For Admitted International Students

Welcome to Bucknell! Here's a list of resources to help your transition to your new host country and college life go smoothly.


Your Bucknell ID Card

Your BU ID card is your official Bucknell identification Card and should be kept with you at all times. Your card provides you with privileges for multiple campus services.

Medical History & Health Insurance

All new students are required to have a doctor complete a medical history record and verify medical dates. This form is included in the registration materials you receive from ISS between March and May.

Students on a U.S. visa must also purchase Bucknell's health insurance and are automatically enrolled. You will receive this bill — an estimated cost of $2300 USD for the 2019-20 academic year — along with your tuition statement. Learn more during the International Orientation.

Housing Information

Housing Services will place you in a Residence Hall. We encourage you to opt for a roommate. Living with another who shares this new experience is the best opportunity to make friends and adjust to life in the United States.

Immigration Status & Travel

Get information related to immigration status, SEVIS, your immigration documents, maintaining your legal status in the U.S., and traveling while here.

International Student Orientation

International students attend a five-day orientation program designed to welcome you to campus. This orientation is required for any international student on a U.S. visa. This program will include students on U.S. visas, permanent residents, U.S. citizens abroad, and dual citizens.

Paying Tuition & Fees

Tuition and fees are billed twice a year — fall and spring semester. Your first-semester bill is issued in July and due in August and typically includes fees for tuition, student activities, room and board, and health insurance.

When to Arrive & What to Bring

Plan on arriving on campus Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. Bucknell airport shuttles will operate on this date. Bring immigration materials, health records and medication, and Bucknell University documents.