The University of Akron welcomes a group of new international students at welcome reception.

Plan your Arrival to The University of Akron

We are eager to welcome you to Akron and assist you in achieving your academic and career goals!

Please read this page carefully and follow the steps below to ensure you are fully prepared for your travels to The University of Akron and our region.


Note to admitted students:

Intent to enroll:

If you need to defer:


Arrival dates to plan around

Arriving to the U.S.

F-1 or J-1 students, are permitted to enter the United States up to 30 days before the start of your program.

When you must be on campus for orientation

Orientation on campus is mandatory for ALL new international students INCLUDING those transferring from another U.S. institution. Please purchase your flights accordingly.

  • On-campus orientation for students starting in Summer 2019 is May 17, 2019.
  • On-campus orientation for students starting in Fall 2019 is August 20, 2019.

Information to help prepare you for Akron:

Section 1 | Before you Arrive

  • Immigration: Get your I-20 or DS-2019
  • Getting to Akron
  • Choose housing
  • Pre-purchase bedding & towels
  • Set up your UA email
  • Confirmation fees
  • For undergraduate students only

See details


Section 2 | Orientation & Class Registration

  • Online orientation
  • On-campus orientation
  • Class registration
  • Vaccinations and Tuberculosis (TB) testing

See details


Section 3 | After you arrive

  • Required immigration check in
  • Health insurance
  • Paying bills
  • Banks
  • Cell phone
  • Updating your personal information and emergency notifications

See details


Section 4 | Other Information

  • For parents
  • For students under 18 years old
  • For Global Nomads/Third Culture Kids

See details