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 fill out the CSG Global Arrival Form, which includes information about airport pickup.)

  • 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: Located in the airport, the Rapid Transit will take you to Terminal Tower in downtown Cleveland, the train cost is $2.50. You can then take a free E-line Green bus which travels in a loop to CSU. You may also take a taxi from Terminal Tower to CSU that will cost ~$8.00 - $10.00 dollars.
  • International Friendships (IFI): Airport pick-ups for non CSG Global/Shorelight/Cleveland State Global can be arranged in advance through their network of volunteers via their e-form

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.


Global Intervarsity can help new international students transition to living at CSU. Please email them at or visit their Facebook page Global InterVarsity for photos, details on future programming, and dates for the next the biannual furniture giveaway. Global Intervarsity is a welcoming family of CSU international students and local community members who offer fun and meaningful activities designed with you in mind. It is also an official CSU Student Organization. Global Intervarsity helps new students acclimate to their new environment and build friendships. Together, you can discover and enjoy your purpose and place in life. While they are a Christian faith-based student organization, they warmly welcome individuals of all faiths and beliefs.

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.