We look forward to welcoming you to UNH!

Fall Orientation will be held from August 22 – 25, 2022

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Please review the information below carefully. There is important information you need to know. 

Attendance is mandatory for all incoming international students.

Negative test result from UNH is required (click here for more information).

This information is subject to change.


All non-citizen, non-immigrant passengers traveling to the U.S. via aircraft are required to be vaccinated and to show proof of vaccination to the airline prior to boarding an aircraft to the U.S. unless they meet one of the limited exceptions provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) order.

Updates in effect as of December 6, 2021:

Prior to travel, you will need to get a COVID-19 viral test (regardless of vaccination status or citizenship) no more than 1 day before you travel by air into the United States. You must show your negative result to the airline before you board your flight.

Test and Documentation Requirements

You must be tested with a viral test that could be either an antigen test or a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT).

If you recently recovered from COVID-19, you may instead travel with documentation of recovery from COVID-19 (i.e., your positive COVID-19 viral test result on a sample taken no more than 90 days before the flight’s departure from a foreign country and a letter from a licensed healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel).

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html

Additional information can be found here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/emergencies/covid-19-faqs-for-travel-to-the-us-information.html

Land Entry from Canada or Mexico

If you plan to enter the United States from a land border like Canada or Mexico, you will not have to show proof of a negative COVID test. However, you must show proof of being fully vaccinated. This information comes from the FAQs from the Department of Homeland security.

Q: Do individuals need proof of a negative COVID-19 test like you do to travel by plane?

A: No. There is not a COVID-19 testing requirement for travelers at land POEs (port of entry).

Q: Do U.S. citizens need proof of vaccination to return to the United States via land POEs and ferry terminals?

A: Vaccination requirements do not apply to U.S. Citizens, lawful permanent residents, or anyone crossing for an essential reason. Travelers that exhibit signs or symptoms of illness will be referred to the CDC for additional medical evaluation.

Source: https://www.dhs.gov/news/2021/10/29/frequently-asked-questions-guidance-travelers-enter-us

Updated on November 28, 2021 there are additional travel restrictions and requirements for anyone planning to enter the United States.

New Geographic COVID-19 Proclamation Restricts Entry from Southern Africa Regions. In response to concerns over the COVID-19 Omicron variant, a new Presidential Proclamation restricts entry to the United States by most noncitizens who have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, or Zimbabwe in the 14-day period before their entry or attempted entry to the United States, with limited exceptions. The proclamation is effective on November 29, 2021, and operates in addition to the November 8, 2021 vaccination requirement.

Still in effect, on November 8, 2021, Presidential Proclamation Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-⁠19 Pandemic went into effect.  The following Presidential Proclamations restricting travel are then terminated: 9984 (China), 9992 (Iran), 10143 (Schengen Area, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Brazil, and Republic of South Africa) and 10199 (India).

What that means:

  • All previously issued National Interest Exceptions (NIEs) issued for Presidential Proclamations are now void.
  • All non-citizen, non-immigrant passengers traveling to the U.S. via aircraft are required to be vaccinated and to show proof of vaccination to the airline prior to boarding an aircraft to the U.S. unless they meet one of the limited exceptions provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) order.

Please be sure to check with your airlines before you travel for the latest updated regulations about pre-flight testing.

If you have any questions, please email oiss.advisor@unh.edu

The Global Education Center looks forward to welcoming you to UNH!
Schedule for All New International Students


Thursday, January 20th

OISS staff will be available to answer general questions  8:00 AM - 4:30 PM on Thursday January 20th in Conant Hall 315

Get Mandatory - COVID Test
Testing starting Jan. 19th 8am-5pm
Whittemore Center (The Whit) - All international students have to get tested regardless of vaccine status
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

International Student Move-In
For students living on-campus
Conant Hall 113 - Room Key  and Snack Bag pick up
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Friday, January 21st

OISS staff will be available to answer general questions  1:00 PM - 4:30 PM on Friday January 21st in Conant Hall 315

Holloway Commons (HOCO)
8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

Welcome Remarks and Immigration Rights & Responsiblities Presentation (R&R)
Memorial Union Building (MUB) 330/332
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Academic & Cultural Engagement Panel
MUB 330/332
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Creating Community & Belonging , Beauregard Center
MUB 330/332
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Group Photo & Lunch
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Shopping Trip
Optional — Details provided during orientation
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Coffee Meetup & Optional Campus Tour
Dairy Bar for Coffee - Dairy Bar closes at 2 PM
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Virtual Hot Cocoa & Crafts
Optional — Zoom link coming to an email near you
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Click here to download a PDF of the Orienation Schedule and To Do List

On Campus COVID Testing:

All students must get a COVID test after arriving on campus. Testing will be held Jan. 19-28 at the Whittemore Center, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, including the weekend. More information can be found on the COVID -19 webpage closer to the start of the Spring semester.

Below is a checklist for you to follow in preparation for your arrival:

  • The mandatory International Student Orientation will be on Friday, January 21, 2022.  Please click here for the orientation schedule.  If you have reserved on-campus housing, you will be able to move into your residence hall on Thursday, January 20, 2022, so plan your arrival to campus accordingly.

If you arrive earlier than Thursday, January 20,2022, there are two hotel options in Durham, NH: Holiday Inn Express or The Pines Guest House.

 When you have your visa and flight tickets, please let us know the details of your travel plans.Be aware that F-1/J-1 visa holders may enter the U.S. no earlier than 30 days prior to the start of classes on January 25.Our Pre-Arrival Newsletter provides important information about airports and transportation to UNH.

  • Set up your UNH IT accounts:

First, you need your 9-digit UNH ID number, which begins with the number “9”.

  • With your UNH ID number, go to the myUNH website: my.unh.edu
  • Click on the UNH Account Log In Help app
  • Under New User Activation, click Find Your Username
  • Follow the on-screen directions to get your username and to set your password

myUNH is the official UNH portal through which you have access to news and announcements, or you can search for services and applications such as Webcat and myCourses.  Sign in to myUNH to setup your favorite apps.

Your official UNH email address will be First name. last name@unh.edu.  This is the ONLY email address to which UNH will send official notices.  Check in often!  To set up your UNH email, go to: www.unh.edu/it/student-email.

If you have questions about your UNH IT accounts, please contact the IT Help Desk at +1-603-862-4242 or go to https://www.unh.edu/it/ and at the bottom of the page are ways to get online assistance.

  • Arrange housing:

Demand is very high for on-campus housing.If you plan to live on-campus, make an application with UNH Housing: www.unh.edu/housing.The UNH Housing website has information about residence halls, room sizes, and what to bring.(Note to Exchange Students: Your Housing Application has been submitted to UNH’s Housing Office.You will receive an email in January 2022 just before your arrival with your room assignment.)

Demand is also very high for off-campus housing.If you plan to live off-campus, use this website for available listings: www.unh.edu/housing/off-campus.Wildcat Transit bus service provides free transportation to UNH students, faculty and staff with a UNH ID card. It operates on a reduced schedule until classes begin. For routes and schedules, go to: https://www.unh.edu/transportation/buses-shuttles/wildcat-transit-routes-stops.

  • Register for your Spring semester courses:
    • Graduate and Undergraduate Students: Please contact your academic department to get connected with your Academic Advisor and register for courses.
    • Exchange Students: Your Academic Advisor will contact you in November to help you register for your courses.
  • Complete health insurance requirements:

To complete your medical/immunization forms, go to: www.unh.edu/health/services/international-students-0.

  • Scroll down to the topic Areas of Specific Interest
  • Choose the link Medical Forms to Complete Before You Come to UNH (Entrance Requirements)
  • Read the forms carefully and complete them accurately.  You may bring your completed forms to UNH and submit them directly to Health & Wellness, or you may email them to: health@unh.edu.
  • Note: You may not have access to some of the online forms from your home country, so you may complete them when you arrive on campus.

Health insurance is REQUIRED for all F-1/J-1 students.  You MUST enroll in UNH’s Student Health Benefits Plan (SHBP).  The deadline to enroll in SHBP is January 25, 2022.

  • Pay your tuition bill:

Tuition bills need to be paid on time.  Please be aware of the extra time needed to process online payments.  Overdue bills will jeopardize your visa status.

  • Your bill is posted to Webcat which can be accessed through my.unh.edu (Graduate Students: Your tuition bill may not be posted until you register for your courses.)
  • For payment options, go to: www.unh.edu/business-services/paymethods. Flywire is a preferred method of payment and is secure and available using Webcat.
  • The UNH electronic payment system requires that checks come from U.S. banks.  UNH is not able to accept checks from foreign bank accounts.
  • If you have billing-related questions, please contact Business.Services@unh.edu. Please be sure to include your full name and UNH ID number in any email request.

If you have any questions, please email oiss.advisor@unh.edu.  We look forward to your arrival!