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Orientation Information

Spring 2015 Orientation Dates
The International Undergraduate and Graduate Orientation are 3-day programs and will take place January 6-8, 2015 in the Student Union. Each day is mandatory and you will not be permitted to register for classes until you have attended Orientation.

Spring 2015 Orientation Registration

  • Undergraduate students: register through the Next Steps Center
  • Graduate students: register here for Orientation.
  • Law students: register through email.

What to Bring
Original immigration documents (I-20/DS-2019, F-1/J-1 visa, passport, employment letter and SSN, if applicable)

Forms

Make sure you are prepared to enter the U.S. and start your program at the UA by reading the New International Student Checklist.

New International Student Checklist for Undergraduate Students (Spring 2015)
New International Student Checklist for Graduate Students (Spring 2015)

Financial Guarantee form: Use the ISS Financial Guarantee Form for Undergraduate Admission only if you have not yet submitted your Financial Guarantee to receive your Form I-20 or DS-2019.

Transfer Students: If you are currently on a student visa attending school in the U.S. you may be considered a transfer to the UA. Work with your advisor to submit the F-1 Student SEVIS Transfer-In Form.

Immigration Resources

Immigration Handouts

U.S. Department of State websites for International Students

  • Check your visa application status here.
  • Click here to view an informative video, Student to Student: Studying in the States. This video answers your questions about what to expect and how to stay compliant with Department of Homeland Security rules and regulations while you’re a student in the United States. Current international students also explain how to navigate the various government agencies involved in the international student process, what to expect once you arrive in the United States, how to maintain your status during your program of study, and how to explore post-graduate opportunities.
  • Studying in the U.S.
Airport Transportation

International Wildcat Airport Pickup

The Graduate and Professional Student Council will offer FREE rides from the Tucson International Airport to the UA campus on August 9th, 10th, and 11th from 3:00 pm to 1:00 am. If you need a ride please go to the GPSCInternational Wildcat Pick-Up Reservation form and make a reservation. Rides will be available for UA students only. If your flight arrives before 3:00 pm you are welcome to wait for our service if you choose. If you would rather not wait, there are taxis and buses available at the airport. The deadline to reserve is July 12, 2014.

Once you arrive on campus, accommodations are your responsibility so we advise that you plan ahead! If you need to cancel or change your reservation please contact gpsc@email.arizona.edu.

Transportation

The University of Arizona campus is about 10 miles from the Tucson International Airport and there are several transportation options.

Taxi

A taxi ride from Tucson International Airport to the UA will be approximately $25-$30. Most taxis will accept credit or debit cards in addition to cash. To take a taxi from the airport to the YA, visit the Tucson International Airport taxi page.

Shuttle

The Arizona Stagecoach is a shuttle service that can transport you to the UA, your apartment or residence hall, or a hotel. A shuttle ride to the UA campus will be approximately $18-$20.

Bus

The Sun Tran is the Tucson bus system and would be the most affordable but lengthiest method of transportation from the Tucson airport. A bus ride from the airport to the UA will cost $1.50 (exact change needed) but will take at least one hour and may require bus transfers. Please check the Sun Tran website and the Route 6 guide for more information.

For other options, please visit the Tucson International Airport ground transportation page.

Late Arrivals

If you are arriving late, you MUST still sign up for orientation and will be assessed the Orientation Fees outlined above. Please email us to inform us of your late arrival. When you arrive, report to our office for Late Arrival Assistance with the immigration documents listed above.

Orientation Fees

Orientation Fees
$75  International Orientation/Late Arrival Fee (Graduate Students)*
$125 International Orientation/Late Arrival Fee for non-degree seeking Undergraduates and readmitted students*
International Orientation/Late Arrival Fee included in enrollment fee for Undergraduate degree-seeking students