Pre-Arrival in Carbondale

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1) Obtain your Form I-20/DS-2019 from SIU Carbondale and make the required SEVIS processing fee payment (I-901 fee) at SEVP regulations allow for scanned I-20s with a digital signature for use in obtaining a visa and entering the US for F-1 student visa holders.  Your I-20 will be e-mailed to you once you have been admitted and provided acceptable proof of funding for the first academic year. For J-1 international students, digital signatures are not accepted. Our office will work with you to ship a hard-copy DS-2019. 

2) Schedule a visa appointment with the U.S. Department of State.

3) All students are required to show proof of immunization. Please obtain your records before you arrive to Carbondale using the SIU Health Service Form

4) Set-up temporary housing and research permanent housing options.

5) Claim your SIU Network ID (also called a Dawg Tag) - this number was provided to you on your admission letter (SIU85xxxxxxx). You may find instructions to Claim your Network ID and finding your DawgTag here.

6) Bring a European (220v) to U.S. (110v) electricity converter with you! If you try to buy one when you get to the U.S., you will only find U.S. to European converters.

7) Purchase your plane ticket, and arrange your travel itinerary to Carbondale, Illinois. Saint Louis, Lambert Airport is the recommended final destination, not Chicago.

8) Schedule your pickup. View information here.

9) Bring enough money to pay for your transportation to Carbondale, housing deposit, and tuition/fees.

10) Hug your family.

11) Keep all of your immigration documents easily accessible during your trip to the U.S. (you will need to present them).



SIU’s Bursar’s office will not accept checks written from an overseas bank until AFTER the second week of the semester. If you choose to use a foreign check, there will be a six week hold on any refunds. The check must be made out to SIU in U.S. dollars. If the check is not made out in U.S. dollars, the student will be held responsible for additional processing fees. Refunds will be returned directly to the issuing bank.

Prior to your arrival make note of this policy when making your financial arrangements.


Center for International Education
Hours: Mon - Fri, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
(618) 453-5774  

Emergencies/After-Hours (only during Orientation)
(618) 218-8839 or (618) 201-8164

University Police 
(618) 453-2381