Prepare for Arrival

 

Pre-Arrival Information for J-1 Scholars

ISSS Pre-Arrival Live Chats 

See https://isss.uconn.edu/orientation/ for a detailed schedule, to submit questions,  and to watch the recorded live chat sessions.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 9:15 a.m. EST – GRADUATE STUDENTS (All Campuses)
Thursday, June 25, 2020 8:00 a.m. EST – UNDERGRADUATE and UCAELI STUDENTS (All Campuses)

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 8:00 a.m. EST – UNDERGRADUATE and UCAELI STUDENTS (All Campuses)
Thursday, July 16, 2020 8:30 a.m. EST – GRADUATE STUDENTS (All Campuses)

Thursday, August 6, 2020 8:00 a.m. EST – UNDERGRADUATE and UCAELI STUDENTS (All Campuses)
Wednesday, August 5, 2020 8:30a.m. EST – GRADUATE STUDENTS (All Campuses)

 

Health Forms and Immunizations

 

All enrolled UConn students must submit a Student Health History Form to the UConn Student Health Services office by August 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 future classes. When possible, you should obtain the required immunizations prior to departing your home country.

Visit UConn Student Health Services for more information for international students on the Student Health History Form, Immunization Requirements and Immunization FAQs.

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 the first day of the month after your assistantship begins (most commonly September 1 or February 1), which is after the health screening, and most temporary travel insurance plans do not cover immunizations. Regional campus students who need 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.

What to Bring

Students should plan to bring some cash in U.S. dollars with them, to pay for small expenses that can occur directly after your arrival. We suggest you bring about $100 U.S. dollars with you in cash. Bradley International Airport (the closest airport to UConn Storrs) does not have a currency exchange kiosk.

We recommend that you pack any items that you would need immediately upon arrival in your carry-on bag in case your checked-luggage is lost (for example, toothbrush/toothpaste, identification, money).

UConn advises students who live on campus to bring these items; however, international students may need to purchase most of these items upon arrival due to packing limitations. ISSS plans to offer shopping trips to newly arrived international students August 14-17. More details to come.

You will need to self-monitor your temperature for 14 days after your arrival, so you should pack a thermometer. You will need a face mask in public spaces where social distancing is not possible.

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 clothing by October.

Electrical sockets in the U.S. are 120/240 volts/60 hz.

 

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.

If flying to the U.S., remember that you will be required to declare all goods that you are bringing with you, and their estimated value. If you are carrying 10,000 USD or more cash (including 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. 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
  • Form I-20 or DS-2019
  • Students and exchange visitors who are Canadian citizens do not need a visa stamp, but must present the Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer with your passport.

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. Do not present these to the officer, unless asked for them. 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).

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 go to Secondary Inspection. In Secondary Inspection, the officers may ask further questions, look at your SEVIS record, and possibly inspect your other documents. Customs and Border Protection officers may ask to see your cell phones, laptops or other electronic devices. It is recommended that you arrive at immigration during U.S. office hours (8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon – Fri) in case Customs and Border Protection needs to contact ISSS.

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

To Storrs

From Bradley International Airport (BDL):

Fall 2020: ISSS plans to provide a free shuttle service between Bradley International Airport and the greater Storrs area from August 14th – August 17th. Submit your New Student Arrival Plan form with your flight details if you would like to use this shuttle service.

Taxis: The closest airport to UConn Storrs and Hartford campuses is Bradley International Airport, located in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. 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. Tipping is customary for taxi services, at a rate of 15-20% of the fare. See http://www.bradleyairport.com/directions/rental-taxi-limo/ for more information. Ride share services like Uber and Lyft are also available in Connecticut.

Public Transportation: Take the 30-Bradley Flyer bus from Bradley Airport to Union Station in Downtown Hartford (fare $1.75). Pick up is from Terminal A, and the International Arrivals terminal. Have exact change ready. https://www.cttransit.com/services/bradley-flyer

CT Transit Bus 913 (search for ‘913‘) from Storrs > Manchester > Downtown Hartford – Free for students with UPASS. New students will not have a UPASS – the fare from Hartford to Storrs is $5.00. Cash payment only, you must have the exact amount (the driver does not give back change). This hourly bus service runs from 6:00 a.m. until 12:00 a.m. stopping in Manchester at Buckland Hills Mall and Union Station Bus and Train Station in Hartford.

From Downtown Hartford:

CT Transit Bus 913 travels from Union Station to Storrs via Manchester. Purchase your ticket as you board the bus by selecting “Get 2 Hour Pass” on the fare box, and inserting cash into the box. From Union Station to Storrs you will travel 4 Zones, $5.00. Change is not given. Drop off is near Whitney Hall (East Campus) and at the Storrs Center Nash-Zimmer Transportation Center, in downtown Storrs.

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”. http://www.panynj.gov/airtrain/index.html
  • 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: http://web.mta.info/maps/submap.html
  • 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. https://peterpanbus.com/

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 change buses in Providence, RI.

To Hartford

From BDL:

Take the 30-Bradley Flyer bus from Bradley Airport to Union Station in Downtown Hartford (fare $1.75). Pick up is from Terminal A, and the International Arrivals terminal. Have exact change ready. Drop off is at Union Station and the Connecticut Convention Center (both downtown).  https://www.cttransit.com/services/bradley-flyer

From 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 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. www.amtrak.com
  • Option 2: From NYC take the Metro North Railroad http://www.mta.info/schedules -New Haven Line travels from Grand Central Station to Stamford, and New Haven, CT. In New Haven switch trains to CT Rail – Hartford Line http://www.hartfordline.com/ traveling from New Haven to Hartford.
  • Option 3:From Kennedy International (JFK) in New York take the Air Train to Jamaica Station (the last stop). http://www.panynj.gov/airtrain/index.html  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. NYC Subway Map.

From BOS:

  • 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.

To Stamford

From JFK:

  • 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.

From Newark, NJ: Take the Airtrain to Newark Liberty Airport Station, and from there take Amtrak to Stamford.

Helpful Resources for Arriving in Boston-Hartford-New York City

NYC Subway Map

Boston Subway Map

Metro North Railroad (New Haven Line travels from Grand Central Station to Stamford and New Haven Conn from NYC)

CT Rail Hartford Line (New Haven to Hartford to Springfield, MA)

Amtrak Railroad (to Stamford and Hartford, Conn from NYC and Boston)

Greyhound Bus Line (to Stamford, Hartford and UConn Storrs, Conn from NYC and Boston.)
Peterpan Bus Line (to Hartford and UConn Storrs, Conn from NYC and Boston)

 

Temporary Places to Stay

Temporary Home Rentals (all Campuses): 

Airbnb and VRBO offer temporary home rentals throughout CT. Check the listing to confirm that the location is walking distance or accessible by public transportation to campus.

 

Storrs:

On Campus Hotel: Graduate Hotels: Storrs

Accessible by bus:

Spring Hill Inn

The Inn on Storrs, (Mansfield Center)

 

Hartford:

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 Resources

 

Living On and Off Campus

U.S. Culture and Environment

Money and Finances

Health and Wellness

Driver’s License

Social Security Number and ITIN

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.

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