Arriving in the United States

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).

  • Valid passport
  • Unexpired F1 visa
  • Signed I-20
  • Employment Authorization Document (EAD): for OPT students only

Once you land in the United States

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.


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 on campus.  If the 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