy access when going through immigration.
**Due to the involvement of an international student on a terminated SEVIS record in the Boston Marathon bombing, all international students are now being required to go to secondary questioning when going through U.S. customs and immigration. It is not clear at this time whether J-1 scholars will be required to do this as well. To ensure that you make your connecting flight, allow for 3 or more hours to pass through U.S. customs and immigration.
Step 9: Attend orientation
Contact the Center for International Education to schedule your mandatory orientation appointment. You should have the orientation within 3 days of your arrival in Fayette. Please bring your DS-2019, passport, visa, and I-94 print-out (and all of those documents for any dependents that you may have) to your appointment.