Travel Tips

Incoming International Students

Current International Students

Students on OPT and OPT STEM Extension

Traveling to Other Countries

Web Resources to Use before Traveling

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

Booking Your Stay in the U.S.

Incoming International Students

Documents to Carry

  • Form I-20 or DS-2019

  • Valid Passport (valid for at least 6 months into the future date of re-entry)

  • 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 i20@kent.edu 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 intladm@kent.edu 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.

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Current International Students

Documents to Carry while a Student

  • Form I-20 or DS-2019 with a valid travel signature—the signature must be dated within 1 year of the date you intend to reenter the U.S.

    • Need a travel signature? Check out our OGE Events Calendar for the next Sign & Dine event or drop it off at the OGE front desk a week before you depart.

  • Valid Passport (valid for at least 6 months into the future date of re-entry)

  • Valid U.S. Visa (exceptions to Canada/Mexico/Islands for 30 days or less)

  • Recommended: Proof of enrollment such as your class registration for the current or upcoming semester

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Students on OPT and OPT STEM Extension

Documents to Carry while on OPT/OPT STEM Extension

  • Form I-20 or DS-2019 with a valid travel signature—the signature must be dated within 6 months of the date you intend to reenter the U.S.

    • Need a travel signature? If you are no longer in the area, email isss@kent.edu for the steps to request a new I-20.

  • Valid Passport (valid for at least 6 months into the future date of re-entry)

  • Valid U.S. Visa (exceptions to Canada/Mexico/Islands for 30 days or less)

  • Recommended: Employment offer letter and any pay stubs, if applicable

If your visa has expired and you plan to leave the U.S., you need to apply for a new visa at a U.S. Consulate or Embassy abroad, so plan your time accordingly. Contact the U.S. Consulate or Embassy if you need information on the required documentation. It is always recommended to apply for a visa in your home country if possible.

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Traveling to Other Countries

If you are interested in visiting other countries, check to see if the country or countries require you to obtain a visa (i.e. transit or visitor visa).

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Web Resources to Use before Traveling

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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):

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Booking Your Stay in the U.S.

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