Intercultural Programs

Travel Guide to UT Dallas

Timing of Arrival

  • USCIS immigration regulations allow F-1 and J-1 students to enter the United States no earlier than 30 days prior to the start date on the I-20 or DS-2019.
  • Consider the dates of all required orientations when choosing the appropriate International Student Orientation.

Port of Entry Advice

  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement provides information on what an F-1 student or J-1 exchange visitor can expect upon arrival at a U.S. port of entry. You may want to download and print this information to carry it with you as you travel to the U.S.

What to Pack

  • Pack Light — Visit the U.S. Transportation Security Administration website to determine which items are prohibited for air travel.
  • Clothes — The weather in Texas changes with the seasons. It is very hot during the summer (High 100 degrees Fahrenheit / 37 degrees Celsius), and cold in the winter (Low 32 degrees Fahrenheit / 0 degrees Celsius).
  • Fashion — While there is no formal dress code at U.S. universities, most students dress casually such as jeans and shirts. It is recommended that you bring at least one semi-formal outfit.
  • Mementos from Home — You may want to bring items that remind you of home. You may also want to bring traditional dress from your country for festivals and/or special occasions.
  • Household Items — Plan on purchasing most of your household items (small electrical appliances, kitchenware, bed sheets, towels, etc.) once you arrive.
  • Valuables — We recommend that you put valuable items in your carry-on bag in case your suitcase gets lost or misplaced during your flight. Carry your immigration documents with you during your flight.
  • Important Documents — Consider having your important documents (school transcripts, marriage license, medication prescriptions, etc.) translated into English before you leave your county.

To learn more information about what to pack for your trip to the U.S., watch the “What to Pack” video.

Traveling to Dallas, TX


Train and Bus Services

  • AMTRAK arrives at Union Station in downtown Dallas (Distance from campus: 20 miles/ 32 Km)
  • Greyhound arrives in downtown Dallas (Distance from campus: 20 miles/ 32 Km)
  • Megabus arrives in downtown Dallas (Distance from campus: 16.4 miles/ 26.4 Km)

Transportation to the UT Dallas campus

These are local transportation options to get you to UT Dallas from the airports, train and bus stations.

  • Shared Rides (Shuttle Services) can cost between $25 to $40. There are many shuttle options, two popular services include City Shuttle: 214-777-7777 and SuperShuttle.
  • Taxi cab service is available at each airport/station, and cost generally ranges from $55 to $75 to UT Dallas.
  • Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) is the local bus and light rail train service. To get to UT Dallas, find the connection to the DART Red Line (light rail) going north, and stop at the Bush Turnpike Station to take Route 883 (UT Dallas Shuttle).
  • Some UT Dallas student organizations provide transportation for new students from the DFW airport to campus. Contact these student organizations by reviewing the list on the ICP Housing webpage.

Please contact these resources directly for more information on airport pickups. Contact ICP if you need additional help.

For driving directions visit the UT Dallas’ directions webpage.