International Affairs: Arrival and Orientation
Each term International Affairs conducts a mandatory, comprehensive orientation for incoming international and exchange students.
Spring International Student Orientation (UG/GR)—Thursday, January 18, 2018
Summer International Student Orientation (UG/GR)—Friday, July 6, 2018
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 email@example.com 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
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 $31.80 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 $68 for one to three passengers (for first available vehicle—sedan, stretch, SUV, etc).
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) now issues electronic I-94 cards. All traveler information is entered electronically. Paper I-94 cards are no longer issued.
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]