Admitted International Students

Admitted International Students/Pre-Arrival Information

Congratulations on your admission to Youngstown State University! Below you will find information that will assist you as you prepare to leave your country and arrive in Youngstown to begin your academic life at YSU. Everyone at the International Programs Office is looking forward to welcoming you to campus this fall!



International Orientation will be held virtually August 11-13, 2020 and is mandatory for all F-1 and J-1 students. The orientation program is designed to welcome students to YSU and help make your transition to campus as smooth and successful as possible. During the orientation program, we will be presenting key information on immigration matters, health insurance, campus resources and more.  At orientation, you will be connected with an academic advisor who will help you to choose yoru classes for the fall semester at YSU.

Register for International Orientation

Questions about orientation? Email the International Programs Office at



If you will require assistance getting from the Pittsburgh International Airport to Youngstown, please email

Refer to Airport Pick-up and Transportation for more information.



The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requires that anyone returning to the U.S. from international travel quarantine for 14 days.  If you are currently outside of the U.S. or will travel internationally this summer, you must plan your return to the U.S. accordingly because you will be requried to quarantine for 14 days before beginning classes.  Classes for the fall semester begin August 17, 2020.  This means that in order to be on campus beginning AUgust 17, 2020, you must return to the U.S. no later than  August 3, 2020.  If you will live on campus, YSU is prepared to assist you with this quarantine requirement (if applicable).  If you will need to quarantine on campus, you must email housing as soon as possible to make these arrangements.



It is mandatory that you provide either proof that you have had a recent negative Tuberculosis (TB) test or that you have a test once you arrive at Youngstown State University.  If you do not bring proof of a negative TB test, we will arrange for this testing during Orientation.

Please see the Student Health website for a memo from the doctor on immunizations.

You will be required to have the following vaccinations and must upload proof of immunizations to Youngstown State University.

  • T-dap: One (1) adult dose in the last 10 years
  • Hepatitis B: Three (3) doses of Hepatitis B OR lab report confirming immunity
  • MMR: Two (2) doses of MMR (second one must have occurred on or after first birthday) OR Two (2) doses of Measles, Two (2) doses Mumps, and One (1) dose of Rubella OR lab reporting confirming immunity for each.
  • Varicella: Two (2) doses of varicella OR Lab report confirming immunity
  • Polio: Four (4) doses of IPV or OPV. Only required for those students who will be younger than 18 at the start of the semester.
  • Meningococcal conjugate (ACWY): One (1) dose since age 16

If you will live on campus, you will be required to provide documentation to the University of your meningococcal and Hepatitis B vaccination status. This is a state law of Ohio.


Tuition and fees are calculated after you are registered for classes. Upon registration, an invoice will be sent to your YSU email account. You will be responsible for paying that invoice soon after receipt. The preferred method of payment by YSU is via an international wire transfer. YSU uses “Flywire” for this process. This way, students will not need to travel with a check. Information on flywire can be found on the YSU Bursar’s website. If you wish to bring a bank draft, use the tuition estimator for an estimate of your tuition costs. NOTE: The actual cost of tuition may vary depending on how many credits you register for an lab fees. You must be prepared to pay the difference upon arrival to campus and course registration.

Health Insurance

All international students are required to purchase the YSU International Student Health Insurance Plan as a condition of enrollment at the university and will not be permitted to waive the coverage.  Exceptions may apply for international students who are covered under a government sponsor or a select international organization, or who are covered as a US-based employee or a dependent of a US-based employee, with US-based health insurance provided through that employment.

The student health insurance will automatically be charged to the student’s account upon registration for classes.


If you have been awarded an International Housing Award or Honors Award, you must accept your award through Financial Aid. To accept your award, follow the steps below.

  1. Log in to your YSU Portal
  2. Click on "Financial Aid" in the left-hand column
  3. Click on "View and Accept Awards"
  4. Click on "Accept your "Financial Aid Award Offer"
  5. Use the drop down to "Select Aid Year"
  6. Select the "Accept Award Offer Tab". Check all of the awards you wish to accept and choose "ACCEPT" at the bottom of the screen.

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Mandatory check-in:

All F-1 and J-1 students are required to physically check-in (in person) with the International Programs Office (IPO) at Youngstown State University. To complete check-in, students must complete the orientation program and submit their I-20/DS-2019, passport, F-1/J-1 visa to IPO for processing.  Detailed information regarding check-in will be presented during the orientation program.


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