International Students and Scholars Office

Spring 2020 Global Panther Success Orientation (GPS)

Spring 2020 GPS Orientation for international students begins on Tuesday, January 7, 2020. Plan to arrive at UNI on Sunday-Monday, January 5-6, 2020.  Residence Halls will open for early check-in on Sunday, January 5. View the Schedule at a Glance for more information, follow the Now That You're Admitted Guide to stay on top of your preparations, and complete the Arrival Form to register for Orientation and to let us know when you are coming. Connect with other new students, current students and staff, and learn more about what's happening on campus and ISSO.

Orientation is mandatory for all new international students! If you miss a session, you may need to make it up individually with an adviser at a later time. Additionally, all new international students will be charged a $125 supplement fee, regardless of whether you attend Orientation, so make sure you arrive on time to get your money's worth.

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Arrival Information

Book your airfare preferably to Waterloo Regional Airport (ALO), which is served by American Airlines offering connecting service from Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD). You can also book your airfare to Cedar Rapids Airport (CID) that is 63 miles (99 km) from UNI. Plan to arrive at UNI on Sunday-Monday, January 5-6, 2020. Please complete the International Student Arrival Form by December 15, 2019 to let us know when you are coming to UNI and to register for orientation. If you are not flying directly into Waterloo or Cedar Rapids, please arrange for your own transportation to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls area. 

Pick-Up Service

The Orientation team provides a free pick-up service for all arriving new international students throughout the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Area from Sunday-Monday, January 5-6, 2020 only. This includes transportation from the Waterloo (ALO) or Cedar Rapids (CID) airports or bus stops in Waterloo to a hotel or on-campus housing. This also includes moving you to campus on January 5-6, if you arrived prior to January 5 and stayed at a hotel or with a friend. You must complete and submit the Arrival Form for pick-up arrangements. If you need information about how to arrange for your own transportation to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls area, please let us know as early as possible.

Linen Packets

ISSO provides a linen packet consisting of a pillow, pillow case, comforter, fitted sheet, flat sheet, blanket, towel and washcloth for $75. The packet fits only beds at the UNI Residence Halls. You may request your linen packet via the Arrival Form and you will receive it upon arrival. The $75 cost will be charged to your university bill one or two months after Orientation.


Please visit the Department of Residence website for on-campus options. Students interested in living off campus are responsible for finding their own housing. The University also offers off-campus housing at Jennings Apartments. Other off-campus options are available around Cedar Falls. 

Residence Halls will open for early check-in on Sunday, January 5. ISSO will cover early early check-in fees for all students on campus beginning on Sunday, January 5, 2020. If you plan to arrive in Cedar Falls prior to January 5, please make arrangements to stay in a hotel near campus or with a friend or relative in the area.  You can find hotel information at the Cedar Falls Tourism and Visitors Bureau


Meals will be provided during Orientation. Meal plans for students living on campus will begin with dinner on Sunday, January 5, 2020.