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Future International Students

Traveling to Campus

Before you leave, read the U.S. government’s information about the procedures for entering the United States.

What to expect at a U.S. port of entry

Entering the United States

What to Expect at the Port of Entry

Arrival Process

Be prepared with the following documents:

  • Passport with a valid non-immigrant visa (Canadians exempt)
  • Original form I-20 or DS-2019 with valid travel signature
  • Evidence of financial resources
  • WSU current schedule and/or transcript

Don’t bring restricted items – see CBP’s website for rules regarding travel
with medications, food or pets.
You may also be fingerprinted and/or photographed.

Questioning & Tips

  • Officers may ask you questions about your reason for entering the United
    States or about your academic program. If an officer asks about your
    academic performance, remain calm, answer honestly and briefly.
  • CBP may also ask questions about, or inspect your electronic devices. This
    may include your social media accounts.
  • To protect yourself, put your phone on Airplane Mode.

For more tips on how to prepare your devices, see here.

Additional Screenings

An officer may determine you (and/or your luggage) require additional
screening. This is not uncommon. You may be asked to go to an interview
area called Secondary Inspection where they will verify information and ask
you additional questions.
You can expect:

  • Long wait time (multiple hours)
  • Additional, more substantial and specific questions

Tip: Make notes of your experience, including officer name and badge number.

Be Aware of Increased Scrutiny & Policy Updates

The Executive Order travel ban may complicate travels from many countries.
For more information on the travel ban, see here.

To Pullman Campus

By Plane

Pullman is a significant distance from other regional cities. We recommend flying into Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport.

Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport

Two miles from campus

Services at Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport:

Sign up for airport pickup from the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport before Fall Orientation.

  • Submit your request at least three days in advance of your arrival date.
  • Please include your arrival time and flight number.

Request Pickup

Lewiston-Nez Perce Regional Airport

35 miles from campus (in Idaho)

Services at Lewiston-Nez Perce Regional Airport:

Spokane International Airport

78 miles from campus

Services at Spokane International Airport:


By Car

Driving directions

Approximate driving time to Pullman from nearby cities:

  • Lewiston, Idaho/Clarkston, Washington: 45 minutes
  • Spokane, Washington: 90 minutes
  • Coeur d’Alene, Idaho: Two hours
  • Seattle, Washington: Five hours
  • Missoula, Montana: Five hours
  • Portland, Oregon: Six hours

Road trip resources:

Campus map


By Bus or Shuttle Van

Northwestern Trailways (stops about 1.5 kilometers from campus)

Greyhound

To WSU Tri-Cities

By Air

We recommend flying into Tri-Cities Airport in Pasco, Washington. The WSU Tri-Cities Office of Student Services provides complimentary transportation from this airport on specific arrival dates.

14 miles from campus

Services at Tri-Cities Airport:

Request Pickup


By Car

Driving Directions

Approximate driving time to WSU Tri-Cities from nearby cities:

  • Spokane, Washington: Two hours, 15 minutes
  • Pullman, Washington: Two hours, 30 minutes
  • Lewiston, Idaho/Clarkston, Washington: Two hours, 45 minutes
  • Coeur d’Alene, Idaho: Two hours, 45 minutes
  • Seattle, Washington: Three hours, 15 minutes
  • Portland, Oregon: Three hours, 30 minutes
  • Missoula, Montana: Five hours, 15 minutes

Road Trip Resources:

Other WSU Locations

Vancouver Spokane Everett