Pre-Arrival Information

After you have obtained your F1 Student Visa, then you are ready to begin the registration process at Lewis University. The information listed here will help you prepare for your first semester at Lewis.

Course Registration

Most importantly, you must register for classes. After you have notified the university that you have successfully received your F1 visa, you will be given access to your MyLewis Student Account. You will log into that account, and complete the registration process:

  • Graduate level students – Your advisor will contact you, and assist you with the registration process.  

  • Undergraduate students – You will use your MyLewis account to sign up for a SOAR Orientation. This is a virtual event when you will learn more about the university, and also meet with your Advisor who will assist you with registration.
Plan your Trip to the USA

Your SEVIS I-20 form lists important dates for when your program of study begins. Please follow those dates carefully, and plan to arrive in the USA with enough time to get settled before classes begin.

To enter the USA, you will need the following: your passport with F1 visa stamp, your signed SEVIS I-20 form, your i901 payment receipt, a copy of your class schedule, and you should know your new home address in the USA. 

Here you can find more information about entering the USA with the F1 visa

New Student Orientation

All new students will be required to attend a New Student Orientation. The International Student Service office will send you an invitation for this event before the semester begins. 

Housing on Campus

If you plan to live on campus, you must submit a Dormitory Reservation. Use your MyLewis account, and there you will find the Star Res housing application. You cannot check into your room until you have submitted your application, and received a room confirmation. 

Additional Arrival Information

The Office of International Student Services will provide you support and guidance while you are in the USA studying at Lewis University. Please review their website for information about the following:

  • Airport Pick-Up Service
  • Checking in on campus
  • New Student Orientation
  • Health Insurance
  • And other common questions