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Chatham University Office of International Affairs

Welcome to Chatham University.

We are so happy you have chosen to study at Chatham and look forward to meeting you. In the meantime, we have put information on the website to help get you ready to come to Chatham University and Pittsburgh. We know that it is a big decision to study so far from home and it is our goal to help you and make you feel comfortable about coming to Chatham. Below is some information to help you get ready to come to the U.S., Pittsburgh, and Chatham.


Upon acceptance, students will receive their admission packet (with I-20/DS-2019). See Visa and Immigration for information about requesting a visa. All new students living on campus are eligible to request airport pick-up through OIA. All information regarding pick-up and orientation will be sent to students’ personal Chatham email address. If you are having trouble accessing your Chatham email account, please contact the Chatham University Help Desk.

Upon arrival at the airport or border, please have your passport, I-20/DS2019, and admission letter from Chatham. (Canadian students also need proof of finances). Please also have Chatham's emergency numbers.

Visa and Immigration Information



  • Admission letter
  • Financial aid, billing, college paperwork
  • Immigration documents, I-20 or DS-2019
  • Immunization records
  • Passport
  • Emergency numbers of Chatham University


  • Umbrella
  • Any necessary medication with a copy of your prescription
  • Close toed shoes
  • Camera
  • Electrical adaptor/converter for electronics
  • Undergarments and Pajamas
  • Clothing and outerwear: temperatures in Pittsburgh range widely by season. Some suggested items are:
    • Boots or snow appropriate shoes and a waterproof jacket
    • Walking shoes
    • Clothes for layering
    • Slippers/Sandals if living in a residence hall


  • Sim card/ cell phone
  • Toiletries
  • Books/school supplies
  • Household goods


  • Hot plate
  • Pets
  • Space heater
  • Candles, incense & burner
  • Air conditioner

Residence Life and Housing


Undergraduate Students who have attended university for less than two years are required to live on campus. Descriptions about undergraduate housing options are available at the Residence Life website.

  • Students may move into university housing starting during late-August
  • Students may select a meal plan when they arrive on campus
  • Residence Life will contact students through their Chatham email address to submit housing deposit and indicate housing preferences


Graduate Students may live on or off-campus. Descriptions about graduate housing options are available on the Residence Life website.

On campus graduate housing is very popular and fills quickly. If you would like to live on-campus, please contact the Office of Residence Life to find out about available options.

Generally, graduate students may move in beginning mid-August. If you choose to live off campus, please review the Off-Campus Housing Guide located myChatham under Documents & Forms for information about finding a place to live in the Pittsburgh area.

Health Information


Students at Chatham University are required to submit immunization and meningitis, and health forms. The health forms include immunization information, health background and meningitis information. The university has required immunizations. It can be expensive to get these immunizations in the U.S. We recommend that you receive all your immunizations before coming to the U.S. If you have questions about these forms and the required immunizations, please contact Chatham Student Health Services at or (412) 365-1714.

IMPORTANT: Students should receive the required immunizations before beginning their studies at Chatham. Health documents documentation are due a month before the start of the semester (August 1st for Fall admission, December 1st for Spring Admission). Students will receive an email from Med+Proctor to their Chatham email address.


All full time students at Chatham University are required to have health insurance. Visiting J-1 students will automatically be enrolled in J-1 insurance by OIA, and billed to their student account. Please note J-1 students must have insurance that meets the U.S. state department insurance requirement.


The U.S. does not have national health care. Medical care in the U.S. can be very expensive. A visit to the doctor can cost $100 or more. To help with the high cost of health care, people purchase a health insurance plan.

The university insurance policy is through UPMC Health Plan. OIA recommends ALL F students to register with this plan. Students are covered in the fall from August 1 through December 31 and then in spring/summer from January 1 through July 31. Please see Student Accounts for more information.

Please contact the Office of International Affairs at or +1 412 365-1388 with questions or concerns about being an international student at Chatham.