Pre-Arrival Information for International Students

We welcome you to Tiffin University and hope that you will enjoy being a part of our international community.  In order to assist you on your arrival and during your first semester at Tiffin, we ask that you read the following instructions very carefully.

Our office hours are 8:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M.  EST Monday through Friday.  Every admitted international applicant must provide the University with the travel itinerary no later than 4 days before the first day of classes for the semester to enroll at Tiffin University.  Tiffin University is a two hour drive away from any of the airports.  Please choose times that are appropriate for the drivers. 

FINAL ARRANGEMENTS.    If home currency regulations permit, students are advised to bring at least $500.00 in Traveler’s Checks in addition to your regular monthly allowance for your expenses during the first few weeks of the term.  DO NOT bring large sums of cash.  Your funds must arrive at the University in time to pay for registration.  Students transferring money directly from overseas should allow 15-21 business days for processing and check clearance and request receipts at the time of the transaction.  Do not send cash through the mail.

PLANNING FOR ARRIVAL IN THE UNITED STATES.   Upon  arrival at Detroit Airport (DTW), do not leave your baggage unattended at any time.  You will need U.S. $1.50 to rent a luggage carrier. A representative from Tiffin University will meet you at customs or the baggage claim area.  Please look for signs with your name on it. Please remember that you are required to arrive before 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 22, 2012.  International Students who arrive at Tiffin University more than 5 days after the first day of classes and less than 11 days after the first day of classes may participate in ESL courses, but not in credit courses.  Any international student who cannot arrive in Tiffin by the 10th day after the first day of classes must wait until the next semester to enroll at Tiffin University.

ARRIVAL TO TIFFIN, OHIO.   After your arrival in Tiffin, present yourself to the Office of International Student Service, in the Gillmor Student Center, for pre-registration briefing.  Orientation information will also be available to you at this time.

ENGLISH REQUIREMENT.     After arrival, you may be required to take the University’s English placement test.  If you do not meet the University’s standards, you will be required to follow a program of English courses exclusively or English courses in conjunction with a reduced academic program.  

HOUSING.   Tiffin University, Tiffin, Ohio, has on-campus housing.  The dormitory has no facilities for married couples.  Furnished rooms do not include linens, pillows or blankets.  Any student of freshman, sophomore or junior status is required to live on-campus and participate in the food service program unless given permission by the Dean of Students.  The Director of International Student Affairs has some off-campus apartment listings and will provide whatever assistance is possible.  If you need an apartment,  plan to arrive to Tiffin, Ohio with enough time to find accommodations.

CLIMATE AND CLOTHING.    Ohio’s climate varies from severe heat in the summer to freezing cold in the winter.  Clothing made from light cotton is most comfortable for the summer.  In the fall and spring, add heavier cotton and light woolens.  Ohio’s winters are often windy as well as cold, and you may need rain gear all year long.  It is hard to pack everything in two suitcases and a carry on, so trips will be made available to visit a clothing store.

HEALTH INSURANCE. Healthcare in the U.S. can be very costly. All undergraduate and graduate international students are required to have health insurance coverage and automatically enrolled in a health insurance program through HTH Worldwide (see For 2012-2013, the cost is $828. If a student wishes to enroll in an insurance program instead of HTH Worldwide, he/she must provide proof of enrollment and an explanation of the coverage before September 1st of the given academic year. All undergraduate and graduate students must also provide medical records, including proof of the same immunizations as required for U.S. students at TU.

Suggestions On What To Bring To Campus


  • Twin Bed
  • Clothes Dresser
  • Clothes Closet (No hangers)
  • Desk
  • Overhead Light (No desk lamp)
  • Washers and Dryers in each residence hall
  • Television in each residence hall or house
  • Pay phone on each residence hall floor or house


(These items are NOT provided by the University)

Special computer or internet hookup (plugs, wires) *China The voltage in North America is 110V, so you will need a transformer for any electrical device. (International outlet adapter) You will not be able to use a Chinese three-leg plug in the US.

  • Towels and Wash Cloths
  • Personal Toiletries and Appliances (hairdryer, shampoo, soap, make-up, deodorant,
  • Shaving kit, etc.)
  • Medications/Prescriptions
  • Medical History with English Translation
  • Medical/Hospital Insurance (other than University insurance)
  • Calculator


(These items are NOT provided by the University)

  • Pillows
  • Floor Rugs or Carpet
  • Bed Sheets
  • Computer
  • Blankets
  • Desk Lamp
  • Alarm Clock
  • Laundry Supplies
  • Clothes Hangers
  • Clothes Iron
  • Dictionary/Thesaurus
  • Pens/Pencils/Notebook Paper

It would be advisable to purchase many of these items upon arrival, since you may be traveling a great distance and need to bring many other necessary items, including clothing for 4 different seasons. These items are low in cost and can be purchased at the Tiffin University Bookstore or other nearly stores.

Upon your arrival, arrangements can be made for the following:

  • Driver's License
  • Social Security Number if you have a job on campus
  • Bank Accounts