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International Student and Scholar Services

New Students

Preparing for Your Arrival

When to Enter the United States

You must arrive in the United States no later than the official program start date indicated on your Form I-20 or DS-2019. We strongly recommend you arrive at least several days before your report date to allow you time to settle into Denver and to attend the International Student Orientation. You may enter the United States up to 30 days prior to your official report date.

Baggage and Mail

The International House is unable to store boxes or other items for students over the summer as we do not have sufficient locked storage in our building to accommodate this. It would be necessary to make arrangements with a local shipping or storage company or trusted acquaintance already in Denver to take delivery of your things and store them until you arrive. If you do ship items, be sure to utilize a reliable carrier service such as FedEx, UPS or DHL that will ensure proper customs clearance and allow you to track the shipment. You should also consider purchasing insurance protection for your package, in case it is lost or damaged during transit. PakMail is a local shipping company located next to the DU campus.  They will allow international students to mail packages to their business location which could be picked up after your arrival in Denver. You can contact PakMail directly for more details: .



The climate in Denver is generally dry and sunny, although it is subject to variation through the year. Temperatures range from -23° to 15° C during the winter, and from 4° to 35° C during the spring, summer, and fall. Snowfall is frequent in winter but usually does not last very long on the ground. During most of the year, afternoons are warm and sunny, and mornings and evenings are cool and mild. You can visit Denver's website for more information on the weather.


What to Pack

We recommend bringing the following items with you when traveling to the United States: National clothing, crafts, and artifacts Seasonal clothing including trousers, shirts, shorts, jacket, and sweaters Language dictionary Basic bedding - light blanket and unfitted sheets Personal items, such as family photos and keepsakes Medical prescriptions (in English, if possible), medication, spare eyeglasses International driver's license (if you have one and plan on driving in the U.S.) If you will be living on-campus, the Office of Housing & Residential Education also has a What to Bring page.


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