STEP 1: ARRIVING IN THE UNITED STATES
When planning for your arrival in the United States, you must remember these key factors:
- Please arrive within 30 days before the start of your program (the date is on your I-20). Arrival before or after the date might cause complications at Immigration.
- Hand-carry all your important documents: Passport (valid for at least six months) and I-20.
- While on the airplane, please complete the Customs Declaration Form (CF-6059) and Arrival Departure Record Form (I-94). Note: the portion of the I-94 Form that was returned should be kept in your passport, do not discard it.
- Report to the University as soon as possible. Bring all of your documents to the International Assistant Director Barbara Nitzberg before the first day of class. It is important that she reports your arrival to the university to INS.
- Please store your documents in a safe place. You will not need them during your stay in the US.
For more information and answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs), please refer to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Web site.
STEP 2: Arrival to the New Jersey/New York Metropolitan Area
There are three major international airports in the New Jersey New York metropolitan area. The closest one to Monmouth is Newark Liberty International Airport, which is approximately 45 minutes north of campus. The two other major airports are John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia International Airport. Both are located in New York City.
We recommend, when possible, Newark Liberty Airport, because of its proximity to Monmouth University (44 miles, 71 kilometers). Newark Liberty also has a monorail system (AirTrain), which will take you directly to the train that goes to Long Branch, New Jersey, the town next to Monmouth University. The train station in Long Branch is about three miles (five kilometers) from the University. Taxis from the Long Branch train station to Monmouth University are readily available.
If you choose to take a limousine from any of the three airports, please contact Barbara Nitzberg, International Student Assistant Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
International students will need the following documents to re-enter the United States:
- A valid passport (unless exempt from passport requirements)
- A valid F-1 visa (unless exempt). You do not need a valid F-1 visa to return if you are traveling to Canada, Mexico, or to the islands in the Caribbean for fewer than 30 days and are not from there. Instead of a valid visa, you must have an I-94 departure record that shows that you are F-1 for “duration of status” or D/S.
- An I-20 Form, or an endorsed I-20 Form if reentering the United States.
STEP 3: Transportation to Monmouth University
Train and Bus
Private Car and Driver
On-Campus and Off-Campus Housing