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Arrival to the US


As an international student, it is important that you prepare for travel.  Whether it's, before you arrive in the United States, when you return to your home country, or travel for other purposes.  Below is a list of required and recommended documents you should carry with you during your travel (do not pack them away).


Initial arrival to the US

If you have requested to be picked up from the airport, a Davenport University van will be waiting for you at the airport. The Davenport van will only be operated on move-in day, and if you have requested this service in advance. 

If you experience flight delays or changes to your itinerary, please call 616.446.7098 or 616.544.5041. This will ensure the Davenport van driver is aware of your change in arrival status.

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Travel Documents:


  • I-20 endorsed by P/DSO within 12 months of return date to the US (6 months if on OPT)
  • Valid Passport (must not expire within 6 months of return date to the US)
  • Valid F-1 visa (not required for Canada or other visa exempt countries)


  • Unofficial Transcript/class schedule - students can access/print from their Student Connections
  • Acceptance letter
  • Financial support – for new F-1 visa holders entering the US for the first time
  • I-901 SEVIS fee receipt

For an updated signature on your I-20, or to prepare for travel, please see your campus Designated School Official (DSO).  

If your F-1 visa is expired or will be expiring within 6 months of your return to the US, you must schedule an appointment with the Embassy to renew your visa while home! 

Do we have the most up to date Address on file?  If it has changed, please complete the Change of Address form (located above) and return to your Academic Advisor or campus DSO. 

REMEMBER: It is your responsibility to notify your DSO of any changes in employment, immigration status, living arrangements or academics within 10 days of that change occurring. 


On Campus Residence (Lettinga / Grand Rapids campus only)

Spring 2018 Move-in Day: Wednesday, May 2, 2018Fall 2018 Move-in Day: Monday, August 27, 2018

On campus residence should contact our Davenport security staff to provide you with a room key and assist you into your room.  Please call 616.446.7098 or 616.544.5041 upon arriving to campus.  If DU van is transporting you from the airport, the driver will contact them for you.

If you need assistance after you arrive to your room, you may call the Residence Assistance:

South Hall Residents: Front desk (616) 871-6750   |  On Duty Phone (616) 648-7513

Cook & Meijer Hall Residents:  (616) 648-7513

Panther Woods Residents: (616) 648-7513

Panther Ridge Residents: (616) 648-7513


Free shuttle service is available to certain locations in Grand Rapids.  For details on public transportation, and to print out a shuttle schedule, please go to the Shuttle Services webpage.