Frequently Asked Questions

Kansas City, Here You Come!

Answers to International Students’ Frequently Asked Questions

Kansas City experiences all four seasons (sometimes all four in the same week!).

    • The average hottest month is July, 90.1ºF (32.2ºC)

    • The average coldest month is January, 22.4ºF (-4.2ºC)

    • On average, it snows 8.3 days and accumulates up to 13.39 inches (340mm) per year. December is typically the snowiest month.

    • On average, it rains 90.8 days and accumulates up to 39.06 inches (992mm) per year. June is the wettest month of the year.

Kansas City is considered a culturally rich city with a cultural diversity that includes African, African American, Asian, Latino, Italian, Irish, German, Native American, Slavic, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern. This rich ethnic fabric of Kansas City continues to grow and prosper. The legacy of these communities is celebrated at attractions throughout the city.

Some of the area community organizations that invite your membership or hold events you can attend include:

Kansas City has a public transportation system (buses, limited light passenger rail, and specialty vans) that is free to all through 2023 at least. We’re the first major city to offer zero fares on all routes. You can access the schedule and get more information at

The Avila campus is located in a safe, upper-middle-class neighborhood that is friendly to bicycles, scooters, and walking. There are several bike-share and scooter-share companies operating in the city, including, Bird Scooters, and Spin Scooters.

The Red Bridge Shopping Center is within walking distance of campus with a grocery store, restaurants, bars, a coffee shop, a public library, a hardware store, and more.

Students at Avila do all kinds of fun activities.  Students can attend plays, shows, sporting events, dances, clubs, and more. You can watch or participate in soccer, baseball, softball, American football, volleyball, and basketball. Avila offers many clubs that students can be a part of.

Here at Avila we enjoy introducing new cuisine and expanding our knowledge of culture awareness through different foods. We also have a day dedicated to students and staff called International food fest, where we have a variety of foods from different cultures and give everyone an opportunity to try them. You should also go and check out all of the restaurant that are directed at what you are looking for, below are some articles for you to use a reference.

You can adjust to life in the United States. You should try to be active once you arrive, go to all your classes, and participate in as many campus activities as possible. It will help you meet new people and better understand U.S. culture.

  • Your passport and a copy of the passport, valid for six months.
  • I-20 form
  • Non-immigrant Visa
  • Copy of your admission letter from Avila
  • Copy of your financial documents
  • U.S. cash ($50 – $100 is suggested)
  • The emergency contact phone number at Avila University: 1+816.985.6079

For a smooth transition and a more comfortable start to your Avila experience, be sure to bring:

  • Shampoo
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Pillow cover
  • Earphones
  • (1) large towel
  • Soap
  • Your prescription medication
  • Electrical power plug converter

Most international students live in dormitories while they study at Avila. Living in the dormitories is a good way to meet new friends, participate in campus activities, and adjust to campus life in the U.S.  Students who are under 21 typically need to live in the dormitory. Students who are 21 or older may occasionally live off-campus in one of the apartment complexes close to Avila.

Avila’s dormitories are open all year, including all holidays. In addition, an Avila staff member is always on duty in the dormitories.

Students can use public computers in different buildings or their own computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones, etc., in the dormitories since each dormitory room is connected to the Internet and has WiFi.

Students can use public computers in different buildings or their own computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones, etc., in the dormitories since each dormitory room is connected to the Internet and has WiFi.

You should purchase a plane ticket to Kansas City International Airport from your country. Please provide us with your airline, flight number, and the day and time of your arrival.

Let us know how we can help

Need Additional Help?

  • Academic Related questions (major, class registration, and course selection contact: Mary LeCluyse
  • For SEVIS and visa-related questions, contact: Michelle Driscoll
  • For housing-related questions, contact: Daniel Capp
  • For other inquiries or concerns, contact: Hanen Burkee
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