HOW DO I PAY MY SEVIS I-901 FEE?
If you will be an F-1 or J-1 student for the first time, you need to pay the SEVIS fee. Please go to the following website to pay your SEVIS fee online: https://www.fmjfee.com/i901fee/index.jsp
. You must pay your SEVIS fee before applying for a J-1 or F-1 visa.
CAN I COME TO THE UNITED STATES BEFORE THE ARRIVAL DATES?
You can enter the United States NO earlier than 30 days before start date on your I-20 or DS-2019. Be aware that the start date of your health insurance through our university will be the same as your start date on your I-20 or DS-2019. If you will be arriving in the U.S. before your I-20 or DS-2019 start date, we strongly advise you to enroll in a short-term health insurance plan or make sure that your home country insurance will cover you until the start date on your I-20 or DS-2019.
CAN I COME TO THE UNITED STATES AFTER THE ARRIVAL DATES?
You need to report to UW-Platteville NO later than the arrival date indicated on the I-20 or DS-2019 Report Date. If special circumstances occur (i.e. delayed flight, illness), please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
to make special arrangements.
DO I HAVE TO PARTICIPATE IN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORIENTATION WEEK?
All new international students are required to attend International Student Orientation
. This orientation will help you to learn more about UW-Platteville and the services offered on the campus. Orientation also serves as a great way to explore Platteville, Wisconsin, and to meet new people, including both new and returning U.S. and international students.
CAN I STAY IN THE UNITED STATES AFTER THE DATE ON MY I-20 OR DS-2019?
J-1 students are allowed to stay in the U.S. up to 30 days after their program end date. F-1 students are allowed to stay in the U.S. up to 60 days after their program end date. Your program end date is the date on which you complete all the requirements for your degree or the program end date listed on your I-20 or DS-2019, whichever is earlier.
DO I NEED TO BRING MY OWN BEDDING?
Your residence hall does not provide bedding (blankets, sheets, pillows) or towels. You may purchase a linen package (bedding and towels) through our office for a $50 fee which will be charged to your student account. The linen package includes sheets, blanket, a bath/hand towel, and a wash cloth. NOTE: We will not supply you with a pillow or pillow case. If you purchase a linen package, you will be able to pick it up on the day before orientation when you check in to your residence hall. If you choose not to purchase these items through our office, there will be a scheduled shopping trip during orientation during which you may purchase bedding and a pillow.
WHEN DO I NEED TO PAY MY UNIVERSITY BILL?
You will not need to pay your bill until after you arrive on campus. Please see the Cashier's Office website
for specific deadlines for paying your bill. Current billing details can also be viewed online through PASS (Pioneer Administrative Software System). You will be able to log on to your PASS account once you arrive on campus.
HOW DO I PAY MY STUDENT BILL?
Please click here
for information regarding how to pay your student bill.
CAN MY VISA EXPIRE WHILE I AM IN THE U.S.?
Yes; however, you must make sure you have a valid visa if you leave the country and need to re-enter the U.S.
CAN MY PASSPORT EXPIRE WHILE I AM IN THE U.S.?
No. In order to maintain legal immigration status, your passport must be valid it all times.
I HAVE INSURANCE AT HOME. DO I STILL NEED TO PURCHASE INSURANCE THROUGH UW-PLATTEVILLE?
Yes. Participation in the UW-Platteville group health insurance policy is required for all international students, except for students who have received a scholarship from the governments of Saudi Arabia or Kuwait. The insurance fee will be added to your student bill. To learn more about the group health insurance policy, please click here
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I AM SICK AND NEED TO SEE A DOCTOR?
Unless it is an emergency, you should first visit the Student Health Services on campus. The Student Health Services is located on the second floor of Royce Hall. Please visit their website
to view the days and times they are open. If you do not visit the Student Health Services before going elsewhere you will be required to pay a co-pay. Please note that the Student Health Services personnel may refer you to a different medical facility, depending on your needs. If you need to see a doctor at a medical facility not on campus, you need to bring your insurance card. If you forget your insurance card you will need to return the next day with your insurance card so that your paperwork can be processed and correct billing to the insurance company can take place. After doing so you will need to complete a claim form
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CELL PHONE SERVICE IN PLATTEVILLE?
There are many different options for students when it comes to buying a cell phone. Usually, it is not possible, or affordable, to use your cell phone from your home country. Buying a cell phone needs careful planning. It is advisable to read up on different cell phone plans in the United States. Take your time to look on the internet for a provider and plan that suits you. Remember, not all providers have good reception (the ability to get and make clear phone calls, sends texts, or use the internet) in Platteville and the surrounding area. Every provider will be able to give you this information. These cell phone companies generally have good reception in the Platteville area:
• Verizon Wireless - www.verizonwireless.com
• Sprint - www.sprint.com
• U.S. Cellular - http://www.uscellular.com/uscellular/NOTE: AT&T and T-Mobile do NOT have good reception in Platteville.
For more information about purchasing a cell phone in Platteville, please click here
SHOULD I BRING MY OWN COMPUTER TO THE U.S.?
If you choose not to bring a computer with you to the U.S. there are several computer labs on campus to which you will have access. If you wish to purchase a computer, you will be able to purchase one for a relatively inexpensive price once you arrive in the U.S. If you choose to bring your own computer, all residence halls have individual resident network hook-up (ResNet). Information regarding minimum requirements for your computer is listed on the ResNet website
. Please note that UW-Platteville does not support pirated and illegal software and/or operating systems. It is illegal to use pirated and illegal software and/or operating systems in the U.S. The use of these items can lead to fines from government authorities.
CAN I STAY IN THE RESIDENCE HALLS DURING THANKSGIVING BREAK, WINTER BREAK, SPRING BREAK, AND SUMMER BREAK?
Yes. Students are allowed to stay in their own rooms at no additional cost during the 4-day Thanksgiving Break in November. Students must sign up in advance at their residence hall main desk. Please check the Residence Life website or ask your Resident Assistant (RA) for more information.
Residents of Bridgeway Commons, Rountree Commons, and Southwest Hall may stay in their halls during winter break. All other residents living in the nine traditional halls on-campus must vacate their space during this time period. All halls are open for Winterim classes in January. If students are living in any of the traditional residence halls which do not stay open during Winter Break, it is the student's responsibility to locate an off-campus place to stay during this time; however, students may leave their personal belongings in their room during this vacation period. Students wishing to return to their traditional residence hall rooms when Winterim classes begin must request permission from the Residence Life office in Royce Hall and room rent is placed on their student account. Please check the Residence Life website or ask your resident assistant for more information.
Residents of Bridgeway Commons, Rountree Commons, and Southwest Hall may stay in their halls during spring break. All other residents living in the nine traditional halls on-campus must vacate their space during this time period. If students are living in any of the traditional residence halls which are NOT open during spring break, it is the student's responsibility to locate an off-campus place to stay if needed during this time; however, students may leave their personal belongings in their room during this vacation period. Students of Rountree, Bridgeway, or Southwest, may stay in their rooms during Spring Break at no additional cost. Students must sign up in advance at their residence hall main desk. Please check the Residence Life office or ask your resident assistant (RA) for more information.
A student staying in the residence halls during the summer must either be working on-campus or taking classes. Pickard Hall is open for the pre-session. Students attending the summer session are placed in McGregor Hall. Bridgeway Commons, Rountree Commons, and Southwest Hall are not open for the summer session. Applications for summer housing are available in the Residence Life office after spring break. There is no meal plan available during the summer months. Kitchen facilities are located within the hall.