Frequently Asked Questions About Orientation

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I’m a U.S. Citizen (or Lawful Permanent Resident) who grew up outside the U.S. May I attend International Student Orientation even though I’m not an international student?

Yes, you may. You will find International Student Orientation extremely helpful.

I wasn’t able to get a flight to arrive in time for Orientation Check-In. Can I join International Student Orientation late?

Although we don’t recommend it, you can join International Student Orientation late. We will have a Late Arrivals table, where you can check in. However, since the orientation schedule is quite full, we urge you to come as soon as you can so that you don’t miss too much.

You must have the university's permission if you think you will arrive late for International Student Orientation or after classes begin.

I reserved a room in UB’s residence halls. Can I stay there during International Student Orientation?

Yes, you can check in to your residence hall right before International Student Orientation begins. No check-ins will be permitted before this time.

> For specific date information, check the current orientation schedule here.

If I’m not living on campus, where can I stay while looking for off-campus housing?

You can stay in a hotel, or at a  friend’s or relative’s home, or at a UB student’s apartment. There is a list of hotels in the New International Student Guide.

You can also contact international student clubs that provide assistance to new students.

Please make temporary housing arrangements prior to your arrival in Buffalo. We do not recommend arriving on campus with lots of luggage and no place to spend the night, as it is very difficult to find permanent housing in one day.

What advice do you have about finding off-campus housing?

We urge you not to rent off-campus housing without seeing it first. Choosing a place to live is one of the most important decisions you will make when you come to Buffalo. Please be careful. Please also do your research.

Read our important tips about off-campus housing!

When can I register for my classes?

New undergraduate students who submit their Health Background and Immunization Form, complete the Orientation Data Form and are contacted by an academic advisor may be able to register for classes before coming to Buffalo. Other new undergraduate students will register for classes during International Student Orientation.

> For specific date information check the current orientation schedule here.

Before you register, you must attend the mandatory Immigration and "Your Role in the UB Community" sessions, and submit a complete UB Health Background and Immunizations Form.

When can I get my University ID Card (UB Card) and single-use password?

You will receive your UB Card and single-use password at Orientation Check-In.

Where can I get answers to other questions students frequently ask about International Student Orientation?

Visit the Office of International Student Services' Frequently Asked Questions page.