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What to bring

  • Original immigration documents.
  • Copies of all immigration documents (keep these separate from the originals).
  • Immunization records and required forms for international students. Visit the McKinley Health Center website for a complete list
  • Transcripts. Contact the Undergraduate Admissions or Graduate Admissions for submission instructions
  • Appropriate clothing and attire for different weather. Illinois has four seasons. In the summer, it can reach up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Winter temperatures can reach below 0 degrees Fahrenheit.

What NOT to Bring

From the united states department of agriculture

Bringing or mailing food, plants, animals, and other agricultural items from your home country may seem harmless, but without knowing it, you could also bring along a dangerous stowaway – an invasive pest. To keep invasive pests out of the United States, our country has laws that prohibit or restrict the entry of many agricultural products from other countries, including meats, fruits, vegetables, plants, soil, seeds, and some plant-based handicrafts, among other items.

Information on which food or agricultural products are allowed into the U.S. can be found on the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) website. You can also contact APHIS by phone or email:

Remember: When you travel, be sure to declare any food or agricultural products to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials at the airport when you arrive in the United States. Failing to declare these items could result in a costly civil penalty.