Admitted IEP Students: Next Steps

Congratulations on your acceptance to the Intensive English Program (IEP) at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs! There are a few more things you will need to do before starting your studies here at UCCS. Just follow these steps and we will see you soon on the beautiful UCCS campus!

Step 1: Get your Acceptance Package

After you get your admission letter, you will receive another email about your I-20 or DS-2019.  This applies to IEP students who will study on a student visa. The I-20 is normally shipped to your home country so we will ask you to create a shipping label.  This will allow us to mail it safely and for you to receive it quickly.  It can also be mailed to someone in the U.S. who can then carry it or send it to you.  This option requires your written approval.

Step 2: Apply for VISA

At the time you receive the I-20 (or DS-2019) you will be registered with SEVIS, the U.S. government student tracking system. You will be assigned a SEVIS number, and be required to pay a registration fee. To obtain a visa, you must pay the SEVP/SEVIS I-901 fee, which you can pay online. Information on how to obtain a student visa can also be found online as well. After you pay the SEVP/SEVIS I-901 fee, make an appointment as soon as possible with the U.S. consulate in your country.  Make sure you take all the required documents.  When approved, you will receive a visa stamped in your passport so you can travel to the United States. Additional information on the SEVIS fee payment and visa application process are available on the Study in the States website.

Useful Resources:

Step 3: Notify Us about Your Attendance

Email your decision to attend UCCS to  It is important to let us know if your plans change, this could impact your ability to come at a later date.  If you decide to defer to a later session, you can do it here.  When you travel to the U.S., make sure to bring your passport, I-20 (DS-2019), and any other important papers. If you plan to apply for a degree program in the United States, it is helpful to bring your official transcripts (unopened) from your high school and any universities you have attended.  It will save you time later.

Step 4: Claim Your UCCS Account

Once you are admitted to UCCS, you will be getting an email from the UCCS IT Department for claiming your UCCS Account (Email and Student Account). Simply log in here and you will be able to start using your UCCS Portal (including your UCCS email).

Step 5: Apply for Housing

On-campus Housing: On-campus housing is popular and space is limited. Please apply early. On-campus housing goes to degree seeking students first so be aware that you may not get notification of space until near your departure time.

Off-Campus Housing: Please note that these off-campus options are not affiliated with the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. However, if you would like to live off-campus, please use these additional resources for off-campus housing:

Some popular online resources for finding housing:

* Please be careful about committing to a place without meeting the landlord and/or seeing the housing with your own eyes. Be aware that when you sign a rental lease you are signing a legal contract document with penalties if you break it.

*Note: Off-campus options are not affiliated with University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

If you need a short-term solution while searching for housing, please see our list of hotel and motel options near campus.

Step 6: Plan Your Arrival at UCCS

Please plan to arrive to Colorado Springs before your orientation/testing date. The complete UCCS Academic Calendar will tell you important dates during future semesters.

From Colorado Springs Airport: Colorado Springs has a regional airport located approximately 24 kilometers away from the UCCS campus. If you will be flying to Colorado, we recommend that you fly directly into Colorado Springs. Many students make a connection in Denver.  There are always taxis at the Colorado Springs airport entrance.  Taxi service from the airport costs about $35 + tip (additional 10-20% for driver) to UCCS. Uber and Lyft ride-sharing is also available.

From Denver International Airport:If you will be arriving in Denver and cannot take a flight to Colorado Springs, you may take a shuttle for the approximately 110-kilometer ride from Denver to Colorado Springs. You can get off at the Academy Hotel on North Academy. It is 8.7 kilometers away from UCCS campus. You will need to take a taxi to UCCS campus. This can be difficult if you have a lot of luggage, so we strongly encourage you to fly into Colorado Springs. The phone number for the Yellow Cab Company is (719) 777-7777. Uber and Lyft ride-sharing is also available.

Bus from the City of Denver:The bus ride from the city of Denver to Colorado Springs takes approximately two hours and the cost is about $17.00 one way. Schedule can be found here. You can also check out the BusTang. Please note that BusTang service is only operated from Monday to Friday. It is not recommended that you use this option for arrivals in the evening. The phone number for the Yellow Cab Company is (719)777-7777. 

Step 7: Attend Orientation

Orientation is mandatory for all new IEP students. It takes place a few days before classes start. During orientation you will learn about the campus, Colorado, and the IEP program, get your student ID, meet other new students, and prepare to start classes.  Information about orientation will be emailed to you.  Review the information carefully and plan to arrive early so that you may participate fully in the orientation.

Step 8: Register for Classes

During orientation, all new IEP students take an English language test and then register for classes. We will discuss your course options with you and help you get your books and student ID.

Step 9: Review Other Resources

Student Support and Academic Resources
Education USA Pre-Departure
Study in the States

 If you have further questions, please be in touch at