Pre-Arrival Information for New International Students

The International Student Services Office not only supports you during your entire academic career at Fort Hays State University, but we also help you prepare for life at FHSU (and in Hays, Kansas) before you arrive.

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 also provides you opportunities 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’ll help you successfully prepare to arrive safely in Hays before the semester starts. A pre-arrival checklist, packed with information to assist you as you begin making plans to arrive for the new semester, will be emailed to you upon your admission to FHSU.

Please plan to arrive seven to eight (7 to 8) days before the start of the semester. Let us know as soon as possible if you plan to live on campus so we can make arrangements with Residential Life (the office and staff in charge of on-campus housing). By contacting the International Student Services Office with your arrival information, we can make sure your transition to life at FHSU is a smooth one.

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


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