Settling in Guide -Office of International Education - Carnegie Mellon University

Settling in Guide


Welcome to the United States, Pittsburgh, and Carnegie Mellon University! We are glad you have chosen to come to Carnegie Mellon. We hope to get to know you better over the course of your stay.

Please use this Settling in Guide as a reference as you prepare to come to the United States and during your first weeks on campus. Refer to this guide as you travel to Carnegie Mellon and as you settle in to the community. The Settling In Guide has been written to help our various international populations adjust and get to know Carnegie Mellon University. The Guide has many sections with general information. Certain sections pertain to specific categories or students or scholars. We define the categories as:

  • International undergraduates (F & J students)
  • Exchange students from CMU campuses abroad (F students)
  • Exchange students from non-US partner institutions (J students)
  • International graduate students (F & J students)
  • International scholars (J researchers, professors, short-term scholars, and student interns)

All new students are required to complete International Orientation and an Immigration Check-in with OIE upon arrival to CMU. In addition to updating the OIE website and Facebook page, we will email you orientation information, including registration instructions. If you will not be studying at the Pittsburgh campus, we will send you information on how you can fulfill this requirement remotely. 

Please visit the OIE website for more information or contact the office with your questions. We look forward to seeing you soon!

OIE Staff

Settling In Guide

New Student Checklist

Immigration Presentation

Last Updated: August 4, 2017