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Orientation Information

Fall 2014 Orientation Dates
The International Undergraduate and Graduate Orientation are 3-day programs and will take place August 12-14 2014 in the North Ballroom, Student Union. Each day is mandatory. You will receive a schedule when you arrive.
Undergraduate students: Please report at 8 am to the North Ballroom, Student Union.
Graduate students: Please report at 1 pm to the North Ballroom, Student Union.

Fall 2014 Orientation Registration
Undergraduate students register through the Next Steps Center (recommended browsers: Firefox or Chrome)
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)

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

*Fees will be posted within 2 weeks after the Orientation program

Forms

Use our New International Student Checklist to ensure you are prepared to enter the U.S. and start your program at the UA.

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 an F-1 visa and studying/or recently studied at a school in the U.S. you may be considered a "transfer" student to the UA. You will need to work with your current International Student Advisor to complete 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.

Temporary Housing

Temporary Housing during Orientation

Temporary housing in the residence halls is available at Manzanita-Mohave Residence Hall during the Fall 2014 orientation from Saturday, August 9 through Saturday, August 16. Students who have a permanent assignment in the residence halls for the semester or year cannot move directly into their assigned room until the end of the temporary housing period. The cost is $30/night and will include sheets, one blanket, one pillow, two towels, and one washcloth. Roommates (2 per room) will be assigned by Residence Hall staff. There are separate community restrooms for men and women. The nightly fee will be assessed directly to your Bursar's student account after Orientation. Sign-ups are available through the online Orientation confirmation system.

For alternative temporary housing options, please check out local accommodations around our campus. There are several hotels and motels located within 1-2 miles from campus. View a list of lodging options near the UA. The Sahara Hotel offers free shuttle transportation to and from campus. Make sure you state you are part of the International Orientation when you check-in.

Year or Semester-Long Housing

To find a permanent place to live in Tucson, check the UA Residence Life for on-campus options and the Off-Campus Housing office for off-campus options. At the Orientation information fair, there will be several apartment companies on-site for questions and to sign-up for apartment tours.

Arriving Late?

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.

Early Document Check

Avoid long lines at Orientation and check in early! Early Document Check is highly recommended and is available on the following days from 9-11 am at ISS:

July 28
July 30
August 1
August 4
August 6

Please bring your I-20/DS-2019, visa, passport, and SSN and employment letter (if applicable).