Travel Tips

To help ease your travel to the U.S, we have provided a list of documents to carry and packing suggestions for new incoming international F and J visa holders. 

Documents to Carry

  • Form I-20 or DS-2019

  • Valid Passport (valid for at least 6 months beyond the date you enter the United States

  • Valid U.S. Visa (Exceptions include Canada and Bermuda, see Paying Your SEVIS Fee information)

  • Recommended: KSU Admission Letter—if you do not have this, please contact for an electronic copy

Packing Suggestions

  • Clothing: Ohio has all four seasons, so it is important to prepare for this by packing the correct clothing.

    1. Winter—Temperatures during the winter months can sometimes get as cold as 20°F (-7°C) or lower. Snow can be common and abundant during the first few months of spring semester. We recommend that you bring appropriate clothing with you or acquire it immediately upon your arrival including hats, gloves, scarves, sweaters, heavy winter coat (with hood), snow boots and other generally warm clothing.

    2. Spring/Fall—These seasons can be wet and have a varying range of weather from warm (75°F or 23°C) to cold (40°F or 4°C). Sweaters, jeans, waterproof boots, and light weight jackets are staple items to get you through these transitional seasons.

    3. Summer—The summer season can range between 65°F (18°C) and 95°F (35°C), we typically do not hit 100°F days too often. Shorts, tee shirts, and swimwear may be necessary if you intend to stay in Kent throughout the summer.

  • Academic Documents: If you applied for an academic program or intend to apply for one after you complete ESL, it is important to pack your final and official academic documents such as transcripts, diplomas, degree certificates, and any other documents. International Admissions will need to verify these upon your arrival. Contact if you have any questions about what documents you should bring with you.

  • Reminder of Home—You may experience home sickness in your initial months. For this reason, we always recommend bringing photos or trinkets to remind you of friends and family while you are adjusting to your new home at KSU. Cultural items are also great to bring and share while you are here for events such as our Cultural Cafes or the International Cook Off.

  • Other Miscellaneous Items—Since your stay in the U.S. is most likely an extended one, it is not important to pack general hygiene items, bedding, etc. There are places to shop in the area where you can find affordable prices and we would rather you pack only the necessities.

Web Resources to Use before Traveling

Driving Distances to Cities in Ohio and the U.S.

Cities in Ohio (Driving distance from Kent):

Cities in the United States (Driving distance from Kent):