Monday, December 23, 2013

Dear New International Students:

Greeting, Lutes! In this issue, we are introducing how you can get involved on campus! Learning happens inside of classrooms but also through active involvement outside of classrooms at PLU! To make the most out of your experience, please do get involved all over campus! We are offering several relevant programs to get you started! We will also remind you about To-Do List items and suggests what items to pack in your luggage!Missed any previous Pre-departure ISO Newsletters? Click to here to view previous Newsletters!

Explore Ways to Get Involved on Campus!

Download Guidebook App Do you have a smartphone or a tablet device? Please download Guidebook! Once this app is downloaded, please select Pacific Lutheran University and select PLU’s Ultimate Lute Guide. This guide will allow you to check on calendar of events, on-campus meal menus, student club listing and more! It’s really fun!

Apply to Global Campus Connection (GCC)! GCC is a program in which new International Students and current PLU students are matched for a mutually beneficial learning experience. Approximately 50% of PLU students study abroad and they know how important it is for new international students to be connected with local people. Many domestic students have already signed up to help you adjust to your new environment, learn about your culture/ language and just to have a fun time with you! Please join the program by filling out this short application TODAY!

Global Campus Connection
New Student Arrival Info
Airport Pick Up
Linens for Room
On-Campus Housing Application
Immunization and Health History Form
Health Insurance
Final Transcripts
New Student Orientation
Pre-departure IOS Newsletter Archives

Join Global Student Club (GSC)! GSC's mission is to promote and encourage the global connections within and outside the PLU community, and to encourage interactions between international and domestic students for cultural and social exchange. If you are interested in joining the club, please email the President of the club, Liz Nguyen:

It’s Not Too Early to Start Packing!

Stuff for Your On-Campus Room: check out this great list from Residential Life!

Clothing: Tacoma’s climate varies from warm and dry in the summer to cloudy, rainy, and cool in the winter months, so you will want to bring a wide range of clothing with you. You will need items such as a heavy winter coat or jacket, boots, gloves, hats and rain gear. You will also need lightweight items, such as shorts, sandals and t-shirts for during warmer weather. Most importantly, bring clothes and shoes that you are going to be most comfortable with. Students dress casually on campus.

Prescriptions and Medical Records: If you require any prescription medication or eyewear, be sure to bring them with you. It is also a good idea to bring an extra supply of any medicines that you are used to using at home, an extra set of eyeglasses or contact lenses, and for your doctor to provide a copy of the prescriptions. If you have any health concerns or medical conditions, bring a copy of medical, dental, and immunization records.

Personal Items: Depending on your educational plans, you may be spending a long period of time away from home. To help prevent homesickness, it is a good idea to bring personal items such as pictures of your family and friends, small gifts, traditional clothes, maps, posters, music, and items that represent you or your culture. These items will also be helpful for you to introduce yourself and your country to people who you meet here. *Before bringing food items into the US, check these customs regulations for prohibited or restricted items.

There will be events on campus in which students are encouraged to share their cultures and traditions through demonstrations and performances. Please bring traditional dresses, musical instruments, stationery or other items that represent your country or culture!

Important Documents: There are several items that you will want to carry with you on the airplane, rather than packing them in your checked luggage.

  • Passport (needs to be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your expected stay).
  • SEVIS Form I-20. For new students, US Consular Officer may put your I-20 in a sealed envelope, sometimes attached to your passport—Do NOT open the envelope! The CBP officer at the US port of entry will open it.
  • Address of where you live in the US (on-campus hall assignment info or off-campus address).
  • Contact information of our office:

Akane Yamaguchi, Associate Dir. of ISS, PDSO, ARO

(253) 535-8294

Campus Safety is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Their number is 253-535-7441

  • Other recommended documents: evidence of financial resources, evidence of student status (such as recent tuition receipts, transcripts, letter of acceptance, or class schedule), paper receipt for the SEVIS fee, Form I-797.

Take Care of Items on the To-Do List!

January 15 is the deadline for most items on this To-Do List! Make sure to complete all items!

That's it for now. As always, please email us if you have any questions! We would love to hear from you!

Enjoy the holidays,

ISO Planning Team

International Student Services (ISS)

Student Involvement and Leadership
Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, WA 98447

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