Chatham University


International Student Information

Information for International Students

Office of International Affairs

With degree and non-degree international students from some 25 countries, as well as faculty and staff from around the world, we know you will find Chatham University to be a diverse and stimulating community. We look forward to getting to know you and discovering the special talents and contributions you bring to this institution. Chatham University is a small institution that provides personal attention to its students. Discovering Chatham University’s resources and learning about its traditions, while exciting, can be an overwhelming experience for any new student or scholar.

We look forward to meeting you and helping you on your journey at Chatham!

We are here to:

  • Clarify university and immigration policies and procedures
  • Provide services and activities to help you adjust to the U.S.
  • Help you maintain legal status in the U.S.
  • Assist with residence life and dining concerns, etc.

Please contact the Office of International Affairs at with questions and concerns about being an international student at Chatham.

Office Hours & Contact Information

Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Falk Hall, Lower Level
Phone: (412) 365-1388
Office Email:

Took book a meeting with Kate Emory, Coordinator of International Student and Scholar Services, PDSO/RO, click here.

All meeting must be booked one day in advance. If cancelation is necessary, students must contact Kate Emory 10 minutes before the time of meeting.

Visa & Immigration

Visa Procedure

  • Apply for admission to Chatham University.
  • After Admission to Chatham and confirmation of finances, I-20 or DS-2019 is sent.
  • Contact closest U.S. Embassy or Consulate for visa appointment and instructions. You will need your I-20/DS 2019 and passport to make your visa appointment (many embassies now require you to make an appointment online). You may check the visa wait times on the U.S. State Department website. You will need to pay your visa fee before your appointment.
  • Pay I-901/SEVIS fee.
  • Go to appointment with I-20 or DS-2019, Chatham admission letter, proof of payment of I-901 fee, financial documents and other documents the Embassy or Consulate requests. Please see the document "10 Points to Remember When Applying for a Nonimmigrant Visa"
  • Return to embassy or consulate for visa
  • Arrive in U.S. no more than 30 days before start date on I-20 or DS-2019. (You must arrive before your start date) Please see welcome letter for earliest day you can arrive in campus housing.

How to Maintain J-1 Status

How to Maintain F-1 Status

Frequently Asked Questions

OIA is able to provide you with general guidance. However, any advice provided to you by our office, as well as the information on this website, should not be construed as legal advice. Additionally, due to the fluid nature of governmental interpretation, USCIS may change its interpretation of immigration laws/regulations and eligibility requirements for benefits, at any time. We will do our best to provide you with the most current guidance. Each case is fact-specific and it is advised that you contact an experienced immigration attorney if you have questions regarding your situation.

The information on this web site is of a general nature and not intended to address the specific circumstances of any particular individual.

Web site content is written with care, but may not be up-to-date. Chatham OIA is not responsible for content found through external links.

It is the student's responsibility to maintain legal status in the US at all times and to comply fully with University policies and procedures.

Helpful Links

Department of State – Study in the States, resource for international students:

Department of State – J1 Exchange visitor home page:

United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS):

Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP):

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Public Transportation

As a Chatham student, you may use the Pittsburgh bus and light rail service for free (with your student ID). You can access the neighborhoods close to the university easily with the bus system. We also provide a free shuttle service to the Oakland neighboorhood and to the Eastside Campus. Shuttle service is also provided on special occasions to local shopping areas and malls.

Please contact the Office of International Affairs at with questions and concerns about being an international student at Chatham.