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Fall 2017 International Student Orientation

Please check this page frequently for updates to orientation schedule (Last updated 7/19/2017)

Arrive by:­ Sunday, August 20, 2017

  • Book your flight to arrival at your final destination in Amarillo Texas,­ Rick Husband International Airport (Airport Code: AMA).  
  • Students will need to take a taxi from the airport to Canyon, TX. Approximate cost is $60 USD.
    We are unable to provide a pick-up service.
  • Housing
    • On-Campus -Residence Halls officially open on Thursday, January 24th at 9am
      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.
      • IMPORTANT: WTAMU's housing requirement applies to new, transfer, relocating, and re-enrolling students. Students who fail to comply with the housing requirement may have their registration denied or canceled, a hold placed on their student account, and housing charges posted to their account.
    • Off-Campus -If you will not be living in the WTAMU residence halls, you may want to consider living in an apartment in Canyon, TX. Please contact Giselle Alvarado at galvarado@wtamu.edu for a copy of our apartment list.
  • Hotels (temporary housing) -You will need to secure housing while you move in to your residence hall room, apartment, house, etc. Canyon has several hotels you can choose from. Please contact the hotel directly for more information about rates and availability.

Report to the International Student Office on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 9 a.m.
Location:­ Old Student Union Building (Old SUB), Room 107B,­ please bring the following:­

  • Passport
  • I-20 form
  • Any outstanding documents listed on admission letter
  • Emergency contact information is needed upon check in at the International 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
    You may review information about the TSI Exam before arriving.
  • Meet with academic advisors for schedule of classes
  • Registration

Residence Halls Open:­ Thursday, August 24, 2017

  • Residence Halls officially open on Friday, January 24th at 9am
    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

Mandatory International Student Orientation & Special Interest Sessions:­ Thursday, August 24 th and Friday, August 25, 2017

  • 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)
  • How to Manage Your Finances in the US
  • Campus Safety

All new international students should register and attend these sessions.

Classes Begin:­ Monday, August 28, 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.

Orientation Registration