Arrival Information

A group of SWOSU Students

We are very pleased you have chosen to continue your education at Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU)!  Below is some information to help you as you plan your arrival at SWOSU.

TRAVEL PLANS

  • Plan to arrive at Will Rogers World airport in Oklahoma City (OKC) by the date in your admission letter.
  • When you have finalized your plane ticket, please email us (international@swosu.edu) your arrival date, time and flight number – be sure to include your name and SWOSU ID number in the email. We will respond by email with a contact cell phone number so that you can keep us informed as you travel and connect with the person meeting you at the airport.
  • We will plan to meet you at the OKC airport and take you to our campus (a one hour drive). If you plan make other arrangements please inform us of this.
  • Don’t forget to bring your original certificates, diplomas, and transcripts – review you admission letter to see if any specific documents are mentioned!
  • Be sure your passport will not expire for at least six more months before you travel. Keep your passport and I-20 ready to show officials at the airports as you travel.
  • Travel with some US dollars in cash if possible in case you need snacks or other items. You will also need some cash when you arrive at the university.
  • As you are traveling plan to update your family at home if possible so they don’t worry too much about you.
  • Email, text or phone the international office about any changes in your travel plans after your trip starts – email international@swosu.edu in case you don’t have a phone number for this.

HEALTH IMMUNIZATIONS

  • All students at SWOSU are required to submit documents showing that they have received immunizations and some medical tests. You received the health immunization form with your SWOSU acceptance letter and I-20. If you need another copy of this form please inform us and for more information please click on the following link: http://www.swosu.edu/administration/shs/immune.aspx
  • If you have already had immunizations, please bring documents from your doctor at home for this or use the health immunization form from SWOSU.

WEATHER CONDITIONS

  • The climate in Oklahoma includes a warm and sunny summer time from June through August and a cool but normally sunny winter from December through February.
  • Spring (March – May) and fall/autumn (September – November) are times of weather changes so it may be cold one day and warm the next but many Oklahomans say this is their favorite time for weather during the year.
  • Our hottest months are July and August and our coldest months are January and February so if you arrive during one of these months plan to dress accordingly for your arrival.
  • For specific weather information for the Weatherford area visit: http://climate.ok.gov/county_climate/Products/QuickFacts/custer.pdf  (Keep in mind that in the USA temperature is measured in Fahrenheit degrees rather than Centigrade degrees!)

ACCOMMODATION

  • You have the option to live in the university dormitories (residence halls) or off-campus in private apartments or houses.
  • If you choose to live in a dormitory/residence hall, you will need to complete a Residence Hall application and return it.  Please visit the following webpage for more information and a link to the application. http://www.swosu.edu/admissions/housing.aspx
  • Private apartments and houses are arranged for by the student. If you think this is the best choice, try to contact current SWOSU international students for more information. You may need to arrange to stay in an area hotel for a few nights while your arrangements are completed. Hotels cost from $50 to $150 per night.

International Students

SISA - INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ASSOCIATION

SWOSU has a club for international students and those interested in global affairs (SISA). Its Facebook page can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/swosu.edu/ .  You are requested to bring with you when you come traditional clothing or cultural items from home. SISA will participate in activities that promote various countries and items you might bring will contribute to this.

VISIT THE INTERNATIONAL STUDENT AFFAIRS OFFICE

Soon after you arrive on campus, you will need to visit the International Student Affairs office in the John Hays Administration building room 102. Please come as soon as you arrive and before classes begin. At this time please bring your passport and your original certificates, diplomas, and transcripts for us to review.

TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR OF SWOSUhttp://www.swosu.edu/resources/map/vtour.aspx .