Admitted International Students

Congratulations on your decision to join us at Puget Sound!

We have provided the information below to help prepare for your arrival on campus. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.  Download a copy of the New Student Checklist.

The Office of International Programs will process new I-20's after the end of Spring Semester.  In order to issue your I-20, the Office of International Programs must receive a copy of your passport and financial documentation in original format certifying that you have sufficient funds to attend Puget Sound for one academic year (2 semesters).

I-20/DS-2019

Congratulations on your acceptance to Puget Sound! Once you have confirmed your enrollment with your deposit, International Programs will begin to work on your I-20 or DS-2019 packet. 

F-1 Students: To issue your Puget Sound I-20, International Programs needs the following:

  • Official letter from your or your family's bank confirming that you have sufficient funds for the first year of your studies at Puget Sound.  A letter from your bank (on letterhead and signed) or a bank statement can work.
  • Copy of your Passport ID Page
  • If in the U.S. already, a copy of your most recent U.S. Visa.

Student Visa

Once you are admitted to Puget Sound and have paid your tuition deposit, you will receive form I-20 from the International Programs Office along with information for obtaining an F-1 student visa. International exchange students will receive form DS-2019 to obtain a J-1 Exchange visa. Please consult the U.S. embassy in your home country for the visa application procedure. All international students coming to Puget Sound must have a valid student visa before entering the U.S.  Take a look at this webpage for more information on applying for your Visa.

Note: International students transferring from another U.S. institution will need to complete the International Student Transfer-In Form before receiving a Puget Sound I-20.

Medical Health Insurance

Medical health insurance is required for all international students. Puget Sound registers students in the LewerMark Insurance plan through the International Programs Office. Students are billed through their Puget Sound financial account. 

If you are covered by a comparable health insurance plan, you can request a waiver for the International Student Health Insurance Plan by providing documentation of comparable primary insurance.

Housing and Registration

Housing and registration information can be found on your Cascade account. We encourage you to make housing arrangements and register for classes as soon as possible, as spaces fill up quickly.

Orientation

Give yourself plenty of time to pack and make airplane reservations, and let us know when you are coming. International students usually arrive on campus one to two weeks prior to the start of the school year to participate in our orientation week. 

Orientation will take place on August 22nd, 2014.  International students are permitted to move in to their residence halls on Thursday, August 21st.  Please let Allyson Lindsley know when you plan to arrive so Residence Life can have your room ready in advance.

I-Connect Program

Studying in the U.S. is both exciting and challenging. We understand your transition to Puget Sound will offer new adventures and cultural experiences. Our I-Connect program partners each incoming international student with a current Puget Sound student to ease your transition to the campus community and provide support and encouragement for life at Puget Sound.

Arriving on Campus

International Programs can help provide transportation upon your arrival.  If you're arriving within normal business hours, an International Programs staff can pick you up at the airport.  Outside of regular business hours, International Programs can help arrange a shuttle service for you.  Contact Allyson Lindsley with your specific flight arrangements.

Upon arrival on campus, please see the International Student Advisor in the International Programs Office, Howarth 215, to check in, validate your visa documents and complete the Intake Form. International Student Move-In Day is August 21st.  Mandatory International Student Orientation starts on Friday, August 22nd.

You can find further helpful information regarding your visa status, academics, practical matters, etc. in the International Student Handbook.