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Plan Your Arrival - International Graduate Programs

The start of the year is quickly approaching, and there is much to do for your preparation before arriving to the United States and studying at a Trine University Education Center in Indiana.  Please see the checklist below of what you must complete prior to your arrival:

 Travel - Fort Wayne, Indiana / Angola, Indiana
 Travel - South Bend, Indiana
 What to Pack

Let us know your anticipated arrival at least one week in advance by filling out the Arrival Confirmation Form.

After Hours Emergency Contact Number: (855) 667-6237

Travel to Fort Wayne, Indiana  & Angola, Indiana:

Transportation Arrangements

Travel to South Bend, Indiana:

Transportation Arrangements

  • Students should fly into South Bend International AirportOpens in new window (SBN) in South Bend, Indiana
  • Students can also use the train system from Chicago, Illinois to South Bend, Indiana. The South Shore rail lineOpens in new window connects South Bend International Airport (SBN) with cities throughout Northwestern Indiana, with a final destination of downtown Chicago.
  • The airport's website lists many forms of transportation that can be utilized to go from the airport/train station to the Education Center - in new window
  • Please be sure to be on time for the mandatory International Orientation.

What to Pack:

Carry-on Luggage

At the U.S. Port of Entry, you will be inspected by an immigration officer before you are permitted to collect your checked luggage. Therefore, prior to departure for the U.S., you should pack the following items in your carry-on bag, NOT in your checked luggage:

  • Passport with visa
  • I-20 or DS-2019
  • Trine admission letter
  • Financial guarantee
  • Immunization records
  • Original academic documents
  • Trine Airport Transport Schedule & Check List (above)
  • Laptop (all graduate students are required to have a laptop - you may buy one here if necessary)
  • Important items such as medication, eye glasses, contacts, credit card and/or sufficient money in travelers checks or USD$, and bilingual dictionary.

Checked Luggage

 Some things to think about are:

  • Consider bringing recipes of native foods, small souvenirs from your home country, cultural clothing, music, and photos from home.
  • Research if you need a power converter (U.S. voltage is 110-120).

*Note: Include your name and University address on your bags, in case it gets lost.

  • Angola Education Center
    1107 West Maumee Street, Angola, IN 46703
  • Fort Wayne Education Center
    9910 Dupont Circle Drive East, Suite 130, Fort Wayne, IN 46825
  • South Bend Education Center
    3454 Douglas Road, Suite 300, South Bend, IN 46635


Specific Programs have specific immigration check-in dates and times.  

During your immigration check-in, you will need to bring the following documents:

  • Trine University admission letter
  • Passport
  • Visa
  • I-20 or DS-2019
  • Financial guarantee
  • Immunization records
  • Original academic documents

NOTE: Make sure to plan to pay your tuition and fees by Orientation & Registration

Get to know other students before you arrive on campus:
Facebook Trine University International Graduate Students group