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New Student Arrival and Orientation

We are looking forward to welcoming you to campus. In preparation for your arrival and the start of the term we require all new students to participate in new student orientation.

Orientation is designed to provide you with information about being a student at Saint Louis University. The multiple-day program will include sessions about academics, living in St. Louis, immigration regulations and how to enjoy being a student.

New International Student Orientation and Arrival to U.S. Information

Prepare for Your Arrival to St. Louis

Prepare for your arrival to St. Louis by preparing to meet with immigration. You will go through immigration at the first U.S. airport you enter, or if you are a citizen of Canada you will speak with an agent at the Canadian/U.S. Border.  
You will be asked several questions, and we recommend you prepare to answer questions, as well as provide documentation. Please remember you will need to communicate your intent to enroll at Saint Louis University, and you should know Saint Louis University's campus address: 
1 North Grand Boulevard
St. Louis, Missouri 63108 
You may be asked to provide the following documents, so do not pack them in your checked baggage:

  •  I-20 or DS-2019 (It is strongly recommended you enter the U.S. with your Saint Louis University I-20. If you received a visa for another school and plan to attend SLU, you can use your SLU I-20 with the visa for the other school. Students entering the U.S. with a SLU I-20 with the intention of transferring to another university will encounter challenges. Best practice is to enter the United States with an I-20 matching your destination university.
  • Passport 
  • F-1 or J-1 student visa  
  • SLU admission letter 
  • Financial documents 
  • Receipt for the SEVIS fee (Form I-797 or a printout of your receipt) 
  • The name for our director of international student services, Rebecca Bahan (  

Note: You may not arrive in the U.S. more than 30 days before the start date on the I-20. If you arrive early, you may be denied entry into the United States. Please plan your travel accordingly. 

Arriving in St. Louis: SLU Airport Pick-Up Service Fall 2024 Semester

A shuttle from St. Louis Lambert International Airport to the Saint Louis University campus will be available Aug. 9, 10, and 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.

There will also be a SLU Information Ddesk with a representative to assist students at the airport from Aug. 7- 11 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

  • Terminal 1 Information Desk: Next to exit 15 on the arrival level (lower level)
  • Terminal 2 Information Desk: Right of Exit 12 on the baggage claim level

We highly recommend students submit the Airport Pickup Request Form by Tuesday, Aug. 1st 2024. Students who do not complete the form may still be able to ride the shuttle, but we cannot guarantee a seat.

Submit an Airport Pickup Request Form

Arriving in STL: Arranging Your Own Transportation   


  • A taxi from the airport to Saint Louis University campus will cost around $50 USD. Taxis for hire are outside the baggage claim area.
  • Uber and Lyft both operate from St. Louis International Airport. These transportation services can be accessed via smartphone apps.
  • There is also an airport shuttle service, Go Best Express. This is like a shared taxi that will take several passengers at once. They offer a discount to Saint Louis University students. If you use this service, identify yourself as a SLU student, and ask for the discount.
  • The MetroLink, St. Louis' light rail system, is a good option if you you do not have much baggage and are not arriving late at night. Get off at the Grand Station stop. Saint Louis University is located a few blocks north.


If you are arriving during business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday) go to Des Peres Hall, 3694 West Pine Mall, St. Louis, MO, 63108. Des Peres Hall is the building displaying flags representing SLU's international population.

If you are arriving before 8:30 a.m., after 5 p.m. or on a weekend, go to Wool Center, 3545 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO, 63108. A Public Safety officer can help you find your on-campus housing (students living off campus should plan to stay in a hotel).

New International Student Orientation

International Student Orientation is held before the start of the summer, fall and spring semesters. You will have the chance to get adjusted to life on campus and in the U.S. before classes start. You will take care of immigration registration with our office, meet other international students and connect with student ambassadors who will make you feel welcome. You will also prepare for your academic experience — meet faculty and learn about American higher education culture. 

Summer and Fall 2024 New International Student Orientation

Graduate and Undergraduate 

Pathway and English Language Programs

SLU's International Student Orientation is mandatory. All new students must arrive in time to participate in the two day programming including meetings and introductions to Saint Louis University. In addition to general new student information and assistance with transitioning to the university, there will be mandatory academic meetings to guide and inform students on policies and opportunity to meet advisors and faculty from your program of study. 

More detailed information will be emailed to all newly admitted international students. All new international students are required to attend both days of the orientation program. Attendance to all sessions, on both days, is critical for your start at SLU.

Additional information and dates will be posted here. Please check back to get more information.

Post Arrival: Immigration Registration

Immigration Registration  

To activate your I-20 or DS-2019, you will need to complete the check in process on the International Student portal within 30 days of the start date printed on your I-20.  Review the steps below to prepare for completing the immigration registration process. When ready, click the button below to go to the International Student Portal to complete your registration (Clicking the button will take you to an external system to register.) 
Note: Students who do not register within 30-days of arrival in the United States will be at risk for a canceled visa. 
Launch SLU's International Student Portal 
Navigate to your mySLU account to update your local St Louis address in Banner Self Service. 
Scan the documents listed below to your computer to begin the registration process: 

  1. Watch the Immigration Registration Presentation
  2. Navigate to your mySLU account to update your local St Louis address in Banner Self Service.
    • I-20 or DS-2019  
    • Visa 
    • Passport 
    • I-94
  3. Log into the International Student Portal with your mySLU credentials. (You can also find the portal by navigating to, and clicking on “Launch the International Student Portal,” the blue button on the bottom left of your screen.)  
  4. Log in with your regular SLU credentials. If this is your first time logging in, you may be asked some questions. After you have answered all the questions, you will be directed to the homepage.
  5. Click the third tab on the righthand side: "Student Request Center." You will then see two icons for requests. Click on “New Student Immigration Check-In.”
  6. Complete the form and upload the required documents.
  7. Once all the above have been completed, you can click the submit button to complete your registration. 
Getting Settled at SLU

We are here to support your transition to the United States and to SLU.   We encourage students to take time to learn about our campus, meet new people and explore the area. Throughout the semester we will offer social activities so you can have fun and offer seminars to help you learn about the American culture. Additionally, we will guide you every step of the way with information you need to know about immigration, opportunities for employment and how to navigate Curricular Practical Training.   

Here are some links to resources for students to help them while at SLU: