Coming to Park

IMPORTANT CONTACTS

816-584-6444 (Office of Campus Safety, Available 24 hours a day)
816-584-6820 (International Education, Available Mon-Fri during Business Hours)
816-584-7401 (Office Residence Life, Available Mon-Fri during Business Hours)

STEP 1) SECURE A VISA

RECEIVE THE I-20 FORM

Congratulations on your admission to Park University! Now you must receive your I-20. 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. A sample I-20 form can be found on Study in the States, a helpful international student resource site maintained by the Department of Homeland Security.

PAY SEVIS FEE

After receiving the I-20, pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee. The I-901 SEVIS fee is a fee of $380 implemented by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) used for maintaining your Student and Exchange Student Visitor Information System (SEVIS) record/I-20. This fee must be paid before you are allowed an appointment at the U.S. Embassy.

There are several ways to pay your SEVIS I-901 fee. The preferred method is to pay online. This immediately provides you with a receipt, printable from your computer. Proof of the I-901 SEVIS fee payment is necessary to bring to the U.S. Embassy for your visa appointment.

ATTEND THE INTERVIEW

After you receive an I-20 and admission letter from Park, pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee, and schedule your Embassy Appointment with U.S. Embassy. Please be sure to read these important interview tips!

During your appointment you will present the required 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) STEPS BEFORE ARRIVAL

SUBMIT ARRIVAL INFORMATION

Submit the ARRIVAL FORM as soon as possible. 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.

ARRANGE HOUSING

You must complete the housing application, sign a contract and submit your housing deposit in order to receive a room in the dormitories!

If you are under 21 and an undergraduate student, you must live on campus. You are eligible to live off campus if you are living with parents, legal guardians, 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 University: Chesnut Hall and Copley Quad. For more information, visit Residence Life and Education.

If you are living off campus but need temporary accommodation starting on Monday, January 6th please email Housing at reslife@park.edu to reserve temporary accommodation.
No accommodation is offered before Monday, January 6th.

ARRANGE TRAVEL TO CAMPUS

The Kansas City International Airport (KCI) is located approximately a 17-minute drive from Park University.

To request a free pickup from KCI to campus, you may contact Jill Mitchell at freeridetopark@park.edu.

Other transportation options:

ACCESS YOUR STUDENT EMAIL

After being admitted to Park University, you will be assigned a Park student email account. The login and password information will be sent to the personal email address supplied on your application. Please use this link for directions on how to access your student email account.

REGISTER

Park University offers admitted international students the opportunity to register for classes in advance of their arrival in the USA!

To take advantage of this opportunity, you need to make a tuition deposit of at least $1000 by December 1, 2020 and take the necessary English and Math virtual placement tests (not required for graduate students).

Below is the process:

  • Log into your MyPark Student Account. Your ID and password are emailed to you during admission.
  • Once logged in, click the “Student” tab at the top of the page.
  • Then go to “Student Billing”.
  • Enter in the payment amount on right side and click “Pay online”.
  • Enter your payment information.
  • Please email kevin.vicker@park.edu once you have paid to confirm the payment was received.
  • Alternatively, you can do a wire transfer with this tool.  If you choose this option make sure your name and student ID is clear in the notes attached to the wire transfer. Please email kevin.vicker@park.edu once you make payment if you choose the wire transfer option as well.

After paying, you will take the English and Math virtual placement tests online. Instructions will be sent to you by email. This is not required for graduate students.

A Park University student advisor will then contact you to set up a virtual advising appointment.

STEP 3) ARRIVE TO PARK UNIVERSITY AND ATTEND CHECK-IN AND 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 12:30 PM from Monday, January 6 through Thursday, January 9th. The check-in sessions will last about 2 hours. Check-in sessions are selected by completing the Arrival Form.

Please bring the following to your check-session:

  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 and Phone number in the United States
  6. Emergency Contact Information for 2 people (Name, Telephone Number, Email Address)

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT

During Check-in with International Education, you will meet your advisor and confirm your classes. You must pay tuition and fees before classes begin. Park University’s preferred method to receive international bank or wire transfers is through PeerTransfer. More information is found here.

PLACEMENT TESTS

During the week of orientation/registration, undergraduate freshmen students required to take placement tests in English and Math.

ATTEND ORIENTATION

Orientation is Mandatory. International Student Orientation is Friday, January 10, 2019 from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORIENTATION/STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE

All new international students are required to pay a one-time $150 fee, which goes towards special events and services offered for international students. This fee will be automatically charged to your student account during your first semester.

HEALTH CARE AND INSURANCE

All students are required to purchase medical insurance upon enrollment which is automatically billed to your student account. The insurance charge for each semester rates are $1060 for Athletes and $689 for non-athletes beginning Fall 2019. Park uses LewerMark Student Insurance which provides insurance to international and study abroad students across the nation.

STEP 4) GET INVOLVED:

  1. Explore student organizations through our CREW portal.
  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 jmitchell@isionline.org

Park University’s degree programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Park University is a private, non-profit, institution of higher learning since 1875.