Incoming International Students

Travel and Arrival

Plan Ahead: What To Do Before You Arrive

  • Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months ahead.
  • Arrange for your housing
  • Make sure you will arrive in the U.S. at least one day before the orientation date listed on your acceptance letter.
  • Arrange travel from the airport (see below).
  • Organize your finances. Check if the credit card you use at home will work in the U.S., and look into opening a bank account here. 
  • Read about what U.S. Customs & Border Protection will allow you to bring with you to the United States. 

What to Bring

Here are the top items experienced international students recommend you bring:

  • Laptop computer
  • Rain jacket or coat
  • Camera (your phone might have a great camera!)
  • Electronic translator to use for your classes
  • Cultural items that represent your home country and life back home

Traveling From the Airport

You will want to book a flight to either Portland (PDX) or Eugene (EUG). Once you arrive, you can take an airport shuttle or bus to Corvallis, or take the train to Albany.

Questions about travel? Contact the International Office.