Newly Admitted Students
What to Bring
You may want to pack some clothes for the variety of seasons. Of course, it is
easy to shop at local stores for any clothing items you may need. However, it is
good if you can plan ahead. The climate in the Midwestern United States includes
four distinct seasons-fall, winter, spring and summer, with a variety of
The warmest season is summer, which extends
from June through September, with a temperature range typically from 50 to 90
degrees Fahrenheit (10 to 32C).
Fall extends from September through December,
with a temperature range of 40 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit (5 to 26C).
The coldest season is winter, which extends
from December through March, with a temperature range from 0 to 45 degrees (-8
The spring season extends from March through
June, with a temperature range from 50 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit (10 to 32C).
of the variety of climate in the Midwest, be sure to include rainwear, sweaters
and a warm coat. Usually, students wear casual clothes on campus and it is
common for students to wear blue jeans to class. You may want to bring some
formal clothes for special occasions, but whatever you feel comfortable wearing
is most important for you. If you can, bring some native or traditional clothing
from your country for international events.
Medicine and Health Concerns
If you have any health concerns and take a prescribed medication, ask your
doctor to provide a copy of the prescription, and bring a supply of your
medication with you. If you have any special medical conditions, please inform
us. For students who regularly wear glasses or contact lenses, a second pair of
glasses or your lens prescription also might be useful. Eyeglass prescriptions
must be less than two years old, or you will be required to have an eye exam
here to obtain new glasses. As for your dental health, there are numerous
dentists available for regular visits, but dentist services are not covered by
the college medical insurance. It may be a good idea to have a comprehensive
dental check up before leaving your home country. Dentist services can be
Cultural Items, Photos and Souvenirs
Please consider bringing photographs of your family, post cards, music,
traditional clothing, or some small items from your country. These things will
be interesting to show others about your home, family and country. You will have
occasions to use them when you participate in college events.
Personal Care and
Household items such as soap, shampoo, cosmetics are inexpensive and readily
available in the United States. It is recommended that you bring only a small
supply of the basic personal items you think are necessary. You will probably
collect things here that you will want to keep. If you bring too much in the
beginning, it may be difficult or expensive to send everything home when you
complete your program.
Books for your classes are available at the Moraine Valley Bookstore. Each
instructor will tell you the required books you will need when you are
registering. Books will be purchased during the first week of school.
Contacting the College-Before
Before you arrive, you may want to have something mailed to you. We
usually are unable to provide your new housing or Host Home address in time for
you to send something to your new address. Therefore, to help you prepare, feel
free to have boxes, packages or letters mailed directly to the Office of
International Student Affairs. We will hold it for you until your arrival.
Please make sure your name is also on any
package or envelope.
Assistant Dean, International Student Affairs
Moraine Valley Community College
9000 W. College Pkwy.
Palos Hills, Illinois 60465-0937 U.S.A.
Telephone: (708) 974-5334
Fax: (708) 974-0561