Office of International Education

What you need to do before enrolling at IPFW

What to do now that you've been accepted:

Step 1: Pay the SEVIS Fee

Step 2: Obtain a Visa

Step 3: Prepare for Arrival

Step 4: Set up MYipfw

Step 5: Arrange Housing

Step 6: Orientation

Step 7: Register for Classes

   

   

Step 1: Pay the SEVIS Fee

  • School code: CHI214F10460001
  • To begin the entry process, you must pay the $200 SEVIS fee to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) BEFORE entering the United States to begin your studies.  You can use the SEVIS identification number and IPFW's school code given above.  If at all possible, we encourage you to pay the SEVIS fee online.  
    In order to learn more about payment of the SEVIS fee, please click here. Once you have received your I-20, you can apply for a Visa.

   

Step 2: Obtain a Visa

Documents required at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate at your home country to apply for the F-1 Student Visa:

  1. Valid Passport (for at least 6 months into the future)
  2. Original letter of acceptance/admission from IPFW
  3. Valid SEVIS I-20 form issued by IPFW and SEVIS receipt of payment
  4. Original copies of all financial documents (such as bank statement(s))
  5. Proof of ties to your home country (job, ownership of a property, etc.)
  6. Copies of all transcripts
  7. Copies of the TOEFL or IELTS, SAT, ACT, etc.

Step 3: Prepare for Arrival

  • Students can arrive as EARLY as August 13th, 2015 to take placement tests and register for classes on Thursday, August 14th and Friday August 15th. 
  • Students are REQUIRED to arrive no later than 8am, Monday August 17th to report to the Office of International Education. Students will need to have taken placement tests and registered for classes by 8am Wednesday, August 19th.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Students living at IPFW Student Housing will be subject to early move in fees. You are REQUIRED to submit an Early Move In Request at least 7 days prior to your arrival date. Please see the Student Housing website for the Early Move In Form for Fall 2015.
  • Don’t forget to fill out our Arrival Form so that we can arrange pick up if necessary and so that we know when to expect your arrival to campus.

    

Step 4: Set Up MYipfw

  • We encourage you to take the next step in becoming a student by activating your myIPFW email account. Please activate your email account immediately. Go to my.ipfw.edu, click on “First Time User”, and follow the directions to activate your network email account and set your password. This will become your primary source of communication with the university for registration billing, and other important university announcements. 

   

Step 5: Arrange Housing

  • Students can live in IPFW Student Housing during the traditional academic year (fall and spring semester/10 months) or for a full year (fall, spring, and summer semesters/12 months). The type of apartment and length of stay you choose determine the cost.
  • Students planning to enter Student Housing are encouraged to apply for a space as early as possible. Students who want to live in Student Housing during fall semester should apply before May 1st.  Students wanting to live in Student Housing during spring semester should apply by November 1.
  • Follow this link for more housing information. 
  • Email: housing@ipfw.edu with any questions you might have.

   

Step 6: Orientation

  • The Office of International Education provides mandatory orientation session for all new international students at the start of every fall and spring semester. This orientation is for both undergraduate and graduate students. The Fall 2015 orientation will begin Monday, August 17th and will conclude Friday, August 20th.
  • Follow this link for important information. 

   

Step 7: Register for Classes

  • Students will take mandatory placement tests and register for classes upon arrival to campus. Academic Advisors will collaborate with the Office of International Education to ensure all students are registered. For future semester, see your academic advisor to assist with registration during your time at IPFW. 

We're so glad you've decided to study with us. For your reference, here are links to information about IPFW and Fort Wayne: