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What to Bring

When preparing to come to the USA to attend Cal Poly, consider this list:

Do Bring:

  • Immigration documents: passport, acceptance letter, proof of paying the I-901 Fee, I-20 or DS-2019, and passport with visa foil. Keep these with you on the plane. Do NOT put them in your checked baggage.
  • Your driver's license or international driver's license.
  • Proof of safe driving record in your home country for the past 1 to 3 years if you might be purchasing automobile insurance in the U.S. or signing up for Zipcar.
  • A 3-month supply of medications for existing medical conditions. Prescriptions from abroad cannot be filled in the United States. It is a good idea to have your physician provide you with a description of the prescription medicine(s) you take. You can then consult a physician at Cal Poly Health and Wellbeing for a prescription that can be filled in the United States. No more than a 3-month supply can be brought from abroad.
  • An extra pair of eyeglasses or contact lenses and your printed prescription.
  • Medical records, immunization records, dental records, and academic records of any dependents that will be enrolling in school in the United States.
  • Birth certificates or other proof of age for children who will be entering school for the first time and birth certificate for yourself (certified copies with English translation).
  • Marriage certificate for accompanying spouse (certified copy with English translation).
  • Credit cards. Not all credit cards are accepted. We recommend bringing multiple types of cards.
  • Your Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number if you were issued one on a previous trip to the United States.
  • Slides, photographs, and maps of your home country or home university, which can be used in informal talks you may be invited to give.

Do NOT Bring:

  • Bedding or towels – you can buy them when you arrive
  • Large amounts of cash

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