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New Students

Once you receive your acceptance letter, please follow the steps below to prepare for your arrival.


To request a NEW I-20 or CS-2019 or TRANSFER YOUR I-20 or DS-2019 FROM ANOTHER UNIVERSITY:
Log into the DuqGlobal International Student Portal

  • ​​Pay your SEVIS fee (I-901 fee)
    • You must pay a SEVIS fee of $350 (F-1 visa) or $220 (J-1 visa) at with a valid credit card. Print a receipt to present at your visa interview later in the process.
  • Apply for your F-1 or J-1 visa
    • You must complete an online visa application and pay a fee as determined by your local US embassy or consulate. Next, make an appointment with the US embassy or consulate in your area for a visa interview. 



  • Consider your date of arrival to Pittsburgh
  • Book your flight to Pittsburgh (airport code PIT)
  • Plan transportation from airport
    • Ride sharing (Uber, Lyft & zTrip)
      • Once you have arrived at the airport, follow signs to the baggage claim area and exit using Door 4. You will see both Uber and Lyft loading zones. You can request a ride to campus through the Uber or Lyft smartphone apps and your driver will meet you at the designated loading zone. The cost for these services will be approximately $30-$50.
    • Taxi (Yellow Cab)
      • You can hire a yellow cab taxi from outside of the baggage claim area. Exit the building near the elevators, through the door that says "Shuttles/Taxis", and there will be a line of yellow cabs to your left. If there are no cabs, there will be a telephone on a nearby pole that will summon a taxi cab (they are usually paked just around the corner). The cost for a ride to campus is approximately $50-60 and it will take about 30 minutes. (It may take much longer between the rush hours of 4pm - 7pm.) You can also share a cab with a few friends if you are travelling together.
    • Public bus
      • The 28X public bus will bring you to The Blvd of the Allies Footbridge (Duquesne). The cost is $2.75 (exact change is needed) and it takes approximately 40 minutes to get to Duquesne. (You can also purchase a ConnectCard.) Please note: You will be responsible for handling your own baggage both on and off the vehicle. There are several steps that you will need to climb in order to arrive onto Duquesne's campus. If you have a lot of baggage, you may prefer another transportation option.