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Pre-Arrival Guide for International Graduate Students (Spring/January 2014 Term)

The entire UNH community is looking forward to your arrival. Orientation for new international graduate students begins on Thursday, January 2, 2014. You must make proper travel arrangements to ensure your arrival at the University on Thursday, January 2, 2014, at 8:30 in the morning.
   
1. Apply for a Student Visa and Confirm your Attendance at UNH
  • Pay the $200 SEVIS fee PRIOR to your Visa Interview.
  • Apply for an F-1 Student Visa at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate in your Country.
  • AFTER you Obtain your F-1 Student Visa, Complete the enrollment survey that has been emailed to you or send us an e-mail to gradinternational@newhaven.edu to reserve your academic seat at UNH.  Confirmation Deadline is December 1, 2013.
2. How to get to UNH When You First Arrive in the USA
  • Take the Shuttle Bus from New York Airports to UNH.
  • Driving Directions to UNH. 
  • Take the Bus or Train to UNH.
3. Housing and Living Arrangements
  • Apartments near UNH.
  • Hotels Near UNH.
4. Steps To Take When You First Arrive on the UNH Campus
  • Visit the International Services Office (ISO) in Echlin Hall, 2nd Floor, Room 200.
  • Present Your Final, Official Bachelor's Degree Transcripts and Proof of Graduation to the Office of International Graduate Admissions in Echlin Hall, Room 210.
5. Steps To Register and Pay for Classes
  • Attend the International Graduate Student Orientation and Registration (IGOR) Program at 8:30 a.m. on January 2, 2014. This program is MANDATORY for all new international students and you MUST attend ALL the program sessions.
  • Bring your passport, visa, original I-20 or DS-2019 forms for you and your dependents when you attend the IGOR program.
  • Meet your academic advisor to select your Spring 2014 courses.  Remember to bring your acceptance letter 1+2 when you meet with your academic advisor.
  • Register for your classes online using the University's online registration system, Banner.
  • Pay your first term charges of $8585 on January 2, 2014.
  • Submit your Health Examination Report to the Health Services Office on January 2, 2014. It's MANDATORY for all new students.
  • Obtain Your UNH Student Identification Card.
  • Once you've completed all of the above mentioned steps, you will be able to start your fall 2013 classes.
6. Important and Helpful Information

- For the 2013-2014 academic year, UNH is offering all full-time international students a health insurance plan.  Students will be charged for the cost of this plan on their spring tuition bill.  The cost of the plan will be $1,340.00 for the year

- Students who already have insurance can decline the UNH coverage by providing proof of existing coverage.  The deadline to decline the insurance is January 3, 2014.  If you would like to decline this plan, you must click on the link HERE to decline your UNH Student Health Insurance from the Bollinger Insurance Company.

Students who are enrolled less than full-time ARE NOT eligible for the UNH Student Health Insurance plan. 

In the United States, medical/health care costs are extremely expensive.  Medical/Health Insurance is a way to decrease the costs of medical expenses that will occur if an individual becomes sick, injured, or needs prescription medication.   Because of the high costs of healthcare in the United States, ALL F-1 & J-1 VISA INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS are required by the University of New Haven to purchase Health Insurance

Please contact ISO, iso@newhaven.edu, if you have any questions or concerns.  For specific concerns about the student health insurance plan, please visit the Bollinger Insurance website.

Remember to print out this Orientation Newsletter and bring it with you when you travel.