Entering the United States

IEP studentsWe recommend the following for international students entering the United States:

1. Hand carry (do not check) the following documents:

  • Your passport with F-1 visa stamp
  • Your SEVIS form I-20 Important Note: If you are a new international student, remember to carry with you the sealed envelope given to you by the U.S. Department of State's Consular Officer and attached to your passport. It is important that you do not open this envelope.
  • Your completed form I-94 (given to you on the airplane)
  • Evidence of financial resources (usually a bank letter or scholarship letter)
  • Evidence of student status, such as tuition receipts, transcripts and letter of acceptance
  • Paper receipt for the SEVIS fee
  • The name and contact information of the Intensive English Program
  • Your address in the United States, even if only a hotel

2. Inform the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officer at the port of entry that you will be a new or returning international student in the United States. The immigration official should stamp "F-1 D/S" on your passport, I-94, and I-20 and return all your documents to you.

3. Report to the Intensive English Program on the start date indicated in section 5 of your form I-20 and maintain contact with the Associate Director for the duration of your studies at the IEP.

Ground Transportation

Most IEP students stay in a hotel for their first few days in Miami until they find a place to live. If you need to travel from Miami International Airport to a hotel or other destination in Miami, we recommend the following:

You can travel to your hotel by SuperShuttle. The SuperShuttle is usually located outside of the baggage claim area. You can identify their representatives by their yellow shirts with the company name "SuperShuttle" printed in big blue letters. You can also call SuperShuttle at (305) 871-2000.

Tipping is customary in the United States. When it comes to tipping we recommend the following:

Airport porter: $2.00 per bag
SuperShuttle: $2.00 per bag

Airport Pick Up Service

The Intensive English Program can arrange your airport pickup service from the Miami International Airport. The pickup service costs $60; it must be prepaid and is non refundable. If your flight is delayed the pickup service is not guaranteed.

If you are interested, please email Jessica Driemeier at j.driemeier@miami.edu.