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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.

Before you come to the US, you’ll need to do the following:

  • Apply for and receive your visa.
  • Reserve a flight to Dayton, Ohio.
  • Complete the required pre-arrival course.

To help you prepare for your arrival, ISSS created a pre-arrival course to share important information. The pre-arrival course is a series of online readings and videos that you can review at your own pace. It won't take very long; most students complete it in a couple hours.

New students are required to complete the pre-arrival course before coming to the US. To access the course, create an account on the Home base website using program code 145-54-41. 

Some of the information in the course is shared below. Students should access the course for full details. Students who do not complete the course may miss important academic, immigration and other information that could jeopardize their stay in the US.

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

  • August 10: University housing opens. If you are staying in university housing, this is the earliest you can move-in.
  • August 17: Intensive English Program (IEP) Orientation. Required for IEP students.
  • August 17-19: Bridges International Student Orientation. Required for all other international students.
  • August 22: University and IEP classes begin

ISSS offers free transportation from Dayton International Airport to campus. This service is provided from August 1st-22nd. 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

Here are some resources for finding housing off campus:

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.


International Student & Scholar Services

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