International Arrival Planning

Fall 2021 Arrival Information 

If you are arriving to HSU as a new international student for Fall 2021 semester, there are specific arrival and move-in days that you must follow when coming to the HSU campus. During this time you will check in to your campus housing, report to a campus immigration officer, and get settled at HSU before classes. In addition, all international students are required to attend the international orientation with the Office of Global Engagement. Stampede (HSU’s Campus-wide New Student Orientation) begins the following week after your arrival for the fall semester and before classes begin.

The official Fall 2021 arrival, move-in, and international orientation days are as follows:

  • Arrival Days: Monday, August 9 to Thursday, August 12
  • New International Student Orientation: Friday, August 13 and Saturday, August 14
  • Stampede (HSU campus wide orientation): Monday, August 16 to Friday, August 20
  • Fall 2021 classes begin: Monday, August 23

Please arrange for your arrival to HSU and to Abilene, Texas only during these days and complete the arrival form . All new international students are required to attend international orientation with the Office of Global Engagement prior to school starting in order to file their immigration paperwork. Failure to report to a school immigration officer (DSO), could result in your F-1 student visa being terminated. Please contact the Office of Global Engagement at

As a welcome gesture, if you will be living on-campus, HSU will provide a gift basket to assist you for your first few days here. You can find the complete list of welcome basket items here.

Pre-Departure Checklist

Before you depart your home country, please make sure you carry all of these items in your carry-on luggage, only.

  • Passport
  • I-20
  • Travel itinerary
  • Flight tickets/boarding pass
  • Copy of passport information page and visa stamps
  • Some cash for food
  • Toiletries
  • Change of clothes (in case of delays, missed flights, delayed luggage)
  • Emergency contact information:
    • Stephen Corbett, International Student Advisor
      • email:
      • phone: +1 325-267-0766
    • Grey Hoff, Associate VP Global Engagement
      • email:
      • phone: +1 325-370-2178
    • Campus Police, phone: +1 325-670-1461

Arrival/Airport Pickup Form

We provide airport pickup for our international students flying into Abilene Regional Airport from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm CST, 7 days a week!

Whether you are driving into Hardin-Simmons or flying into Abilene Regional Airport, we need to know when to have your room ready or when to pick you up at the airport.

Please fill out the Arrival Form below. Attach your flight tickets or type in your flight numbers, dates, and airlines so we can keep track of any issues that might arise (delays, cancellations).

Arrival Form