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Global DePaul Welcome

​​We look forward to welcoming you to our DePaul community whether you are joining us online or traveling to Chicago!  Our normal airport program is temporarily on hold due to COVID-19; however, we would like to provide several digital resources to help you plan your travel and help you prepare for your time as a DePaul student.  

Please review the common questions and answers below. Don't hesitate to email us at​ if you have any additional questions. #YouAreWelcomeHere! ​ 

Click here​ to view what other resources you might need to set you up for a successful transition into DePaul’s community. ​ ​​  ​


Orientation this Fall will be online and will start on Monday August 31st.  We recommend you arrive before August 31st or after September 3rd, so that you can plan to be in a location where you have good internet access for orientation.  You can read more about what to expect at orientation on our orientation website. 

There are many ways you can choose to travel from the airport to the place you will stay on your first night. Please read these travel suggestions and choose an option that works best for you and your needs. 

Deciding what to pack and how much is important! Please plan your carry-on luggage carefully to ensure that your experience at the airport is as smooth as possible.  You can review our recommendations of important documents and items to bring with you as you travel. 

This is up to you!  But be sure to have a concrete plan before you depart your country. 

  • If you have not already reserved housing on-campus, but you plan to, you can read about how to apply for on-campus housing on the Housing website and send questions to housing@depaul.eduThey will assign you a specific move-in date. If you plan to arrive before the official on-campus housing move-in date, then we recommend you book temporary housing in a hotel or hostel, so that you know where to go when you arrive at the airport. 

  • If you need more guidance about how to find housing in Chicago (temporary housing or permanent housing), please visit our online housing guide. 

Yes! Here are some resources to explain how to open a bank account once you arrive. 

This is an important question and the answers are developing as the situation develops.  There are two website we recommend you bookmark and regularly check.  On these sites, you can read the most current information about DePaul’s response to COVID-19 and student resources available to you.  You can also read the International Student and Scholar Services explanations about the impact of COVID-19 on international students and their immigration status concerns.