A-Z International Students

Academic Resource Center

 

Clubs on Campus

 

Computers/Email

  • The university provides computer labs throughout campus. Labs are located in all residence halls, Tower Hall 2nd floor, St. Albert’s, and the library. Computers are available for student’s to use for free. There is a cost for printing and it is automatically deducted from your student account.
  • Each student will be assigned a University of St. Francis email address. It is important that you check this email address frequently because this is the email address your teachers and other staff members will use for communication.

 

Cultural Activities on Campus

  • There are a variety of cultural activities that you can get involved in during your time at University of St. Francis. Some groups and activities include the International Club, The Black Student Association and Unidos Vamos Alcanzar (United We Will Achieve.) Throughout the year the International Club plans trips to cultural events in the Joliet and Chicago areas. Make sure to check the University of St. Francis International Programs Office Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/USFIPO) to stay up to date on all of the cultural events going on!

 

Culture Shock

  • It is very normal to experience cultural shock during your first weeks and months in Joliet. Symptoms of cultural shock can include homesickness, sadness, loneliness, aches and pains, insomnia or excessive tiredness, anger and resentment to your host country and lack of confidence.
  • If you find that you are experiencing serious culture shock, please inform the International Programs Office as soon as possible so they can direct you to the proper assistance.

 

Grocery Shopping

  • There are a number of grocery stores throughout Joliet, but we recommend that international students who are living in the residence halls shop at the CVS located on Plainfield Rd. CVS has everything that you might need including health and beauty supplies, snacks, soft drinks and bottled water. Since you will be eating a majority of your meals in the cafeteria it isn’t necessary to shop at the larger supermarkets. But if you decide that there is something you need that you cannot buy at the CVS there is a Jewel-Osco and Walmart not too far from campus.

 

Health

  • University of St. Francis has a Health and Wellness Center that is available for students, located in the Motherhouse.
  • If you feel like you need to speak with someone, you can contact the Counseling Center at 815-740-3598. The Center is located in Motherhouse, C136.
  • Any questions you have about health insurance are answered at the following link: http://www.stfrancis.edu/admissions/intl-students/health-insurance-immunization-2/

 

Housing

  • Residence On Campus: The IPO staff recommends that international students, at least for their first year, live on campus. There are three residence halls to choose from, Marian or Tower Hall or the historic Motherhouse. Find out more information here: http://www.stfrancis.edu/admissions/freshman/residence-halls/
  • Residence Off- Campus: After your first year, if you decide to live off-campus, the IPO can help you secure a residence. If you are interested in this option, please contact the International Programs Coordinator.

 

Library

  • The library, the Laverne and Dorothy Brown Library, is a great resource for all students. Follow this link: http://library.stfrancis.edu/ to learn more about the hours it is open and what services are available.

 

Life in Residence Halls

  • Living in a residence hall is different than living on your own or with your family because you will most likely have a roommate. Living with a roommate requires that you not only take into account how you feel about your living space, but also how your roommate feels. It is important to communicate with your roommate about anything that might be bothering or upsetting you. If you are having difficulties with your roommate be sure to seek out your resident advisor for help.

 

Ministry on Campus

  • Both daily and Sunday Liturgies are held in the St. Joseph Chapel, which is located on the 3rd floor of Motherhouse. To find out more about Mass times, click the following link: http://www.stfrancis.edu/about/ministry/

 

Recreation

  • Your USF ID gets you a free membership at Inwood Athletic Club, located on Jefferson St. There are a number of classes available that are free of charge at Inwood, including yoga, pilates, kickboxing, Zumba and more.

 

Taxes

  • Anytime you go shopping (except for grocery shopping) or eat at a restaurant, the price you see on the menu or the price tag does not include the tax. Tax is about 10% and should be considered before purchasing anything.

 

Telephone

  • The cheapest way to make international phone calls by telephone is by buying a prepaid cell phone.
  • Another option for making international calls is Skype, all you need is a computer, an internet connection and a credit card to load money onto your account. Go to http://www.skype.com/intl/en-us/home to download it to your computer.

 

Textbooks

  • Most professors require that you purchase a textbook at the beginning of the semester. These textbooks can be found in the student bookstore in Tower Hall. The bookstore staff will be able to help you find all of the books you need. Just be sure to bring your class schedule with you.

 

Tipping Etiquette

  • In the United States it is common to tip your servers at restaurants and bars, even the bartenders. It is customary to leave between 15% and 20% of your total bill as a tip. If the total of your bill was $40 you should leave a tip between $6 and $8 if the service was good.

 

Transportation

  • There are a number of options available when it comes to getting yourself around campus and to Chicago. Below is a list of the different options available. To learn more, go to their website for fares and schedules.
    Pace Bus System
    Taxicabs
    Metra Train
    Chicago Airports – Midway and O’Hare
    USF Shuttle
    Peoria Charter

 

Work on Campus

  • Every international student is eligible to work on campus up to 20 hours a week. When school is not in session; for example summer break, thanksgiving break, etc students are eligible to work up to 40 hours on campus. International students are not eligible for Work and Study Program. Therefore, finding a job on campus is very challenging. Students can start working on campus 30 days before their first day of classes (their first year of school).
    http://www.stfrancis.edu/content/international-students/on-campus-employment-info.pdf

 

Weather/Winter Clothing

  • Illinois has four different seasons; winter, spring, summer and fall.

Month

Average High

Average Low

Mean

Average Precip.

Jan

31°F/-1°C

24°F/-8°C

24°F/-4°C

1.80in./45.7mm

Feb

36°F/2°C

29°F/-6°C

29°F/-2°C

1.79in./45.5mm

Mar

47°F/8°C

38°F/-2°C

38°F/3°C

2.25in./57.2mm

Apr

61°F/16°C

50°F/4°C

50°F/10°C

3.49in./88.6mm

May

71°F/22°C

60°F/9°C

60°F/16°C

4.08in./103.6mm

Jun

81°F/27°C

71°F/16°C

71°F/22°C

3.88in./98.6mm

Jul

84°F/29°C

74°F/18°C

74°F/23°C

4.33in./110.0mm

Aug

82°F/28°C

73°F/17°C

73°F/23°C

4.16in./105.7mm

Sep

76°F/24°C

66°F/13°C

66°F/19°C

3.01in./76.5mm

Oct

64°F/18°C

54°F/6°C

54°F/12°C

2.84in./72.1mm

Nov

49°F/9°C

41°F/1°C

41°F/5°C

3.06in./77.7mm

Dec

35°F/2°C

28°F/-6°C

28°F/-2°C

2.20in./55.9mm