To-Do List for International Students
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.
After being admitted to U of I, you will receive an e-mail from IT Help Central with your U of I username, activation code, and instructions about how to activate your account. At this time, you should also activate your U of I Outlook email address.
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- Set up your Vandal accounts now
- Duo Multifactor Authentication (MFA)
- Log in to your VandalWeb account
- Sign in to your VandalMail account
Note: Please check your U of I email account on a regular basis since this is the address where all U of I communication will be sent.
If you are currently residing outside the U.S. and will make your initial entry into the U.S. to begin a program at UIdaho, you will need to apply for a student visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
Note: The F-1 student immigration document (I-20) will be sent to both initial and transfer students after the student is admitted and has provided all of the required documentation.
Invitation to Idaho Tuition Waiver Scholarship
Once you are admitted to UIdaho, you are automatically considered for the Invitation to Idaho scholarship. If you qualify for this award, it will be posted to your VandalWeb account the Tuesday after an admission decision has been made.
Accept or decline your awards after considering the cost of attendance.
#YouAreWelcomeHere (#YAWH) Scholarship*
Developed as a commitment to providing a welcoming, safe and diverse environment to international students, the #YAWH scholarship initiative offers two annual, renewable scholarships that are worth 50% tuition at the time of initial matriculation. The scholarships require an application and are open to first-year international students admitted for undergraduate degree-seeking study at the University of Idaho.
*This award cannot be combined with the Invitation to Idaho scholarship.
All full-time, first year students under 21 years of age are required to live on-campus during their first year. When you confirm your living plan, you'll also confirm your dining plan option. Information about on-campus housing and how to reserve your room can be found here.
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Travel Dates: Students should arrive to campus for the start of New Student Orientation.
Free airport pick-up is offered from the Moscow-Pullman Airport (PUW). You must sign up at least 10 days prior to arrival for airport pick-up.
Students with an F-1 visa may enter the country up to 30 days before their official program start date, as listed on their Form I-20, but will need to arrange for lodging until on-campus move in begins. All students must report to the International Programs Office upon arrival.
International Student Housing Move In Guide - Coming Soon
Airport Option 1: Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport (PUW)
- Approximately 10 minute drive from campus
Airport 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
Travel Guidance: COVID-19
On December 2, 2021 CDC announced an Order requiring all air passengers arriving to the U.S. from a foreign country to get tested no more than 1 day before their flight departs and to present the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. Air passengers will also be required to confirm that the information they present is true in the form of an attestation.
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.
STRONGLY Recommended Immunizations
- COVID-19 (View ongoing ACIP vaccine recommendations as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves)
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
- Hepatitis B
- Meningococcal Disease (Meningitis)
U of I recommends vaccinations and/or screenings for certain vaccine-preventable diseases. Check with Student Health Services to view the complete list of recommendations and fast facts about benefits, risks and info about accessing vaccines.
New Student Orientation prepares you for your time at U of I, equips you with U of I resources, and connects students with their fellow Vandals. It is the expectation of the University of Idaho that all new undergraduate students attend new student orientation. Mandatory International Student Orientation begins on Aug. 17, 2022.
*Complete Virtual Pre-Arrival Modules in iVandal before Aug. 18, 2022.
Required Documents: Prepare documents in a travel file that can be easily carried in your carry-on luggage, not in your checked bag. You need access to your visa documents at all times during transit.
- passport, I-20,
- original financial documentation (bank statement, CFR),
- valid U.S. entry visa,
- copy of immunization records,
- SEVIS I-901 payment receipt,
- Proof of Enrollment (U of I admissions letter, printout of full-time class enrollment, confirmation of housing reservation, receipt for tuition payment, etc.)
If you need confirmation of your previous SEVIS fee payment, visit the SEVIS fee payment page and select the option to “Check I-901 Status/Print Payment Confirmation.”
Make copies of:
- Medical records, if needed;
- certified birth certificate (may be required for Idaho driver’s license)
Remember to bring:
- eye glasses/contact lenses;
- favorite book;
- calculator/paint brushes; etc.
Recommended not to bring:
- 220V appliances.
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The university has provided an estimate of minimum expenses for nine months in your I-20, but actual expenses vary greatly according to tuition, fees, and number of courses taken by a given student. The university also reserves the right to make changes in tuition and fees at any time.
Students on F-1 and J-1 visas should have at least $4,000 in their possession upon arrival. We recommend that you bring as much of the amount as you are allowed to transfer. Please plan accordingly. Tuition and fee payments are due before classes begin.
Students are urged to have adequate financial means for their entire period of study, since there are few financial resources at the university.
Note: Please take extra care with any amount of currency that you may have on your person. Be sure to properly secure these items and your immigration documents while you are traveling. DO NOT PUT MONEY/IMMIGRATION DOCUMENTS IN YOUR LUGGAGE!
Consider setting up a Flywire Account to pay your tuition, fees and housing bill. This service will allow you to more easily pay your bill after you register for classes. Sometimes there are delays in transferring money from your home bank account and setting up a U.S. bank account. Delays in payments for your tuition and housing and can result in your classes being dropped.
It is important that you carefully plan and prepare for your first week(s) at U of I, before your classes begin. Plan before you arrive since you will have many things to get done before your first day of class.
New student orientation begins on Aug. 16, 2022, for international students. Learn more about new student orientation programming here.
All international students must also attend the new international student orientation. This event takes place during the week before classes begin.
Pay your bill. All semester tuition, fees, residence hall and meal plan charges for on-campus housing, and health insurance must be paid at the Student Accounts Office, on VandalWeb or through wire transfer.
Monthly payment plans are available through Student Accounts. If you are unable to pay your balance in full, you are encouraged to set up a monthly payment plan through VandalWeb. Full payment or payment plan enrollment is required by the first day of the semester to avoid late fees.
Most scholarships require full-time enrollment (12 credits). Billing is generated after you have registered for your classes.
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At the University of Idaho, we all play a role in creating a safer and healthier campus community and supporting our Vandal family. The Think About It safety program for undergraduates will help you navigate challenging situations. Students will receive an email invitation in their VandalMail account detailing how to access Voices for Change.