International Pre-Arrival is for international students accepted to Friends University and ready to make travel and living arrangements in Wichita, Kansas.
Congratulations on your recent admission to Friends University! We are looking forward to having you here. Please take time to read all of the information you received with your admission documents. Then, explore our website for more detailed information about all of the things you need to take care of before your arrival.
For questions, please contact our office by email or phone at:
All international students entering the U.S. will be directed to secondary inspection after completing the first level of screening by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Secondary inspections give CBP access to the Department of Homeland Security's Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) to confirm students' eligibility for entry to the U.S.
If you will have connecting flights following your arrival to the U.S., we recommend allowing additional time between flights (minimum 2-3 hours).
Arrival Date Recommendations
We recommend students book flights to Wichita Mid-Continent Airport and arrive on January 8, 2015 to insure mandatory attendence at Falcon Enrollment Day on January 9, 2015.
Students MUST fly in to Mid-Continent Airport (ICT) in Wichita, Kansas (KS) in order to be picked up upon arrival. Friends University International Services offers a free airport shuttle from Mid-Continent Airport to the student’s housing (within Wichita city limits). If you want to use the airport shuttle service or inquire about a hosting option, please complete the online form for shuttle requests or online form for host reservations. Hosting is only available for students starting in August. Make sure to ask the International Services Office in you have any questions before you purchase your airline ticket. They can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If students do not fly to Mid-Continent Airport, they will need to make their own travel arrangements to get to Wichita, Kansas at their own expense. International Services will pick you up from Mid-Continent Airport for free. If your flight information changes, please forward an updated itinerary to email@example.com.
For students living off-campus, it is strongly encouraged that you make arrangements with your landlord to move in on January 8, 2015. This would avoid the need for you to spend additional money at a hotel.
Please keep in mind that the student visa process is often lengthy. Schedule your visa interview as soon as possible after you receive your I-20. Give yourself as much time as possible to get your visa and make your travel arrangements!
For more information about the Visa appplication process and requirements visit http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/study-exchange/student.html
To check the status of your student visa on the U.S. Department of State website use the new Visa Check Tool.
On-campus housing is a great choice for new international students. Community and Residential Development staff take a sincere interest in your personal growth and development. They offer student-oriented services to meet your needs and place a high priority on treating students as individuals. Friends University housing options are very competitive in price and quality compared to area apartment complexes. Living on campus becomes your best housing value after factoring in time saved in food preparation and transportation! If students decide not to live in a residence hall, they may look for rental apartments located around the university. The rental apartments and houses available vary in location, facilities and rent fees.
You will be required to pay in full for your first semester (payment plans can be utilized in subsequent semesters).
Transfer to Friends University from another U.S. school:
After being admitted to Friends University, international students must request a transfer of their SEVIS record. Consult with International Student Advisors at both the previous school and Friends University to make sure the F-1 transfer is handled properly.
An F-1 student is eligible to transfer to Friends University if he or she is in valid F-1 status at the time of transfer. There can be no more than a five-month gap between schools from the last date of attendance, OR the last day of Optional Practical Training (OPT), whichever is later. The deadline for F-1 students to request a transfer is 60 days after the program completion date or OPT end date, whichever is later.
Traveling Between Schools:
Transfer students may travel and re-enter the U.S. any time between school programs. However, transfer students must re-enter with their Friends University I-20 and not the previous school's document. F-1 students must have valid visa stamps to re-enter the US.
Transfer from Friends University to another U.S. School:
If you are planning to leave Friends University to attend another U.S. school, you must request a "transfer out" from International Services at Friends University. The advisor will release your SEVIS record to the new school. The date of your release depends on your program status.
New Student Handbook:
The new student handbook for international students provides informaiton about Wichita, Friends University and immigration information. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org.