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Your Next Steps - International Students


Now that you've been admitted, you need to complete a few important steps before your first semester at OSU begins. Please note, we do not have a formal acceptance policy; completing the steps listed here will ensure you're on your way to becoming an OSU Cowboy.

1. Register for eShipGlobal to receive your admissions welcome package and I-20/DS2019

Create your eShipGlobal account here so we can mail your admissions welcome package and Form I-20, which is vital to your immigration status as a student now and throughout your stay in the U.S.

Please check it carefully to ensure all your information is correct.

Your welcome package will guide your next steps to enrolling at OSU. Refer to it often to make sure you are completing all necessary requirements as soon as possible.

2. Use your SEVIS number on your Form I-20 to pay the SEVIS fee and apply for a visa

It’s very important to enter the United Sates with the proper visa. You must apply for a visa in order to enter the United States with student status.

If you are currently in the United States in F-1 status and plan to remain in that same status, here are the instructions.

More detailed information on applying for a visa can be found here.

3. Create your O-Key account | +1 405.744.4357

Your O-Key account is your connection to campus. You have to set it up before you can access your OSU email account, accept your scholarships and financial aid, sign up for housing, register for classes and more, so it's very important to do this as soon as possible. To set it up, go to O-Key Account Services, click on O-Key Activation and complete the activation process.

For help setting up your O-Key, visit Information Technology's website or contact the IT Help Desk at or +1 405-744-4357.

4. Check your OSU email at least once a week or

Once you have your O-Key account set up, you can access your OSU email account. This is where communication from the university will be sent, including scholarships and financial aid award letters, housing selection and enrollment information, so it's important to check it at least once a week. 

You can access your OSU email through your cellphone or forward your OSU email to an existing account. Additional information on these steps can be found here or you can contact the IT Help Desk at +1 405-744-4357.

5. Apply for housing | +1 405.744.5592

OSU offers three styles of housing: suites, apartments and community-style. There are also several living-learning communities, where you live alongside others who share common interests or fields of study. Sign-up for housing begins December 1 online

You must make arrangements for permanent housing before you arrive in Stillwater.

Freshmen are required to live in residence halls unless they are married, 21 years of age or order, or have completed 28 college credit hours. All other students may live off campus.

6. Sign up for New Student Orientation & Enrollment | +1 405.744.3636

All students are required to attend and complete a New Student Orientation session. Orientation will include such topics as academic information, immigration regulations, housing, food, Stillwater community, transportation, banking practices, legal issues, health care and American customs. Your Orientation will be the best time for you to become familiar with OSU. Register for a session here.

New Student Orientation Dates  
Spring 2017 January 10
Fall 2017 August 15

You must register for orientation before making travel plans to Stillwater.

7. Book your flight and transportation to OSU

Travel Information

Arrival dates for international students entering OSU in the spring 2017 semester are January 7 or January 9, 2017. Arrival dates for international students entering OSU in the fall 2017 semester are August 12 or August 14, 2017. 

You may enter the U.S. in initial F-1 status up to 30 days before the program start date on your I-20. If you are transferring your SEVIS record from another school in the U.S. and received an OSU Transfer Pending I-20, you can enter the U.S. anytime prior to the program start date.


Valid Passport
Form I-20 or Form DS-2019
Evidence of admission at OSU
SEVIS fee receipt
F-1 visa
Any other documentation your embassy/consulate requires

Airport information

Stillwater is located in the north central part of Oklahoma. Stillwater Regional Airport provides daily nonstop flights to and from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on American Airlines and we strongly encourage you to book one of these flights. The Stillwater airport is located less than five miles from OSU’s campus. Visit Stillwater Regional Airport's website for more information.

The nearest international airports are in Oklahoma City and Tulsa (located 70 miles/110 kilometers from Stillwater).

Greeter Service

Our Undergraduate Admissions representatives will meet you at the Stillwater Regional Airport on January 7 or 9, or August 12 or 14, 2017. On these dates, we will greet and assist you with ground transportation from the Stillwater airport to the OSU campus at no additional cost. University representatives can also meet you at the Oklahoma City airport from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. from August 11 - August 14. For this service, you must fill out the OSU Greeter Service Form.

For ground transportation to the OSU campus, click here to complete the OSU Greeter Service Form online.

Click here for more information on airport and ground transportation.

8. Submit your immunization records | +1 405.744.7665

The State of Oklahoma has immunization requirements for college and universities students that include Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Hepatitis. Tuberculosis (TB) testing is also required and available at the Student Health Center. Click here for more details and information.

University Health Services requires students to fill out a health history and immunization form.

The form is included in the welcome package and can also be found online here. It is recommended that you complete this form before your arrival on campus. Students should note that they will not be allowed to enroll in their second semester at OSU until this form has been completed. You can either submit the form in person upon your arrival at University Health Services, or you may send the completed form to: University Health Services; 1202 W. Farm Rd; Stillwater, OK 74078.

Medical Insurance

Medical Insurance is required for all international students at Oklahoma State University and their dependents as U.S. medical care is expensive. Medical insurance will be provided upon arrival. Fees for insurance will be applied to the first tuition billing statement you receive.

9. Plan for university payments

You are responsible for paying all incurred expenses while at OSU. You need to become familiar with your government’s regulations for obtaining foreign currency and transferring money and make arrangements in advance to have available adequate funds that will cover your expenses for at least one full academic year. Advance preparation is necessary because fund transferal, check clearance, and bank drafts may take several weeks. This will also help you avoid possible currency fluctuations/devaluations.

Payment Methods

More information

Web-Check/bank draft (online payment through bank draft)
Credit Card Payment
Western Union/International Wire Transfer
Cable Transfer


As an F-1 student, you may only work 20 hours per week maximum on campus. Violations of these restrictions could result in loss of immigration status and possible deportation.

10. Choose your room | +1 405.744.5592

Students choose their room based on the date they completed their housing contract. For students beginning classes at OSU in the spring semester, you can choose your room as soon as you complete the housing contract, which opens December 1. For students beginning classes at OSU in the fall semester, you’ll receive an email at your new email account beginning March 1 telling you when you can choose your room if you’ve already completed your housing contract. On that date, select your room from the choices available. Don’t wait! If you don’t pick a room by May 1, you may have to wait until June 1 or later. You'll also choose your meal plan at this time.

11. Finalize your admission file | +1 405.744.5358

Finalize your admission file by sending any updated test scores and your final official high school and/or post-secondary transcript(s) as soon as possible.

12. Pack all your orange and move to Stillwater! | +1 405.744.5592

For students entering OSU for the spring 2017 semester you may move in on January 7 or January 9, 2017. For students entering OSU for the fall 2017 semester, you may move in on August 12 or August 14, 2017. You must move in on the dates provided. Early move-ins will not be allowed. Once you get on campus and finish unpacking your belongings, bring your Form I-20 and passport to register with the Office of International Students and Scholars (ISS) located on the 2nd floor of the Student Union between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. (Central Time).        

New students are required to take English placement exam upon arrival if you haven't taken the ACT or SAT. To schedule an appointment with University Assessment and Testing located on campus, contact them at

Important Dates Spring 2017 Fall 2017
Move In Dates / Greeter Services available at Stillwater Airport January 7 and 9 August 12 and 14
New Student Orientation January 10 August 15
Last day for enrollment January 13 August 18
Classes begin January 17 August 21
Last day to drop/add courses January 24 August 28

International Students & Scholars Website