Checklist

Here is a checklist of important assignments you must complete as you prepare to register for classes.

  1. Review Travel Guide to UT Dallas website for valuable information on:

  • Timing of Arrival
  • Port of Entry
  • What to Pack
  • Traveling to Dallas, TX
  • Transportation to UT Dallas campus
  1. Complete these tasks before coming to the US:

  • Register for International Student Orientation: (mandatory for F-1 and J-1 students).
    • Before picking a date, learn the date of your department orientation, and choose an earlier date for International Student Orientation.
    • You can attend International Student Orientation before you have your TB Test results, but you cannot register for classes until both requirements have been met.
  • Submit immigration documents (mandatory) – All F-1 and J-1 students must submit a copy of immigration documents to ISSODocuments@utdallas.edu.  Visit the Immigration Document Verification webpage for details on documents to submit and submission instructions. 
    • Form I-20, signed by you at the bottom of page one.
    • Visa
    • ** I-94 printout in English (**this will need to be completed after entering the US).
  • Access Galaxy (mandatory) - Log in to the Galaxy online portal to access UT Dallas Email and student self-service tools.
    • All official communication will be sent to your UT Dallas Email account.
    • Galaxy (ex: Student Center, Academic Records, etc.) will tell you what is needed to remove your holds, and which department to contact. Take care of the proper documentation required for the holds to expedite your registration process.
  • Meningitis Vaccination Form:  (mandatory).  All students (under the age of 22) must take the meningitis vaccine and submit the results to the UTD Registrar’s Office per the instructions on their website. 
  • Research Financial Support Opportunities: (optional).  Visit the Financial Resources page to learn financial opportunities that may be available.
  • Prepare for life at UT Dallas
    • Arrange Housing – See the following for more information
    • Money: Determine the cost of tuition and fees, along with living expenses, and start-up deposits, and make arrangements to transfer money to cover cost.  In the past, international students have spent approximately $11,000 (U.S. dollars) in their first month at UT Dallas for tuition and fees, living expenses, and start-up deposits.  Do not bring this amount in cash.  We have found that international students typically bring $200-$400 in cash when they arrive. 

    • Medical and Dental Care: It is recommended that you schedule medical and dental appointments before you depart your home country.  You may also want to bring any prescription or any non-prescription medications (with copies of your prescriptions translated into English) with you.  (see information below about obtaining Health Insurance)
  1. Complete these steps after arriving to UT Dallas, but before registering for classes:

  • Submit immigration documents (mandatory) – All F-1 and J-1 students must submit a copy of immigration documents to ISSODocuments@utdallas.edu.  Visit the Immigration Document Verification webpage for details on documents to submit and submission instructions. 
    • Form 1-20, signed by you at the bottom of page one.
    • Visa
    • I-94 printout in English
  • Transfer Students: (mandatory).  If you are transferring your SEVIS record from another U.S. institution to UT Dallas, submit copies of the following documents 30 days before your program start date:
    • The above listed documents
    • UT Dallas Financial Affidavit
    • EAD card (if applicable)

      Important note: Scanning machines are available in the McDermott Library and Visitor Center/Copy Center, and are free to use.
  • Tuberculosis (TB) Documentation Form (mandatory): Effective for all new students, all persons born outside the United States will be required to have a Tuberculosis screening (IGRA blood test, includes QuanitFERON and T-Spot) prior to registering for UTD classes.  This must be administered and interpreted in the United States.  See the Student Health Center website for details.
  • Make a decision about your options for Student Health Insurance
  • Manage your Holds -  It is important to note that you cannot register for classes until most holds are removed.   Access Galaxy (Orion Student Service Center) to determine what holds are on your account and the appropriate department you must visit to clear your registration holds.  Common holds include:
    • International Orientation - will not be removed until after attending
    • Enrollment - Academic Documents (transcripts, test scores, etc)
    • Meningitis Vaccination Form (see above)
    • Tuberculosis (TB) Documentation Form (see above)
    • Cannot Register Online, means you have to meet with your academic advisor before registering
    • Extended Payment Deadline – this does not stop you from registering for classes
  • Attend the International Student Orientation
  1. Complete these steps after attending International Student Orientation:

  • Register for classes - Meet with an academic advisor, and attend any department orientation if required. 
  • Update your local address - Log in to Galaxy and update your local address, and include a local phone when available.
  • Pay tuition and fees - UT Dallas Bursar’s Office offers information about the cost of tuition and fees and acceptable payment methods.

Fees international students will have on their accounts:

  • Comet Card (student ID) - Take the printout of your schedule of classes (with your UTD ID showing) to the Comet Center to apply for your Comet Card after registering for classes.
  • Apply for Transit Pass - Once registered for classes, you are eligible to apply for a free Dallas Area Transit Authority (DART) Bus Pass.
  • Get Involved - Start with attending the International Student Conference, and other campus activities.  Visit the Comet Calendar to get all the event information.

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