Government Resources and Websites
Various U.S. government agencies are involved with international student arrival and status while studying in the United States. The State Department is responsible for the visa application process and issuing the visa. Once a visa holder arrives in the United States, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is the responsible agency for entry into the country, as well as issuing and enforcing international student regulations.
Please read information from all sources below before applying for a U.S. student visa. The sites below also address employment, maintaining your status, and other topics.
1. U.S. Department of State - Consular Affairs (Student Visas) and Visa Status Check
2. U.S. Department of State - U.S. Embassies and Consulates
3. U.S. Department of Homeland Security- Study in the States plus informational video: Student to Student
4. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
5. Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) SEVIS I-901 fee
International Wildcat Airport Pick-Up
The University of Arizona Graduate and Professional Student Council will be offering FREE rides from Tucson International Airport to the UA campus, August 8th-10th from 3 pm-1 am each day. The deadline to reserve a spot is July 25th at 5 pm.
To sign-up for a FREE ride, fill out the form here. Space is limited so sign-up soon.
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 during Orientation
Temporary housing in an on-campus residence hall is available at Manzanita-Mohave Residence Hall 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 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. For UA discount, use this link.
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.
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.
To avoid long lines at Orientation, early check-in at the University Services Building, room 312 will be available the following days and times. Please bring your I-20/DS-2019, visa, passport, assistantship employment letter and SSN (if applicable). You must arrive at least 30 minutes before check-in ends in order to participate.
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
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 schedule a time to check-in with your immigration documents listed above.
Late arrival check-in assistance will occur at University Services Building, room 312 on weekdays (Monday-Friday) from August 13 to August 21 at 9:00-11:00 am and 2:00-4:00 pm.
If you arrive after August 21, please report to directly to International Student Service (ISS). ISS is open Monday-Friday 8:00-12:00 pm and 1:00-5:00 pm.
$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