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Important Information!

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This is a list of suggestions and important information regarding your stay in the United States. 

Getting Acclimated

Kent is a smoke-free campus.  This means you cannot smoke anywhere on Kent's campus, and you cannot smoke in your car while parked on Kent's campus.  

You can bring your iPhone or other smartphones if they have interchangeable sim cards in the U.S. You can then purchase only the sim card to avoid the purchase of a new phone.

If you and your family have computers, Chrome books or iPads, you may need to purchase new electric connectors to accommodate our 120-voltage, and American style plugs. These can be purchased easily in the U.S.

For all electric personal appliances like electric shavers, hair dryers, toothbrushes, clothes irons, or clothes steamers, it is better to leave yours at home and purchase new with the appropriate 120 voltage and American style plugs.  

If you use hair dye, you may want to bring enough for the sixth-month stay.  Your favorite brands and processes may not be available here; however, there are several salons in the surrounding area should you want to have your hair done professionally.  

Bring some of your special spices from home in small cellophane or plastic bags, not bottles. Special spices are harder to find in the U.S. and are more expensive. Pack them in your checked luggage.

 

Important Documents

Drivers’ License and proof of auto insurance if you have insurance that applies internationally.

Bring all Immunization Records records with you.  Immunizations are required for admission to Kent State University.   

Bring all of your children's official documents, including passports, school records in English if possible, and immunization records, to enroll them in public schools. Children are required to go to school from ages 5-18.


Medical Information

Bring enough of any medication you take regularly to last you the twelve (12) months you are in the United States. You can get medication in the U.S. but yours might not be available or it might not be the same. 

BRING A COPY OF ALL PRESCRIPTIONS OF ALL MEDICATIONS YOU ARE BRINGING INTO THE UNITED STATES.  YOU MIGHT BE ASKED TO PRESENT THESE WHEN YOU CLEAR IMMIGRATION (CUSTOMS/BORDER CONTROL).  

Remember to bring a twelve-month supply of disposable contact lenses if you wear them and a current prescription for contacts and/or eyeglasses.  In the US a current prescription for contact lenses must be dated within the past year. A current prescription for glasses must be dated within the past two years.    

 

Registering your Children in School

Kent City School District, located at 321 N. DePeyster St., Kent, Ohio 44240, has information about how to register your children.  Their website explains the steps based on different situations.  You can read the information on the Kent City School District Enrollment Page, and you can contact them by telephone at 330-676-7600.

 

As an Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia...

You will probably be asked to share something about your culture at the public schools, so you may want to bring traditional clothing and small artifacts to share. 

Digital family photos, photos of your school and classrooms, or your home would also be interesting to American audiences.