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International Student and Scholar Services is excited about your upcoming arrival! Planning an extended stay in another country can be overwhelming, but our staff are here to help you complete all the steps required before you arrive. If you have any questions or need assistance, please call our office at 303-871-4912 or email us at


The Living in Denver and the Housing sections of the ISSS website have information and links you may find especially useful in learning about life in Denver.

Applying to DU

The University of Denver invites applications from well-qualified students from around the world. 

Most students study at DU in F-1 or J-1 status. Certain other immigration statuses can permit students to study in the United States as well. You may wish to discuss your status options with an international student advisor if you aren't sure. 

All students applying to DU work directly with the college or academic unit they are seeking admission to.To apply to the University of Denver, please visit the appropriate admissions site:


Undergraduate Admissions


Undergraduate Cost of Attendance


Graduate Admissions


University College


Daniels College of Business


Sturm College of Law


Graduate Student Cost of Attendance

Weather and Climate

The climate in Denver is generally dry and sunny. Temperatures range from -23° to 15° C during the winter, and from 4° to 35° C during the spring, summer, and fall. During  most of the year it is warmer during the day and cooler in the morning and evening. Snowfall is frequent in winter but usually does not stay on the ground for very long.In  You can visit Denver's weather webpage for more information on the weather.

Denver is a high-altitude city, as it is over 1.5 kilometers above sea level. When you first arrive, be ready to drink lots of water. You can find more information on altitude adjustment on Denver's altitude webpage.


Study in the States has useful information about being an F-1 student to help you before you arrive. You can also find information on our website about acquiring F-1 or J-1 status. You can also review our Pre-Arrival Checklist for things you need to do before arriving at DU.

When to Enter the United States

You must arrive in the United States no later than the program start date listed on your Form I-20 or DS-2019. We strongly recommend you arrive several days early so you can settle into Denver and attend International Student Orientation. You may enter the United States up to 30 days prior to your program start date.

What to Pack

When you pack, make sure you have the following items in your carry-on baggage or personal items:

  • All documents that you will present at the port of entry.
  • Basic toiletries and any medications.
  • Food or snacks to have until you can purchase them from a dining hall or grocery store
  • A credit card that will work in the US, or around $250 USD in cash. This is to get you through the first few days until you can open a bank account.
    • Note: ISSS does not recommend carrying large amounts of cash when traveling.

In addition to the items listed above, we recommend you also pack:

  • Clothing appropriate for the season
    • See Denver's weather webpage for information on expected temperatures.
    • It is always a good idea to wear layers in Denver.
  • Sunscreen (we have 300 days of sunshine!)
  • Water bottle (Denver is a high-altitude city)
  • Comfortable walking shoes

The University of Denver does not provide the following items. You may want to consider buying them after you arrive, or using a service like Pack & Hold to reserve them here in Denver:

  • Bedding (sheets, blankets, pillows)
  • Towels
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Dishes & cooking supplies 
  • School supplies
  • Television, microwave, extension cords, & other electronics

If you will be living on-campus, please review the What to Bring page from Housing & Residential Education.

Mailing Belongings to Denver

If you are shipping items to Denver, make arrangements with a local shipping or storage company, or a trusted acquaintance already in Denver. Be sure to use 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.

The International House is unable to store boxes or other items for students over the summer because we do not have sufficient locked storage in our building.

PakMail is a local shipping company located next to the DU campus.  International students can mail packages to their business location and pick them up after arrival in Denver. You can contact PakMail directly for more details:


At The Port of Entry

To legally enter the United States, you must pass through a Port of Entry. Typically, this will be at the first airport you arrive at in the U.S.

What to Expect

At the Port of Entry, a Customs and Border Protection officer will review your documents to admit you to the United States. Below is an image of the stamp that will be placed in your passport. 

POE Stamp

Once you have been allowed entry into the United States, review your immigration documents. If you notice any errors, notify an immigration officer immediately. Once you leave the Port of Entry, it can be difficult to correct errors on your documents.

Important Note: With a new emphasis on screening at the Port of Entry, your electronic devices (phone, tablets, computers) may be searched and you may be asked sensitive questions.

Please refer to American Civil Liberties Union's (ACLU) Know Your Rights. Please also reach out to ISSS with any questions.

What Documents to Present

Be prepared to present the following documents at the Port of Entry:

  • Passport
  • U.S. visa (unless visa exempt)
  • Original I-20 or DS-2019 
  • I-901 SEVIS fee receipt printout
  • University of Denver admission letter
  • Financial documentation used to obtain I-20 or DS-2019
  • Customs Declaration Form (this will be issued to you on the airplane by a flight attendant)

It is very important that you keep these documents in a secure location while traveling, such as your personal or carry-on bag. Do not place any personal documents in your checked luggage.

I-94 Admission Record

You will be assigned an I-94 admission number by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) upon entrance into the United States. You can retrieve your I-94 number from the CBP website. Please print a copy to keep with your immigration documents. 



Undergraduate students are advised to arrive in the morning on the day residence halls open for early move-in. If you arrive any earlier, you will need to make temporary housing arrangements. 

Graduate students are advised to arrange long-term housing before arriving in Denver, otherwise temporary housing arrangements will be required. 

The University of Denver does not provide temporary housing. However, DU does have partnerships with local hotels. A list of these hotels is available on the Community and Visitors page of the DU website.

Getting to DU from the Airport
There are several ways to reach the University of Denver from Denver International Airport (DEN). Due to liability issues, International Student and Scholar Services is unable to provide airport pick-up services for new students at this time.
  • The Regional Transportation District (RTD) is the Denver Metro Area's public transportation system. RTD offers trains and buses for transport from DEN. More information on RTD airport transportation can be found at their websiteCost: Approximately $10.50
  • Commuter Shuttles run from DEN to various locations in the Denver Metro Area. A list of different shuttle companies can be found at the DEN websiteCost: Varies by company.
  • Rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft are private or shared ground transportation services that can be arranged via app. Discounts are available for first-time riders. Be sure to note details listed in the app about where to meet your driver. Cost: Approximately $45.00.
  • Taxi services can be reserved in advance, or you can hail a taxi when you arrive. More information about taxi services can be found at the DEN website. Cost: Varies by company.
  • Hotel Shuttles are sometimes provided as part of a hotel room reservation. Contact the guest services representative at your hotel to ask if a shuttle is available. If there is, make sure it will be running at the time of your flight arrival. Cost: Usually free with hotel reservation.


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NOTE: None of the companies listed above is affiliated with or endorsed by the University of Denver.