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Once Accepted to ELI

You will be notified of your acceptance to ELI by e-mail. You will then be sent an acceptance packet via UPS. Here is what your acceptance packet will contain.

Acceptance Letter

This letter states that you have been accepted to the ELI program. You will need this letter to apply for your F-1 student visa and also to enter the country.

Pre-Departure Information

The Pre-Departure and Arrival Information will tell you all of the important things you need to do before coming to ELI. Another useful resource is the Study Guide to the States.

Arrival Information Form

ELI offers airport pickups for new students the weekend before ELI starts. If you would like to be picked up at the Missoula airport (MSO), please fill out this form with your arrival information and send it back to ELI at least two weeks before you plan to arrive. Fill out the Arrival Information Form.

UM Campus Map

Familiarize yourself with the UM campus before you arrive.

Your I-20

This is the most important document in your acceptance packet. Make sure your name, date of birth, and program start date is correct. You will use this I-20 to apply for an F-1 student visa and to enter the country.

Obtaining an F-1 Student Visa Fact Sheet

The Visa Fact Sheet will give you all the information you need on how to pay your SEVIS fee and apply for an F-1 student visa. 

Housing Application

Please completely fill out the On-Campus Residence Halls Application and send it to ELI. You should complete your housing application as soon as possible as housing on campus is limited. For more information about housing costs, housing pictures and descriptions, visit Residence Life.

Medical Requirement Form

All international students must have certain immunizations to study at UM. Take this form to your doctor and ask him or her to fill it out with your immunization history. During orientation, you will be taken to the student health clinic on campus to receive any missing immunizations. Please fill out the Medical Requirement Form and send it to ELI before you arrive. 

*Please note that if you were Conditionally Admitted to UM, you will receive an acceptance packet from the University and an e-mail from ELI with all of the information you will need.

Next Steps

Once you receive your acceptance packet, follow the next steps listed here:

  • Apply for your F-1 student visa.
  • Complete and return your housing application to ELI. 
  • Complete and return your Medical Requirement Form to ELI. The new form looks slightly different, but asks the same questions. 
  • Learn about your health insurance options, and buy health insurance to bring with you to the US. 
  • Buy a plane ticket and fill out the Arrival Information Form if you would like to be picked up from the airport the weekend before ELI starts. 
  • If you have questions about any of the items found in your acceptance packet or the next steps, please contact ELI.