Arrival Information

Students are responsible for their own travel to the United States. Students required to participate in International Orientation are expected to arrive on campus on Sunday, August 18, 2024. Students will NOT have access to their campus housing before this date.

When you arrive at your first port of entry in the United States, it is important if you are entering on a non-immigrant visa that you inform the Customs & Border Protection (CBP) officer that you are here for the purpose of studying and show them your student visa even if you have a valid tourist visa or are traveling with a family member with a valid tourist visa. The CBP officer will then place an admission stamp in your passport with "D/S" or duration of stay and "J-1" / "F-1" depending on your visa type.

Arriving to the United States

Please read the Customs and Border Protection Travel page.

Arriving to Richmond

Please check your Richmond email for updates.

Getting to Campus

The closest airport to campus is Richmond International Airport (RIC). Students who fly into other airports will need to find transportation to Richmond via train or bus. Follow these directions to campus to get to the University by car, plane, train, bus, and public transportation. Be sure to fill out the arrival form in your International Student and Scholar Requirement section in Gateway Abroad as soon as possible so we know when to expect you.

If your flight is delayed, please e-mail or to inform us of your updated arrival time. All students will need to take their own transportation to the campus.

We realize that you may have difficulty booking an international flight that arrives in time for your designated move-in date. You may have to arrive early and spend a few nights in a local hotel.