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 check back to see the dates and times for the Spring 2020 Welcome Center.
|Dates:||Monday, January 07, 2020 through Friday, January 10, 2020 and
Monday, January 13, 2020 through Tuesday, January 14, 2020
|Time:||9:00am to 5:00pm|
|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 late, 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
You may find information about International Student Orientation here: https://www.uta.edu/student-affairs/orientation/about/international
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 email@example.com.
- Undergraduate late arrivals for Spring 2020 must report to the OIE (Swift Center) no later than 5:00 p.m. CST on Thursday, January 23, 2020. If you are unable to report to the UT Arlington campus by that date, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to defer your admission to another semester.
- Graduate late arrivals for Spring must report to the OIE (Swift Center) no later than 5:00 p.m. CST on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. 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. Due to the large volume of incoming students, the Office of International Education does not directly assist with securing housing. To ensure a successful campus housing experience, please consider carefully the important information noted below.
- Secure your housing accommodations before you arrive in the U.S
University Housing offers both residence hall and apartment accommodations.
- Apartments remain open year-round and do not close for break periods.
- Apartments options are available in 1/1, 2/1, 2/2, and 4/2 bedroom/bath configurations.
- Selected apartment communities offer furnished accommodations.
- Selected apartment communities lease by the bed and other apartment communities lease by the unit.
- Apartment residents may purchase a meal plan, but it is not required.
For more information on University Apartments, visit www.uta.edu/housing
- Lipscomb Hall is open year-round and offers a special low-cost graduate housing community.
- For more information on the Lipscomb Graduate Housing Special, visit
- If you need year-round accommodations, you should choose Lipscomb Hall. If you need housing accommodations over the winter break, you should choose either Arlington Hall or Lipscomb Hall. All other residence halls are closed over winter break.
- Residence halls are fully-furnished and offer both private and double-occupancy accommodations.
- Meal plans are required in all residence halls with the exception of students participating in the Lipscomb Graduate Housing Program.
For more information on University Residence Halls, visit www.uta.edu/housing
University Housing fills up fast. Apply without delay.
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.
To apply, visit www.uta.edu/housing/applications/index.php
- Check your UTA email often for important information from University Housing.
Lease offers and other important student housing information will be sent to your UTA email account.
- Housing is not guaranteed until you have signed a lease agreement and paid on-line.
Limited temporary housing accommodations may be available if you arrive before your lease start
For more information visit www.uta.edu/housing/temporary-accommodations.
- Meningitis vaccinations are required at least 10 days prior to moving into University Housing.
All incoming students below age 22 are required to submit proof of meningitis vaccination before living on campus.
For more information, visit www.uta.edu/records/services/meningitis-requirement.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. Tuition can be estimated at www.uta.edu/fees. Currently, tuition 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. If you have NOT had TB screening completed in the UNITED STATES, within the last 12 months, you are REQUIRED to attend one of the sessions which can be found in the link below. 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. http://www.uta.edu/healthservices/international%20students/health-reqs.php
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 Fall 2019 is $1,059 and the coverage period is from August 15, 2019 until December 31, 2019. 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 fees installment payment plan.The installment payment plan allows you to pay in three separate installments.
For more information, please visit Health Insurance Information page.
- A list of authorized taxi services you can use upon arrival can be found at this link:
https://www.dfwairport.com/taxis/index.php. Do not accept a ride from an unlicensed taxi driver. They typically approach people inside the airport or shortly after you exit, and charge more money than an authorized taxi service.
- If you are traveling with a group, shuttle bus services can be reserved here:
- On-demand transportation from Lyft and Uber is also readily available at the airport.
- It might be possible to arrange a free airport pickup from a local community-based organization entitled International Students, Inc. Several UTA student organizations such as the Fine Arts Society of India (FSI), the Indian Cultural Council (ICC), Friendship Association of Chinese Students and Scholars (FACSS), and the Nepalese Student Association (NSA) might be able to provide free transportation as well.
- 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: https://www.uta.edu/admissions/apply/international-undergraduate
Graduates:UTA Graduate Admissions: https://www.uta.edu/admissions/apply/international-graduate
UTA ScheduleGo to: www.uta.edu/students and under Acaedmic Resources click “Class Schedule”
DFW Airport Informationwww.dfwairport.com
Undergraduate Financial Aidwww.uta.edu/fao
Graduate Financial Aidhttp://www.uta.edu/fao/apply/graduate-aid.php
UTA University Cataloghttp://catalog.uta.edu/
Nationality Organizations at UTA(contact your nationality organization
for arrival assistance)
TSI Test(test for undergraduates)