Orientation: International Students
Each term International Affairs conducts a mandatory, comprehensive orientation for incoming international and exchange students.
Please download the following to prepare for your orientation:
- International Student Orientation Checklist [PDF]
- Fall 2013 Undergraduate International Orientation Schedule [PDF], or
- Fall 2013 Graduate International Orientation Schedule [PDF]
|Undergraduate and Exchange Student Fall 2013 Orientation||August 20, 2013, 9:00 a.m.|
|Graduate Student Fall 2013 Orientation||August 20, 2013, 12:00 p.m.|
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 join the SAIC International Affairs Facebook Fanpage where you will be able to connect with helpful staff and get important information.
Getting to SAIC
There are a variety of options to travel to SAIC; for details, see: saic.edu/visit/directions.
For a shuttle option you can 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% 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 take authorized taxis from the airports. Authorized taxi stands will be clearly marked outside the baggage claim area, 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 1-3 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 Update—I-94 Card
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is now issuing electronic I-94 cards. All traveler information is entered electronically and paper I-94 cards are no longer issued.
If you need an I-94 Card 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 card to apply for a Social Security number, driver’s license, state ID and to complete the I-9 packet 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 US and re-enter, you will be issued an electronic I-94.
For more information, please visit the CBP website outlining the electronic I-94 card and instructions.
I-94 Fact Sheet [PDF]