Information for New International Students
As you continue to prepare for your arrival in Indianapolis, consider the following:
Learn about your Tuition Due Dates and Payment Options
The IUPUI Office of the Bursar will create your electronic tuition and fees bill each month.
The Office of the Bursar website includes important important and links to:
- view your bill
- pay your bill
- review your bill due dates
- set up third-party access for a parent of guardian to see or pay your bill
Review how to Register for Classes
Registering for classes is a simple process and depends on your student type.
Undergraduate students will register for classes at Academic Orientation. See your Orientation schedule>>
Graduate Student must contact their academic department for information about course registration.
Exchange Students will register for classes with their academic advisor prior to arriving in Indianapolis or during Orientation Week. Exchange students are encouraged to:
Placement Assessments are tests that measure your current skills in a subject area. Your score allows academic advisors to place you into a course at your appropriate level.
Do I have to take a Placement Assessment?
To answer this question, you may begin at your admissions letter. Next, log in to iStart to complete the Placement Assessment eforms which will guide you towards determining if you will be required to take any of these exams.
We encourage international students to plan their travel arrangements far in advance to ensure smooth travel to IUPUI. Get started on your travel arrangements with the links and resources below!
Check your letter of admission for your expected arrival date, and make sure you book your flight accordingly.
As you prepare to depart for Indianapolis, be sure to review details about:
- airport transportation
- temporary housing
- international student insurance
- packing lists
- important travel documents
- your entry into the US
- US customs inspections
Your Arrival & Orientation Dates
IUPUI International Welcome Week is how your life at IUPUI begins.
International Welcome Week is your introduction to life at IUPUI and in Indianapolis. From learning about visa requirements to making new friends, you will learn how to succeed here and you will start to feel at home.
Health Records & Immunizations
IUPUI requires proof of immunizations for all new students.
Any non-English medical documents used to show proof of immunizations must be translated into English. For a full list of required immunizations, see the vaccination requirements for international students on our website.
Tuberculosis (TB) Testing
New students are also required to show proof of a tuberculosis (TB) test taken in the United States.
If you do not have proof of a TB screening taken in the US, TB screenings will be administered by IUPUI Campus Health. You must visit the Campus Health Office and get your TB test within 5 weeks of the start of the semester.
International Student Health Insurance
F-1 students and all J-1 exchange visitors (including J-1 students) are required to have health insurance through IUPUI.
Even if you have health insurance in your home country, the U.S. insurance system is probably quite different. See our glossary of terms.
IUPUI offers hundreds of resources, services, and opportunities for new students. See below for ways to get involved and feel more connected to campus!
The IUPUI Welcome Team and Airport Tabling
The Office of International Affairs Welcome team is made up of several staff members and a team of International Peer Mentor Welcome Assistants.
This August, the Welcome team will be meeting students at the Indianapolis International Airport!
Welcome Grocery Trips
Sign Up for Welcome Grocery Trips
Before the Fall and Spring semesters begin, the Office of International Affairs provides staff led grocery trips to local grocery stores around Indianapolis. (You must be a new first time undergraduate or graduate student to attend and qualify for grocery trips.)
Transportation to and from the IUPUI Campus Center is provided.
For details and to enroll in upcoming grocery trips, please visit the link below:
SPRING 2020 Grocery Trips have concluded. Please check back in the Summer semester for Fall 2020 Grocery Trip Information.
OIA Programs and Events
Wherever you are from, you can explore the world's cultures at IUPUI
Whether you want to get a student mentor (undergraduates) join an international student organization, have Thanksgiving with an American host, volunteer while learning about the world, or taste cuisines from around the world at our International Festival, you can do it here-and make friends along the way.
Get Involved at IUPUI
Getting involved is about more than fun and games. It's about preparing for life.
There are so many ways to get involved at IUPUI. See more details about opportunities offered by the division of Student Affairs>>
Weeks of Welcome
For two weeks at the beginning of every school year, we bring you Weeks of Welcome (WOW).
The weeks' events not give you countless opportunities to meet new friends! They will also help you get more familiar with the city of Indianapolis, our campus, and all of the resources available to set you up for success in the coming terms.
Undergraduates: Join the International Peer Mentoring Program (IPMP)
The International Peer Mentoring Program (IPMP) mentors are highly successful American and international students who are trained to help you have a great first-year experience at IUPUI.
Mentors work in teams of 3, and each team supports about 10 new students. Each team spends a lot of time together and usually become very good friends.
IPMP has great activities all year. The most famous IPMP event is the IPMP Kick-Off in August. Get ready for your team to compete against the other IPMP teams in high-speed games!
Other activities include:
- Field trips to local sites, sporting events and shopping areas
- Monthly Coffee Hours
- Team dinners
- On-campus events like our holiday party
IUPUI Graduate Office Services & Tools
In most cases, your graduate/professional program will offer new student orientation.