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Welcome to Rockford! At Rockford University, we welcome students from all backgrounds and all walks of life. Our international students represent diverse cultures, they share one thing in common—the desire to become Rock Solid.

Arrival  Information and Orientation Information Fall 2020

Rockford University’s International Orientation will be August 13 & 14 , 2020. All new international students who will enter the U.S. on a visa are required, and should arrive on August 12, 2020.  Free airport pickup will be available on August 12, 2020 at O’Hare International Airport from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.  During orientation you will be able to open a bank account, go shopping for items you need for your room, set up your cell phone and get to meet your Global Ambassador and new classmates.  During orientation, you will have the chance to explore Rockford University and the city of Rockford.

What to Bring

Your dorm room will have a bed, desk, dresser and chair.  Rockford University will provide you with a welcome basket which includes, bed covers, sheets, pillow, towel, laundry detergent, water and snacks.  During international student orientation, we will offer shopping trips so that you can purchase any items may need.

Weather in Rockford

Weather in Rockford is very hot in the summer and cold in the winter.  If you are from a warm climate you will need to purchase a winter coat, which you will be able to do once in Rockford.  Our packing list will help you decide which items to bring from home and which items you can easily purchase once you arrive to campus.

Arriving to Rockford University

New international students should plan to arrive to Rockford University on January 16, 2020.  You are allowed to arrive to the United States up to 30 days before your program start date.  Check your I20 in the “Program of Study” for your program start date.  It is very important to arrive before your program start date.  You may be denied entry if you try at enter the United States after you program start date.  Please notify the Office of Global affairs if your travel plans are delayed.  Prior to making travel plans during the school year, check the 2019-2020 academic calendar.

Mission Statement of the OGA

Create a supportive and interactive learning environment that celebrates multiculturalism by bringing all of Rockford University’s diverse student body together, in such a way that the academic as well as extra-curricular experiences of all students are enhanced and enjoyed.

Services provided by the OGA:

  • Assist both U.S. and international students in realizing their dreams of studying abroad
  • Provide services related to U.S. immigration regulations
  • Offer international student orientation
  • Provide international student academic advising and support

Who is classified as an international applicant?

  • A student requiring an F-1 Student Visa to study in the U.S.
  • A holder of an “Arrival-Departure Record (I-94)” who has a visa that allows for study in the United States.

Why Rockford University?

Rockford University, located just 90 minutes from Chicago, is a great place to experience the United States and gain an exceptional education. A four-year, private liberal arts university, Rockford University offers a variety of programs and services, including more than 80 majors, minors and concentrations; small class sizes; wireless internet; and on-campus housing and food service; to name a few. Rockford University is an institution which values global and ethnic diversity. Today, students from a variety of different states and countries call Rockford home.



Office of Global Affairs (OGA)
Burpee 2nd Floor
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
Fax: 001-815-226-4141

Skype ID: sam_rockford
微信/WeChat ID: SamOGA_Rockford
Sam Bandy, Director

Maria Diemer, Assistant Director

微信/Wechat ID: JulieOGA_Rockford
Julie Griffith, Coordinator

微信/WeChat ID: jcty911
姜陈彤昱/Dandi Jiang, 在读研究生
研究生助理 Graduate Assistant


Mon-Fri - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Chat with an Admission Counselor

Studying abroad was always an initiative I wanted to take in my life. Considering the knowledge, experience and exposure that you gain by studying away from home, always fascinated me to take this step in my life. Studying in the US has proved that my decision was right.

Mishaal Shah

Computer Science, Saudi Arbia

Cui Zheng '15

Home Country: China, Program of study/major: Nursing

Rockford University is filled with a heartfelt community that has encouraged and built me education wise, socially and emotionally strong which has made me feel home away from home being that I am an international student.

Maria Naggayi

Accounting Major, Uganda

Amour Muro '14

Home Country: Tanzania, Program of study/major: Economics

I chose Rockford University because of the home-like feeling, even away from home. The staff is great as well as the students, very cozy and friendly environment.

Mariana Rosas '12

Home Country: Mexico, Program of study/major: Spanish and Psychology