Attending Registration and Orientation
IELI Orientation Session (Mandatory)
You will participate in a cultural and academic orientation session for all new students at IELI. If you do not attend all sessions, you will be required to attend a late orientation once classes have started. IELI will also have social activities planned so you can meet your instructors, staff, and fellow students.
Placement Test: (Mandatory)
The test includes listening, reading, grammar, and composition. No preparation is needed to take the two-hour test; results of the test are available the next day.
Location: Marquis Hall, Room
Time: Exactly 8 a.m. Please be on time.
What to bring: I-20 or DS-2019, IELI admission letter, passport, I-94, 2 pencils, record of Meningitis vaccine, and tuition payment.
Entering the United States
Prepare to Enter the U.S.
At the port of entry, be ready to show the U.S. admitting officer any official immigration and travel documents that belong to you and your family members (if they are coming with you to the U.S. while you study).
The list below contains possible documents that you may have to show, depending on what your immigration status will be in the U.S. while you are studying. Most students will be studying on an F-1 visa.
- Original I-20 issued by UNT (3 page document): for F-1 visa students and F-2 visa dependents (family members).
- Passport and any dependent passports.
- Visa stamp
- Any other original, official immigration documents that show your current immigration status in the United States (if you already have one).
Please Make Sure…
- Your passport is stamped by the officer.
- The officer writes your correct immigration status on the passport after stamping it. If the immigration status is not correct, nicely ask the officer if he/she could please check it again.
Finances and Tuition Payments
Prepare a budget and plan carefully to be sure that you have regular transfer of funds from your home country to cover your expenses in the U.S.
- The estimated expenses stated on your I-20 or DS-2019 are average costs for an academic year.
- Learn if your country has restrictions on sending money abroad.
- Keep an emergency balance of at least two months’ expenses on deposit in the U.S. at all times.
- We have a bank on campus where you can set up an account to avoid international transaction fees.
- DO NOT CARRY LARGE AMOUNTS OF CASH.
- Contact your credit card company BEFORE you come to the U.S. to notify them that you will be leaving your country. If you do not contact the credit card company, you credit card might not work in the U.S.
- You will need about $6500 for tuition, housing, and living expenses for an eight-week session.
- Use traveler’s checks in U.S. dollars or credit cards. For credit a use, there will be a 2.7% service fee.
- Failure to complete payment or prove sponsorship at registration results in a late fee of $100.
IELI students may see doctors, nurses, and pharmacists at the Health Center with a student ID card.
- Health care in the U.S. is expensive.
- All international students at IELI and UNT must have health insurance during the time they are in the U.S.
- Non sponsored students will have health insurance through UNT’s student insurance plan, Aetna. Your coverage begins as soon as your plane lands, however, you will not receive your insurance card until after the 12th class day.
- International students must NOT buy medical insurance in their home country to bring to UNT.
All new students under the age of 22 are required to be vaccinated against bacterial meningitis. You can get the Meningitis vaccination in your home country, but your vaccine records must be in English. The UNT Health & Wellness Center offers bacterial meningitis vaccines as well. You MUST provide proof of the vaccine before you attend the first Orientation session. Failure to provide proof will result in you missing the orientation session and you will be taken to the health center to receive the vaccine and will need to attend the late orientation session. Students will NOT be allowed to begin classes unless they have provided proof of the bacterial Meningitis vaccine.
UNT encourages all students to visit their physician before leaving their home country to seek advice about immunizations for communicable diseases. Americans typically receive immunizations for mumps, measles, rubella, and tuberculosis. For more information on these requirements please visit: www.healthcenter.unt.edu/immunization-requirements
How to Provide Evidence of Immunization
- Download the “Bacterial Meningitis Immunization Record Form” from www.healthcenter.unt.edu
- Contact your doctor to receive vaccination before you come to the U.S.
- Your doctor needs to fill our and sign the Student Section of “Bacterial Meningitis Immunizations Record.”
- The document must be completed in English and must be easy to read.
- Mail or deliver the “Bacterial Meningitis Immunization Record Form: to UNT Student Health and Wellness Center.
Residence Halls are a great choice for single students coming to study at UNT. We have 14 Residence Halls to choose from at different price points. All of the residence halls come with study areas, wireless internet, digital cable TV access, laundry rooms, vending areas, helpful staff and great opportunities for involvement and potential new friends. UNT Residence Halls are safe, inexpensive, and convenient for new students and provide opportunities to meet other UNT students. Some Residence Hall fees include a meal plan. Apply early because space is limited.
Reserve a room on campus, view rooms, and apply online at www.unt.edu/housing. Most residence halls are located near the IELI Building (ISB Building). Request a room as soon as possible!
For housing rates, hall and room types, and payment due dates, please refer to the UNT Housing web site: www.unt.edu/housing
If you cancel your housing application without a 30-day notice, you will pay a penalty.
Apartment or Flat
There are apartments available at varying prices in Denton and the surrounding area. Many apartments are within walking distance of UNT. Some will require transportation. UNT’s free student bus routes go to most area apartments. However, students may need to buy a bicycle or a car if they choose an apartment off campus.
UNT cannot locate or reserve an apartment for students in advance. UNT provides apartment/flat finding information, but cannot provide apartment-finding services. Students may be able to get assistance by contacting the student organization from their home country. See our Student Organizations Page. Students can also look for roommates or available rooms with other UNT students in apartments nearby here: https://offcampushousing.unt.edu/
There are numerous apartments in Denton as well as the surrounding area. Please utilize these websites:
You might consider the following:
- Most apartments are NOT furnished
- You may need to pay additional expenses, like a deposit/or monthly fees for utilities (electricity, water, gas, internet, telephone).
- After an apartment contract is signed, there is a financial penalty for leaving earlier than the contract states. Therefore, UNT recommends that single students live in a UNT residence hall for the first semester. This gives students time to choose an apartment carefully and to look for roommates to share costs.
- The IELI Student Counselor can give you information about how to search for an apartment. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
- Student from your country may be able to help you find an apartment and/or roommates.
If Your Plans Change
If you cannot come to the IELI, contact IELI Admissions Advisor to update your I-20 by completing the IELI Update Request form. You can contact the Admissions Advisor at email@example.com.
IELI Late Arrival Request
IELI Update/Withdrawal Form
- 1st update request within one year of original IELI application term is FREE.
- For any update within one year of original IELI term after the first update, you will need to pay the $25 Update Fee for each update.
If you are wanting to come for an IELI term that is more than one year past your original application term, you must reapply to the IELI and pay the $75 Application Fee again.
IELI Application Form
IELI Fee Payment
Making Travel Plans
You must arrive BEFORE the entry date listed on your I-20 (if you have an F-1 visa) or on your DS-2019 (if you have a J-1 visa). You may enter the U.S. no earlier than 30 days before the school reporting date.
Arrival at DFW Airport in Texas
Free airport pick-up for new IELI students. If interested, please follow the steps below:
- Schedule your arrival time at DFW between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., on either Sunday or Monday prior to the IELI registration day (see calendar).
- Complete the “Airport Pick-up” form
- Submit form online by clicking “Submit by E-mail”, or print out and send by fax.
- Fax: 940-565-4822, “Attention: IELI airport pick-up request”
Important: The university cannot guarantee airport pick-up if you give a notice of less than one week. If you arrive outside of Airport Pickup times, you can reserve a shuttle to campus for $49.
Super Shuttle offers discounted UNT student rates. You must use the group code for UNT: 3UPCM in order to receive the UNT student rates: (Note: rates are subject to change depending on ridership and fuel prices)
Flight Delay or Cancellation:
If your flight is delayed or cancelled, or if you made arrangements with someone else to pick you up at the airport, please contact William Schuelke IMMEDIATELY.