There will be no advising on the following Thursdays: June 23, June 30, July 7, July 14, July 21 and July 28.
All OIE advisors will be working to expedite the processing of pending immigration requests during this time.
We will hold regular open advising hours as scheduled on other weekdays.
We appreciate your understanding as we work to better serve the International Student and Scholar community here at UT Arlington!
Regular advising hours can be found at Click here.
New International Students - Register Here

New Students Information

Greetings!

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 Fall 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.

An entry to the U.S. as a new student is allowed no earlier than 30 days from the program start date on your I-20. Please read the following two links for more information.

https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/2013/01/what-is-the-form-i-20

https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/student-forms?form=Forms_I-20

Welcome Center

The Office of International Education is pleased to announce the grand opening of our Welcome Center during July 28 to Aug 19th 2016. 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.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

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

REQUIRED NEW INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORIENTATION

Plan to attend ONE of the following:

DATE TIME LOCATION
June 02 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Bluebonnet, UC
August 10 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Bluebonnet, UC
August 15 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Bluebonnet, UC
August 16-17 (Freshman Only) 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Bluebonnet, UC
August 18 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Bluebonnet, UC
August 22 To be decided Swift Center
August 25 To be decided Swift Center

FEDERAL IMMIGRATION STATUS REQUIREMENTS

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
Requirement
Tuberculosis Test
Requirement

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
universities)
NO
BUT immigration documents
must be brought to the Office of
International Education
(Swift Center, 1022 UTA Blvd.)
NO YES
K-1, K-3, TPS (Applicants for
Asylum/Asylees/Refugees)
NO NO NO

 

Register for Orientation

Please go to the following link to register yourself for the orientation:
http://www.uta.edu/orientation/International/register.php

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, August 25, 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, September 8, 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 semester.
  • 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).

Housing

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.


ON-CAMPUS HOUSING


University Housing allows new students to apply for housing as soon as they apply to the university. There is no application fee and you will only be offered housing if you have been admitted to the university. Typically, University Housing sells out of rentable beds as each semester is about to begin. Students who know they will be attending UTA should apply for University Housing as soon as possible to have the best chance of guaranteeing housing. Every attempt should be made to secure housing prior to arriving on campus. All incoming students below age 22 are required to submit proof of meningitis vaccination before living on campus. More information on this can be found at: http://www.uta.edu/records/services/meningitis-requirement.php Learn more and request information about University housing at http://www.uta.edu/housing/.


Residence Halls:


  • Residence halls are furnished with a bed, dresser, desk and chair.
  • Meal Plans are required in Arlington, KC Hall, and Vandergriff Hall. It is not required in other residence halls.
  • Generally, it is easier to find housing in a residence hall than an apartment. New students are encouraged to apply for both.
  • Arlington Hall, Lipscomb North, and Lipscomb South will be available to provide residence hall housing accommodations in a limited capacity for Winter Session. All other residence halls will be closed.

University Apartments:


  • Apartments options are available in 1/1, 2/1, 2/2, 4/2 bedroom/bath configurations.
  • The Heights on Pecan, Timber Brook, The Lofts, and Centennial Court is leased per bed and has a fixed-term lease.
  • The Heights and Timber Brook are furnished apartments..
  • All other university apartment rents are per unit and unfurnished.
  • Apply early for these apartments because space is limited.

TEMPORARY ACCOMMODATIONS FOR INCOMING STUDENTS

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

Option 1 Option 2 Option 3
Cost per Night Local Hotels Arlington Hall Stay with a Local Student
$50 + tax $25 Varies
Description Typical hotel style accomodations with linen service. Includes a bed in a double-occupancy room with in-room access to bathroom and shower facilities Varies
Earliest Move In Varies Sat, Aug 6, 2016 Varies
Latest Move Out Varies Wed, Aug 17, 2016 Varies

Please note UTA has specific policies regarding guests and occupancy limits. Please view the following link for details.https://www.uta.edu/housing/forms/guest-policies-and-occupancy-limits.php


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: Arlington Hall Temporary Accommodations for International Students


Limited Temporary Accommodations for new International Students will be made available in Arlington Hall between Saturday, August 6, 2016 and Wednesday, August 17, 2016.

  • Accommodations include a bed in a double-occupancy room with in-room access to bathroom and shower facilities.
  • Cost is $25 per night
  • Residents must check out no later than Wednesday August 17th at 3 pm.
  • Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

To reserve a space at Arlington Hall, complete an online reservation at:
http://www.uta.edu/studentaffairs/livingoncampus/machform/view.php?id=289


To checkIn at Arlington Hall:

  • Front Desk Hours are Noon until 8 PM.
  • To gain entrance to the Front Desk Staff, call 27951 from the phone at the entry to Arlington Hall, located at 600 Spaniolo Drive, Arlington, TX.
  • Show the following original documents:
    • Passport
    • I-20
  • Provide your ten digit university ID number.
  • Complete the Temporary Accommodations Agreement.
  • Room charges of $25 per night will be charged to your student MyMav account.

Option 3: 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. For a directory of student organizations, please visit https:/mavorgs.collegiatelink.net/organizations.


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 UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS and have your health center registration holds removed, you must complete TB screening. We accept both TSPOT and Quantiferon Gold blood tests if done within the last 12 months in the U.S. TB Skin Tests (PPD) are not accepted.

For any questions and updates please visit our website at:
http://www.uta.edu/healthservices/international%20students/health-reqs.php
Email: hsic@uta.edu or call the Immunization Clinic at 817-272-7143


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 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 10am-2pm:

August 11, 10 am - 2 pm, Maverick Activities Center (not covered by student insurance)
August 16, 10 am - 2 pm, Maverick Activities Center – Gym (Rm 133)
August 17, 10 am - 2 pm, Maverick Activities Center – Gym (Rm 133)
August 19, 10 am - 2 pm, Maverick Activities Center – Gym (Rm 133)


Please click on the following link https://mavcare.uta.edu/login_directory.aspx to access the TB Outreach Packet that must be completed before receiving TB screening. Log in using your Net ID and Password (same username and password used when checking UTA email), click on Forms, and then complete the TB Outreach Packet.

More information is available at http://www.uta.edu/healthservices/international%20students/health-reqs.php/.

Health Insurance

The University of Texas Board Of Regents has passed Regents Rule 50402, which now requires only F1, F2, J1 and J2 students who are currently enrolled, to have medical insurance compliant with the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The UT Student Health Insurance Plan (UT-SHIP) meets these requirements.


New Students: You will have the opportunity to enroll in the UT-SHIP at international student orientation. Once your register for classes, the charge will be automatically added to your student MyMav account and paid when you pay your tuition and fees.

The cost of the insurance for the Fall 2016 semesters is $833 and will cover you from August 15th, 2016 until December 31st, 2016. 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 information about the health insurance enrollment or waiver process, please directly contact Academic Health Plans at 855-247-2273 or visit their website at AHPCare.com.


For more information, please visit Health Insurance Information page.

Transportation

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
www.dfwairport.com
Undergraduate Financial Aid
www.uta.edu/fao
Graduate Financial Aid
http://www.uta.edu/admissions/graduate/finances.php
UTA University Catalog
http://catalog.uta.edu/
Nationality Organizations at UTA
(contact your nationality organization
for arrival assistance)
http://mavorgs.collegiatelink.net/
TSI Test
(test for undergraduates)
uta.edu/uac/testing/tsi-thea
Computer Help Desk
uta.edu/oit/clientservices
Pricing guide to living in Arlington
Pricing guide
Freshman Leaders on Campus (FLOC)
FLOC- Freshman Leaders on Campus