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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

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, please refer to the SEVIS Transfer Request email that you received from OSU.

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 OSU. 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 New Student Orientation and more. It's very important to do this as soon as possible. It takes 24-48 hours to activate before you can begin using it. To set it up, go to O-Key Account Services. Click on O-Key Activation and use your personalized pin sent to you via email to 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. For help setting up your O-Key, visit Information Technology's website or you can contact the IT Help Desk at +1 405-744-4357.

5. Apply for housing | +1 405.744.5592

Freshmen are required to live in residence halls and purchase a meal plan at the bronze level or above UNLESS they are married, 21 years of age or order or have completed 30 college credit hours.

OSU offers two styles of housing: suites and community-style. There are also several living-learning programs where you can live alongside others who share common interests or fields of study. OSU housing has been shown to lead to higher grades, better graduation rates and a vigorous social life. You can enjoy these opportunities right outside your door. OSU's very safe campus allows you to live steps away from classes, academic buildings and campus resources!

Sign-up for housing begins December 1 online. You will choose your room as soon as you complete the housing application. You will also choose your meal plan at that time.

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

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 2019 January 7-10*
Fall 2019 August 12-15*

*All days are required.

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 2019 semester are January 4-7, 2019. Arrival dates for international students entering OSU in the fall 2019 semester are August 9-12, 2019. 

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
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

OSU representatives will assist you with ground transportation from the Stillwater Regional Airport to the OSU campus at no additional cost on the predetermined arrival dates (January 4-7, 2019 for the spring 2019 semester and August 9-12, 2019 for the fall 2019 semester). On these dates, we will greet and assist you with ground transportation from the Stillwater airport to the OSU campus at no additional cost. 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 submit the form when registering at the Office of International Students & Scholars.

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.

Tuition and fee charges for the spring semester are due by February 15, 2019. Electronic notices are sent to the student’s OSU email address the first week of February for the first billing statement of the spring semester.

Tuition and fee charges for the fall semester are due by September 15, 2019. Electronic notices are sent to the student’s OSU email address the first week of September for the first billing statement of the fall semester.

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. Please be advised that students should choose the room before traveling to OSU.

11. Check for any enrollment holds | +1 405.744.5358

To check if you have any enrollment holds, log into the O-Key Portal and select student profile. Then click on Holds in the upper right corner.

Submit any updated test scores, your final official high school and/or post-secondary transcript(s) as soon as possible.

Please note, official transcripts must be submitted in a sealed envelope and translated to English. Test scores must be sent directly from the issuing institution.

12. Travel to Stillwater, Oklahoma! | +1 405.744.5592

New Student Orientation & Enrollment is mandatory. 

Once you arrive on campus and finish unpacking your belongings, follow the next steps emails. Register at University Health Services and submit your immunization records. Then register at the Office of International Students and Scholars (ISS).

You will need your I-20, passport and immunization records when registering at University Health Services and ISS.

Important Dates Spring 2019 Fall 2019

Arrival and Greeter Services

January 4-7 August 9-12
New Student Orientation & Enrollment January 7-10* August 12-15*
Last day for enrollment January 11 August 16
Classes begin January 14 August 19
Last day to drop/add courses January 22 August 26

*All days are required.

If you are unable to arrive on campus to complete your enrollment by 5 p.m. (Central Time) on the final day of enrollment, you must contact OSU to have your application considered for a future semester. Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at to move your entry term at OSU.

International Students & Scholars Website