Office of International Engagement



International Orientation for Spring 2023 will start on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023. Follow the Now That You're Admitted Guide to stay on top of your preparations, and complete the Arrival Form to register for Orientation and to let us know when you are coming. Connect with other new students, current students and staff, and learn more about what's happening on campus and the Office of International Engagement. 

Orientation is MANDATORY for all new international students! Some sessions will be required and some will be optional (this will be noted in the schedule). Additionally, all new international students will be charged a $125 supplement fee, regardless of whether you attend Orientation, so make sure you arrive on time to get your money's worth!

Classes begin on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023.

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Arrival Information

Book your airfare to either the Waterloo Regional Airport (ALO), which offers connecting service from Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) or to Cedar Rapids Airport (CID) which is 63 miles (99 km) from UNI. The Office of International Engagement offers FREE airport pick up to international students who are arriving at the Waterloo or Cedar Rapids airport or the Waterloo Bus Terminal. You must arrive between Jan. 8-10, 2023 in order to receive this service. We encourage you to make your arrival during this time otherwise travel from the airport to UNI will be at your own expense.  

Please complete the International Engagement Arrival Form as soon as you know your travel dates to let us know when you are coming to UNI and to register for orientation.

Linen Packets

International Engagement provides a linen packet consisting of a X-Long Comforter and Sheets, Standard Size Pillow, Twin Size Blanket, (1) Bath Towel, (1) Hand Towel (1) Wash Cloth  $75. The packet fits only beds at the UNI Residence Halls. You may request your linen packet via the Arrival Form. If you order a linen packet and you live on campus it will be delivered to your dorm and can be picked up at the front desk upon arrival. If you live off campus and would like a linen packet, you will need to pick this up at our office at 113 Maucker Union during normal office hours (Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.). The $75 cost will be charged to your university bill after Orientation.


If you arrange on-campus accommodations while attending UNI you can check in to your residence hall starting on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. If you have not secured on-campus housing at this time, please complete the housing contract as soon as possible.

If you plan to arrive in Cedar Falls prior to Jan. 8, 2023 you will need to make your own arrangements for housing and transportation. You can make arrangements to stay in a hotel near campus or with a friend or relative in the area. You can find hotel information at the Cedar Falls Tourism and Visitors Bureau.