Welcome to Cleveland State University. We recommend that you arrive on campus, at least two weeks before your classes begin. You must check in to the Center for International Services and Programs office in Main Classroom 106 before school begins and attend International Student Orientation. Check our Website for any new information. Click here for Airport pick-up & Temporary Housing.
Please follow instructions for the category relating to your situation:
It is recommended that you bring traveler's checks or a check made payable to Cleveland State University for your first semester's tuition. Tuition and health insurance for students are approximately $8500.00 per semester. You should also bring traveler’s checks in the amount of $3000.00 to pay for your first month’s rent, rent deposit, and books, etc. You may also use credit cards. All international students must be enrolled full time (12 credits for undergraduate students and 8 credits for graduate students). If you wish to wire money from abroad, please see your welcome letter for account details.
You will be required to get a skin test for Tuberculosis (TB) once you arrive on campus. You may get this test done at orientation or at the Health Services Center in the Science Research Bldg. on the 1 st floor. Testing conducted elsewhere will NOT be accepted. NO OTHER MEDICAL TEST IS REQUIRED
Students are required to have health insurance while at Cleveland State University. The CSU health insurance policy provides low cost health care and you will be automatically billed for health insurance upon registration.
Waivers from the University health insurance policy are limited to:
You must meet one of these requirements to waive or you MUST purchase CSU insurance. You may NOT purchase insurance from an outside carrier. For more information click here.
September to December are cool to cold months in Cleveland. Temperature ranges between 70 degrees F, (degrees 21C) to 32 degrees F (degrees 0C ). Summer clothing gives way to sweater and then winter coats, hats ,gloves and boots in December. The average January temperature is 28.5 Fahrenheit (-1.9 Celsius). While the average annual snowfall is 40 inches (101.6 cm). Students should pack warm clothing appropriate for cold winter weather and should invest in warm winter shoes to avoid frost bite. If you are coming from a warm climate, it may be more affordable to purchase winter clothing after your arrival to Ohio.
If you want to be picked up at the airport and/or you need temporary housing accommodations, contact us via the online arrival form. You must contact us at least TWO BUSINESS DAYS IN ADVANCE OF YOUR ARRIVAL.
If you have sent the arrival form, we will make every effort to have someone meet you at the airport. However, if no one can meet you, you have two transportation options. You can arrive at the university by:
Temporary housing may be arranged through our office with a host family or a current student depending on availability of space. Please make clear on your arrival form if you would like us to arrange temporary housing for you
You should not plan to stay in temporary housing any more than five days. Please bring your own linens or sleeping bag and pillow.
Heritage Hall, Euclid Commons & Fenn Tower
Students may choose to live in either a single or double room. Single rooms are offered on a space available basis only. If you sign a contract to live in Residence Hall, you are obligated to live there. Therefore, do not sign a contract to live in the Residence Halls unless you are absolutely certain that you do want to live there. Contracts are signed for each academic year. Contact Residence Life for an application or additional information and fees. They can be reached by phone at 1- 216-687-5196 or www.csuohio.edu/services/reslife.
There is no on-campus housing for married students unless both husband and wife are students. Exceptions can be made for temporary housing. No children are permitted in the residence hall.
Off Campus Housing
The Office of Commuter Services can provide you with an “off-campus” housing list. The list provides contacts for housing in the Cleveland area but is not an endorsement for the properties listed. We can NOT assist you with specific off campus housing prior to arrival as the city is large and the choices are many. Several properties near campus are compiled on our website here.
The Center for International Services and Programs is open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm., Monday – Friday, in Main Classroom (MC) 106. Our staff is ready to assist you. If have any questions, please contact our office by telephone at 216-687-3910. Any overseas correspondence or questions should be sent by FAX to 216-687-3965 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org