Planning Travel to South Bend
Arriving on Time for Orientation
When you begin to plan your travel to IU South Bend, here are some things to keep in mind:
The earliest you can arrive in the U.S. is 30 days before the start date on your I-20 or DS-2019.
You must make every effort to arrive in South Bend by the date of International Student Orientation, as noted in your admission letter. University offices are closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, so it is wise to avoid arriving on these days.
Be aware of housing move-in dates. These will vary depending on whether you are living on or off-campus.
When making an airline reservation, we strongly suggest you make either Chicago's O'Hare International Airport or the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport your first port of entry. These airports are the closest international airports to IU South Bend, and both offer direct connecting flights to the South Bend Regional Airport. Daily bus service is available to and from Chicago and South Bend by Royal Excursion.
If circumstances arise which prevent you from arriving in South Bend by the date specified, you MUST contact the OISS by e-mail, fax, or telephone for guidance. Keep in mind that if you are not able to arrive by the date specified on your I-20 or DS-2019, you must postpone your admission until a later semester although you may NOT remain in the U.S. without enrollment.