Below are resources that may be helpful while preparing for your move to the U.S. It is important to note that the Office of International Services does not provide airport pick up service.
- Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) is the closest airport to the JHU campuses in Baltimore. It is located approximately 20 minutes south of downtown Baltimore.
- Dulles International Airport (IAD) Located in Northern Virginia, Dulles is about 25 miles west of Washington, D.C. It can take anywhere from 30-60 minutes to travel from the airport to downtown D.C. depending on traffic. It is about 1 hour and 30 minutes from downtown Baltimore.
- Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) Located in Washington, D.C., is convenient for domestic flights. It is located approximately 1 hour from downtown Baltimore.
Transportation from the Airports
- From Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport (code BWI)
BWI is the airport that services Baltimore and if you are travelling by air should be scheduled as your final destination. While BWI has a few international flights, you will most likely have to enter the U.S. through another airport and transfer to a domestic flight. Taxicab service from the airport to a JHU campus will be $40-$50. Shared shuttle service (Super Shuttle and GO Airport Shuttle) is also available at a somewhat lower cost. Baltimore’s Light Rail service departs from the airport terminal and can bring you into downtown Baltimore, but light rail does not come directly to any of the JHU campuses.
Many downtown Baltimore or Harbor East hotels or will offer free airport shuttle service for individuals staying with them. Check with the hotel to see if this is an option.
From the airports in DC
U.S. air, bus, and train services are generally not interconnected and changing from air to bus or train transportation is usually difficult and will not result in significant cost savings. Although Baltimore is located about 38 miles/60 km from Washington, DC, there is no direct public transportation from Washington airports to Baltimore, and taxi service from these airports will be a minimum of $150.
- From Dulles International Airport
Dulles is in Virginia, about 20 miles (33 km) west of Washington, D.C. There is currently no Metro rail service to the Dulles International Airport. Taking a taxi from Dulles can be very expensive, with fares as high as about $75. You may also utilize the SuperShuttle van for about $30, any additional guest pays only $10. The Metro Bus (5A) provides service from multiple Metro rail stations to Dulles.
- Reagan National Airport is in Virginia, about 3 miles (5 km) to the southwest of downtown Washington, D.C. If you don't have a lot of luggage, the most convenient and economical way of traveling into the city is by Metro rail. Take a Blue or Yellow line train from Reagan National Airport station and transfer to
the Red Line heading towards Shady Grove. Get off at the Dupont Circle station. If you would rather not take the Metro, taxis are plentiful and will get you into the city for approximately $15-20. Alternatively, you may take a Super Shuttle van to just about anywhere in D.C. for about $14.
- From Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI)
BWI is in Maryland, about 23 miles (38 km) north of the city. There is no Metro service to/from the BWI Airport, and taxi fares are about $70. SuperShuttle service is available to travel to downtown D.C. for about $37 and $12 per additional passenger. Additionally, Amtrak and MARC commuter trains run between the BWI Rail Station and the Union Station Metro stop on the Red line. Upon taking a free shuttle bus from the terminal to the BWI Rail Station, you can travel to Union Station by MARC commuter rail for $6 or by Amtrak for a fare ranging from about $15 to $57, depending on time of travel and type of train. Alternatively, the BWI Express bus (B30) provides service from the BWI Airport to the Greenbelt Metro station on the Green line.
Arrival in the U.S.
Upon arriving in the U.S., either at the airport upon arrival by air or at the established border crossing if driving, you will encounter U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers at the U.S. immigration checkpoint who are responsible for processing your entry to the U.S. For detailed information about what to expect at a U.S. Port of Entry please see the U.S. CBP Arrival Procedures website.
It is important that you make clear to the CPB officer what your purpose for coming to the U.S. is. For F-1 and J-1 Exchange Visitors in student categories (i.e. Student Bachelors, Student Masters, Student Doctorate) be clear about your intention to enter the U.S. as a student. For J-1 Exchange Visitors in scholar categories (i.e. Research Scholar, Short-Term Scholar) be clear about your intention to pursue your specific objective (i.e. research, institute participation, teaching, etc.) It is important that you are not inadvertently admitted to the U.S. as a tourist or business visitor.
Travel Preparation Tips
- Do not purchase your airline ticket to travel to the U.S. until you have secured your U.S. visa stamp.
- F-1 students and J-1 students and scholars are eligible to enter the U.S. up to 30 days prior to the start date listed on your immigration documents (I-20 or DS-2019).
- Confirm that your passport is valid at least six months into the future from your date of entry to the U.S.
- Confirm that your visa stamp is valid for the day that you will enter the U.S.
- Verify that all information on your visa stamp is accurate (For Example: the type of visa, date of birth, the spelling of your name, etc.)
Documents to Carry With You (not in checked luggage)
- Your Passport containing your U.S. visa stamp
- Your I-20 or DS-2019
- Documentation of Admissions/Acceptance to Hopkins
- Funding Documentation that shows how you will be covering the cost of your living expenses while in Baltimore and/or paying for your school tuition and fees(this could be a funding letter from your department, personal bank statements, parent’s bank documentation, etc.)
- Contact information for the OIS (We are your Designated School Officials and Alternate Responsible Officers)