Lehigh University is fully committed to welcoming international undergraduate and graduate students as part of our campus community.
We are aware that efforts to contain the global pandemic of novel coronavirus have had profound impacts on daily life, including the process of applying to college or graduate school. We are working across the university to ensure that students can enroll as expected. On this page, we have compiled answers to some questions you may have here, as well as additional resources for more information.
updated March 26, 2020 at 10:00 am
When will I receive my I-20 or DS-2019 from Lehigh University?
For graduate students, Lehigh issues and mails I-20s and DS-2019s when students complete their requirements for immigration documents (these requirements can be found in your checklist in iHome). You should receive your I-20 or DS-2019 within a week of completing your immigration document checklist.
For undergraduate students, Lehigh issues and mails I-20s and DS-2019s with Welcome Packets from Office of First-Year Experience (OFYE). You should receive your I-20 or DS-2019 by early May. However, we will email your SEVIS ID number and Lehigh school code in advance so you can book your visa appointment.
Do I need to pay for shipping to receive my I-20 or DS-2019?
No. Lehigh University pays for the shipment of new students’ I-20s and DS-2019s.
How do I know if the U.S. Consulate is open and taking appointments for nonimmigrant visas?
Please check the U.S. Consulate or Embassy in your home country to see if they are open and taking appointments. You can also check the U.S. State Department website.
What do I need to bring to the visa appointment at the U.S. Consulate?
Generally, students are required to bring their official I-20 or DS-2019 from Lehigh, proof of finances (such as a bank statement or scholarship letter), and a receipt of the SEVIS fee payment. However, you may be required to bring additional documents to your appointment. Please check with your home country consulate for the full list of documents as every country has different document requirements.
If I have more questions about I-20, DS-2019 or visas, whom should I contact?
You can contact the Office of International Students and Scholars at firstname.lastname@example.org for further questions regarding I-20s or visas.
If I have questions regarding orientation, whom should I contact?
You can contact the Office of International Students and Scholars at email@example.com for further questions regarding orientation.
If I have a question about financial aid, whom should I contact?
You can contact the Financial Aid Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When will I receive information about housing, classes, arrival, orientation, etc.?
You will start receiving weekly communication on these topics starting the first week of May from the Office of International Students and Scholars email, email@example.com. It is very important to check your email throughout the summer! If your email changes after you graduate from high school, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know.
How can I connect with current international students to learn more about Lehigh?
Undergraduate students can use Lehigh’s online platform Wisr to connect and ask questions of current students, faculty and staff. You should have received a personalized invite to log in and create an account already.
Undergraduate students can also contact email@example.com to request to connect with a current undergraduate international student.
How can I learn more about Lehigh as I decide to enroll?
Undergraduate students can use Lehigh’s online platform Wisr to join discussion boards and online panel sessions or connect and ask questions of current students, faculty and staff. You should have received a personalized invite to login and create an account already.
You can also check out the following links:
- Virtual Tour
- Lehigh University on YouTube
- Lehigh University on Facebook
- Lehigh University on Instagram: @lehighu
- Office of International Students and Scholars on Instagram: @lehigh_oiss
- Global Lehigh on Instagram: @globallehigh
- Office of First-Year Experience on Instagram: @lehighofye
- Lehigh Undergraduate Admissions on Facebook
- For more social media accounts, explore the Lehigh Social Media Directory
What happens if I enroll, but I cannot come to campus in time for the first day of classes in August?
We are aware that some students may experience delays with visa processing and other arrangements to travel to campus. The university is working to determine options for affected students.
How is Lehigh responding to novel coronavirus, or COVID-19?
At the highest levels across the university, we are actively monitoring COVID-19 and taking measures to support the health and well-being of our campus community. You can learn more on the university's COVID-19 Information webpage.
- Lehigh’s response to COVID-19 for current students: Updates on COVID-19
- Lehigh University Health and Wellness Center
- COVID-19 in the U.S. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Information from the Pennsylvania Department of Health
- World Health Organization (WHO) information about Coronavirus
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Situation Summary
- Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Dashboard
- U.S. State Department website