International Student Services (ISS) is here to provide resources to make your time at the UA as beneficial as possible. Please follow the tabs below from top to bottom to learn exactly how to transition to life at the UA. We’ve provided everything you need to know – from immigration and housing details, to travel arrangements and orientation.

After Admission

Apply for a Student Visa

After receiving your I-20, pay the SEVIS I-901 fee, then apply for your F-1 student visa or J-1 exchange visitor visa. Citizens of Canada and Bermuda must pay the SEVIS I-901 fee but do not need to apply for a student visa.

Find the Nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate >>

10 Points to Remember When Applying for a Student Visa >> 

Apply for Housing

The University of Arizona has 2 offices dedicated to helping students find housing:

  1. Residence Life assists graduate and professional students who would like to live on-campus in La Aldea

  2. Off-Campus Housing provides students with off-campus living options and resources. The OCH resource page contains sample budget spreadsheets, apartment checklists, roommate contracts, emergency contacts and other resources for international students (go to International Students under Resources for more information). 

Watch the Pre-Arrival Tutorials

Watch the Pre-Arrival Tutorials, then submit the Tutorial Survey

Upload Your Immunization Records

Submit proof of 2 Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccines to Campus Health through PatientLink. If you do not submit your immunization records, there will be a hold on your account that prevents you from registering for classes. Medical records should be in English (translations are accepted) with legible dates that the MMR's were administered. 

Apply for Early Enrollment in Student Health Insurance

All international students registered for at least 1 unit must purchase the Student Health Insurance Plan. You will be automatically enrolled in the health insurance plan after you register for classes. 

Download an overview of the mandatory insurance and temporary insurance ID card >> 

Effective Dates
  • Summer 2019 admits (beginning Summer I): June 1, 2019

  • Fall 2019 admits: August 16, 2019

Early Enrollment

If you will be in the United States before the effective date of the Student Health Insurance, we strongly recommend applying for early enrollment or purchasing private health insurance so you have coverage during the gap. If you are a J-1 student, you and your J-2 dependents must carry insurance that meets the minimum requirements of the immigration regulations. 

For Fall 2019 admits, Campus Health offers 2-week and 4-week early enrollment options.

  • Students arriving before August 2: Apply for 4-week early enrollment coverage (July 19 - August 15) by July 19

  • Students arriving on or after August 2: Apply for 2-week early enrollment coverage (August 2-August 15) by August 2

Travel to Tucson

Reserve Airport Transportation

We offer a free airport pick-up service to all new international students . A shuttle can take you from the Tucson International Airport to the UA campus or within a 10-mile radius of the UA. 

Sign-up Instructions

Enter the United States

You can enter the United States up to 30 days prior to the start date on your I-20 or DS-2019.

We recommend that you hand-carry the following documents to present at Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the U.S. Port of Entry:

  • I-20 or DS-2019

  • Passport with valid visa (if applicable)

Entry to the U.S. is at the discretion of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and CBP may require you to go through Secondary Inspection and/or choose to inspect your electronic devices to further verify information. Since this may cause delays at your initial port of entry to the U.S., make sure you have enough travel time between any connecting flights.

Read more about entry to the U.S. on the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement website: Student Process Steps: How to Navigate the U.S. Immigration System.

Print Your I-94

Your entry to the United States is recorded by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as your I-94 Arrival/Departure Record. The I-94 records the date you entered the United States, your immigration status and the date your stay in the U.S. expires.

If you enter by air or sea, your I-94 record will be electronic. When you go through the port of entry, a CBP officer will stamp your passport. You can use the information from your passport to access your electronic I-94 record from U.S. Customs and Border Protection website. If you enter by land, CBP will stamp your passport and issue a paper I-94 in your passport.

You are required to carry evidence of your admission (entry) to the U.S. at all times. You can carry your passport with admission stamp, a print out of your electronic I-94, or your paper I-94 to satisfy this requirement.

Orientation & Check-In

All new international graduate and professional students have two options for satisfying Orientation and Check-in requirements. A hold will block class registration until you have completed requirements.

Option 1

Attend the Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC) orientation on Wednesday, August 21. Students who select this option will be able to register within 1 business day of attending.

Option 2 

Complete requirements online (available starting in June). Students who select this option will be able to register within 2 business days of completing these items.

  1. Immigration tutorial

  2. Cultural Adjustment tutorial

  3. New Student Information e-forms

  4. Document Review e-forms (cannot be completed until after you have entered the United States)

Students starting in Summer 2019 should contact International Student Services to schedule an individual check-in.