This is the third in a series of articles for incoming students to the fall 2017 semester at our U.S. partner institutions. This series is intended to help answer any questions students or our recruitment partners may have about what international students need to do to prepare for a smooth transition into their studies in America. The first two in this series are articles on UNL and NJIT.
At the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), students will not only find a small campus environment where they will prosper from close interactions with faculty but a university that is large enough to provide a rich and diverse educational experience. For international students commencing in the fall 2017 semester, the below information is very important to ensure they have an easy move and start to their studies.
UMBC offers a wide range of on-campus and off-campus housing options. While most graduate students prefer off campus housing, international students may find the on campus housing choices an easier option, as they are within walking distance of classes and also provide the classic American college dormitory experience. One popular on-campus accommodation option is Walker Avenue Apartments (US$3783/semester).
For off-campus housing, the below options are all located along the free UMBC shuttle route, so students don’t need to worry about transport to and from classes. Alongside these options are monthly prices for one-bedroom apartments. One important thing to consider is the additional expenses for utilities like water and electricity, as these may not be included in the rent. Students should budget between US$100 – US$200 extra per month for these.
- Oaklee Village (US$950)
- Ivy Crossing Townhomes (US$1100)
- Westland Gardens Apts. & Townhomes (US$950)
- Mount Ridge (US$950)
- The Residences at Sutton Place (US$950)
The International Education Services (IES) Academy is a mandatory, two-day orientation for international students. In addition to attending this, each department may have their own orientation on an earlier date that students will need to attend. This information will be sent directly to them from their department.
IES Academy dates 2017:
28 August: International Paperwork Party
On this day, the university copies and reviews students’ immigration documentation. Students with an F-1 visa should be prepared to show the following documents: passport, F-1 visa, I-20, and I-901 SEVIS fee receipt.
29 August: International Rules and Policy Meeting
Students will find out more about important immigration information and campus life.
Open registration for all programs commenced on 27 June. International students should contact their academic department directly if they are unsure about the registration process. If their course does not fall into one of the below-listed departments, please contact Paul Venghaus at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Computer Science/Electrical Engineering/Computer Engineering
Keara Fliggins, email@example.com
Information Systems/Human-centered Computing
Shannon Keegan, firstname.lastname@example.org
System Engineering/Engineering Management/Technical Management
Kim Edmonds, email@example.com
If students have questions about their visas, I-20, or any other immigration-related inquiries, they should contact the International Education Services team: firstname.lastname@example.org
For any questions about arrival, housing or anything else, students can contact the EduCo School Coordinator, Paul Venghaus, at email@example.com or on Skype: UMBC_Paul