1. Set up your University of Idaho NetID Account (https://vandalsetup.uidaho.edu) with the information sent with your Acceptance Letter
2. Log in to iVandal (https://www.ivandal.uidaho.edu)
- Complete the Pre-Arrival Checklist items in iVandal
- Review Student Health Insurance & Waiver section and submit your complete health insurance information
In your acceptance letter, you will receive information about registering for your University of Idaho courses. It is important to register as soon as possible, as some classes fill up quickly. You can wait until you are on campus, but this is not recommended.
Check out your options for living in Moscow: residence halls, university apartments or off-campus housing.
5. Travel Arrangements
Arrive on campus at least two days before New International Student Orientation begins in case of travel delays or jet lag. We recommend arriving 30 days prior to class if you plan to work on campus.
6. Medical Records and Birth Certificate
If you have a medical condition that you will be treated for in the USA, make sure to bring copies of your medical records, x-rays and prescriptions written in generic terms instead of brand names.
A certified birth certificate translated into English may be required to obtain an Idaho driver’s license.
7. Legal Documents and Luggage
Carry your passport, I-20, financial documentation and any other legal documents, on your person, not in your luggage. You will need these to clear Customs.
Label all luggage, inside and outside, with your name and address in Moscow.
Ask about their luggage policy and reconfirm your flight reservations 72 hours before departure.
Avoid bringing excess items that can be purchased here and appliances that cannot be used in the U.S.
8. Provide a Moscow, Idaho phone number to your family in case of emergency
Use someone you know in Moscow or your academic department.
If you do not know anyone in the U.S. to use as a contact, please use the International Programs Office phone number: (208) 885-8984. Leave a message if calling after normal business hours and someone will get back to you as soon as possible. In the event of an emergency after business hours or during a holiday, please call (208) 699-7707 so a staff member can be notified to assist you.
The Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport is a small airport located close to Moscow, ID. There are no direct international flights to Moscow. Most students arrange a connecting flight to the Pullman-Moscow airport from a major airport such as Seattle. Some choose to fly to the Spokane airport and take the Wheatland Express bus to Moscow (a two-hour drive). See below for information on taking the bus from Spokane.
Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport (Airport Code is PUW):
- Fill out the Airport Pickup form located in the Pre-Arrival Checklist in iVandal to have a representative from International Student, Scholar and Faculty Services pick you up at the Pullman-Moscow airport.
- Provided for new students only
- Provided up to 10 days prior to orientation
- From the Pullman-Moscow airport, you can use the courtesy phone in the lobby to call a taxi. Call “A-Z Taxi” at (208) 882-6141 to arrange a ride to your hotel, apartment or residence hall.
Spokane International Airport (Airport Code is GEG):
- Transportation from the Spokane airport is provided by Wheatland Express. Reservations are necessary and the cost for this service is $39 by credit card only (drivers do not handle cash and excess baggage is subject to additional charge). Locate the driver in the “ground transportation” area, which is near the exit at the baggage claim area.
- Wheatland Express from Spokane to Moscow
Phone: (800) 344-2207 or (509) 334-2200
In the event that you arrive too late to get transportation to Moscow, please check into an airport hotel and be sure to make arrangements to arrive back at the airport to catch the bus.
To accommodate students who are not able to move into the dorms or apartments during orientation there are several hotels available in the Moscow area. If you would like to stay at a hotel before moving into on-campus housing then please fill out the "Reserve Temporary Housing" form in iVandal in the Pre-Arrival Checklist.
Other hotels in the Moscow area include:
120 W. 6th Street
Moscow, ID 83843
Phone: (208) 882-2581
Best Western University Inn
1516 W. Pullman Rd.
Moscow, ID 83843
Phone: (208) 882-0550
Fax: (208) 883-3056
101 Baker St.
Moscow, ID 83843
Phone: (208) 882-5511
Arrange to have enough money to cover the cost of tuition and fees, health insurance, housing expenses, books and personal expenses. If you plan to live on campus, you will pay a deposit before arriving and will need to pay for the entire semester for housing and dining costs after your arrival. If you live off-campus, we recommend that you bring first and last month’s rent, plus damage deposit (approximately $1,500).
We also recommend that you bring money in traveler’s checks or credit card rather than cash. Foreign bank drafts can be used to open a bank account; however, you cannot draw on this account for 30 days. If you are planning on transferring money from your home country to the U.S., it may take a few days to transfer, so plan accordingly.
If you have a scholarship or are sponsored by a third party, you must bring a financial guarantee letter from your funding source addressed to the University of Idaho, which authorizes billing for tuition, fees, housing and insurance, if applicable. If a current Financial Guarantee Letter is not received in the first 10 days of classes, you will be responsible for paying all fees (tuition, fees, housing, etc) on your student account. Please request the Financial Guarantee Letter before your arrival at the University of Idaho.