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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

International Students

We look forward to welcoming you to campus this fall! Here is some helpful information as you plan your transition to Rensselaer.

Check back often as specific information (including arrival and check-in dates) will be available in the spring.


Information for Incoming International Students

I-20 Process

We will begin to send out I-20s in mid-late May to students who have submitted their enrollment deposit. Please note we will begin processing documents for students who were admitted Early Decision and Early Decision II first, and then will continue with students who were admitted Regular Decision. If we need any additonal documentation to process your I-20, we will contact you.

I-20s are sent via UPS and you will receive a tracking number from us once it is sent. The I-20 packet also includes information about obtaining a visa.

Please upload a copy of your passport to your online application portal if you have not done so already.  

International Services for Students and Scholars (ISSS)

Information for the fall semester, including the Pre-Arrival Information and Travel Checklist, will be posted on their website in the spring.

ISSS Facebook Page

Academic Calendar

Summer Academic Program for Rensselaer International Students (SAPRIS)

SAPRIS will prepare you for the rigorous academic adventure that attracted you to Rensselaer. This optional seven-week program includes six weeks of classes, plus a "bridge" week of activities before you start the fall semester. Here’s a bonus: the speech course meets two of the school’s graduation requirements, giving you a head start on your work.  A single program fee covers just about everything, including tuition, campus housing, food, and all costs of local and regional field trips except for personal-choice purchases. 

Student Life

Explore life at Rensselaer, including international and multicultural student clubs and organizations and what is going on around Troy!