International Student Arrival Information

Arrival date:

Plan to arrive early enough to get settled in your temporary or permanent housing and attend international orientation before your classes begin. Immigration regulations allow you to enter the United States up to 30 days before the start date listed on your Form I-20. It is a good idea to plan to arrive in Cleveland with enough time to get used to the city and climate and to secure your permanent housing before classes begin. If you have any admissions related questions please email for undergraduate questions or for graduate admissions questions. For information on a Healthy Arrival please visit our website.

Transportation FROM THE AIRPORT:

Upon arrival at Cleveland Hopkins (CLE) airport in Cleveland, you have the following transportation options to get into Cleveland.

(CSG Global Students can communicate with Cleveland State Global about their arrival options).

  • Uber:
  • Lyft:
  • Ohio Connection: The Ohio Connection Shuttle service provide door to door transportation to and from the Cleveland Hopkins and the Akron–Canton Airport. For Rates and reservations visit their website.
  • Taxi: If you take a taxi from the airport to CSU, it will cost between $35.00 and $40. If you arrive late at night, we suggest that you stay the night in a hotel near the airport or near the campus.
  • Train: The RTA has a station inside Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Take the Red Line downtown to Tower City/Public Square. Transfer to a bus or rideshare/taxi to your final destination. 

Disclaimer: Cleveland State University is not affiliated with, nor does it endorse any transportation service provider that is listed above and utilized by any group or individual. Cleveland State University does not insure any transportation services provider whatsoever, and does not provide transportation services insurance for third party providers. Any group or individual who chooses to use any third-party transportation services listed on this website does so at their own risk and responsibility without exception.


International Friends (IFI Cleveland) may also offer airport pick-ups. International Friendships, Inc (IFI) is a community organization that works in partnership with universities and Christian volunteers to promote friendship and hospitality for international students, scholars and family members. IFI also partners with internationals through on-campus student organizations. They are eager to support and serve all students regardless of religion, gender, sexual orientation, etc. IFI is also an official CSU student organization.