Services for International Employees & Scholars

Check-In / Orientation

iHawk New Scholar Check-In

Prior to your arrival in the United States please complete the New Scholar e-forms in iHawk».   These forms gather required information for our office that includes your residential address in Lawrence, emergency contact information, a responsibility statement and submitting copies of your immigration documents (Form DS-2019, visa, passport, I-94 record) as well as health insurance information.  Please try to submit as much as possible before your arrival.

We recommend you print your I-94 Record» because you may need it for other purposes.

New Scholar Orientation

Register for New Scholar Orientation in your iHawk account».

Every J-1 scholar must attend a mandatory scholar orientation meeting. In these meetings you will be able to meet other scholars, as well as learn about your immigration status, your responsibilities in the United States, American culture, health care, appointment benefits at KU, how to apply for a social security number, how to get a State of Kansas driver's license, and activities on campus and in the surrounding area.  This meeting generally takes about 1.5 hours.  If your family is here with you, they are welcome to attend.

International Calendar

Founded in 1964 as part of a Ford Foundation campus internationalization grant
One of the first 12 intensive English programs in the United States
Each semester, the AEC enrolls about 250 students representing more than 35 countries on six continents
The Applied English Center offers field trips and conversation groups to our students
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times