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Traveling Outside the U.S.

Prior to leaving the United States, International students must ensure they have all the documents needed to re-enter (Passport, Visa, I-94 form and Form I-20 signed by DSO for travel).

Please inform the International Admissions Coordinator of your travel plans and schedule an appointment two weeks prior to departure to review your documents.

  1. Verify that the information on your I-20 is still accurate.
  2. Have the I-20 endorsed by the DSO for the current semester.
  3. Check your U.S. entry visa (which is stamped in your passport) to be sure that it is still valid for additional entries. If it is not, you will have to get a new entry visa from the U.S. embassy or consulate while you are abroad.
  4. Make sure your visa accurately reflects your correct visa classification. Make sure you complete the US-VISIT registration system before you leave and when you enter
  5. Make sure you carry the following documents on your person when traveling:
    • Valid/Unexpired Passport
    • Unexpired Visa for reentry to the U.S.
    • I-94 form
    • I-20 signed by DSO on page 2
    • Evidence of financial resources
    • Recent tuition receipts
    • Transcripts or grade reports
    • Name and contact information for the DSO
  6. Make sure that the U.S. Customs official stamps your form I-20 and passport with port of entry stamp. 

Some students feel more comfortable if they have a letter from the International Admissions Coordinator stating their current student status and verifying their enrollment. If you would like such a letter, make sure to let the international admissions coordinator know when you schedule your appointment.

Travel Tips

Don't carry everything in one place in case your luggage is lost or stolen.

  • Never pack essential documents, medicine - anything you could not do without in checked luggage. Put them in a carry-on bag.
  • Keep all important documents together (i.e. passport, I-20, enrollment letter from school, traveler's checks, insurance information/card, travel itinerary, ticket).
  • Carry a copy of your passport separate from the original, in case it is lost or stolen.
  • Mark all luggage inside and out with names and addresses.
  • Mark all bags in some distinctive way so that they are easily found.
  • Take a picture of your luggage prior to departure, in case it is lost or stolen.
  • For international travel you should arrive at the airport 2 hours prior to your scheduled flight.
  • Plan your travel itinerary so that you make allowances for unexpected flight delays or other problems that may arise.