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.
Request Your I-20
Now that you have been admitted to the UA, please upload your documents to UA International, ISS’s online system for submitting electronic forms (e-forms) for immigration requests. You must wait 48 hours after receiving your admission email before logging into UA International.
To get your I-20 you need to submit these items for review:
Passport biographical page(s)
Funding documents (bank statements from checking or savings accounts, loan approval documents, etc.) - review the Cost of Attendance to find out how much funding you need to show.
Declaration of Support (for students submitting funding from family/friends)
Name and email address of the designated school official (DSO) at your current or previous school if you are transferring your F-1 SEVIS record from another school in the United States. You can find your DSO's name printed on your current I-20 under "School Attestation." The SEVIS school code for the UA is PHO214F20092000.
If your spouse and/or children plan to join you in the United States as your F-2 dependents, then you also need to submit copies of their passport biographical page(s) and a copy of your marriage certificate with a certified English translation.
After you submit your documents in UA International, an international student advisor will review them. We will send you an email if we need additional information. Do not submit additional copies of your documents by email unless requested by ISS. We will not review documents that have been emailed or mailed to us instead of uploaded to UA International.
Sponsored Students: Please upload your documents in UA International in the Newly Admitted Sponsored Student Document Submission e-form instead. More information for sponsored students is available under Resources: Sponsored Students.
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.
Complete the Placement Tests (if applicable)
The deadline to take the Math and Writing Placement Tests in the Next Steps Center is Monday, May 28 for summer admits and Friday, July 27 for fall admits.. If you do not take the placement tests by the deadline, you may not be able to enroll in writing or math courses during your first semester at the UA.
The Writing Placement Questionnaire is required for all incoming international students who intend to obtain a degree from the University of Arizona.
Students who have previously taken ENGL 106, 107, and/or 108 (either in University Track, other institutions, or at UA) do not need to take the Writing Placement Questionnaire.
If you have questions about Writing Placement or First-Year Composition, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All freshman (first year) students are required to have a math placement through SAT I MSS, ACT MATH, or the ALEKS PPL Math Placement Test. Access the test through the Next Steps Center. Read through the Math Placement section of the Next Steps Center before testing.
Transfer students should read the information in the Math Placement section of the Next Steps Center to determine whether the test is required.
If you have college math credits from a school outside of Arizona, you need an evaluation. In the Math Placement section of the Next Steps Center click "Click here..." to submit your course information online. You can also bring your course information with you to orientation. You must provide official catalog course descriptions (not personal translations), even if you already sent them to the UA.
If you are dissatisfied with your score you can retest when you arrive the UA. If you have questions about Math Placement, please email email@example.com.
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. If you wish to live on-campus, you must complete the application through the Next Steps Center.
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.
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
Download Uber or Lyft to arrange for a ride service to the UA. If you have arranged a ride, you can meet your car and driver outside the Car Rental Facility, which is a short walk east from baggage claim. Cars and drivers do not wait at the stop but will arrive when ordered through the mobile app.
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 required), and will take at least one hour with transfers.
For other options, go to Tucson International Airport: Parking & Transportation.
Purchase Travel Insurance
If you will be arriving to the United States prior to the effective date of the UA Student Health Insurance, we encourage you to purchase travel insurance. 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).
The Student Health Insurance Plan is effective August 16, 2018. You can apply for early enrollment in the Student Health Insurance Plan through Campus Health.
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 Fall 2018 is August 27, 2018 at 9:00 am.