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Arrival to UMD

Arrival to UMD


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The International Student & Scholar Services office has created an arrival guide for all international students studying at UMD that includes information about academics, related campus activities, communication, money/banking, climate, cultural considerations, housing, safety & security, transportation, and more. The arrival guide provides instructions on how to get to campus from the various international airports in the metro DC area.

Undergraduate students who live on campus are given permission to move into their accommodations the day before International Student Orientation begins. 

We suggest that those who are living off-campus arrive a few days prior to International Student Orientation to search for housing, if necessary. 

All J-1 visa exchange students can enter the US up to 30 days prior to the start date of the period of coverage listed on the Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status form. 


All exchange students must attend the required Incoming Exchange Student Orientation at the beginning of the semester Please refer to your MyEA application portal for detailed information about the incoming exchange orientation schedule.

The Incoming Exchange Orientation activities will help your transition to UMD. Orientation will cover topics such as  academics, the UMD student code of conduct, housing, immigration, a campus tour, health and safety, and adjusting to American culture. Orientation also gives you an opportunity to meet other exchange students and participate in an excursion to Washington, DC.