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Spring 2017 International Student Orientation

Please check this page frequently for updates to orientation schedule (Last updated 04/21/2016)

Arrive by:­ Tuesday, January 10, 2017 Airport Pickup Service

  • Book your flight to arrival at your final destination in Amarillo Texas,­ Rick Husband International Airport (Airport Code: AMA).
  • Pick Up Service information to be updated. 
    • Flight information is required to schedule pick up service.
    • To provide notice, please submit Airport Pick Up Service form.
  • Students not able to schedule pick up services will need to take a taxi from the airport to campus. Approximate cost is $60 U.S. dollars.

Report to the International Student Office on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 9 a.m.
Location:­ Old Student Union Building (Old SUB), Room 107B,­ please bring the following:­

  • Passport
  • I-20 form
  • Any outstanding items listed on admission letter
  • Emergency contact information is needed upon check in at the Int'l Office.­
    This includes name, address, phone number, and email of the person we need to contact in case of medical emergency in your home country AND in the U.S. if there is one.­ You will be asked to complete an emergency form at check in.­ Please be ready with this information.
Testing, Advising and Registration: To be determined upon arrival
  • Testing (freshmen and transfers); unless TSI exempt
  • Meet with academic advisors for schedule of classes
  • Registration

Mandatory Immigration Orientation & Special Interest Sessions:­ Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 8:00 am - 12 noon

  • Immigration Regulation for F1 Visa Status (Learn how these regulations effect your studies)
  • Healthcare and Medical Insurance Requirements
  • Social Security, Texas Identification Documents and Texas Driver's License
  • Employment and Internships Requirements
  • Buff Portal System (Registration)
  • Special interest sessions for ALL new international students - (Registration Form)

All new international students should register and attend these sessions.  International freshmen and transfer students will also need to register for the university wide New Student Orientation (NSO). 

Residence Halls Open:­ Friday, January 13, 2017

  • Residence Halls officially open on Friday, January 13th - However, arrangements can be made for international students to check-in a few days early (with Director approval). You must have a room assignment and you must provide us with your arrival information to secure early check-in.
  • Student must have applied for and received residential assignment prior to check in
    • Apply for Residential Living­
      Full-time students who are under 21 years of age and who have accrued fewer than 60 post high school credits hours are required to live in University housing.
  • Students who arrive ­prior to early check-in or do not have a room assignment may seek temporary arrangements at a ­local hotel

 New Student Orientation (NSO) : Friday, January 13, 2017 Orientation Registration

  • Required for all new freshmen and transfer students ONLY (Registration Form)
  • Graduate students-NOT REQUIRED

Classes Begin:­ Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Please Note:­ Proof of a bacterial meningitis immunization is required prior to checking into the residence halls.­ Students who have recently taken the vaccination must have taken it at least 10 days prior to their desired move in date.­ For information about this requirement, please visit the information page "Bacterial Meningitis Information."

Please contact the International Student Office at internationaldmissions@wtamu.edu for additional arrival information.