Center for International Services & Programs

Welcome to Cleveland State: Graduate Students

You’re a Viking Now!

Congratulations on your admission to Cleveland State University (CSU)!  The staff members of the Center for International Services and Programs (CISP) are dedicated to helping you achieve academic success at CSU and enjoy your time in Cleveland, whether it be long or short.  The CISP international team looks forward to your arrival on campus and wishes you a safe journey!

Arrival Alert:

Federal immigration regulations preclude students from arriving in the U.S. more than 30 days in advance of the academic program start as noted on the Form I-20.

You should not arrive at CSU after the academic program start date noted on Form I-20 without written permission from the International Center.

Please be aware that if you do not carefully follow the guidance noted above, immigration officials can deny you entry to the U.S. at the airport port-of-entry. 

New International Student Arrival Procedures:

Upon arrival at CSU, all new international students must visit the International Center for a “check-in” appointment.   Academic registration is not allowed until new international students formally “check-in” with the International Center and the registration HOLD has been lifted. 

Visit our website at for more about arrival procedures, “check-in” times, and for required documents you need to bring for “check-in”.

New International Student Orientation:

New International Student Orientation will be held in August for Fall Semester and in January for Spring Semester. The presentations offered at the Orientation will help you to learn more about U.S. immigration regulations, university community expectations, and area resources (the University, the local community, the City of Cleveland, etc.).

A $75.00 USD fee will be charged to your student account for Orientation; please be aware that the New International Student Orientation program attendance is mandatory.

VISA and Immigration Information:

To learn more about the student visa application process, please visit:

To learn more about where to apply for a U.S. student visa in your country, please visit:

To learn more about U.S. visa application forms, please visit:

What is the SEVIS Fee?  The SEVIS Fee is a general fee associated with F-1 or J-1 visa application processes that is assessed by the U.S. Government; it is very similar to a visa application fee.  You must pay the SEVIS Fee before visiting the U.S. Embassy/Consulate General for the visa application process.  For more information, or to pay the SEVIS Fee, visit or  If you have trouble paying the SEVIS Fee, please contact the International Center at:

Helpful U.S. Immigration Links:

SEVIS Fee:                                                     

U.S. Embassies/Consulates Abroad:          

U.S Department of Homeland Security:     

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement:

For more information about immigration-related situations that may impact your ability to join CSU, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) link .

Academic Advising:

Graduate advising is conducted by a Faculty Advisor in the department which houses the program of study. As with undergraduate students, graduate students are also encouraged to utilize the online graduate catalog for more information on the coursework required of each academic program.

Academic Standing:

To be considered in Good Academic Standing, a graduate student must maintain a graduate grade-point average of 3.0 or above.

Transfer Credit:

Transfer credit is subject to departmental regulations and is not permitted without the approval of the Graduate Program Committee concerned. Departments may limit transfer credit to less than the maximum permitted by the College of Graduate Studies. Please refer to the Graduate Catalogue for more information:

Graduate Assistantships:

Assistantships are awarded only to students with superior academic records and who qualify at the time of their enrollment. Students must have an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.00, a graduate grade point average of at least 3.00 (where applicable), to qualify for, and to retain, an assistantship.

Health Insurance:

All CSU international students who hold F-1 or J-1 visa status are required to purchase and maintain the CSU student insurance plan. 

CSU F-1 and J-1 students are not permitted to purchase or maintain a health insurance plan from an outside company or carrier.

Your CSU Student Account will be billed for the CSU student insurance plan when you register for classes.

CSU student insurance plan waivers are available for the following situations only:

  • You are sponsored by a foreign government or entity for academic study, pursuant to a contract specifically negotiated with CSU for this purpose; or
  • You are employed full-time in the U.S. in another non-immigrant visa category, or
  • Your parents are employed full-time in the U.S. in another non-immigrant visa category, or
  • You have a pre-existing health or medical issue that would be compromised by a change in insurance plan or company.

Tuberculosis Testing:

  • Upon arrival at CSU, all new international students are required to take a skin test for Tuberculosis (Tb).
  • Students take the Tb test during the New International Student Orientation program or after the Orientation program directly at the Health Services Center in the Science Research Building, Room 158. 

Students must be tested for Tb at Cleveland State University. No other immunization test is required.

Finances and Fees:

As a new CSU community member, you will have a variety of ways to pay your tuition and fees after you arrive:

  • With cash; or
  • Via travelers’ check; or
  • Using a bank-issued cashier’s check made payable to CSU in your name; the check must be from a U.S.-based bank because CSU does not accept checks issued from foreign banks; or
  • Using a credit card: (Please Note: credit card payments may be made on-line only)

For information about participating in the CSU budget payment plan, please visit:

The International Center also recommends that you should have access to additional funds in the amount of $3000 USD to pay your first month’s rent, including a rental deposit, books, and other incidental or “startup” expenses, etc. You may also use credit cards to pay for personal expenses

CSU Tuition and Fees Schedule:

For information on CSU Tuition and Fees, please visit (instate resident tuition rates) and (out-of-state non-resident/international rates). 

For a CSU Cost-of-Living Estimate, please visit:

Federal Wire Transfer Information

CSU Bank:                                                                                              HUNTINGTON NATIONAL BANK

                                                                                                                7 EASTON OVAL (EA2W47)

                                                                                                                COLUMBUS, OH 43219



The ABA or routing number for Huntington National Bank:

041000153 (ACH-domestic bank)

044000024 (WIRE-international bank)


Swift Code:                                                                                         HUNTUS33

Beneficiary:                                                                                         Cleveland State University

Beneficiary Account Number:                                                           01662227097

Reference the following information:                                             + the amount of the funds transfer

+ full name

+ telephone number

+ home or business address

+ your CSU ID Number


Please Note: A wire transfer service fee will be assessed in addition to the wired amount.

Arrival and Pick-Up Information:

If you would like to be met/picked up at the Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport and/or if you need temporary housing accommodations, please complete the Arrival/Pick-up Form which can be found online at:

You must contact the International Center at least TWO (2) BUSINESS DAYS in advance of your arrival.  You will receive additional correspondence regarding pick-up information after you provide your arrival details.  All arrival time/pick-up requests are tracked in Eastern Standard Time (EST).

If you would like to be met/picked up at the Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport, International Center staff will make every effort to have someone meet you.

However, if we are unable to provide pick-up service for you, you have three transportation options. You can arrive at the university by:

  1. Rapid Transit Authority Train (called "the Rapid”): 

Located in the airport terminal, the Rapid Transit Train will take you to Terminal Tower/Public Square in downtown Cleveland; the Rapid cost is $2.25 USD.  You can then take an E-line Green Bus which travels in a loop to CSU; the E-Line Green Bus is free of charge.

You may also take a taxi cab from Terminal Tower to CSU that will cost $6.00 or $7.00 USD.

  1. Taxi:

A taxi from the Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport to CSU will cost between $25.00 and $30.00 USD.

  1. The Ohio Connection:

This shuttle service provides transportation between the Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport and Downtown Cleveland.  The fare is $20.00 USD per person.  Please make a reservation at or via Tel. 216/324-8999216/324-8999

Temporary Housing:

If you feel that you will need temporary housing upon arrival in Cleveland, arrangements can be made for you to stay with a local host family or current CSU student. 

Please be very clear on your Arrival Form if you would like for the International Center staff to arrange temporary housing for you.  For the purposes of this service, “temporary housing” means no more than five (5) days.  Please bring your own linens/sleeping bag and a pillow.

If you are interested in staying in a local hotel upon your arrival in Cleveland, or if you would like to know more about on-campus or off-campus housing/living options, please visit the following link:  

Center for International Services and Programs:

The Center for International Services and Programs located in the Main Classroom Building, Suite 106, 1899 East 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH, 44115, and is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm., Monday - Friday.  If you have any questions about joining the CSU community, please contact the International Center staff at 216/687-3910216/687-3910 or by sending an email message to:

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