Be prepared for your arrival in the US and at Regis

We are excited to have you join our campus! Whether it is your first time in the U.S., in Denver, or at Regis University, you should know what to expect before you arrive on our campus. Being prepared for immigration processes and academic expectations will have you ready for your first day of class and the challenges that lie ahead. You will find resources here to help you experience a smooth transition into the U.S. and at Regis University. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our office.      

Apply for your visa

Once you receive your I-20/DS-2019 from Regis University, you will need to pay the SEVIS fee online and apply for a visa appointment at the US embassy.  Please visit the US embassy website of the location that you will be applying for your F-1/J-1 visa:

F-1 visas:  Department of State for F-1 visas

J-1 visas:  Department of State for J-1 visas

After approval of your visa, start preparing for your arrival in the U.S.  You cannot enter the U.S. more than 30 days before the program start date on your I-20.  

*If you were not approved for your visa or are not able to attend Regis University and must defer your attendance, please contact Lisa Hertel, ISSS Coordinator.

Activate your RegisNET account

You will receive an email from Regis University Admissions with instructions to activate your RegisNET account and email.  This is where you will register for classes, check your grades, see your unofficial transcript, pay tuition bills, and much more.  Your email will be your official source of communication with the university.

Find housing

Undergraduate students attending Regis College may live on-campus if they meet the deadline to sign-up for housing. First-year freshman and sophomores are required to live on-campus unless an exemption form is completed and approved by Student Housing. Please visit the Student Housing website for more information.

Students who will not be living on-campus must find off-campus housing. Students can check Regis University’s off-campus housing website for additional information and to search for roommates. Monthly rent can vary greatly depending on the location, size of living space, and amenities. Also be sure that you purchase renter’s insurance to protect your belongings in case of a fire or theft. 

Get more information on Housing in Denver here.

If you are interested in sharing a room with another international student, please email Lisa Hertel, ISSS Coordinator, for additional information.

Enroll in health insurance

Regis University requires all F-1 students to carry health insurance. It is highly recommended to choose a health insurance plan that provides full coverage plus repatriation and medical evacuation. If you currently have health insurance coverage in your home country, you may use it while you attend Regis University as long as it covers medical treatments in the US. 

Students who are attending the Regis College undergraduate program or a RHCHP program are eligible to enroll in Regis University’s preferred health insurance provider, Gallagher.

J-1 exchange students, scholars, and their dependents must meet the minimum requirements of health insurance as defined by the Department of State. You will be required to show proof of adequate health insurance to the ISSS Coordinator upon your arrival at Regis.

Here is a list of health insurance providers who offer plans for international students and exchange visitors:

International Student Organization: 


Associated Insurance Plans International: 

Compass Benefits Group: 

International Student Insurance:   



International Student Protection: 

Arriving in the US and Denver

When you arrive at the U.S. port of entry, be sure that you hand-carry the following documents to provide to Customs and Border Protection: 

  • Passport (valid for at least 6 months into the future)
  • F-1/J-1 visa (Canadian citizens do not need a visa)
  • Properly endorsed I-20/DS-2019
  • I-901 SEVIS fee receipt
  • Current financial documentation from the sponsor noted on your I-20/DS-2019
  • Regis University acceptance letter

DIA is Denver’s major international that you will land at if arriving to Denver by air.  DIA is located 25 miles east (about 30 minutes) of Regis University.  Ground transportation can be found on Level 5 of Jeppesen Terminal.  Taxi, bus, and rail service are available here to reach the Denver metro area.

  • Taxi:  various taxi cabs service the Denver metro area

Yellow Cab


Metro Taxi


Freedom Cab


Union Taxi


Green Taxi


Mile High Cab


  • Bus:  RTD’s SkyRide Bus will quickly connect you to north Denver, south Denver, or northwest Denver/Boulder.  You can then take a local RTD bus to your desired location. 
  • Rail Service:  RTD’s A-Line rail service is a quick and convenient way to get to downtown to Denver’s Union Station where you can then connect to another rail service or local RTD bus.  

Attend orientation

Be aware of the time and date of new student orientation. This is mandatory for all initial and transfer students starting a new program at Regis University. You will learn about immigration regulations, services at Regis University, and other valuable resources to enhance your academic experience and help you excel as a student. Make plans to attend! Failure to attend will prevent you from class registration and other student benefits.

You are required to bring your immigration documents to the orientation session. These documents include your passport, F-1/J-1 visa, I-20/DS-2019, I-901 SEVIS receipt, and I-94. The DSO/RO reviews and keeps these documents in your student file during the duration of your studies at Regis University.

*F-1 New/Transfer International Student Orientation: Wednesday, August 21, 2019, 2:00 p.m. at the Northwest Denver campus, Clarke Hall room 378.

*J-1 Exchange Student Orientation: Thursday, August 22, 2019, 10:00 a.m. at the Northwest Denver campus, Clarke Hall room 143.

Meet your academic advisor

Set up a time to meet with your academic advisor as soon as you arrive on our campus. You and your advisor will review your degree plan and get you set on the right path to achieve your educational goals. Your advisor is a very valuable resource for your academic success!