International Student Services
Pre-Arrival Information for New International Students

Congratulations on your acceptance to Fort Hays State University, the staff in the International Student Services Office wants to officially welcome you!  

The International Student Services Office is here to help your during your time at Fort Hays State University. We will help advise you in issues related to your legal status as well as other questions you might have about your life in Hays. Our office provides you a chance to meet and build friendships with US families and students, while providing a cross-cultural exchange through a number of programs and activities that you can become involved in. We want you to feel welcome and become an active part of our university and the Hays community.

Planning your trip to Hays, Kansas and Fort Hays State University is exciting! We want to help you successfully prepare to arrive safely in Hays before the semester starts. In each of the links below you will find information to assist you as you begin making plans to arrive for the new semester. We would ask that you read and review it carefully.  

Please plan to arrive seven to eight (7 to 8) days before the start of the semester. If you plan to live on campus let us know so we can make arrangements with Residential Life so your on campus housing facilities can prepare for your early arrival. By contacting the International Student Services Office with your arrival information, we can make sure your arrival to Hays is smooth.

We are happy you have decided to join our university community and family! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.   We look forward to meeting you!

Pre-Arrival Checklist
Pre-Arrival Handbook