Arriving & 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 documents in your carry-on luggage - not your checked luggage - so you can easily access them when needed.
Immigration Check-In & Orientation
OIE hosts an orientation and immigration check-in for new scholars. Within the first week of your arrival, email OIE at firstname.lastname@example.org to register for an upcoming orientation session. This is a required meeting for scholars in J-1 immigration status and is recommended for all new scholars.
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.
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.
Family Members & Dependents
Bringing family with you? Learn helpful information about their travel & more.
Other Campus Resources
Resources & offices on campus that you might need while adjusting to life at CMU.