1. Tell the International Programs Office (IPO) you are coming
- Complete the Airport Pick-up for Orientation form if you are flying into the Moscow/Pullman Regional Airport.
- Turn in Insurance Waiver Forms to IPO before classes begin.
- If you are sponsored by an organization, notify them of your plans. Your sponsor can assist you with many pre-departure arrangements and provide valuable 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, including a global living experience, university apartments or off-campus housing.
Avoid bringing excess items that can be purchased here and appliances that cannot be used in the U.S.
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.
Fill out the Airport Pick-Up Form.
6. Hotel Accommodations
Fill out the Orientation Hotel Reservation Form.
7. Financial Arrangements
Arrange to have enough money to cover the cost of tuition and fees, health insurance, housing expenses, books and personal expenses.
8. Make copies
Copy medical records, x-rays and prescriptions. Also, have prescriptions written in generic terms rather than brand names. A certified birth certificate translated into English may be required to obtain an Idaho driver’s license.
9. Label your luggage
Label all luggage, inside and outside, with your name and address in Moscow.
10. Carry all legal documentation
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.
11. Check with the airlines
Ask about their luggage policy and reconfirm your flight reservations 72 hours before departure.
12. Leave a phone number with someone in your home country
Use someone you know in Moscow or your 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) 301-8484 so a staff member can be notified to assist you.
The Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport is a small airport located close to Moscow. 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 for Orientation form to have a representative from International Student, Scholar and Faculty Services pick you up at the airport.
- 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. The Royal Motor Inn has provided a discount to new international University of Idaho students. If you would like to stay at a hotel before moving into on-campus housing then please fill out the Orientation Hotel Request Form.
Other hotels in the Moscow area include:
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 letter from your funding source addressed to the University of Idaho Bursar, which authorizes billing for tuition, fees, housing and insurance, if applicable.