Arrival Information


Pre-Arrival Checklist

  •   Obtain valid passport and visa
  •   Complete travel arrangements and notify the International Student Advisor if in need of special assistance
  •   Complete the on-line housing application, along with deposit (if applicable)
  •   Give family the International Student Advisor's address and phone number in case of emergency
  •   Notify the International Student Advisor of your travel itinerary for emergency
  •   Obtain your immunization information

Obtain a Visa

In order to apply for F-1, you must present the following documents at the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate:

  -Passport valid for at least another six months past the date when you plan to begin your studies at Rockhurst University.
  -If your passport is about to expire, be sure to get a new one, or an extension, before applying for your visa.
  -INS Form I-20 issued by the school where you plan to attend.

Recent (less that a year old) documents indicating financial support, i.e., original bank letter(s) (if supported by private funding).

It is critical that you apply for your visa early as it can take several weeks or even months. Once approved, the visa is placed in your passport. Canadian students who enter from Canada are exempt from having to get a visa but must use the Form I-20 to enter the U.S. in F-1 student status and must obtain a Form I-94 clearly indicating F-1. If you have a valid B-1/2 visa (business/tourist visa) in your passport, do not use it for travel to the United States if your intention is to study.


If you enter the United States using an I-20 from Rockhurst University you are obligated to attend Rockhurst for at least 1 semester before you can transfer. If you enter on another school's I-20 you will need to attend that school for one semester before transferring to Rockhurst. Failure to follow these procedures is a violation of status and you may be required to apply to the INS for reinstatement.


Official Arrival Date

You must arrive in the United States by the date indicated on your Form I-20. It is recommended that you plan your arrival for the Saturday before classes begin to participate in the Orientation process.  Orientation presents information you need about becoming an RU student before you start your first semester.  It's an important step to take where you will learn about all the resources that RU has to offer. In addition to meeting faculty and staff, Orientation also provides you the opportunity to meet students leaders who will introduce you to the spirit and tranditions of RU, the academic life at the Univeristy and other new students.  Please take a few minutes to review the Orientation Schedules.  You may arrive in the United States as early as 30 days prior to the official arrival date indicated on your I-20. If you have applied for on-campus housing you will not be allowed to move in to the residence until the Saturday before classes begin.

When you check-in at Rockhurst you will need your:

  • Passport
  • I-20
  • I-94 (you will need to log in and print this form)- I-94 Printable Form
  • You must check in during the first week of classes with Emily Kempf, International Student Coordinator.  Ms. Kempf is located in the Student Development Office, Massman 12.

Baggage and Mail

Baggage and mail should be sent to your residence or the residence of a contact you have established in the U.S. If you have applied to live on campus you will receive via email in July your housing assignment which will list your campus mailbox and address information.  If you ship your baggage, use a reliable carrier that will ensure proper customs clearance and delivery. Be certain to purchase insurance protection for your shipment.