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Staff member speaking to two students/scholars at the Coulter Welcome Center in TepperArriving & Settling In at CMU

Now that you're ready to travel to the U.S., let's get you prepared for arrival and help you settle in once you're in Pittsburgh and on campus!

Our OIE staff are looking forward to getting to know you over the course of your time at CMU. While this website contains all the necessary and important information you'll need to have a successful start to your CMU experience, we are available to answer any questions or concerns you may have along the way.

Documents to Travel With

Now that you're on you're way to CMU, make sure you carry the required documents with you to experience a seamless entry into the U.S. It is important to remember to keep your immigration documents in your carry-on luggage - not your checked luggage - so you can easily access them when needed. 

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Immigration Check-In & Orientation

OIE hosts an orientation and immigration check-in for new scholars every Thursday. Within the first week of your arrival, email OIE at to register for an upcoming orientation session. This is required for all new CMU scholars in J-1 immigration status.

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English Language Support

Learning to fully understand and speak the English language while at CMU and in the U.S. is necessary, but support training and courses can also help you navigate the many cultural differences and nuances of living in a foreign country. Literacy Pittsburgh offers information and free programs about English language learning. 

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Settling In Guide

OIE's Settling in Guide serves as a reference on how to adjust to life in the U.S. and Pittsburgh, and to help you get to know the university. In this guide, international students and scholars will find general information about things like housing, getting around town, what's what on campus, how to file taxes, and more.

We recommend bookmarking this webpage to reference as you learn more about your new surroundings. 

Welcome to CMU! We're so glad you're here!