Future Vandals/Admitted Students
Welcome to the University of Idaho International Programs Office!
International Services is happy that you have chosen to attend the U of I, and we look forward to meeting you soon. We are here to help you understand and follow the F-1 and J-1 student visa rules and regulations. We are committed to providing you with the best comprehensive programming, advising, support, and advocacy during your time here at the U of I!
To help you with a stress-free transition to the University of Idaho, review this website before you arrive to learn about your next steps. If you have any questions, please email the International Programs Office at email@example.com.
Congratulations! You are well on your way to your first class at the University of Idaho. There are just a few things to do before you can start. To help make your time here more productive and successful we've set up a to-do list to help you with those few things. Check back often to stay on track.
International students in F-1 or J-1 non-immigrant status must either be enrolled full-time or receive permission from the UI International Services staff for a reduced course load. If you are not properly enrolled by the registration deadline, your SEVIS record will be terminated and you will lose your F-1/J-1 status.
You must meet with your academic advisor each semester before registering for classes. Use these helpful tools to find out who your advisor is and how to contact them before arriving on campus.
F-1 Degree-Seeking Students
F-1 students can count three online credits toward their full-time enrollment requirements during fall and spring semesters.
- Undergraduate students must enroll in 12 credits, and nine of these credits must be in traditional on-campus classroom courses.
- Graduate students must enroll in 9 credits, and 6 of these credits must be in traditional, on-campus classroom courses.
F-1 students can take more than three online credits as long as they meet the minimum traditional on-campus course requirement for their academic program.
You should enroll full-time (12 credits for Undergraduate, nine credits for Graduate students) in courses requiring in-person attendance. Online courses cannot count towards your full-time enrollment requirement. Once the full-time enrollment requirement has been reached, online courses may be added if you wish.
American Language and Culture (ALCP) Students
You should enroll full-time in at least 18 credits per semester in courses requiring in-person attendance. Please work with your ALCP academic advisor to register for classes before the first day of classes.
As a first-year undergraduate student, you’re expected to live on campus. Living at U of I promotes social connection and engagement and supports academic and personal success. More information about on-campus housing and the application can be found on the Housing & Residence Life website.
It is very important that you have secured housing before you travel to Moscow as temporary housing can be difficult to find upon arrival. If you have any questions about on-campus housing please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
U.S. Immigration rules allow you to enter the U.S. up to 30 days before the program start date listed on your I-20 or DS-2019. However, International Services recommends that you arrive only a couple of days before the mandatory International Student Orientation unless you have secured temporary housing until you can move into your permanent housing accommodations.
If you anticipate delays and expect to arrive later than the mandatory International Student Orientation or decide not to attend U of I, please notify International Services by email at email@example.com.
The University of Idaho has multiple campuses, double check the School Information section printed on your I-20 or DS-2019 for your campus location. Please read the following transportation information before scheduling your trip.
Moscow: Option 1 - Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport (PUW)
Flights are generally cheaper to Spokane, Washington, but it can be expensive and complicated to travel to Moscow from Spokane, so you may want to consider flying into Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport for your first trip to the U of I Main Campus.
- Approximately ten-minute drive from campus.
- Parking and Transportation Services is looking forward to offering transportation from the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport to the U of I Moscow campus for spring semester Saturday, Jan. 8, through Tuesday, Jan. 11, for the daytime and afternoon flights. Students arriving outside of these dates or on the midnight flight must make other transportation arrangements in advance.
- Call a taxi upon arrival to arrange a ride to campus or hotel.
Moscow: Option 2 - Spokane International Airport (GEG)
- Approximately 1.5-hour drive from campus
- Transportation to campus via bus: Wheatland Express (Advanced reservations and payment needed)
- Fare from Spokane International Airport to Moscow: approx. $40
Other Campus Centers
Information for Boise, Idaho Falls, Coeur d'Alene, and Kimberly coming soon!
Upon arrival to the U.S. (or arrival to U of I for SEVIS transfer students), you must complete a mandatory SEVIS Check-in online through the iVandal electronic form no later than the first day of the program start date listed on your I-20 or DS-2019. You will find the links to the eForm in iVandal under Arrival On Campus. You can use your smartphone or computer to upload copies of your immigration documents.
You do not need to report your arrival in person to the IPO.
New international students are required to go to the International Student Orientation. International Services staff and current international student leaders are excited to meet you, introduce you to the U of I campus and help you understand the rules of your student visa.
Check your VandalMail for updates! Admitted students will receive additional details and the full event schedule by email.
The required International Student Orientation will be held Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023 at U of I’s Moscow campus. Learn more about International Student Orientation in your iVandal Arrival On-Campus Tasks.
International students admitted in the summer term must check in with their International Student Advisor upon arrival and attend International Student Orientation in the following Fall term.
International Student Orientation Fee ($100 one time charge)
New international students are required to go to the International Student Orientation in addition to New Student Orientation. International students are charged a $100 orientation fee on their first university bill.
Late International Student Orientation Fee ($100 one time charge)
New international students that do not attend the mandatory International Student Orientation will be required to attend a late orientation session and will be charged a $100 late fee in addition to the $100 orientation fee for a total of $200. Please make every effort to arrive on time for the mandatory International Student Orientation.
U of I International Student Fee ($100 semesterly fee)
If you are an international student at U of I, you will have to pay $100 for each semester or term you register for class. This fee is part of the cost of attending U of I and international students are automatically charged for it each term they are registered. You will see it on your U of I tuition bill and can pay it in VandalWeb or at the Cashier’s Office when you are paying your fees for the semester.
For any questions about these fees, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
U of I requires all international students to have health insurance during their in-person studies. Student Health Services will automatically enroll new international students in the U of I Student Health Insurance Program (SHIP); insurance coverage begins on the first day of the first semester. Insurance cards (proof of insurance) will be mailed to new students after the start of the semester and can also be accessed through the SHIP portal.
As you prepare for your arrival to University of Idaho, here are some resources we have created for you. Please watch these quick videos to learn about what to expect, some things you can be preparing for right now, and some immediate to-do list items once you arrive in Idaho.
University of Idaho strongly recommends that students arrive on campus in time to attend International Student Orientation. Ample time is needed to be prepared to start classes on the first day of the term. Students that arrive late and do not follow the late arrival policy risk improper enrollment and may jeopardize their legal immigration status. The International Programs Office (IPO) will not approve reduced course loads for students who are not able to properly enroll or who fall behind in their studies.
Students on an F-1/J-1 visa are required to report to campus by the program start date noted on their I-20/DS-2019. Although Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at U.S. ports of entry may permit students to enter after the program start date on your I-20/DS-2019, it is possible that you could be denied entry if you arrive late.
We understand there may be circumstances outside of your control that could delay your arrival. In this situation you can request a letter of support in iVandal for late arrival, up until the 10th day of the term. This letter does not guarantee your entry in the U.S.; it only reduces the likelihood that you will be denied entry. If you cannot arrive before the 10th day of the term, please work with the Admissions office to defer your admission to a later term.
To be eligible for late arrival, you must have completed these steps:
- Be enrolled in full-time, in-person classes
- Pay for your tuition and fees by the deadline (first day of term)
- Contact your professors by email to ask for their support for your late arrival
- Submit all details, including your travel itinerary and housing accommodations, in the iVandal Late Arrival request
- Report directly to International Programs Office (IPO) upon arrival and complete late orientation and pay the $100 late orientation fee
Please make every effort to secure your visa and flights to Idaho prior to International Student Orientation and only request a late arrival if necessary.