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Once you have received admission to Lehigh University, complete this checklist to make sure you are able to enter the United States and join the Lehigh family.

Before You Arrive


Confirm acceptance to attend Lehigh.

And, if required by your college, pay your tuition deposit.


Apply for a valid passport in your home country.

You and your dependents will need valid passports for at least six months beyond the program start date.


Complete the New Student Checklist in iHome


After completing the first tab in the checklist, you'll be mailed your I-20 or DS-2019. *During COVID-19 we will issue documents electronically to your Lehigh email via LU File Sender.


Submit the Form I-901.

And pay the SEVIS fee. *SEVIS fee payments are valid for one year only. 


Identify your local U.S. Embassy.

Make an appointment at the embassy and review their visa appointment guidelines.


Apply for a student visa at your local U.S. Embassy.

Make sure to use the I-20 or DS-2019 issued to you by Lehigh University.


Start preparing to arrive and live at Lehigh.

First, complete your entire new student checklist in iHome and register for mandatory orientation. When making travel plans, keep in mind that F-1 and J-1 students can only enter the U.S. up to 30 days before the program start date.


Learn about Lehigh health insurance requirements. 

Lehigh requires all undergraduate and graduate students to have health insurance, and the federal government requires all J-1 students to have health insurance.


Get your finances in order.

You will need to pay for tuition, health insurance and other expenses in the U.S., so be sure to have a plan before arriving to campus.


Arrange for housing or temporary housing.

If you are going to live off campus and you do not have housing by the time you leave your country, plan to stay in a hotel for a few nights.


Attend a pre-departure orientation at an EducationUSA Advising Center.

These are available in some countries. They are optional but recommended.


Visit the Study Guide to the States.

Learn more about studying in the U.S.


Read all emails from Lehigh's Office of International Students & Scholars. 

Review our Immigration Protocol before you travel to the United States.