New International Students

This page is for students who have an acceptance from RMU. If you are still in the application process, please refer to international admissions.

Requesting your I-20

If you have any questions about the process, please email newi20@rmu.edu.

Preparing for your Visa Appointment

Be aware that wait times can vary dramatically by country, or even region within a country. Check the Department of State for your consulate's current wait time and plan accordingly.

The consulate officer will ask you questions to determine your intent to return home and to prove that you have adequate funds. Answer truthfully only the questions asked to you, and be sure to bring original documents. Remember, only you can convince the U.S. Consulate that you should be issued a student visa. Once you have your I-20 or DS-2019 from RMU, please complete the following steps:

Make an appointment with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

Complete a non-immigrant visa application.

Take the following items with you to your visa appointment:

  1. I-20 Form or DS-2019
  2. Receipt of Payment for the I-901 SEVIS Fee 
  3. Original Financial Documents 
  4. RMU Acceptance Letter 
  5. Scholarship Letter(s) 
  6. Undergraduate Students Only: TOEFL, IELTS or SAT Verbal scores 
  7. Graduate Students Only: GMAT or GRE scores depending on program 
  8. Any other document the consulate requests

For more information about the process, please visit this page.

Travel to the US

You will need a Robert Morris University I-20 (or DS-2019) Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant F-1 (or J-1) Student Status, a valid F-1 (or J-1) visa* (the visa stamp in your passport) issued by the U.S. embassy/consulate overseas, a valid passport, and your SEVIS fee receipt. 

Please be advised that you may not enter the U.S. more than 30 days prior to the start date printed on your I-20. When you enter the U.S., a digital I-94 card will be created for you. Please print it out once you have arrived in the United States. 

*Canadian citizens: You do not need a visa stamp

International Orientation

Mandatory Fall 2018 orientation dates: Thursday, August 23rd, and Friday, August 24th

Please check your RMU email for specific times and locations!

We are delighted that you have chosen to join the RMU international community. We, at the Center for Global Engagement, are committed to making your stay at RMU a pleasant and successful one. To accomplish this goal, we have scheduled an orientation program to help you get adjusted to our campus and Pittsburgh area.

This program includes information about academic advising, student activities, residence life, health issues, and campus safety. We will take a tour of the Pittsburgh area. It will contain important immigration information that all students are expected to know. In addition, we have scheduled several special events, so that you can become acquainted with us and with other international students.

Be sure to check your RMU email account for important orientation updates.

Need a place to stay? The Sheraton Hotel is a close hotel to campus, and offers transportation from the airport.