Coming to Park

If you’ve been admitted to Park University, congratulations! Here are materials that will help you plan your travel, housing and enrollment. Be sure to check out our private chat page to see helpful Pre-arrival videos as well! 

Contact Information:
816-584-6444 (Office of Campus Safety- Open 24 Hours a day)
816-584-6820 (Office of International Students)
816-584-7401 (Office Residence Life- On Campus/Dorm Housing)

 

STEP 1) SECURE A VISA

 

Receive the I-20 FORM

A Form I-20 is a government form that tells the U.S. government that you are eligible for F-1 Student Status.  Once you are admitted to Park University, you will receive an email notification with your SEVIS ID number. Your admission packet along with your original I-20 form will be mailed out as soon as it is ready. You will receive a notification when we mail out your I-20 packet.

Pay SEVIS Fee

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has implemented a fee of $200 for maintaining your Student and Exchange Student Visitor Information System (SEVIS) record/I-20 and it must be paid after you have your I-20 and before you will be allowed an appointment at the U.S. Embassy.

There are several ways to pay your SEVIS I-901 fee, and we recommend you pay it online. This method will immediately provide you with a receipt, printable from your computer. You must pay this fee, and you must have your receipt before applying and receiving your student visa at the U.S. Embassy. 

Attend the Interview

When you receive an I-20 and admission letter from Park, go to the U.S. Embassy/ Consulate and present the documents along with a valid passport and proof of financial support. The consular will stamp the Visa (F-1) in your passport and return the I-20 to you.

 

STEP 2) PREPARE FOR ARRIVAL

 

SUBMIT ARRIVAL INFORMATION

When you use an I-20 issued by Park University to secure an F-1 Visa, you must report to Park for initial registration by the report dated listed on the I-20. Please confirm your arrival details here. If you need a pickup from the airport, you may contact Mrs. Sara Park at mrs.sara.park@gmail.com

Kansas City International Airport is approximately a 17-minute drive to Park University which is located in Parkville, Missouri. For other transportation options see here.

ARRANGE HOUSING

If you are under 21 and an undergraduate student, you are required to live on campus. You are only eligible to live off campus if you are living with your parents, legal guardians, or dependent children or if you have 58 or more credit hours prior to the first semester of attendance. There are two residence halls at Park: Chesnut Hall and Copley Quad. You will need to complete an application. For more information, visit Residence Life and Education.

If you are a graduate student or transfer student with 58 or more credit you may elect to live on campus OR in an off campus housing location. We will email you more details on off-campus options available.

Note: You must complete your application, sign a contract and submit your deposit

We have very limited free temporary accommodation starting on Monday, January 8. Please email Director of Resident Life, Karie Schaefer at karie.schaefer@park.edu to reserve temporary accommodation.

 

STEP 3) ARRIVE AT PARK UNIVERSITY AND ATTEND CHECK-IN/ORIENTATION

 

CHECK-IN

Upon arrival to Park University all international students must attend one of the arrival check-in sessions. The check in sessions will be at 8:30 AM and 1:00 PM from Monday, January 8 through Thursday, January 11. Please indicate which session you will attend on your arrival information sheet here. The check-in session will last about 2 hours.

  1. Passport, VISA, Original 1-20
  2. 1-94 Record  (https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/home)
  3. Park University Admission Letter
  4. Original/Official Transcripts
  5. Physical Address where you are staying  in the United States
  6. Emergency Contact Information for 2 people (Name, Telephone Number, Email Address)

REGISTER FOR CLASSES

After checking in with the Office of International Students, you will meet with your advisor and select your classes. Upon registration, you must pay tuition and fees. Park University's preferred method to receive international bank or wire transfers is through PeerTransfer.

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TaKE COMPASS PLACEMENT TEST

During the week of orientation/registration, you will be required to take placement tests in English and Math. Even though you may have submitted the required minimum TOEFL score, your language abilities will be tested and you may need be recommended for additional English language classes.

ATTEND ORIENTATION

Mandatory International Student Orientation - Friday, January 12 2018 - 9 am to 6 pm

International Student Orientation is mandatory for every student with an F-1 visa and provides very important and valuable information and gives you a chance to connect with other international students.  

Please note on Saturday, August 12 there will be mandatory orientation for all new Freshmen and Transfer international and domestic students.

More details will be provided at your check-in session.

INTernational Student ORIENTATION/Student Activity Fee

All new international students are required to pay a one-time $150 fee which goes toward special events and services we offer for international students. This fee will be automatically charged to your student account.

HEALTH CARE AND INSURANCE

All students are required to purchase medical insurance upon enrollment which will be automatically billed to your account. Even though the insurance does not cover 100 percent of all costs incurred, coverage generally pays for a large percentage of costs for illnesses that may occur. The insurance charge for each semester will be $463.50 for non-athletes and $750 for athletes. Park currently uses a company called Ascension which provides insurance for over 75 colleges and universities across the USA. Details concerning student health insurance are found at Ascension’s site.

 

STEP 4) GET INVOLVED!

 

We have many ways to get involved in events and activities. Here are three main ways.

  1. Download the Park University Campus Phone App here for all the latest events and activities.
  2. Sign up to have a host family who will meet with at least once a month to participate in activities and learn about American culture. Contact: Mike and Jill Mitchell (816) 421-2489 or Partners@park.edu 
  3. Join one of many student organizations listed here! Contact: studentlife@park.edu

You can also contact our Park International Club who is dedicated to making Park University a welcoming environment for international students. Contact: Ikem Eriobuna, President at 1486101@park.edu