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You've been accepted at Spring?  Great!  Now, find out what you need to do to
get ready for school, for living in the U.S., for American culture, and more.

 Before you fly to the U.S., make sure you have your passport and the I-20 form in your carry-on luggage. On the plane, you will need to fill out an I-94 (a long white card). It is very important that you write the same name and birth date on the I-94 as is already on the I-20 form.
 When you arrive in the U.S., you will go through U.S. Immigration. An American official will take your passport, I-20 and I-94 to check that they are valid. The official will then return your passport, a stamped I-94, and a student copy of the I-20 form. Make sure you have these before you leave the immigration area.
 Here are some things you may want to think about for your stay in America:
 ●  clothing - Arkansas and Colorado have 4 seasons, so pack clothes for both warm and cool weather. In winter, we dress "in layers" - shirt, sweater, coat, etc., that you can add to or subtract from as you go inside or outside, or as the weather gets warmer during the day and cooler at night.
 ●  money and financial information - You'll need money for school, housing, food, and other living expenses in the U.S. All fees for each term at Spring are payable at registration. Students may pay with traveler's checks, money orders, bank drafts, credit cards (Visa, Master Card, or American Express), or cash. Don't forget to make financial arrangements before you leave.
 ●  official papers - All Spring students are required to have health insurance. If you have your own, you must present proof of your coverage when you come to Spring. You should bring your health insurance papers, medical information (if you have special medical or prescription needs), and any other important paperwork that you may need during your stay in America.
 ●  traditional clothing and cultural items from your country - Spring has festivals and other events where you may want to dress up in traditional clothes from your culture. You may also want to bring cultural items that you can use to teach others about your country.
 ●  study aids - Do you have dictionaries, English study guides, favorite pens and erasers and notebooks? Please bring them. Many students bring electronic dictionaries that translate between their language and English. You can buy an English-English dictionary here in the U.S.
 ●  souvenirs and gifts - Some students like to give small gifts or souvenirs to their new friends in another country. You might bring such gifts for friends, teachers, host families, conversation partners, and others you meet here.
 ●  recreation - You'll have lots of opportunities for recreation at Spring. Bring what you might need - for swimming, or hiking, soccer, volleyball, basketball, skiing and snowboarding, exercising, bowling, or whatever else you enjoy for fun.
 ●  photos - It's always fun to share pictures of family, home town, famous tourist sites, etc. with other students.
 When you receive your notice of acceptance from Spring International Language Center, you'll receive printed information about your visa, travel, and other preparation for arrival. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us before you arrive. We want your stay in the U.S., and at Spring, to be a happy and successful one.



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