University of Northwestern Ohio

International Student Services

Arriving at UNOH

On arrival to the United States, be prepared to present the following documents:

  • University of Northwestern Ohio's Form I-20
  • Valid Passport
  • F-1 Visa
  • Acceptance Letter from UNOH
  • Evidence of Financial Resources

If for any reason you forgot an immigration document, you will be issued an I-515A, which will allow you to remain in the US for only 30 days until your status is corrected and adjudicated.

On arrival to the UNOH, be prepared to present the following documents to ISS:

  • University of Northwestern Ohio's Form I-20
  • Valid Passport
  • F-1 Visa
  • I-94 Number

New students must check in with International Student Services once they arrive on campus.


  1. Airports located close to Lima are Dayton (1 hour and 20 minutes away), Columbus (2 hours away) and Fort Wayne (1 hour and 15 minutes).
  2. Carry immigration documents/travel itinerary with you in your hand luggage (passport, visa, Form I-20, UNOH acceptance letter, evidence of financial support and driver's license). Do not check them in your baggage.
  3. Consider the season that you are arriving into the US; it is important to bring both lightweight and heavyweight clothing.
  4. Make a budget for your trip. Prepare to pay for food while traveling.
  5. Research the airports you will be traveling through and be prepared for any additional tax fees.
  6. If you are arriving to the United States from Europe, remember to carry on a special electrical outlet adapter that has blade-like prongs. The voltage used in the United States is 110V.
  7. If you have a medical condition that required any prescription medication; carry a letter from your physician describing the medical condition with the generic names of prescribed drugs.
  8. Medical and Dental insurance is recommended. The university does not provide insurance for students.