Congratulations on being accepted to Chadron State College. As a newly accepted student at Chadron State College, you have a lot to think about. We want to ensure your travel to the United States and transition to college life at CSC is as smooth as possible. The following information is with the purpose of assisting you with your pre-departure planning.
Please read the following information thoroughly and carefully. Immediate action is required for some issues. (see “Things to Do Immediately”)
If you plan to live on campus and have not already submitted your application for housing, do so immediately. Housing is limited and fills very quickly. CSC offers double and single occupancy in a variety of room arrangements. All residence halls are located on campus in close proximity to classroom and campus activities. Visit the Housing website to learn more about the various housing options available on campus. Remember, time is running out!!
To apply for housing on campus, visit the following link and submit your application today: Room Reservation
Once your application has been fully processed and the Office of International Studies has activated your file for enrollment, you will be asked to complete the Ready to Register form. This form will be found in your MyCSC account and is located on your To Do list.
Once you have completed the Ready to Register form, a course schedule will be built for you by the START Office at CSC. You will be notified when the schedule is complete so you can review it and contact the START Office should you have questions or need to make changes at email@example.com.
Incoming Freshmen: You will be asked to choose your First Year Inquiry (FYI) course preference on the Ready to Register form. This course is required as a part of our Essential Studies (general education) program. You will be placed in your FYI preference if the course if available and if the dates/times coordinate with your other courses.
All new international students starting with CSC in the Fall term are required to attend New Student Orientation (NSO), prior to the start of fall classes. As a part of the NSO programming, you will be required to attend an International Student Orientation session. Each new, incoming student is automatically charged a $100 Orientation fee to cover the cost of this event, for the student and up to two parents/guests.
You will sign up for NSO and register your guests, when you complete the Ready to Register form.
New international students starting in the Spring term will be required to attend the International Student Orientation. Information about this program will be provided by the Office of International Studies, prior to your arrival. No additional registration is required.
Pay the SEVIS I-901 fee online on the SEVIS fee page. The method of payment depends on the country and Consulate.
You have packed everything and are now all ready to depart for the United States! Before you do, review the checklist below to make sure you have some of the most important items packed. Also, make sure you have taken care of all your pre-departure arrangements such as housing, etc.
Things to do Immediately
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Items to Carry with You throughout Your Air Travels
Items to Pack
When planning your trip to the U.S., remember you should have at least $1,500 USD to cover your initial costs such as food, housing, text books, and unexpected expenses that may arise during your first few weeks here. Even students with full scholarships or graduate assistantships should have access to this much money when they arrive.
As you begin packing for your upcoming travel and stay in the United States, it can be very daunting to determine what you need and should bring. Hopefully, the following information will provide you with some assistance.
Before leaving your home country, be sure that you have all of the required documents and that they are correct. Specifically, be sure that you have your valid passport, your valid visa, form I-94, the I-20 form signed by the CSC PDSO/DSO, and original copies of your financial resources. Also be sure you have the name and contact information for the PDSO/DSO at Chadron State College.
Chadron has a varying climate with four separate seasons: Summer (June-September), fall (September- November), winter (November-March), spring (March- May).
Temperatures vary considerably on a daily basis so it is important to have a variety of different types of clothing. During spring, summer and fall, light rain and thunderstorms may occur; snow falls occasionally during the winter months.
You are advised to bring the following types of clothing:
In addition to your clothing, you may have some personal items you would like to bring to the United States. Many students bring mementos to remind them of home, such as pieces of art, traditional dress, or photographs. Throughout the school year, our international students make presentations about their home country on campus and in the community. These items can serve as excellent display pieces throughout your presentation.
You are also encouraged to bring items you use regularly such as your eyeglasses, camera and so on. If you are living on campus, basic furniture will be provided such as a bed, chairs, and a desk. Bed linens, blankets, pillows, and towels are not provided. You can buy these items once you get to the United States if desired, or you are welcome to bring a bed sheet, a light blanket, and a towel with you from home.
Things to Leave at Home
Do not bring any books you have used in previous study from your home country. You will be required to purchase textbooks for your courses. The CSC library has supplemental reading materials for review and research. Carrying books from your home is too cumbersome and will add weight to your luggage, making it very expensive for you when you check your baggage at the airport.
We highly recommend you purchase any electrical appliances you may need in the United States. Appliances not manufactured in the US may not be compatible with the power supply or may not be allowed in residence halls.
Most students choose to carry their personal baggage with them on the plane and check any remaining luggage at the airline counter, regardless of the cost for excess weight. This is because it is very expensive to ship items to the United States. You are encouraged to check with your airline for luggage size and weight limitations.
If it is possible and convenient, consider exchanging some of your currency into U.S. dollars before you leave your country. However, it is not recommended that you travel with large amounts of cash. If you do plan to bring large sums of money to the United States, consult with your bank for options. You should have sufficient funds to cover your expenses until you arrive at the campus and for a brief period of time once you are on campus. You may want to consider purchasing traveler’s checks in U.S. dollars for the amount of money you need. You can purchase Traveler’s checks at banks or travel agencies. Traveler’s checks can be cashed by banks and by most businesses, including hotels, restaurants, and airports.
To cover various settling costs such as potential hotel rooms, food, deposits, and other expenses that you may incur before your college room and board contracts begin, you should plan to have approximately $1,500 (single student).
International students studying in the United States are required by the U.S. government to have adequate health insurance coverage. All international students enrolling in CSC classes and residing in the United States will be enrolled automatically into an approved CSC group health/insurance policy. Premium payments will be added to your total cost of attendance and charged to your account. The cost for insurance is approximately $1000 per academic year.
To enter the United States, you must have a valid student visa. To begin this process, go to the U.S. Student Visa page. Prior to going to your appointment for a personal interview be sure you are thoroughly familiar with the process and requirements. Many visa applications are denied because the applicant was not prepared or did not understand the process.
The previous information was adapted from NAFSA: Association of International Educators. (2009, June 11) and other resources.
10 Things to Remember when Applying for a Non-immigrant Visa
For more information visit the NAFSA page.
Visa processing times vary. Information is available at the U.S. Student Visa page.
DO NOT plan to arrive more than 30 days prior to the program start date listed on your SEVIS I-20 form. If you arrive early, you may be refused entry into the U.S.
For comprehensive information on procedures for traveling and arriving in the United States, visit the State Education site.
All visitors entering the United States must state their reason for wishing to enter the country. Students also will be asked to provide information about their final destination. It is important to tell the CBP Officer that you will be a student and will be attending Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska. Also be prepared to tell the officer the name of the program you intend to study.
Once your inspection is successfully completed, the inspecting officer will:
If initially, the CBP officer at the port of entry cannot verify your information, or you do not have all of the required documentation, you may be directed to an interview area known as “secondary inspection.” Secondary inspection allows inspectors to conduct additional research in order to verify information without causing delays for other arriving passengers.
The inspector will first attempt to verify your status by using the Student and Exchange and Visitor Information System (SEVIS). In the event that the CBP Officer needs to verify information with your school or program, we strongly recommend that you have the name and telephone number of the International Education Coordinator at Chadron State College available. In the event you arrive during non-business hours (evening, weekends, holidays), you should also have an emergency or non-business hour phone number available for this official.
Failure to comply with U.S. government entry-exit procedures may result in your being denied entry to the United States. Under certain circumstances, the CBP officer may issue a “Notice to Student or Exchange Visitor” Form (I-515A), which authorizes temporary admission into the United States. Be sure to work with the International Education Coordinator at Chadron State College to submit the proper documentation without delay.
All nonimmigrant visitors holding visas -- regardless of race, national origin, or religion -- participate in the OBIM program (formerly the US-VISIT program), a comprehensive registration system tracking entries to and exits from the United States. For more information visit the OBIM Homepage.
Some individuals may be asked to provide additional information under the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS). A packet of information will be available at the port of entry explaining the registration procedure. For more information visit the Homeland Security page.
Warning!! When to Arrive at CSC
Students must report to CSC within 30 days of the date that appears on their SEVIS I-20 form to register for courses or to validate their intended participation. Failure to do so may result in serious consequences.
IMPORTANT NOTE:Public transportation is not available in Chadron. Therefore, it is critical to inform the OIE of your arrival date and time at the Chadron airport so that we can make arrangements to pick you up and take you to campus. Please let us know at least 2 weeks before your arrival so we can schedule your pickup.
If your first-time arrival is for fall semester, you should plan to arrive no later than the Wednesday of the week before classes begin. You will be allowed to stay in your campus housing without charge as early as the Monday before classes begin (one week early). However, campus food service does not start until the Saturday before classes begin.
If your first time arrival is for spring semester, you will be allowed to stay in your campus housing without charge as early as the Thursday prior to the start of classes (Monday of the following week). Campus food service will not be available until the first day of classes.
All new international students must physically check in at the Office of International Studies before their SEVIS record can be officially registered. Please bring all of your immigration documents to Crites Hall, Room 218 within 24 hours of your arrival at CSC. This includes your form I-20 or DS 2019, passport, visa, and I-94. We will also need your local address.
If you have a disability, you may request accommodations to ensure equal access to courses, programs and activities. Within the first three days of your arrival you should call 308-432-6280 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your disabilities.
New students are required to attend Orientation to ensure they have a successful start as a CSC student. International students starting in the Fall will attend New Student Orientation (NSO) and in addition the general programming, International Students will be required to attend an International Student Orientation Session. International Students starting in the Spring will also be required to attend an International Student Orientation Session.
These sessions allow you to get answers to all your questions and learn about CSC and all our policies, procedures, expectations. There are also many fun activities to help you meet other students and become comfortable with your surroundings. Your participation in Orientation is essential and mandatory.
Be sure to plan your travel itinerary to arrive just before orientation begins. Fall Semester New Student Orientation will take place Thursday - Sunday. Classes begin the following Monday. Throughout these four days, you will have the opportunity to meet both American and International students. Spring orientation does not require early arrival. Spring orientation will occur the first week of classes.
New Student Orientation provides you with the following information and much more:
During New Student Orientation, you will meet with academic advisors, staff and students and ask any questions you may have regarding academic and personal life in the United States and what it's like to be a student at Chadron State College.
If English is not your first language, you may have difficulty when you first arrive. Do not worry! Many students face this issue and help each other improve their English. For most students, it takes time to strengthen their writing and speaking skills. The more you practice, the more you learn. The most important thing is don’t be afraid to make mistakes. You will improve your English the more you practice!
We have provided some tips below to help you gain English fluency. Good luck!
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