Step 1: Pay Your SEVIS fee & Apply for a Visa (does not apply to Canadians)
Step 2: Set up your myIPFW account
Step 3: Complete online orientation (SOAR)
Step 4: Register for classes
Step 5: Arrange Housing
Step 6: Make Travel Arrangements
Step 7: Fill out the Arrival Information Form
Step 8: Attend International Orientation (mandatory)
For detailed information about how to apply for an F-1 visa, please visit our Applying for a New Visa page. You MUST pay the SEVIS fee PRIOR to your visa appointment. Before you go to your visa interview, please read these Visa Interview Tips. If you need advice regarding the visa process, please contact our office.
Follow these steps:
1. Go to my.ipfw.edu
2. Click on the "Get me Started" link
3. Follow the instructions on the screen. You will need your student ID number
4. Important: Read the password requirements carefully. If your password does not fulfill all requirements, you will not be able to log in.
Two weeks after you are accepted, you will be granted access to the online orientation. You can access the online orientation through my.ipfw.edu. Additional instructions will be provided to you after acceptance. You MUST complete the online orientation prior to registering for classes.
Our office, along with your academic advisor, will help you register for classes for the first semester.You may need to take placement tests upon arrival, before you can register for classes.
All students should be registered for classes PRIOR to coming on campus. Adjustments to the schedule can be made after meeting with the academic advisor and taking placement tests (if necessary).
At IPFW, you are not required to live on-campus, although there are many advantages in doing so. To find out more about on-campus housing options, please visit our Housing page. There, you can also find information about off-campus housing options and transportation.
Read the information on our Travel to the U.S. page. You should arrive on campus no later than the Monday before classes begin for your first semester of enrollment. Please refer to the Academic Calendar to determine the correct date. If you live in student housing, you will have to submit an early move-in request prior to arrival.
As soon as your travel plans are confirmed, fill out the Arrival Information Form. To find out how to get to Fort Wayne, refer to our Traveling to the U.S. page. We do not pick up students from Chicago, Indianapolis, or Detroit. We provide free transportation from Fort Wayne Airport (FWA), the bus station and train terminal to campus. If your travel plans change, call or email our office immediately.
During Orientation you will learn about academic and immigration requirements, pay your bill, open a bank account, adjust your schedule, meet your advisor and much more. Visit our Orientation page for most up-to-date information about the orientation schedule and orientation activities.