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Saturday, August 18, 2018  

 

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

Location: Building 39, Room 1016.

 

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. 

 

To find the location, you can access the UNF campus map

12:00 noon - 1:00 pm 

Free Lunch and Greetings   

 

Location: Building 39, Room 1016.

 

To find the location, you can access the UNF campus map

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

Location: Building 39, Room 1016.

 

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 

 

To find the location, you can access the UNF campus map

 

 

Orientation Timetable 

 

 

 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 Wednesday, August 15. 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 Friday, August 3:

               - 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 August 17, thus if you move in before August 17, 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.

 

Arrival to UNF

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

Health Insurance Requirement: Students in F-1, F-2, J-1 and J-2 status must maintain, and provide proof of, health insurance coverage from the first day of class until the last day before the next semester begins EACH semester, thus insuring there is no lapse in coverage. There are two ways to satisfy this requirement. (1) Select and purchase UNF Health Insurance. (2) Submit proper documentation to prove you will have alternative health insurance that meets the designated requirements, and get approval from the UINF Office of Medical Compliance.

  • To sign up for UNF Health Insurance - log in to your MyWings account, navigate to your “Student Tab”, select “Student Holds”, and select the health insurance hold.  If you would like to purchase UNF health insurance, select “opt in”, which will make you responsible to pay for UNF insurance. 

You may find more information about UNF Insurance here via the following forms found in the box on the right hand side of the website:

The cost of the UNF Insurance for Fall 2018 is about $820 USD.  The exact price is not yet available.  For detailed questions about the UNF Health Insurance, please contact UNF Medical Compliance at medical_compliance@unf.edu

If you are NOT signing up for UNF Health Insurance and you will choose to have alternative health insurance, you can log in to your MyWings account. navigate to your “Student Tab”, select “Student Holds”, and select the health insurance hold and select “opt out”. You will need to complete and submit the “International Student Health Insurance Compliance Form” found at http://www.unf.edu/shs/Immunization.aspx to the Office of Medical Compliance as soon as possible. It is important to note that your alternative insurance company agrees to all 16 of the Florida State required benefits and the forms are filled out completely.
  

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 arriving Fall 2017.  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 2018 Facebook group as the first step to start your experience as an International Osprey. Click on the link below to access the group or look it up through your Facebook account as “UNF International Students 2018”. 


 UNF International Students 2018   

 

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