West Texas A&M University

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International Orientation

Fall 2015 International Student Orientation

Please check this page frequently for updates to orientation schedule (Last updated 2/5/2015)

Arrive by:  Monday, August 17, 2015

  • Contact the Int'l Students Office with arrival plans (Airline, flight number, time of arrival, etc.)
  • Pick Up Service can be arranged with advance notice if provided no later than Monday, Aug. 10th
  • Flight information is required to schedule pick up service
  • To provide notice please email galvarado@wtamu.edu

Residence Halls Open:  Monday, August 17th (Int'l Students)

  • Residence Halls officially open on Wednesday, August 19th -Arrangements can be made for international students to check-in early on Monday. 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 August 17th may seek temporary arrangements at a local hotel

Report to the International Student Office on Tuesday, August 18th at 8am
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: Tuesday, August 18th

  • Testing (freshmen and transfers); unless TSI exempt
  • Meet with academic advisors for schedule of classes
  • Registration

New Student Orientation: Wednesday, August 19th

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

Special Interest Sessions:  Friday, August 21st at 8am (Mandatory) 

  • Immigration Status and your F-1 visa
  • Healthcare and Medical Insurance Requirements
  • Social Security, Texas Indentificaiton and Texas Driver's License
  • Employment and Internships
  • Buff Portal System (Registration)
  • Special interest sessions for ALL new international students - (Registration Form)

Classes Begin:  Monday, August 24th

Please Note:  Proof of a bacterial meningitis immiunization 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 Kristine Combs at
kcombs@wtamu.edu or Giselle Alvarado at galvarado@wtamu.edu for arrival information