Sunday – November 23, 2014

 

Travel and Arrival Information

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), an office of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (USICE) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in cooperation with the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection and the Department of State, provides an information sheet to assist you in your entry into the United States.

Baggage:
Do not forward baggage or personal effects in care of MATC, as we can't store them for you.  It is less expensive to have personal effects mailed after your arrival.

Climate:
Milwaukee's climate is subject to great temperature variations. During the summer (June-September), temperatures are often above 26.6 degrees Celsius (80 degrees Fahrenheit) and occasionally above 32 degrees C. (90 degrees F.). During the winter (December-March), one must expect many days of -18 degrees C. (0 degree F.), and even lower. Both very light and very heavy clothing will be needed. Normal attire is usually casual rather than formal.

Currency:
It may be difficult to convert non-U.S. money into U.S. currency immediately upon arrival in Milwaukee. We suggest you bring at least $900 in U.S. traveler's checks for travel, food, rent, and incidental expenses. Check with your bank and credit card company to find out if your ATM and credit cards will be available to you in Milwaukee, and what the limits are on using them abroad.

Arriving in Milwaukee:
The closest international airports are in Chicago, Illinois at O'Hare and Midway Airports, and  Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee. You can fly into Milwaukee from O'Hare or Midway, or you can take ground shuttle or Amtrak.

Orientation:
Orientation is MANDATORY. All new international students MUST report to the International Student Admissions Office (ISO). This reporting (or "check-in") requirement will be fulfilled by attending the mandatory orientation. This orientation is designed to help you be successful. Very importantly, ISS staff will provide an overview of your responsibilities as a student visa-holder.

You must bring the following documents to your orientation programs:

  1. Original I-20
  2. Passport and I-94 card
  3. Photocopies of your I-20, your passport identity and expiry pages, your F-1 visa stamp, and your I-94 card