International Student Services (ISS) is here to support you throughout your entire time at the UA. Follow the tabs below from top to bottom to learn exactly how to start your academic and personal journey. We’ve provided everything you need to know – from immigration and housing details, to travel arrangements and check-in.
Pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee
After you receive your I-20/DS-2019 and before you apply for a visa, you must pay the SEVIS I-901 fee.
Apply for a Student Visa
Locate a nearby U.S. embassy or consulate to apply for a student visa. Learn how to apply for an F-1 Student visa or a J-1 Exchange Visitor visa. After you apply, check your visa status online. Citizens of Canada and Bermuda are exempt.
For more information, read 10 Points to Remember When Applying for a Student Visa.
Apply for Housing
The University of Arizona has two offices on campus dedicated to helping students find housing.
Residence Life assists students with undergraduate on-campus housing options. The Residence Life website includes information on choosing a hall, the selection and assignment process, and a special section for international students. The on-campus housing option for graduate and professional students is La Aldea.
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).
Upload Your Immunization Records (if applicable)
All University of Arizona students are required to have proof of 2 Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccines. Medical records should be in English (translations are accepted) with legible dates that the MMR's were administered.
Upload your medical records online in PatientLink on the Campus Health website.
If you do not submit your immunization records, there will be a hold on your account that prevents you from registering for classes during orientation.
Enter the United States
You can enter the United States up to 30 days prior to the start date on your I-20/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:
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.
Arrange Airport Transportation
The University of Arizona campus is about 10 miles from the Tucson International Airport and there are several transportation options.
ISS provides new international students with free airport pick-up service, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. A shuttle can take you from the Tucson International Airport to the UA campus or within a 10-mile radius of the UA.
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.
App Ride Services
For other options, go to Tucson International Airport: Parking & Transportation.
Purchase Health Insurance If You Are Arriving Early
The Student Health Insurance Plan is effective January 1, 2019. If you will be arriving to the United States prior to January 1, we encourage you to purchase health insurance to cover your first days in the U.S. You can apply for early enrollment in the Student Health Insurance Plan through Campus Health.
J-1 students are required to carry health insurance that meets the minimum coverage required by immigration regulations for J-1 Exchange Visitors at all times while in the U.S. (read more under J-1 Students: Health Insurance).
Before you can register for classes, you must take the following steps to complete your check-in at International Student Services (ISS).
Watch the Immigration Tutorial
Complete the Immigration Tutorial online to learn about the 6 most important rules for maintaining immigration status in the U.S. At the end of the tutorial, there is a 10-question quiz. There is no limit on the number of times you can take the quiz. You must answer all questions correctly to access the Immigration Tutorial e-form. Submit the e-form to confirm that you have completed the tutorial.
Submit the New Student Information E-Forms
Complete the New Student Information e-forms in UA International (located under "Orientation"). You cannot complete the Immigration Acknowledgement e-form until you have submitted all previous e-forms.
Check in at ISS
Bring your original immigration documents (I-20/DS-2019 and passport) to ISS during normal business hours to complete an in-person check-in. Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to closure to ensure there is enough time for your documents to be reviewed by an international student advisor. During the check-in, the advisor will review your documents to confirm that you reentered the U.S. in the correct immigration status, and then remove the hold from your account. After the hold is removed, it may take 1 business day before you can register for classes.
The deadline to check-in for Spring 2019 is January 23, 2019 at 9:00 am.