ARRIVING INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS - NEXT STEPS

PREPARING FOR YOUR MILLERSVILLE UNIVERSITY EXPERIENCE

The Office of International Programs and Services is here to help you prepare for a successful transition to the U.S. and university life. This includes helping you understand and secure the necessary documentation you and your family members will need to enter the U.S as an international student and maintain your status once you have arrived. Please contact the office with any additional questions at International.Services@Millersville.edu.

Please progress through these steps in order. 
  • Steps 1-4 are necessary to be done/started before acquiring a student visa.
    • Your official transcripts can come to Millersville after you have received your visa. 
    • Access Steps 1-4
  • Steps 5 - 11 can only be completed after a student visa has been awarded or your SEVIS record has been transferred to MU or your Change of Status to F-1 has been approved by USCIS. 
  • Step 12 should be reviewed by all incoming admitted students now to set clear expectations about arrival to Millersville University. 

Have more questions? See the our admitted student's frequently asked questions page

WHAT TO DO BEFORE YOU ARRIVE:

  • STEP 1: Confirm Intent to Enroll & Obtain Initial I-20 or DS-2019
    • Accept your offer of admission by contacting the International Admissions office at  InternationalAdmissions@Millersville.edu  
    • Should you require an F or J visa to attend Millersville University  
    • Immigration documents  
      • I-20 will be released on your application status page.  
      • DS-2019 for the J students are included in the admission documentation mailed to admitted students. Double-check the documents for any errors.  

    MONITOR YOUR STATUS PAGE

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  • STEP 2: Provide Final/Official Transcripts & Test Scores

    **This step pertains to all degree-seeking students to Millersville University** 

    • If you provided a copy of your official documentation to Millersville University directly at the time of admission, you will need to provide official copies to Millersville prior to enrollment.  
    • A transcript hold is placed on an admitted students accounts related to transcripts. If final and offiical transcripts have not been received by Millersville University by the start of your inital academic term, this hold will remain and will prevent registration for future registration until official materials are received by the International Admissions office.
    • Final copies of transcripts must be provided to Millersville University to remove this hold. 
    • Official English Language Test Scores are required to be provided to Millersville university if they were not verified at the time of admissions.  

    Information on how to send transcripts to MU

     

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  • STEP 3: Pay SEVIS Fee or complete SEVIS Transfer

    **This step pertains to those that require/hold the F or J visa only** 

    • Immigration documents (I-20 or DS-2019) are included in the information emailed to admitted students. Double-check the documents for any errors. 
    • Pay the REQUIRED SEVIS Fee online at fmjfee.com.
      • See SEVIS Fee Frequently Asked Questions here
    • Students already in the U.S. on a student visa should complete the Transfer In Form with their current immigration officer and email it to  Internationaladmissions@Millersville.edu to start the process of transferring their SEVIS record. 

    Pay SEVIS Fee  

    SEVIS TRANSFER-IN FORM

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  • STEP 4: Schedule Visa Appointment & prepare for a successful visa interview

    **This step pertains to those that require/hold the F or J visa only** 

    NAVIGATING THE VISA PROCESS 

    UPDATE MU ON YOUR VISA STATUS (IMMIGRATION CHECK-IN FORM)

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WHAT TO DO AFTER VISA PROCESSING:

  • STEP 5: Access MU Accounts

    If you are in the U.S.:

    • To set up your MU account, go to https://myaccount.millersville.edu
    • Choose the First time Account Setup and follow the instructions provided and make sure to write down all usernames and passwords.
    • Upon the first login, you will need to set up authentication. You will see a page that says, "More Information." This is where you will put in your text number and off-campus personal email address. MU IT recommends using the phone application called Microsoft Authenticator to authenticate. If you see an option to use the application, IT recommends you follow the instructions provided.

    If you are outside the U.S.:

    • To set up your MU account, go to https://myaccount.millersville.edu
    • Select "Forgot Password"
    • Enter your MU email address
    • Verify your account with your personal email address that you used when you applied. 
    • Then set up a password for your account. 

    General Notes:

    • Once you are able to access your account, you may upload a picture online for your student ID card. You can learn how and other information about using your student ID card here.
    • If you have any issues in the process, please contact MU IT Services at Help.Desk@millersville.edu where someone will assist you.
    • Students attending Millerville on an F visa will be eligible for steps 6, 9 & 10 once confirmation that the visa has been awarded has been received by IPS staff. 

    Note: All MU-related accounts (MAX, MU Email, myVillePotal, D2L, etc.) can be found at the bottom of any MU webpage. Scroll down and select "Logins".

    ACCESS MYACCOUNT

    IT Help Desk

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  • STEP 6: Choose Housing
    • All international applicants seeking a student visa have a hold placed on thier account that prevents housing registration. Once IPS is made aware & can confirm an applicant has a visa, this hold can be removed. 
    • Students attending Millerville on an F visa will be eligible to reserve housing once confirmation that the visa has been awarded has been received by IPS staff. 
    • Millersville University freshman and any degree-seeking student with fewer than 60 credits must live on campus. Read about on-campus housing here.  
    • To apply for on-campus housing, follow instructions on the University Housing website
    • The Office of International Programs and Services will work with exchange students regarding their specific housing option(s). 
    • Information on exceptions to the on-campus housing requirement can be found on the MU Housing website.
    • If you are approved to live off-campus refer to the off-campus housing options

    UNIVERSITY HOUSING

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  • STEP 7: Submit Health Evaluation form to Health Services
    • The Health Evaluation Form is required of all students attending Millersville University. Find additional instructions for completing the form HERE.   
    • Students will not be permitted to attend classes at MU or live in university-arranged housing without completing them.
    • All forms must be completed in English or be submitted with a certified translation.
    • Completed forms should be sent to Millersville University Health Services (hservices@millersville.edu), as is outlined in the packet. 

    HEALTH EVALUATION FORM

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  • STEP 8: Purchase Health Insurance
    • All Millersville students are required to have health insurance.
    • Access the Health Insurance Form for insurance requirements. You will see more information about our recommended health insurance provider, ISO insurance. If you choose a different provider, you will have to complete a waiver and submit the necessary documents to prove you are insured. 
    • International student athletes and students participating in intramural or club sports must purchase an insurance plan that covers these activities.  
    • Insurance coverage start date should be your arrival date in the U.S., or the start of orientation if you currently live in the U.S.
    • Read more about health and wellness while at Millersville.  

    HEALTH INSURANCE FORM

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  • STEP 9: Contact your Academic Advisor & Register
    Notice on incoming academic holds: 
    • All international applicants seeking a student visa have a hold placed on thier account that prevents registration in coursework. Once IPS is made aware & can confirm an applicant has a visa, this hold can be removed. 
    • A transcript hold is placed on an admitted students accounts related to transcripts. If final and offiical transcripts have not been received by Millersville University by the start of your inital academic term, this hold will remain and will prevent registration for future registration until official materials are received by the International Admissions office. 

    Once you are ready to register:

    • Students can find their academic advisor via their MAX account. Note: All MU-related student accounts (MAX, MU Email, myVillePotal, D2L, etc.) can be found at the bottom of any MU webpage. Scroll down and select "Logins".
    • If you're a first-year student, the Registrar's Office will take care of your class registration in collaboration with the academic departments.
    • Transfer students will create their own schedules and can refer to these instructions for guidance in registering.  
    • Students attending Millerville on an F visa will be eligible for registration once confirmation that the visa has been awarded has been received by IPS staff.  

    MU LOGINS

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  • STEP 10: Pay your MU Bill

    Millersville University has partnered with TransferMate to provide seamless international payments through your online student account.

    • Students should pay their bill in full before arriving to Millersville.  
    • Log into your Student Account Manager (SAM), select Make A Payment, choose TransferMate from the dropdown menu of Payment Type options, and follow prompts.
    • Payments will not be applied to student accounts until funds are received. TransferMate is intended as a payment method for university billed charges only. 
    • For a more detailed step-by-step guide, click here or watch this video.
    • TransferMate offers 24/7 customer support in multiple languages CONTACT TRANSFERMATE.
    • Additional payment options can be found on the Office of Student Accounts website
    • Note: Initiating payment prior to the receipt of your bill is acceptable. All credits will be retained on the account for future use. The Office of Student Accounts (OSA) is available to guide you. 

    SAM

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  • STEP 11: Complete the Check-In & Arrival Forms
    • Let us know when you plan to check-in with IPS before the start of orientation by completing the Arrival Form.  
    • Check the orientation website to monitor important arrival dates and information, plan accordingly 
    • Access your MyGlobalMU Portal to upload your immigration documents. 

    MYGLOBALMU

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  • STEP 12: Prepare for International Student Orientation
    • Participation in International Student Orientation is a mandatory visa requirement.
    • International applicants should watch for invitation emails for Voyage to the 'Ville - our pre-orientation sessions. Please reach out to staff if you are not receiveing these invitations. 
    • Additionally, all students have the opprotunity to complete the online orientation for further introduction to Millersville.
    • Online orientation does not replace taking part in on-campus orientation before the start of the semester. 

    INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORIENTATION (Summary & Dates)

    We look forward to meeting you soon! 

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