International Students

Each term International Affairs conducts a mandatory, comprehensive International Student Experience for incoming international and exchange students.

For Students

Fall 2018 International Student Experience:

Undergraduate Students: Monday, August 20–Friday, August 24
Fall 2018 International Undergraduate Student Orientation Schedule [PDF]‌

Graduate Students: Friday, August 24
Fall 2018 International Graduate Student Orientation Schedule [PDF]‌

International Parent and Guest Orientation
Parents and Guests can register now.

Immigration Check-in with International Affairs will take place on Thursday, August 23

New Student Orientation Schedule [PDF]

Parent & Guest Orientation Schedule [PDF]

‌International Parent and Families Orientation Schedule [PDF]

International Student Orientation Checklist [PDF]

Please plan your travel accordingly and check back for detailed information. Email updates will also be sent providing more detailed information.

Please do not hesitate to contact International Affairs with any questions at or by phoning 312.629.6830.

Be sure to like the SAIC International Affairs Facebook Page where you will be able to connect with helpful staff and get important information.

Getting to SAIC

We are excited to inform you that SAIC will offer three free rides from O'Hare Airport Terminal 5 to Residence Halls on International move-in day, Sunday, August 19. There will be three pick-ups; 11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.. There will be representatives of SAIC on that day waiting in between A & B exits in Terminal 5 Arrival. There is an information desk under the flight information screens. We will have a welcome sign. 

Please sign up for one of the pick-up times in the link below.  Please note that you cannot sign-up without your flight information. Also, you'll need to expect to spend at least two hours to go through Immigration and Customs. Please select a shuttle time that is two or more hours after your flight's arrival.

If you miss your pickup time or arrive on a different date or times that you cannot meet one of the pick-up times, there are a variety of options for traveling to SAIC.

For a shuttle from the airport, visit Airport Express: SAIC Airport Transfer Reservations and select Arrival > One Way. Fill in your information for your availability, and select service (the most economical is Shared Van Service, valued around $40 USD). You must provide payment using a credit card and you will receive a confirmation from Airport Express. A 10 percent discount applies for SAIC students.

Airport Express also has ticket counters located at O'Hare Airport on the baggage claim level in each terminal: Terminal 1 (door 1E), Terminal 2 (door 2E), Terminal 3 (door 3E), and Terminal 5 (door 5D) and at Midway Airport across from the Southwest Airlines baggage claim.

Only use authorized taxis from the airports. Authorized taxi stands will be clearly marked outside baggage claim areas, with an attendant assisting. Do not accept rides from taxi/limo services that approach you outside the designated taxi stand area/queue.

Private limo services are also available. Companies that service both O’Hare and Midway airports include A1 Limousine Service and O'Hare-Midway Limousine Service. Rates vary and can typically be around $70 for one to three passengers (for first available vehicle—sedan, stretch, SUV, etc).
Please direct further questions to Campus Life at 312.629.6880 or email:

Port of Entry Information

When you enter the United States, you will need to clear Customs and Border Protection at your Port of Entry. Go to the US Department of Homeland Security’s website for an outline of the process.

Important Reminder about Electronic I-94 Cards

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issues electronic I-94 cards. All traveler information is entered electronically.  Paper I-94 cards are no longer issued except in rare circumstances.

If you need an I-94 number to apply for benefits you can visit the CBP website to print out a paper copy of your I-94 to use in the application process. For example, you will need to print a paper I-94 to apply for a Social Security number, driver’s license, state ID, and to complete the I-9 packet which is required to work on campus.

If you were issued a paper I-94 card prior to May 2013, you may continue to use this paper I-94 card up until your next departure. The next time you depart the United States and re-enter, you will be issued an electronic I-94 and will need to print it out yourself.

For more information, please visit the CBP website which describes the electronic I-94 card and instructions.

I-94 Fact Sheet [PDF]