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New Student Arrival and Orientation

We are a global community

Welcome to the family. We look forward to seeing you in Dayton! 

This page is a starting point for arrival information. More detailed information can be found in our pre-arrival course and arrival emails.

International students should plan to arrive in Dayton before the start of orientation. The upcoming term’s orientation dates are listed below:

  • January 3: University housing opens. If you are staying in university housing, this is the earliest you can move-in.
  • January 4: Intensive English Program (IEP) Orientation. Required for IEP students.
  • January 4-6: Bridges International Student Orientation. Required for all other international students.
  • January 9: University and IEP classes begin

ISSS offers free transportation from Dayton International Airport to campus. This service is provided from December 5th-January 4th. Request this service at least 7 days in advance of your arrival.


International students should plan to arrive in Dayton before the start of orientation. The upcoming term’s orientation dates are listed below:

  • January 3: University housing opens. If you are staying in university housing, this is the earliest you can move-in.
  • January 4: Intensive English Program (IEP) Orientation. Required for IEP students.
  • January 4-6: Bridges International Student Orientation. Required for all other international students.
  • January 9: University and IEP classes begin

ISSS offers free transportation from Dayton International Airport to campus. This service is provided from December 5th-January 4th. Request this service at least 7 days in advance of your arrival.


Immigration regulations require that new students attend orientation. If you miss orientation, you risk violating your status.

Students in the Intensive English Program will attend an orientation designed specifically for them. All other students will attend Bridges International Student Orientation. Topics covered at Bridges include:

  • Immigration regulations
  • U.S., UD, and local culture
  • Introduction to university computer networks and technologies
  • Strategies and resources to be a successful student
  • Important health and safety information

Other highlights:

  • Meet with representatives from your academic unit
  • Receive specialized orientations from peers from your own countries
  • Learn how to find and prepare for a job in the U.S. and abroad
  • Tour campus
  • Make friends with new and returning students

Students will receive more information about orientation, including detailed schedules, as the date approaches.


ISSS does not arrange housing for students, and the University does not offer temporary housing. Make housing arrangements before you arrive.

If you wish to live in university housing, complete an application online at myhousing.udayton.edu.

Here are some resources for finding housing off campus:

www.apartments.com

www.airbnb.com

www.zillow.com

Nearby hotels:

Marriott at the University of Dayton

Courtyard Dayton - University of Dayton

Red Roof Inn


To protect the health of everyone on campus, the University requires students to provide immunization information. The form to fulfill this requirement can be downloaded here (Arabic, Chinese, Spanish versions).  Information must be verified by a physician, and must be submitted by orientation. The form must be filled out and signed by the student’s physician and returned by fax or email. If not completed beforehand, the University will require you to submit the signed form or have the vaccinations and TB test performed here at your expense. 

Health Insurance

To protect your health, safety, and finances, the university requires international students to possess health insurance coverage for you and your family. Coverage must meet university standards, be active while you are enrolled (including vacations), and be verified every semester. 

Your health insurance must meet these standards:

  • Cover at least a minimum of $250,000 per condition.
  • Have a deductible of $500 or less per individual.
  • Provide $50,000 or more for medical evacuation to your home country.
  • Provide $25,000 or more for repatriation (removal of remains after death) to your home country.
  • Be in effect for the entire time I am enrolled at UD, including vacations, for myself and dependents.

Some popular international student health insurance providers among UD international students:

  • ISO Insurance
  • Visit Insurance
  • Compass Insurance
  • PSI Health Insurance
  • PGH Global
  • International Student Insurance

The list is provided as a courtesy and are in no way endorsements. Students are free to choose a health insurance plan that best suits their needs and meets the requirements above.

Things to Consider Before Purchasing a Plan:

  • Access to doctors
  • Access to specialists
  • Pre-existing conditions coverage
  • Emergency and hospital care coverage
  • Regular physicals and healthcare screenings coverage
  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Obstetrician-Gynecologist (OB-GYN) access
  • Additional benefits
  • Cost

The US healthcare system is one of the best in the world but it is also one of the most complex and expensive too. Protect your health and finances -- purchase a health insurance plan!


Visit our Stay Informed page for the latest news and information regarding travel, vaccine, quarantine, and immigration requirements.


CONTACT

International Student & Scholar Services

Rike Center
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1701
937-229-2748
Email