- What to Expect at UW-Platteville
- Global Amigos Program
- CASA Program
- Frequently Asked Questions
- International Student Handbook
- Obtaining a Visa
- Pre-Arrival Checklist
- Academic Calendar
- Banking/Paying Bills
- Health Insurance
- On-Campus Housing/Residence Life
- Off-Campus Housing (Rental Resources)
- Maintaining Legal Status
- Dining/Meal Plans
- Platteville: Your New Community
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OBTAIN THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS BEFORE BOOKING A FLIGHT TO THE U.S.:
- PASSPORT. Before leaving your country, confirm that your passport and nonimmigrant visa are still valid for entry into the United States. The passport should be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your expected stay. Example: If you return home on January 1, 2013, your passport needs to be valid to at least July 1, 2013.
- VISA. A valid visa is required to enter the United States as a student (issued by the United States consulate or embassy in your country). Check to see that your visa accurately reflects your correct visa classification. If the visa states the name of the institution you will attend or identifies the exchange program in which you are participating, verify that this information is accurate as well. If your review indicates any discrepancies or potential problems, visit the U.S. Embassy or Consulate to obtain a new visa.
- I-20 or DS-2019. An I-20 or DS-2019 issued by UW-Platteville is required to enter the U.S. Verify that all the information (including your major, spelling of your name, financial information, degree level, program start date, etc.) on the document is correct. The name on your I-20 or DS-2019 should match the name exactly as they appear on your passport. If there is an error on your I-20 or DS-2019, please contact the ISSS Office at UW-Platteville.
ORIENTATION PROGRAM FORM/FEE:
- Please fill out the ARRIVAL/ORIENTATION PROGRAM ENROLLMENT/PAYMENT FORM. You will have received this form in the mail with your I-20 or DS-2019.
- Pay the appropriate fee(s). Instructions are on the form.
- Please fill out the Residence Hall Rental Agreement form and submit payment if you will be living in on-campus housing. If you meet the requirements to live off-campus, you may choose to fill out the Application for Exemption form.
PLACEMENT TESTS (F-1/DEGREE-SEEKING STUDENTS ONLY):
- All new students (freshman and transfer students) entering UW-Platteville must take the UW-System Mathematics and English Placement Test before registering for classes. You should prepare for the placement tests before taking them during orientation week.
- Practice Math Placement Test: http://testing.wisc.edu/centerpages/mathtest.html
- Practice English Test: http://testing.wisc.edu/centerpages/englishtest.html
FLIGHT/Arrival to the u.s.:
- Students and exchange visitors entering the United States for the first time under their respective nonimmigrant visa classification may only be admitted up to 30-days prior to the program start date.
- Book a flight to Chicago O'Hare Airport (ORD) in Illinois, the United States of America. Please check the ARRIVAL/ORIENTATION PROGRAM ENROLLMENT/PAYMENT FORM for information on the date/time you should arrive to meet the UW-Platteville staff to take the bus back to Platteville.
- Make sure to have at least three hours in between arrival and bus departure to Platteville.
- Please e-mail your flight information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Review the arrival procedures for the U.S. Port of Entry
- Please let the ISSS Office know as soon as possible if you are delayed. If you miss the bus to Platteville you will have to spend the night at a hotel in Chicago and travel by bus through Madison to Platteville the next day.
- Have a working cell phone/coins/calling card available if you need to make a call.
WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU TO PLATTEVILLE:
- DS 2019 or I-20
- Other forms of identification (driver's license or ID card)
- Cash or credit/debit card
- Folder for all important documents
- Cell phone/calling card
- List of contact persons and phone numbers from both home country and United States
- Your own insurance if you plan to come to the United States before orientation starts. UW-Platteville insurance coverage (required) will start on the program start date listed on your I-20 or DS-2019.
- Medication, medical forms (if applicable)
- Summer, fall, and winter clothing. Wisconsin winters can be very cold.
- Voltage converter if you plan to use electronic devices from your own country
- Translation Guide (electronic or paper dictionary)
- Your bank account information (home country). Make sure you have access to your bank account online OR bring documentation. It is possible for international students to open a U.S. bank account in Platteville.
- When you travel, you should carry your immigration documents (passport, visa, I-20, etc.) in your hand luggage. Do not check them in your baggage! If your baggage is lost or delayed, you will not be able to show the documents to the Customs and Border Protection Officer and, as a result, may not be able to enter the United States.
- Keep all valuable items in your hand luggage.
- Check with your airline about how many suitcases you can bring. Most airlines allow only 1 free suitcase per person.
- Print out a list of hotels close to Chicago O'Hare in case your flight is delayed and you need to spend the night in Chicago.
- Print out the bus schedules from Chicago to Madison and from Madison to Platteville.
- Be prepared for the U.S. port of entry (POE) when you arrive at the airport in the U.S. by reading these tips.
- Please note that U.S. Customs does not allow individuals to carry more than $10,000 cash (USD) into the United States.
- Bring cultural items/clothing from your country to use in cultural events or as gifts for new friends.
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- Apply for the Global Amigos program to be paired with a current UW-Platteville student during your first semester.
- Apply for the CASA program: Community Ambassadors for Students from Abroad to be paired with a community host family.
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Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Friday, December 13, 2013 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 8:00am to Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 8:00pm
Tuesday, April 1, 2014