Lamar En Route

Travel Plans 

Besides obtaining your visa, you should notify the International Student Services Office when you plan to arrive or if you cannot attend the semester in which you have been admitted. Students should know that Lamar University will not defer admission to a later semester; students will need to reapply.  All students should enter the United States and report to the International Student Services Office no more than 30 days prior to the semester or program start date.

Note: It is imperative that students arrive on campus no later than the semester start date. If an initial student delays arrival into the United States until after the program start date, approval is required by the International Student Services Office and Lamar University; an updated or revised SEVIS Form I-20 will be required. It is recommended that students who cannot arrive by the semester start date reapply to Lamar University; be sure to notify the International Student Services Office of this via email. Initial students who arrive after the initial semester start date are not eligible for admittance.

You should also plan to book your travel well in advance, organize your personal affairs (such as banking, bills, health records and prescriptions), and make a detailed packing list to ensure you bring all necessary documents and important personal items. Click on the items below to aid in planning your departure.

For more information regarding travel into the United States, it is recommended that you visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) website. https://www.cbp.gov/travel/international-visitors 

Students should make housing and transportation arrangements prior to departure and arrival within the United States. 

It is recommended that students refer to the airlines and/or airports for information regarding security checks, check in, etc.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Travel Wait Times: https://www.cbp.gov/travel/advisories-wait-times