Students on Campus


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 Trine.  Please see the checklist below of what you must complete prior to your arrival:

Getting Started:

Visa Tips:

  • Pay any necessary visa and SEVIS fees.
  • Apply for a student visa at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
  • Add your dependent to your SEVIS record, if applicable.


  • International Driver's License (IDL): If you plan to drive in the U.S., make sure to get an International Driver's License (IDL).  An International Driver's License is an English translation of your foreign driver's license. You will need to apply for the international driver's license in your home country before you come to the U.S. You will NOT be able to apply for the IDL in the U.S.
  • Immigration Resources: Check out the EducationUSA and ICE sites for helpful information regarding immigration and living in the U.S.
  • Flight Arrangements:
    • ALL students must fly into the Fort Wayne International Airport or take the train to the Waterloo train station in Waterloo, Indiana to receive transportation from Trine University.  Please email your itinerary at LEAST one week in advance to if you are requesting transportation services. 
    • Undergraduate Students: Make arrangements to arrive in Indiana on Thursday, January 8. Remember, you must be here for International Orientation, held Friday, January 9, 2015. Contact International Community Services with your flight information AT LEAST one week prior to your arrival.
    • Graduate Students: Your Orientation is on Wednesday, January 14, but it is your responsibility to find off-campus housing prior to Orientation and your program.  You should plan to arrive beginning Monday, January 5 so you have enough time to search for housing and get acclimated to the area.  Contact International Community Services with your flight information AT LEAST one week prior to your arrival.

Important Things to Remember:

  • Anticipate funding needs for your first few weeks (minimum of $500 for meals, and purchasing items for your dorm).  For those living off-campus, consider a minimum of $1500 for renting an apartment in the Angola area.
  • Use a bank card, traveler's check, or credit card to avoid carrying large sums of cash.
  • Consider having important documents translated into English before you arrive to the U.S. (school transcripts, medication, driver's license, marriage license, etc.)

What to Consider When Packing:

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
  • Proof of international health insurance
  • Important items such as medication, eye glasses, contacts, credit card and/or sufficient money in travelers checks or USD$, and bilingual dictionary.

Contact information for the Office of International Community Services:

Office of International Community Services
Trine University
1 University Ave
Angola, IN 46703
Telephone: +1.260.665.4630
Office hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Checked Luggage

  • Bring heavy coat, and warm clothing. You can also buy clothes while you are here.
  • Consider bringing recipes of native foods, small souvenirs from your home country, cultural clothing, music, and photos from home.
  • Bring a laptop, if you have one (you may buy one here if necessary).
  • Research if you need a power converter (U.S. voltage is 110-120).
  • Be sure to pack light. You will have a chance to purchase items during Intl Orientation.
  • Include your name and University address on your bags, in case it gets lost.

Provided by Trine for Residential Students

  • Pillow
  • Sheets
  • Light blanket