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Arriving in the United States for the first time is exciting but it can also be a bit overwhelming. Below you will find information to help you prepare for you first few days on campus.
Many of your questions will be answered in International Student Orientation. In fact, we have found that attending orientation can be one of the most important factors in an international student's successful transition to RIT. We also encourage you to read the tips in 5 Things International Students Should Do Upon U.S. Arrival from the August 2013 online edition of U.S. News and World Report.
The ISS staff is looking forward to meeting you!
Before you make travel arrangements to come to the United States, make sure you understand when you must arrive in order to maintain your immigration status.
The following resource provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security may be helpful to you: Study in the States Guide.
Be prepared to present the following documents at the Port of Entry:
It is very important that you keep these documents in a secure location while traveling, such as your purse or travel bag. Do not place any personal documents in your luggage, as they may be lost during travel.
Review your immigration documents and those for your dependents before you leave the arrival station. If you notice any errors, notify an immigration officer immediately. Once you leave the Port of Entry, it can be difficult to correct errors on your documents. Immigration officers review thousands of documents a day, so mistakes are sometimes made.
RIT’s campus sits adjacent to the city of Rochester, located in the western part of New York State, about 585 km from New York City and 300 km from Toronto, Canada. For maps and directions to campus please visit http://www.rit.edu/maps/
All international students should plan to arrive at RIT on the official RIT international student check-in day. (International Orientation will take place starting that day and is required for all F1 and J1 students.) A free van from the Rochester International Airport to RIT will be available during the week leading up to International Student Orientation, between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.
You may submit your flight information using the form below and you will be notified via email if pick-up service is available. If you do not receive a confirmation, you should assume the shuttle is not available and you will need to plan on taking a taxi to a local hotel (approximately $15 - $20 in U.S. currency; credit cards are not usually accepted).
As a reminder, students who have been assigned RIT Campus Housing cannot move in until the offical student check-in day. If you arrive prior to the 15th, you must make your own hotel arrangements.