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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.

January 3rd:

  • Arrive in Albuquerque

  • Begin finding permanent housing if you will live off-campus

January 4th -  9th:

  • Attend a new student check-in information session at GEO, 2120 Mesa Vista Hall

  • Orient to your department, meet with your advisor

  • Finalize class schedule, complete check-in requirements

January 10th:

  • Attend MANDATORY international graduate orientation from 8:30am - 3:30pm

January 11th - 13th:

  • Settle into housing and participate in fun orientation events

January 14th:

  • Begin classes

Student Orientation Schedule

January 4th - January 9thGEO Check-in and Info Session
begins at 9:30 am each week day (attend one)
ALL DAY 8:30 am until 3:30 pm
Centennial Engineering Auditorium, Room 1041

Check-in Schedule for Graduate Students

When you arrive at UNM, come in or call the GEO office (505-277-4032) to sign up for a check-in session. GEO is located at 2120 Mesa Vista Hall, directly east of the Student Union Building (SUB) and is in building #56 on the UNM campus map (enclosed).  Bring your original passport, visa, I-20 (or DS-2019 for J1 visa students). You should also scan and email these documents to yourself before arrival.

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 10th, you must contact us at for special late arrival approval in advance.