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Global DePaul Welcome

We want to be the first to greet you in Chicago! Student volunteers will be available to meet new students at Chicago O'Hare Airport on Saturday August 27, 2022 between 8am - 8pm.  These students will help you navigate the airport taxi and ensure you get off to the housing you have already arranged.

Sign up here if you want us to meet you at the O'Hare Airport on Saturday August 27th:


We look forward to welcoming you to our DePaul community whether you are joining us online or traveling to Chicago! 

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. ​ ​​  ​


For Fall 2022, we are arranging student volunteers to meet new international students at the Chicago O'Hare Airport on Saturday August 27th between 8am - 8pm.  We would love to greet you and welcome you to Chicago.  These volunteers will greet you with a sign, help answer questions about orientation and transportation to your housing. You can register for this program here: AIRPORT WELCOME REGISTRATION

There are many factors to consider as you plan your flight to Chicago:

When does your visa allow you to arrrive?

When does your orientation start?

When can you move into your pre-arranged housing?

You can read more about what to expect at your orientation and find out the dates for the upcoming term on our orientation website, and you may also have a separate academic orientation to plan around as well.

Please note that our Airport Welcome program is only on specific days and not offered every term.

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.