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International Students - Orientation

International Student Orientation

Saturday, August 17, 2019  

 

Orientation day schedule
Time Activity
9:00 am - 11:00 am    Orientation Presentation for F-1 Students

 Location: TBD. 

   

During this presentation we will cover important topics such as F-1 non-immigrant visa regulations and responsibilities, enrollment requirements, and on-campus employment.   

 Please bring the following items/information to orientation:     

  •  I-20 (F-1 students)  
  •  Passport and visa      
  •  Local U.S. address (You will know this at time of move-in to UNF Housing, if you are living on campus)      
  •  Phone number     

  Note: Please plan on arriving at least 15 minutes before 9:00 am (8:45 am).    

11:00 am - 12:00 noon     Welcome and UNF Campus Tour

Meeting point: International Center, Building 58 East, Second floor, Room 2300.  

  

Note: Please plan on arriving at least 15 minutes before 11:00 am (10:45 am). The campus tour will depart from the International Center at 11:00 am.   

12:00 noon - 1:00 pm  

Free Lunch and Greetings   

LocationTBD. 

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm    Orientation Presentation for J-1 Students

Location: TBD. 

   

During this presentation we will cover important topics such as J-1 non-immigrant visa regulations and responsibilities, enrollment requirements, and on-campus employment.   

Please bring the following items/information to orientation:     

  • DS-2019 (J-1 students)      
  •  Passport and visa      
  •  Local U.S. address (You will know this at time of move-in to UNF Housing, if you are living on campus)      
  •  Phone number     

Note: Please plan on arriving at least 15 minutes before 1:00 pm (12:45 pm).    

3:30 pm - 5:45 pm   Walmart Shopping Trip Shuttle

The International Center will provide shuttle transportation to and from Walmart for an opportunity to purchase food, personal items, and other things to improve your transition and stay at UNF Housing.     

Pick-Up location: In front of the UNF Bookstore/Student Union (Building 58)   

Drop-off location: UNF Fountains Housing area   

   

Note: There are limited seats in the shuttle. Space will be offered on a first come, first serve basis. Also, due to UNF policy and limited storage space in the shuttle, please DO NOT purchase the following items:   

  •  Bicycles      
  •  Refrigerators     
  •  Any other large items     
  •  Alcohol   
 

 

Note: to find a location, you can access the UNF campus map.

Orientation Timetable

 

On-campus Housing Check-in Service 

 Here are some important considerations for early check-in:   

  • If you have completed a UNF Housing Contract and will be living on campus, you are able to move into your dorm room as early as Thursday, January 3, 2019. If you would like to move in at this time, please let us know and we will arrange for your housing key to be made available to you upon your arrival (assistance will be available 24 hours a day).  Please, email us the following information to intlctr@unf.edu by Sunday, December 9, 2018:       
- Date of arrival
Time of arrival

- Flight information (Airline, date, time and flight number. If connecting flight to JAX is operated by a different company from your international flight please provide airline's name)

  • The official housing check-in date is the start date on your housing contract, thus if you move in before then, there will be a $30.00 per night early move-in fee.
  • Once we receive your confirmation email to pick up your housing key, we will send you more information regarding arriving to campus.

Your UNF housing fees are due the next day following your arrival. You can pay your housing fees in advance online through your myWings account using a debit or credit card. International credit cards have a 4.25 percent non-refundable convenience fee based on the amount charged for use of debit/credit cards for online payments. Payments can be made in the Student Financial Services Office by cash or check. You may not pay your bill in person at the Student Financial Services Office using a debit or credit card. For more information on how to pay, please visit the UNF website and search for Student Financial Services. From the menu select the How to Pay option to view the payment methods.

 

Arrival to UNF

When making travel plans, please keep in mind that you may only enter the U.S. no more than 30 days before the program start date on your Form I-20/DS-2019.

We strongly recommend that our students fly into the Jacksonville International Airport, located in Jacksonville, Florida.     

Airport code: JAX. 

   

If you will be arriving from out of the country, we recommend that you have a carry-on bag with all your essentials such as medications, toothbrush, and a change of clothes for a day or two, to take and keep with you on the plane. Students have had their luggage delayed (quite frequently) or have had their luggage lost (rarely).

PLEASE KEEP ALL IMMIGRATION DOCUMENTS WITH YOU ON THE PLANE; DO NOT PUT THEM IN YOUR CHECKED LUGGAGE.  You will need these documents to process through immigration when you arrive in the United States. 

 

JAX Airport offers free Wi-Fi, for communication or arrangement of ground transportation once you arrive to Jacksonville. 

  

Where to go once you have arrived to the Jacksonville International Airport: Please note the Jacksonville International Airport (JAX), is located approximately 25 miles from the UNF campus. There are different ground transportation options from the airport to campus that you can use.

 

The UNF Osprey Fountains address where the driver should take you is 4634 Osprey Ridge Road Jacksonville, Florida 32224. In case you need to ask for directions, you can call the Osprey Fountains front desk for 24 hour assistance at 904-620-5000. 

 

Immunization Form

Prior to your arrival at UNF, please make sure you have submitted your immunization record(s) to the UNF Office of Medical Compliance.  If you have not submitted your immunization record(s), you will not be allowed to register for classes.   

   

Registration Holds

Please log on to myWings account and check your student account for any registration holds. You will need to clear your holds in order to register for classes. Many of the holds are informational holds you must read a statement about and agree/disagree to.  One hold is due to an interactive safety and awareness program called Campus Clarity.  You may access and clear your holds, including Campus Clarity, via your MyWings student portal. 

The online Campus Clarity course can be completed in one hour. To complete the course:

  • Log in to your myWings account.
  • From the Student tab, locate the My Records channel.
  • Access the course through the Campus Clarity link.

 If you are having issues with your myWings account, please contact the UNF Help Desk at (904) 620-4357. If you have a question about any hold on your account, please reach out to the office responsible for that hold – this is listed with a phone number next to each hold. If for any reason you are not able to complete Campus Clarity, contact the International Center as soon as possible.

 

Health Insurance

All international students are required to have medical insurance while studying at UNF and have an insurance “hold” placed on their accounts. Students have the option to either (1) enroll in the UNF Health Insurance plan or (2) purchase an alternative health insurance plan. Please note we will not be able to register you for classes until you have cleared your holds.

 

Decide whether you will choose option 1 or option 2. ALL exchange students must visit UNF Students Heath Services web to download and fill out the UNF International Student Insurance Agreement form and email it to Medical Compliance

 

Option 1: After you submit the completed UNF International Student Insurance Agreement, UNF Medical Compliance will automatically enroll you in the UNF health insurance plan. Note that once you have chosen the UNF health insurance plan, a charge for UNF health insurance is automatically added to your account and you will be required to pay the fee. Once the semester begins, you will be able to download and print your insurance card. 

 

For specific information regarding the UNF insurance plan, please visit Gallagher Student and Student Health Services Immunization's web section. The cost of the UNF Insurance for Spring 2019 is $785 USD. For detailed questions about UNF Health Insurance, please contact UNF Medical Compliance.  

 

Option 2: If you decide to have alternative health insurance (insurance that is NOT from UNF), you will need to have your insurance company complete the International Student Health Insurance Compliance Form located in the UNF Students Heath Services web and submit via email to Medical Compliance. It is important to note that the alternative insurance company agrees to all 16 of the Florida State required benefits and the forms are filled out completely, including signed and stamped by the insurance company. 

 

We recommend that exchange students purchase UNF insurance as it will avoid any problems with registering for classes.

 

University Payment Deadlines

For any University payment deadlines please check with each specific office. We recommend you pay your student charges before the deadline. You may pay by personal check (UNF does not accept international checks), travelers checks, credit card (online only), or cash. UNF accepts all major credit cards. For credit card payments, please pay online by logging into your myWings account. There is a video that shows how to pay charges via your myWings account.  

 

Get Connected

We have created a closed Facebook group for new UNF International Students. This will serve as a platform to connect with each other and engage with our UNF community.  Because we don’t want you to miss a thing while you are here, we will be posting regularly about all the different events on campus, relevant information and ideas of things to do while you are in the US. We invite you to join the UNF International Students Facebook group as the first step to start your experience as an International Osprey.

 

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