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New Students Information

Greetings!

Congratulations on your acceptance to The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). Welcome to UTA!

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.

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

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

International Welcome Center

The International Welcome Center serves as a resource for all new international students. The welcome center provides information and answer questions on a variety of topics, such as housing, transportation, and campus events. Due to Covid-19, the International Welcome Center will be closed for the Spring 2021 semester. To submit your documents, please send the following documents to oieorientationdocs@uta.edu:

 

  • Your current I-20 as soon as you have it (you will receive it from the Admissions Office). OIE must have it within 30 days from the start date of your program at UTA
  • Copy of passport ID page
  • Copy of visa page
  • Copy of entry stamp to the U.S. or I-94 information
  • Emergency contact form- Please fill out the Emergency contact form emailed to you before orientation (your emergency contact must be a parent, sibling, or spouse)
  • Statement of Understanding- Please read the Statement of Understanding emailed to you before orientation and return with your signature
You may submit color copies, black and white copies, or photos, as long as the images are clear. Everyone is required to submit each document listed above

 

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 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.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

Before you attend your New International Student Orientation, please email the following documents to oieorientationdocs@uta.edu:

 

  • Your current I-20 as soon as you have it (you will receive it from the Admissions Office). OIE must have it within 30 days from the start date of your program at UTA
  • Copy of passport ID page
  • Copy of visa page
  • Copy of entry stamp to the U.S. or I-94 information
  • Emergency contact form- Please fill out the Emergency contact form emailed to you before orientation (your emergency contact must be a parent, sibling, or spouse)
  • Statement of Understanding- Please read the Statement of Understanding emailed to you before orientation and return with your signature
You may submit color copies, black and white copies, or photos, as long as the images are clear. Everyone is required to submit each document listed above


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

  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:
https://www.uta.edu/student-affairs/orientation/register

Information for Late Arrivals

Late orientation will take place virtually, on Microsoft Teams, on Wednesday, January 19th, from 9:30AM-12:00PM CST. To attend late orientation, you must first register for this orientation date. Register here.


  • 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 2021 must report to campus no later than 5:00PM CST on Thursday, January 21st, 2021. If you are unable to report to the UT Arlington campus by that date, please contact utaadmission@uta.edu to defer your admission to another semester.
  • Graduate late arrivals for Spring 2021 must report to campus no later than 5:00PM CST on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021. 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 campus.

Housing

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.


  1. Secure your housing accommodations before you arrive in the U.S
  2. University Housing offers both residence hall and apartment accommodations.

    University Apartments:

    • 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


    Residence Halls:

    • 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
           www.uta.edu/housing/graduatespecial
      .
    • 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

  3. 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

  4. 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.
  5. Housing is not guaranteed until you have signed a lease agreement and paid on-line.
  6. Limited temporary housing accommodations may be available if you arrive before your lease start
         date.

  7. 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

Tuition and Fees

  • 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 $13,181 for 12 semester hours of undergraduate course work and $11,833 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)

FAQs for New On-campus International Students

Note: Here is the list of FAQs for our international community. If you cannot find an answer to your question or situation, please email us at international@uta.edu.


FAQs for Spring 2021 New International Students


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. 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

Health Insurance


For more information, please visit Health Insurance Information page.

Transportation from DFW Airport to UTA

There are a variety of transportation options students can use to get from DFW Airport to campus. UTA is located about 25 minutes from the airport, and most transportation can be arranged for less than $35.00.

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: https://www.uta.edu/admissions/apply/international-undergraduate
    Graduates: UTA Graduate Admissions: https://www.uta.edu/admissions/apply/international-graduate

Useful Websites

UTA Schedule
Go to: www.uta.edu/students and under Academic Resources click “Class Schedule”
DFW Airport Information
www.dfwairport.com
Undergraduate Financial Aid
www.uta.edu/fao
Graduate Financial Aid
http://www.uta.edu/fao/apply/graduate-aid.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