Arrival Dates

Dear Incoming Fall 2020 students:
Please access to your Microsoft Team Folder to find about arrival schedule or contact exchange@unm.edu.

ARRIVAL DATES AND PRE-DEPARTURE INFO (Spring 2020)

1.      When to Arrive 

The date you arrive is CRITICAL for a smooth transition to student life! If you are outside the U.S., you are not allowed to arrive more than 30 days before the start date listed on your DS-2019 form. You must plan to arrive in Albuquerque by early January. If you will not arrive before Thursday, January 16th, you MUST contact exchange@unm.edu for special late arrival approval in advance.

January 6th: If you will live off campus, arrive in Albuquerque to find housing

January 14th: If you will live on campus, move in to campus housing (if you arrive earlier, register for early move-in by following instructions below)

January 6th - 15th: Attend one MANDATORY new student check-in & information session. Arrive at UNM Global Education Office, 2120 Mesa Vista Hall (building #56), at 9:30 a.m. to settle in to housing, finalize class schedule.

January 16th: Attend MANDATORY international orientation from 8:30am – 3:30pm

January 17th – 20th: Settle in and participate in fun welcome events

January 21st: Begin classes

For your information, please also find our "Ten-Year-Semeser-Dates Calendar" (UNM Academic Calendar) from HERE !

2.      Where to Stay Until You Can Move into Permanent Housing

Students who will live in UNM campus housing (not Casas del Rio or Lobo Village) can move in to their room early for a fee of $30 per night if they register to move in early.  Early move-in does not begin until January 14th. To request early move-in, students must sign a housing contract with UNM and submit a request for early arrival to UNM Residence Life and Student Housing no later than January 6th.

After creating a UNM Net ID, you will be able to sign up for on-campus housing options (including early move-in) through your UNM Housing dashboard. You will receive a confirmation of your arrival request along with instructions on where to check in to housing. You will not be able to move in early unless you register in advance!

Please note that the dining hall will not open until January 16th.  However, there are many dining options near campus. For housing questions, contact UNM Residence Life and Student Housing at housing@unm.edu or +1-505-277-2606. If you don’t submit a request for early arrival, you cannot move-in to campus housing until January 13th.

3.      How to Get to Campus

If you will not be picked up, taxis and Uber/Lyft from the airport to UNM and to hotels near campus are relatively inexpensive (less than $20).  Bus #50 goes from the airport to the UNM campus in 10 minutes. Ask the bus driver to let you off at UNM (the intersection of Yale and Central Avenues).

Students moving into the on-campus housing will need to get to the Student Residence Center (SRC) Commons Building (Building #89 on the UNM central campus map. If you are moving into campus housing, make sure you arrive during move-in hours (check housing.unm.edu or email housing@unm.edu).

Please find the Central campus map here; UNM campus map. For more information about housing, please also visit the website HERE.

4.      Orientation Requirements

ALL Exchange Students must attend New Student Check-In AND International Student OrientationBOTH OF THESE ORIENTATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS!!!

Orientation Schedule:

  1. MANDATORY GEO Check-In and INFO Session:  January 6th - January 15th - 9:30 a.m. (each session is approximately 2.5 hours long); arrive by 9:30 am to complete the mandatory check-in session. You must come to ONE check-in session.
  2. MANDATORY International Orientation: Thursday, January 16th ALL DAY– 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. in Centennial Engineering Auditorium Room 1041 (building #112) *Lunch will be provided.

Once you arrive at UNM, come into the GEO office for MANDATORY Check-in and Information session as above. GEO is located at 2120 Mesa Vista Hall (2nd Floor), directly east of the Student Union Building (SUB) and is in Building #56. Please see the map here; UNM Central campus map.

NOTE: IF YOU WILL NOT ARRIVE BEFORE TUESDAY, January 13TH, YOU MUST CONTACT THE GEO INTERNATIONAL ADVISORS AT IADVISOR@UNM.EDU AND RECEIVE SPECIAL LATE ARRIVAL APPROVAL IN ADVANCE.

During the check-in session at GEO, you will be asked to upload the digital copies of the Immigration Documents and Health Insurance Certificate of Coverage on our system as below. Also, bring the original plus e-copies of all of your immigration documents (see below). You will be provided the information of requirements you must complete before the class starts.

Things You Need for Check-In: 

NOTE: FAILURE TO PROVIDE ALL REQUIRED INFORMATION BY THE END OF THE FIRST WEEK OF CLASS WILLRESULT IN ADMINISTRATIVE WITHDRAWAL FROM THE UNIVERSITY AND MAY MEAN THAT YOU WOULD HAVE TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY IMMEDIATELY AFTER TERMINATION OF YOUR J-1 VISA.

5.      What to Do Before You Leave Your Home Country

1) Important Documents:
You should copy all of your important documents* before you come to the U.S. and leave copies with family and your institution in home country in case you need them for some reasons. Remember, you must bring the originals of the important documents with you. You might need a U.S. Certified original copies of your birth certificate and its translation to obtain a driver’s permit or state ID. Please find the detail at Motor Vehicle Division New Mexico or ask us during the orientation upon arrival.


*Important documents include;

  • Welcome Letter from GEO
  • Passport
  • J-1 Visa (attached to the passport)
  • DS-2019
  • A copy of financial letter
  • Transcripts from your home institution
  • Credit card information
  • International and/or home country driver’s licenses (if any)
  • Flight itinerary
  • National ID card from your home country

     2)  Medical Issues:

  • Get copies of your immunization records (Measles, Mumps, Rubella [MMR] is required) in English. You will need to provide these if there is an outbreak.

  • Bring prescriptions for any regular medications (plus several months’ worth of these medications).

  • Get extra eyeglasses and/or contact lenses if you need them – these are expensive in the U.S. and are usually not covered by insurance.

  • Get your dental work done – dentistry in the U.S. is expensive and not covered by insurance.

​     3) Financial/Initial Costs: 

You should arrive with access to approximately $5,000 via a credit or ATM card to cover initial costs.  It may take time to open your bank account in the U.S. For your protection. DO NOT carry more than $1,000 in cash while traveling to the U.S.