Recommended Arrival Schedule


The date you arrive is CRITICAL for a smooth transition to student life! If you are outside the US, you cannot arrive more than 30 days before the start date listed on your I-20 or DS-2019 form. You should plan to arrive in Albuquerque by early January. If you have to look for off-campus housing you might want to arrive even earlier.

Due to campus and state COVID19 changes, please plan for a 14-day quarantine upon arrival to Albuquerque. Check-in and orientation schedules have changed. Notifications and instructions have been sent out to all incoming students via If you have not received any incoming student messages, please email immediately. 

January 4th

  • Arrive in NM (you may be required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in NM). To request early move-in for UNM Student Housing, email for move-in dates and requirements.You are not required to live on campus and campus housing is limited, so please reserve early if you want to live on campus.


January 7th - 15th:

  • Attend MANDATORY international check-in and info sessions on Zoom after arrival at UNM. 

  • The check in is in 2 parts:

    • a) myGEO account set up and

    • b) arrival info session. 

  • Both are required.  Sign up information will be provided at orientation (see below).  You should only sign up for check-in after you arrive at UNM.

January 19th:

  • Begin classes

Student Orientation Schedule


January 7-15th

Attend a new student check-in and information session with GEO via Zoom
Fall Cohort Orientation Meetings

8 AM Albuquerque, NM MST


  • October 16th 
  • November 13th
  • December 11th

Check-in Schedule for Graduate Students

Due to campus COVID19 changes and social distancing, international student check-in has been moved online. Notifications and instructions have been sent out to all incoming students via If you have not received any incoming student messages and plan to attend in-person at the University of New Mexico for Spring 2021, please email immediately. 

After the check-in, we will remove the registration hold on your account, so you can register for classes and inform you about requirements you must complete before classes begin.

Check-in Requirements

  • Showing immigration documents (passport, I-20/DS-2019, I-94 and visa)

  • Showing proof of health insurance coverage

  • Providing a UNM email address

  • Providing your local residential address

  • Attending international student orientation

Failure to provide all required information by the end of the first week of class will result in administrative withdrawal from the University and may mean that you would have to leave the country.

If you will not arrive before Thursday, January 14th, you must contact us at for special late arrival approval in advance.