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Orientation Information

Fall 2015 Orientation Dates
The International Undergraduate and Graduate Orientation are 3-day programs and will take place August 11-13, 2015 in the Student Union starting at 8 am. Each day is mandatory and you will not be permitted to register for classes until you have attended Orientation.

 Orientation Registration and Schedule

  • 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)

If you are an undergraduate student submitting your financial guarantee, bank statement, or passport to receive your I-20 or D-2019, you can email us a scanned copy.


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

New International Student Checklist for Undergraduate Students
New International Student Checklist for Graduate Students

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


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


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.


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.


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 an on-campus residence hall is available during the Fall 2015 orientation from Saturday, August 8 through Friday, August 14. Students who have a permanent assignment in the residence halls for the semester or year will be able to move into their permanent hall on Friday, August 14th (with an early check-in fee of $40/night). 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.

There are also a number of hotels within walking distance of the University of Arizona campus.

Tucson Marriott University Park - 10-15 minute walk from the Student Union

Situated at the main gate of The University of Arizona, the Tucson Marriott University Park is only 15 minutes away from the Tucson International Airport and just steps from Main Gate Square and Tucson's most vibrant social and cultural neighborhood. The hotel is within walking distance of over 30 restaurants, shopping, touring Broadway shows, and 4 museums.

Aloft Tucson University Hotel - 15-20 minute walk from the Student Union

Aloft Tucson University is located right next to the northeast corner of the UA campus. The hotel is pet-friendly, 100% non-smoking and has free parking. In addition to complimentary wireless Internet access and iPod docking stations, guestrooms feature refrigerators along with climate control and signature bedding. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool and a 24-hour fitness facility. 

Best Western Royal Sun Inn & Suites - 30 minute walk from the Student Union

This Beautiful Tucson hotel is centrally located near Downtown, University of Arizona, and all sports complexes. Nearby is Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, Old Tucson Studios, Biosphere, 3 Malls & 3 Golf Courses. Winner of TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence! Free made to order breakfast and free WiFi.

Early Check-In

To avoid long lines at Orientation, early check-in at the ISS office will be available the following days and times. Please bring your I-20/DS-2019, visa, passport, assistantship employment letter and SSN (if applicable).

Monday, July 27th 9-11 am
Wednesday, July 29th 9-11 am
Friday, July 31st 9-11 am
Monday, August 3rd 9-11 am, 3:30-4:30 pm
Tuesday, August 4th 9-11 am, 3:30-4:30 pm
Wednesday, August 5th 9-11 am, 3:30-4:30 pm

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 and report to ISS upon arrival 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