J-1 Students Pre-Arrival Information
J1 Students and Exchange Students - All Campuses
J-1 Visiting Scholars, Researchers, and Professors Pre-Arrival Information
J-1 Scholars (Visiting Researchers and Professors) - All Campuses
Health Forms and Immunizations
All UConn students must submit a Student Health History Form to the UConn Student Health Services office by July 1 (fall admits) and January 1 (spring admits). You and your doctor/physician complete this form, which documents your immunization history and risk for Tuberculosis. The state of Connecticut requires students to have been immunized against certain diseases, and if you do not meet the immunization requirements by the 10th day of classes, a hold will be placed on your student account that prevents you from enrolling in classes. We strongly recommend that you obtain the required immunizations prior to departing your home country.
Storrs: Orientation Health Screening Storrs campus students with incomplete Student Health History forms must attend a Health Screening during orientation. During this health screening, Student Health Services can provide immunizations you are missing and administer TB and other lab tests, but you will have to pay for these services and tests if your health insurance has not yet become effective. See Health Insurance for International Students for further information. Graduate Assistant health insurance is not effective until September 1 or February 1 (after the Health Screening), and most temporary travel insurance plans do not cover immunizations. Regional campus students who need to obtain required immunizations after arrival must visit a local healthcare provider to obtain any missing requirements; this will not be provided at orientation.
Visiting Research Scholars and Professors: The University does not require you to have specific immunizations, or to complete the Student Health History Form. However, your visa does require you to maintain insurance meeting specific requirements. See Medical Insurance: Scholars for further information.
Off Campus Student Services – This Storrs based office offers numerous resources to help you understand the apartment search process, legal rights and responsibilities, international student assistance and more!
What to Pack
Connecticut is a four-season state, meaning we experience both very cold and very hot weather, as well as weather in-between. Please pack accordingly. You should plan to bring or purchase winter gear by October of each year.
UConn advises students who live on campus to bring these items; however, international students will need to purchase most of these items upon arrival due to packing limitations. Electrical sockets in the U.S. are 120/240 volts/60 hz. During orientation, many programs offer a new-student shopping trip.
Travel to the U.S.
Students and exchange visitors may arrive in the United States up to 30 days before the program start date listed on your Form I-20/DS-2019. This window of time allows you “settle in” before your program begins. Be mindful of your move-in date when you make your travel plans, and remember that you must arrive by the program start date on your Form I-20/DS-2019.
If flying to the U.S., remember that you will be required to declare all goods that you are bringing with you to the U.S., and their estimated value. If you are carrying 10,000 USD or more cash (combined with cash carried by any family members you travel with) this must be declared to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Most students and exchange visitors will pass through U.S. immigration at the first airport they land in the U.S. However, some travelers might go through U.S. immigration at an overseas airport. You must present to the U.S. immigration officer your passport with valid visa, and Form I-20/DS-2019. If you do not present your Form I-20/DS-2019, you could be admitted to the U.S. in the wrong visa status. You should also keep in your carry-on bag (not your checked luggage) additional items to show the officer in case they have further questions about your activity in the United States. This may include:
- I-901 SEVIS Fee payment receipt
- Financial documents to show how you will support yourself
- Admission or invitation letter to UConn
- ISSS phone number: 860-486-3855 (in case they need to verify information with the University) and UConn Police phone number 860-486-4800 (in case it is after business hours and ISSS cannot be reached)
The immigration officers should stamp your passport and write-in your visa classification (F-1, J-1, F-2, J-2) and the letters “D/S”. If they do not write in D/S, you should ask to have this corrected before leaving the immigration window.
If you are missing any documents, or if the immigration officers need to investigate whether you can be admitted to the United States, they might ask you to come to secondary inspection. In Secondary Inspection, the officers may ask further questions, look at your SEVIS record, and possibly inspect your support documentation. Please be advised that Customs and Border Protection officers may ask to see your cell phones, laptops or other electronic devices.
Bradley International Airport (BDL) in Windsor Locks, CT is the closest airport to Storrs and Hartford. Students also fly to JFK airport (JFK) in New York City, Newark Airport in New Jersey, or Logan Airport (BOS), in Boston.
Transportation to UConn
From Bradley International Airport (BDL):
UConn Airport Shuttle – ($60) You pay by credit card in advance. You must call the shuttle to provide your credit card information. Make your reservation at least one week in advance.
Taxis and Limousine Services Taxis are available outside of the airport. If there are no taxis at the airport please go to the Ground Transportation desk and they can arrange a taxi for you. The current taxi rate to Storrs is $79. Taxi drivers are tipped at a rate of 15-20% of the fare.
From New York City – JFK:
- Option 1 From Kennedy International (JFK) in New York take the Air Train to Jamaica Station (the last stop). At Jamaica Station transfer to the “E” Line (Blue Line). Take the “E” Line all the way to Manhattan and exit at “42 Street – Port Authority Bus Terminal”.
- Take the Peter Pan bus from New York Port Authority Bus Terminal to Storrs, University of Connecticut. The ticket is $29.00. Be sure to be familiar with a NYC Subway Map.
- Option 2 Take a Taxi from JFK Airport to New York Port Authority Bus Terminal on 42nd St.
- Take the Peter Pan bus from New York Port Authority Bus Terminal to Storrs, University of Connecticut. The ticket is around $22.00.
From Boston (Logan Airport):
From Logan Airport (BOS) in Boston take the Peter Pan bus to Storrs, University of Connecticut. Pick up the bus outside of Terminals A, B, C, E. The ticket costs around $34- purchase your ticket online and print for travel. You will witch buses in Providence, RI.
- Option 1: From Kennedy International (JFK) in New York take the Air Train to Jamaica Station (the last stop). At Jamaica Station transfer to the “E” Line (Blue Line). Take the “E” Line all the way to Manhattan and exit at “42 Street – Port Authority Bus Terminal”. Take the Peter Pan or the Greyhound bus from New York Port Authority Bus Terminal to Hartford. Depending on the time, the ticket will cost between $22.00 -$35.00. Be sure to be familiar with a NYC Subway Map.
- Option 2: From Kennedy International (JFK) in New York take the Air Train to Jamaica Station (the last stop). At Jamaica Station transfer to the Long Island Railroad (LIRR). Take the LIRR all the way to Penn Station, W. 34th Manhattan. From Penn Station take the Amtrak train to Hartford, CT.
- Option 1: From Logan Airport (BOS) in Boston take the Peter Pan bus to Hartford. Pick up the bus outside of Terminals A, B, C, E. The ticket costs around $40-$50- purchase your ticket online and print for travel. You will witch buses in Providence, RI.
- Option 2: From Logan Airport take the “T” (Boston subway) silver line to South Station. At South Station, take the Peter Pan or the Greyhound bus from Boston South St Station to Hartford. Depending on the time, the ticket will cost between $30-$40.
- Option 1: Take the Airtrain to Jamaica Station, and from there, take the Long Island Railroad to Penn Station (Manhattan). From Penn Station, Amtrak travels to Stamford.
- Option 2: Take a taxi from the airport to Grand Central Station and from there, take the Metro North Railroad to Stamford.
- From Stamford Transportation Center take the Harbor Point Trolley around Stamford to get to UConn.
Helpful Resources for Arriving in Boston-Hartford-New York City
Metro North Railroad (New Haven Line travels from Grand Central Station to Stamford and New Haven Conn from NYC)
Amtrak Railroad (to Stamford and Hartford, Conn from NYC and Boston)
Temporary Places to Stay
On Campus Hotel: Nathan Hale Inn
Accessible by bus:
Downtown Hartford hotels are all in walking distance to the Graduate Business Learning Center and UConn Hartford. Law School students can use CT Transit Bus System routes 60, 62, 64, 66 and 72 from downtown.
Stamford: There are a number of hotels in downtown Stamford. Check an online map to see walking time to UConn Stamford.
Other Helpful Resources
Off Campus Resources -- Includes local transportation, banking, schools and childcare, and more.
Student Organizations: UConn hosts many active student organizations that have a specific culture or country focus. Some groups can provide support and information to new students and can be helpful if you are looking to connect with people or ask questions from a specific world region or cultural perspective. Search for organizations in the “Cultural” category.