New Students Information
In order to begin your college life successfully, please review all the information on 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.
The International Welcome Center serves as a resource for all new international students. Trained staff will be available to provide information and answer questions on a variety of topics, such as housing, transportation, and campus events. Please visit the Welcome Center prior to attending orientation.
|Dates:||July 31st - August 18th|
|Open:||Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.|
|Location:||Swift Center, Room 125|
|What to bring:||Passport and I-20|
- 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 9:00 a.m., you will be required to attend the next scheduled orientation before you may register for classes.
- Orientation topics 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 all of the following documents to the International Welcome Center before you attend your New International Student Orientation:
- 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:
|June 02||8 a.m. - 4 p.m.||Bluebonnet, UC|
|July 10||8 a.m. - 4 p.m.||Bluebonnet, UC|
|August 14||8 a.m. - 4 p.m.||Bluebonnet, UC|
|August 15-16th (Freshman Only)||8 a.m. - 4 p.m.||Bluebonnet, UC|
|August 17||8 a.m. - 4 p.m.||Bluebonnet, UC|
|August 21||8 a.m. - 4 p.m.||University 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
(NOT the same as department or
New Maverick Orientation)
|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-140 Petitioner Dependent,
(Including those on F-1 visas from other
BUT immigration documents
must be brought to the Office of
(Swift Center, 1022 UTA Blvd.)
|K-1, K-3, TPS (Applicants for
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Undergraduate late arrivals for Fall 2017 must report to the OIE (Swift Center) no later than 5:00 p.m. CST on Tuesday, August 29, 2017. If you are unable to report to the UT Arlington campus by that date, please contact email@example.com to defer your admission to another semester.
- Graduate late arrivals for Fall must report to the OIE (Swift Center) no later than 5:00 p.m. CST on Tuesday, Friday, September 8, 2017. 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 meningitis 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 of your options and secure housing prior to arriving in the U.S. 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.
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 are furnished with a bed, dresser, desk and chair.
- Meal plans are required in Arlington, KC Hall, and Vandergriff Hall. Meal plans are 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.
- 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 are leased per bed and have 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 accommodations 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, August 5, 2017||Varies|
|Latest Move Out||Varies||Wed, August 16, 2017||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: Arlington Hall Temporary Accommodations for International Students
Limited Temporary Accommodations for new International Students will be made available in Arlington Hall between Saturday, August 5, 2017 and Wednesday, August 16th, 2017.
- 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 16th at 3pm.
- Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
To reserve a space at Arlington Hall, complete an online reservation at:
To check in 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:
- 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.
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
- After registration, full payment of tuition, fees and health insurance can be paid by credit card, bank draft (payable to UTA), cash, or personal bank check.
- An installment plan is available to all students. The installment plan requires payment of 33% of tuition and fees (plus $10) by the payment deadline, and two additional payments of 33%.
- The exact cost of tuition cannot be known until you register for classes. TutionTuition can be estimated at www.uta.edu/fees. Currently, tutiontuition 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)
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 TSPOT and QuantiFERON Gold blood tests if done within the last 12 months in the U.S. TB Skin Tests (PPD) are not accepted.
Click the link below for TB Testing Requirements and information.
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 2017 semester is $890 and will cover you from August 15, 2017 until December 31,2017. 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.
- 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: http://utabighowdy.isisites.net/airport-pickup-form/
- Max bus service http://www.ridethemax.com
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Graduates: UTA Graduate Admissions: https://www.uta.edu/admissions/graduate/apply/update-application.php
UTA ScheduleGo to: www.uta.edu, click “sign in MyMav”, click schedule of classes
DFW Airport Informationwww.dfwairport.com
Undergraduate Financial Aidwww.uta.edu/fao
Graduate Financial Aidhttp://www.uta.edu/admissions/graduate/finances.php
UTA University Cataloghttp://catalog.uta.edu/
Nationality Organizations at UTA(contact your nationality organization
for arrival assistance)
TSI Test(test for undergraduates)