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Arrival

Orientation Schedule

DateTimeActivityStarting Location
August 15th - August 17thStarts at 9:30 AMCheck-in Sessions on each dayGEO
2120 Mesa Vista Hall
THURSDAY, August 18th8:30 AM - 3:30 PMMANDATORY international exchange orientationCentennial Engineering Auditorium, Room 1041

Airport Pick-Up and Temporary Housing

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UNM student groups will sometimes provide airport pick-up and/or temporary home-stays for new students. You can contact students from your home country through one of the country/culture group representatives on the UNM Student Activities website at http://sac.unm.edu to see if this service is being offered by a group from your country. This website is taken down in December and January, so please reference it now to see if there is a group from your country and take note of the contact information.
Offered by ISI (Local Community Christian Organization – NOT UNM)
A non-UNM, community Christian volunteer organization called ISI (International Students, Inc.) offers free airport pick-up and a temporary home-stay with a local family not to exceed 3 days.  If you are interested, you must contact them in advance.  This service is free.  ISI is a Christian Organization, but there is no obligation to participate in any religious activities.  If you are interested in airport pick-up or the home-stay opportunity offered by ISI please contact them at: ISIABQ@isionline.org.  . ISI Airport pick-up and home-stays for students arriving for the Spring 2016 semester will begin the week of January 4th, 2016.  You must contact ISI at least two weeks in advance of your arrival for the best chance of getting a home-stay placement.  Please report to GEO if you feel any pressure from ISI volunteers to participate in religious activities.
You can also choose to stay in a local hotel until you can move into permanent housing.  Be sure to ask if they have a UNM student discount.
UNM student groups will sometimes provide airport pick-up and/or temporary home-stays for new students. You can contact students from your home country through one of the country/culture group representatives on the UNM Student Activities website to see if this service is being offered: http://sac.unm.edu

Contacting Students from your Country

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There are many country/culture groups at UNM. Recognized student groups are represented on the UNM Student Activities website at: http://sac.unm.edu.
Unfortunately, this website is taken down near the beginning of the summer and then re-posted in August when organizations are re-chartered for the new academic year. Groups from previous years are listed below. You can try contacting these groups to reach students from your country before you arrive to find out more about UNM and students from your country/culture/religion on campus. However, please be aware that some student groups are not actively reading email during the summer months.
If your country is not represented here and you want to contact other students from your country, please email: iadvisor@unm.edu and we can ask your fellow countrymen if they can contact you.

How to Get to Campus

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Taxis from the airport to UNM and to hotels near campus are relatively inexpensive (less than $20). 
Bus #50 goes from the airport to campus in 10 minutes.  Ask the driver to let you off at UNM (the intersection of Yale and Central Avenues.) Students moving in to campus housing between 9:00 and 5:00 on August 1st will need to get to the Redondo Village Apartments Hut (Building 193E on the UNM Central campus map, enclosed; this map is also on the UNM website at iss.unm.edu/PCD/SM/doc/VisitorMapCentral_Numeric.pdf). If you arrive after 5:00 pm for early move-in, you will have to report to the SRC Commons (building #89 on the UNM central campus map, enclosed).  Please contact Housing in advance at housing@unm.edu or 505-277-9203 to notify them of your late arrival time.

Registration for classes/Tuition/Fee payments

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All degree-seeking international students have a registration hold until they check-in with the Global Education Office.  Students may have holds from other departments as well.  Once you have checked in we will lift the GEO hold.  All holds must be lifted to register for classes.