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INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORIENTATION

All new international students (undergraduate and graduate) must complete Online Orientation before you arrive.  Please also fill out the Airport Service Pick Up form even if you do not require pickup.  

 

Classes Begin: Monday, January 11, 2021

Please check this page frequently for updates (Last Update 11/16/2020)

Orientation and arrival dates are unique to international undergraduate and graduate students.

  • Undergraduates are freshmen and transfer students who are seeking a bachelor's degree
  • Graduate students are those admitted to a masters or doctorate program.
REQUIREMENTS
UNDERGRADUATE :
  • Arrive by: Thursday, Jan 7th, 2021
  • Report to the International Student Services, Jack B Kelly Student Center, Multicultural Suite on Friday, Jan 8h at 9:00 am
  • Testing, Advising, and Registration: To be determined upon arrival
  • International Student Orientation: To be determined after arrival on campus
GRADUATE :
  • Arrive by: Thursday, Jan 7th, 2021
  • Report to the International Student Services, Jack B Kelly Student Center, Multicultural Suite on Friday, Jan 8th at 9:00 am
  • Advising, and Registration: To be determined upon arrival
  • International Student Orientation: To be determined after arrival on campus

ARRIVAL INSTRUCTIONS

 

  • Book your flight to arrival at your final destination in Amarillo Texas,­ Rick Husband International Airport (Airport Code: AMA).
  • If you would like to be picked up at the airport please notify us 10 days prior to your flight with your arrival information so that we can arrange for pick-up service. You will receive confirmation details after you submit this information.
    • Please include: arrival date, time, flight number, and arrival plans (ex. staying the night at a hotel)
  • If you prefer to take a taxi from the airport to Canyon, TX. Approximate cost is $60 USD. We ask that you still provide us your arrival date, time and flight number.
  • Housing
    • On-Campus -Residence Halls officially open on Thursday, Aug. 20th at 9am
      Arrangements may 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. Checking in early may incur additional charges. Please contact us with your arrival information to determine estimated costs for your particular situation.
      • 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 us for a copy of a local apartment list. Please note: International Student Services does not endorse any apartment complexes or companies. The apartment list is compiled of general public information that can be found on the internet. 
  • 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. Please note: International Student Services does not endorse any specific hotels. 

 


REPORT TO INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SERVICES

Location:­ Jack B. Kelly Student Center (Multi Cultural Suite) Reception Desk

Please bring the following:

  • Passport
  • I-20 form
  • Any outstanding documents listed on admission letter
  • Emergency contact information is needed upon check-in.­
    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.­ 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. The International staff will schedule a TSI exam if needed once you arrive on campus.  Freshmen and Transfer students subject to TSI will not be able to register for classes until they sit for this exam.  The TSI exam is comprised of 3 sections, cost is $15 per section.  Results of the TSI exam will assist academic advisors in planning your class schedule.   
  • Academic Advising -  Freshmen, transfers and graduate international students will meet with an academic advisor to select classes according to their degree plan
  • Registration - You will be eligible for registration once you meet with your academic advisor. 
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RESIDENCE HALLS INFORMATION

 

  • Residence Halls officially open on Friday, Jan 8th at 9am (Spring 2021 term)
    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. Checking in early may incur additional charges. Please contact us with your arrival information to determine estimated costs for you particular situation.
  • 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

 

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."


INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORIENTIATION TOPICS
  • 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


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