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Arrival Information

Arriving to the United States

Students are responsible for their own travel to the United States and should make all necessary arrangements before arrival. All new exchange students required to attend International Orientation and should arrive on campus on Thursday, January 11, 2018. New students may not move into University housing before their designated arrival 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 Richmond

Thursday, January 11, 2018:

If you arrive on campus between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., please check in at the Whitehurst Living Room.

If you arrive on campus after 5:00 p.m., please go to the campus police station, which is open 24 hours. You will be able to get your housing key and orientation packet at the station starting at 6:00 p.m.

International Student Orientation begins January 11.

Getting to Campus

The closest airport 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. International Orientation Advisors will meet and greet incoming international students at the baggage claim area of the Richmond International Airport on Thursday, January 11 only. Be sure to fill out the arrival form on your New International Student Checklist (NISC) by December 1 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. If you are arriving between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., you will need to check-in at the Whitehurst Living Room to pick up your housing key and orientation materials. If you arrive on campus after 5 p.m., you will need to go to the campus police station, which is open 24 hours, to collect your housing key and orientation materials starting at 6:00 p.m. Please refer to the orientation schedule for the next scheduled event and room location.

If you are taking a taxi to the campus, please have the driver wait for you as you check in. Your room may be some distance from the check-in location, and it will be difficult for you to transport your belongings on your own.

We realize that you may have difficulty booking an international flight that arrives on the stated arrival date. Since it is required that all new international students check-in on the stated arrival date, you may have to arrive early and spend a few nights in a local hotel.

Transportation Advice

Not sure about the best way to get to campus? The International Student Peer Mentors may be able to provide some advice about what works best for them.

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