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New Students Information


Congratulations on your acceptance to The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). We will be delighted to have you with us in Texas beginning in Spring 2016.

In order to begin your college life successfully, review all the information in this page carefully. It contains information about required New International Student orientation, arrival, housing, monetary needs and more.

Welcome Center

The Office of International Education is pleased to announce the grand opening of our Welcome Center during January 4-15. The center will operate from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday in room 125 of the Swift Center, and will serve as a resource for all of the new international students for the spring semester to gain information and ask questions to trained staff on various topics such as housing, transportation, campus events, and more.

As a new requirement, all new students should check-in their  mandatory documents before attending their scheduled orientation, which include:

  • Passport
  • I-94 “Arrival/Departure” card (unless it is online)
  • I-20 or DS-2019 (if you enter on a J-1 visa or other immigration document)
  • If you are a sponsored student, please bring your DS-2019.
  • If you do not have your I-20 yet, please bring your acceptance letter from UTA

Snacks, drinks, and a variety of new student hand-outs will be available for all new international students to assist with the adjustment to their new environment. Overall, the Welcome Center is a fantastic resource for incoming students to quickly find the most essential assistance for an important first step of their journey here at UTA.


Mandatory Orientation

  • All international students are required to attend orientation before registering for classes for the first semester at UTA.
  • Do not make any appointments during the orientation. You must stay for the entire time.
  • If you arrive later than 9:30 am, you will be required to attend the next scheduled orientation before you may register for classes.
  • Orientation topics may include: cultural adjustment, immigration regulations, employment, campus resources, academic regulations, class registration, health services and health insurance.
  • Undergraduates are required to take the TSI THEA prior to enrollment unless otherwise exempt. Please see www.uta/testing for more information.


Please bring the following documents to the OIE Welcome Center before you attend your New International Student Orientation:

  • Passport
  • I-94 “Arrival/Departure” card (unless it is online)
  • I-20 or DS-2019 (if you enter on a J-1 visa or other immigration document)
  • If you are a sponsored student, please bring your DS-2019.
  • If you do not have your I-20 yet, please bring your acceptance letter from UTA


Plan to attend ONE of the following:

January 08 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Bluebonnet, UC
January 12 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Bluebonnet, UC
January 15 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Swift Center


Even if you pay in-state tuition and are considered a domestic student for tuition purposes, federal immigration status determines which requirements you must satisfy

  Required International
Student Orientation

(NOT the same as department or
New Maverick Orientation)
Health Insurance
Tuberculosis Test

Performed by
Health Services
F-1, F-2, J-1, J-2 (Including transfer students) YES YES YES
A-1, A-2, E-1, E-2, H-1, H-4,
L-1, J-2, L-2, O-3, NATO, R-1,
R-2, TD, TN, I-485 Filers,
I-130 Petitioners,
I-140 Petitioner Dependent,
Transient Students

(Including those on F-1 visas from other
BUT immigration documents
must be brought to the Office of
International Education
(Swift Center, 1022 UTA Blvd.)
K-1, K-3, TPS (Applicants for


Information for Late Arrivals

  • If you cannot arrive at UTA by the date indicated on your immigration documents, you must request a late arrival letter from the Office of International Education (OIE) at least two (2) weeks before you leave for the U.S. To request this, please email international@uta.edu.
  • Undergraduate late arrivals for Spring must report to the OIE (Swift Center) no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, January 21, 2016. If you are unable to report to the UT Arlington campus by that date, please contact esnapp@uta.edu to defer your admission to another semester.
  • Graduate late arrivals for Spring must report to the OIE (Swift Center) no later than 5:00 PM on Thursday, February 2, 2016. If you are unable to report to the UT Arlington campus on that date, contact graduate admissions at http://www.uta.edu/admissions/contact/ to defer your admission to another semster.
  • Students under 22 years old who are arriving late are also responsible for completing the bacterial mengitis vaccination requirement by the deadline and will not be able to register for classes until after they have reported to the OIE (Swift Center).


Finding housing is an important step in getting settled at UTA. We suggest you review all your options and secure housing prior to arriving in the US. Due to the large volume of incoming students, the Office of International Education does not assist with securing housing. Below is a list of housing options to assist you in your search.


  • Request information from the Housing Office: http://www.uta.edu/housing/
  • Residence halls are furnished with a bed, dresser, desk and chair.
  • Residence halls are closed during the winter break.


In general, three options exist for temporary accommodations for newly arriving international students. These options are outlined below.

Option 1 Option 2
Local Hotels Stay with a Local Student
Cost per Night $50 + tax Varies
Description Typical hotel style accomodations with linen service. Varies
Earliest Move In Varies Varies
Latest Move Out Varies Varies

Additional information related to temporary accommodations is outlined below.

Option 1: Local Hotels

The following hotels are located in close proximity to campus:

  • Parkway Inn: 817-860-2323. Average price $49/night (0.3 mi from campus)
  • Budget Host: 817-548-9977. $45.95+/night (1.8 mi from campus)
  • America’s Best Value Inn: 817-459-2171. $52/night (1.3 mi from campus)

Information on other hotels in and around Arlington is accessible online.

Option 2: Stay with a Local Student

Other students are often willing to accommodate a guest on a temporary basis. In this instance, you may contact a student organization related to your interests. Student organization representatives may be able to connect you with other students living in Arlington.


UMoveFree Off-Campus Apartment Finding Service

UMoveFree is a free apartment finding service that tracks updated information on nearly every off-campus apartment near the UTA campus. UMoveFree has information on bus routes that will be available and provide a list of available off-campus apartments near those locations as well as any other area you may be interested in.

  • UMoveFree offers $100 Rebate for UTA students that use their free apartment finding service to rent an off-campus apartment.


(844) 809-9029 (Toll Free)

(214) 614-5853 (Local) UTA-Student-Apartments@UMoveFree.com (Email)

*Note – UMoveFree does not own or manage the apartments they refer to and they cannot guarantee off-campus apartment availability. Vacant units are being leased on a “first come, first serve” basis. UMoveFree is a licensed Texas real estate broker (TREC #0515642) and supports apartments offered on an equal opportunity basis.

UTA College Apartment Guide

Visit www.shorthornhousing.com to do your own search for apartments near campus.

Please do what you can to arrange your housing accommodations before you arrive on campus. This process can sometimes take extra time and areas close to campus are limited.


  • There is no public transportation within Arlington. This will affect your choice of housing if you do not have a car.
  • UTA operates a shuttle service around campus and some areas nearby.
  • UTA operates the Mav Mover shopping shuttle, available only on Saturday.
  • Many apartments do not include furniture; however, they do include a stove and a refrigerator.

Tution and Fees

  • After registration, full payment of tuition, fees and helath insurance can be paid by credit card, bank draft (payable to UTA), cash, or personal bank check. An installmant plan is available to all students requires payment of 33% of tuition and fees (plus $10) by the payment deadline and two addtional payments of 33%. The exact cost of tuition cannot be known until you register for classes. Tution can be estimated at www.uta.edu/fees. Currently, tution and fees for an international student for one semester are approximately $8,195 for 12 semester hours of undergraduate course work and $7,756 for 9 semester hours of graduate coursework. This amount does not include the cost of UTA health insurance.
  • To cover immediate expenses such as tuition and fees, apartment deposit and rent, food and incidentals, bring at least $6,000 with you. This amount is a portion of the expenses listed on the I-20 or DS-2019 and is based on the installment plan described above. You may bring a check or money order from your home country bank to deposit in a bank in Arlington, but you will not be able to access the money until the check is processed, which may take up to one month. A bank in your home country may charge a check-processing fee for its own checks which are cashed abroad. This fee can be as high as $100, the cost of which will be charged back to you by UT Arlington or the U.S. bank where you decide to deposit the check. Bank drafts may be made payable to The University of Texas at Arlington. Money transfers from one U.S. bank to another can take 7 to 10 days to be processed.
  • Information regarding your individual tuition rates and registration can be found by logging into your MyMav
    You may also find additional information regarding payment of tuition/fees in the following links:
    Information about tuition (https://www.uta.edu/business-affairs/sfs/about-tuition.php)
    Make a payment (https://www.uta.edu/business-affairs/sfs/make-payment.php)
    Payment information (https://www.uta.edu/business-affairs/sfs/payment-info)

Important Health Requirements

To meet the UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENT and have your health center registration holds removed to be able to register for classes, you must have TB screening completed. We accept both skin and blood tests if done within the last 12 months in the U.S. If you have NOT had TB screening completed in the UNITED STATES, within the last 12 months, YOU WILL NEED TO ATTEND ONE OF THE FOLLOWING SESSIONS AT THE MAC (Maverick Activity Center) between 9am-4pm:


If you have already completed your TB screening in the United States within the last 12 months, please submit your documentation to the health center in person, by fax 817-272-3829. To be accepted, your documentation for the skin test must include: the date the test was given, the date the test was read, and the millimeters of induration (0mm, 5mm, etc.) and needs to be signed and stamped by the clinic you received the test from. For blood test documentation, you will need to submit the lab report.

The cost of TB screening is $66, and if a chest x-ray is indicated, there is an additional cost of $59. The UT system student health insurance may cover the cost.

If you are planning to do your TB screening at a clinic other than UTA (in the U.S.), please have this form filled out by the health care provider that is doing your screening:

Fax the completed form to the health center 817-272-3829. Once we receive your completed form, your holds will be removed before the end of the next business day.

For any questions call the immunization clinic at 817-272-7143 or email to hsic@uta.edu


  • Please check Important Meningitis info.
  • UTA requires tuberculosis testing for all new incoming international students. Only TB tests administered
    in the U.S. are accepted. UTA charges $66 for this service, which is added to your tuition and fees. More
    information is available at www.uta.edu/health_services/.

Health Insurance

 The University of Texas Board Of Regents has passed Regents Rule 50402, which now requires only F1, F2, J1 and J2 enrolled international students to have medical insurance compliant with the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

The UT Student Health Insurance Plan (UT SHIP) meets the new requirements. Enrollment in UT SHIP is automatic each semester and the insurance premium is automatically charged to your tuition and fee account when you register for classes. Students who are new for Spring/Summer 2016 can sign up for UT SHIP during their orientation.  For continuing students, no action is required to be enrolled in UT SHIP except to ensure that your contact email and mailing address are always current in MyMav.

The cost of the insurance for the Spring/Summer 2016 semesters is $1,352.00 and will cover you from January 1st, 2016 until August 14th, 2016.

The UT System has established new criteria in which an international student can request a waiver to the student health insurance plan by providing alternate health insurance coverage. In order to be approved for a waiver, your alternate health coverage must meet or exceed the requirements as set in the System regulation and be PPACA compliant. Waivers must be submitted and approved each semester to have the insurance charge removed from student accounts.

To help students manage the increase in cost of insurance, the university has made arrangements for students to pay their insurance charges through the tuition and fee installment payment plan which allows you to pay in three separate installments.

For more information, please visit Health Insurance Information page.


  • A shuttle or taxi is available from the DFW Airport to campus. Go Yellow Checker Shuttle charges $22; a taxi is more expensive.
  • After claiming your luggage, use an airport courtesy phone marked “Ground Transportation” to request this service
  • Free airport pickups: utabighowdy.com

Visa and Immigration Information

  • If you have been admitted to more than one U.S. college/university, carefully select one school to attend.
  • You must use the I-20 from the school that you plan to attend when you apply for your F-1 Visa.
  • Transfer students who travel outside the U.S. before coming to UTA, should re-enter on UTA’s I-20.
  • European, Japanese and Korean students should not enter under the visa waiver pilot program.
  • Do not enter the U.S. in B-2 (Tourist) Status.
  • If you do not plan to attend UTA this semester, but plan to enroll at UTA in the future, you should contact:
    Undergraduates: UTA Admissions Office: esnapp@uta.edu
    Graduates: UTA Graduate Admissions: https://www.uta.edu/admissions/graduate/apply/update-application.php

Useful Websites

UTA Schedule
Go to: www.uta.edu, click “sign in MyMav”, click schedule of classes
DFW Airport Information
Undergraduate Financial Aid
Graduate Financial Aid
UTA University Catalog
Nationality Organizations at UTA
(contact your nationality organization
for arrival assistance)
TSI Test
(test for undergraduates)
Computer Help Desk

Register for Orientation

Please go to the following link to register yourself for the orientation: