Congratulations once again in your admission to Upper Iowa University! Please select the appropriate link below for a list of steps that you should take to prepare for your arrival at UIU.
- Degree-Seeking, Intensive English Program, and exchange (non-ISEP) Students
- ISEP Exchange Students
- Additional Resources
Congratulations once again in your admission to Upper Iowa University! Now that you have been admitted, you need to follow the next steps:
Step 1: Submit a copy of your passport biographical page
Step 2: Submit financial documents
International students must submit financial documents as evidence of the ability to pay all fees and expenses for one full year. All financial documents must be originals (no faxes, scans or copies will be accepted), in English and no older than six months. Please see the Financial Requirements Form to determine how much the financial statements must show.
If you will be supported by a family member or another person, you must also submit the Affidavit of Support.
Please mail all of the original documents from step 1 and 2 to the following address:
Upper Iowa University
Center for International Education
PO Box 1857
Fayette, IA 52142 USA
Step 3: Pay the deposit
To find the deposit, you will need to click on this link, find the "Center for International Education - Make your CIE payments here" and make the payment under the "Non-Refundable International Enrollment Deposit".
Step 4: Pay the SEVIS Fee
The SEVIS fee is required by the U.S. government as a means to pay for the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). SEVIS maintains electronic records on all F-1 and J-1 visitors to the U.S.
For more information regarding the SEVIS fee, please visit the Student and Exchange Visitor Program website.
Step 5: Apply for a Visa
Each student should review the visa requirements and appointment process for the U.S. embassy or consulate that is located closest to them as each embassy can have slightly different requirements for the same visa. For the basic list of requirements for F-1 and J-1 visa, please visit the U.S. State Department's website.
Step 6: Submit the Confirmation of Enrollment Form.
Step 7: Submit the following housing document:
The housing application and the housing contract must be submitted a month prior to arrival. Any submissions of the housing forms after this will be reviewed on a first-come first-serve basis and preferences cannot be guaranteed.
Step 8: Submit our Medical Form
All UIU students must submit this form.Step 9: Complete the Pick-up/Arrival Form
If you would like the CIE to arrange transportation from Eastern Iowa Airport (CID) to UIU, fill out the Pick-up/Arrival Form. The Pick-up/Arrival Form must be submitted as early as possible to guarantee transportation.
Step 10: Submit final original transcripts/mark sheets
You must submit a final original copy of your transcripts/mark sheets showing you have completed your secondary or university level education.
Other Important Information
- Health Insurance
All international students (F-1 and J-1 students) at UIU are required to enroll in the UIU health insurance plan. UIU does not accept other insurance plans and will not waive the university health coverage. The cost of the UIU health insurance plan is approximately USD$1,700 per calendar year which is automatically billed to the student's account.
- International Student Orientation & Orientation Fee
All international students are required to participate on the international student orientation (schedule coming soon). UIU has a mandatory $200 orientation fee which is automatically billed to the student's account.
- Entering the U.S.
When entering the U.S., students should carry their immigration documents and acceptance packet in a carry-on bag such as a purse or book bag for easy access when going through immigration.
NOTE: It is best to ensure that 3 or more hours are available before the departure time of the connecting flight in case the US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), who reviews immigration documents for all individuals entering the U.S., may require additional review of immigration paperwork.
- Tuberculosis (TB) Testing
As we are looking forward to your arrival to Upper Iowa University (UIU) very soon,
we have to inform you of a new important health requirement. As you might know, tuberculosis
(TB) is a serious illness that is caused by bacteria that attacks lungs, and potentially
kidney, spine, and brain. If not treated properly, this illness can be fatal. Thus,
U.S. colleges and universities screen and test all new international students. You
may find more information here:
TB testing is mandatory for all new international students. This will be done thru a blood draw, removal a small amount of blood through your vein (venipuncture). This mandatory procedure will take place on the first Wednesday of classes in the Fall semester. The cost of approximately $89 will be charged to your university bill.