My UB To-Do List
1. Steps To Obtain Your Student Visa
Students outside the U.S.A. When you receive your I-20 from UB in the mail contact the U.S. Embassy in your home country to make an appointment for an F-1Visa Interview right away. Do NOT make an appointment until you receive your I-20. We are NOT responsible if you miss your visa interview date because you made an appointment before receiving your I-20 Form.
Pay the SEVIS
Fee online www.fmjfee.com
before you go to the U.S. Embassy.
Read the “Preparing for your Visa Interview” article which was sent to you in the mail along with your acceptance letter, or go to http://www.bridgeport.edu/admissions/international/visa.
Visa Tip: If your visa gets denied, don’t give up, try again. Many of our international students manage to obtain their student visas after the second or third interview.
International students inside the U.S.A. who wish to transfer to UB should follow the transfer instructions sent to them along with their acceptance letter. For more information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Steps To Secure Your Place at UB Before Arriving To Campus: Pay Your Deposit, How to Pay Your Deposit, Housing Contracts and Deposit, and Health Records
Pay your tuition deposit as soon as you obtain your student Visa. You must send your signed Admissions Confirmation Form with your tuition deposit so we can reserve a place for you in your class. Please refer to your Admissions Confirmation Form and Acceptance Letter for more details on how to send the tuition deposit.
The tuition deposit for graduate students seeking a Master’s/Ph.D. degree is $100.
The tuition deposit for undergraduate students seeking a Bachelor’s degree is $200.
Pay your housing deposit to secure a room on campus. Send your housing deposit with a completed housing contact. Every student is mailed a housing contract with his/her official acceptance letter.
The housing deposit is $200 for Graduate and Undergraduate students. You may add the housing deposit to your tuition deposit and send one amount of money. Graduate students will pay $300 (tuition and housing) and Undergraduate students will pay $400 (tuition and housing).
To pay your deposits, simply send us a bank draft or money order, drawn on a U.S. bank, payable to the “University of Bridgeport.” Mail your bank draft or money order, along with your University of Bridgeport Acceptance Confirmation Form, Housing Contract and Easy Living Contract that were sent to you in the mail, to the following address: University of Bridgeport, Office of International Admissions, 126 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604 USA. You must include your full name (last name and first name) and your University ID number with ALL deposit payments.
Very Important Notice: If you are outside the U.S., you should NOT pay your deposits until AFTER you have obtained your F-1 Student Visa from the American Embassy/Consulate in your home country.
3. How to get to UB When You First Arrive in the USA
BY AIR: When you arrive at LaGuardia or JFK go to the Ground Transportation Center and request the Go Shuttle of Connecticut to Bridgeport. The Shuttle (available only from LaGuardia or JFK Airports) goes directly to UB and costs about $70. For more information, visit Go Shuttle at www.goairportshuttle.com or call (877-544-4646). We advise international students to choose JFK as their arrival airport as this is the most convenient airport for international arrivals. DO NOT TAKE A TAXI FROM ANY NEW YORK OR NEW JERSEY AIRPORT! It’s too expensive, costing several hundred dollars!
FROM THE AIRPORT:
When you arrive at LaGuardia, JFK, or Newark Airport, go to the Ground Transportation Center and request either a Prime Time Shuttle(recommended) of Connecticut or a Connecticut Limousine to Bridgeport. The Shuttle (available only from LaGuardia or JFK Airports) goes directly to UB and costs about $44. The Limousine costs about $52 and goes to the Connecticut Limousine depot in Bridgeport. From there take a taxi to the University. For more information, contact Prime Time Shuttle (800-733-8267) or Connecticut Limousine (800-472-5466) or visit their web site at www.ctlimo.com. The University of Bridgeport does NOT provide any transportation to/from New York or New Jersey Airports. We advise international students to choose JFK as their arrival airport as this is the most convenient airport for international arrivals. DO NOT TAKE A TAXI FROM ANY NEW YORK OR NEW JERSEY AIRPORT! It’s too expensive.
Traveling South on I-95: Take Exit 27. At the traffic light at the bottom of the exit ramp, turn left. Take a left at the next stoplight under the I-95 overpass. (Make sure not to get back on the I-95 North entrance ramp.) At the next light, turn right onto Broad St. Continue on Broad St. until you come to Gregory St. Turn right onto Gregory St. Proceed down Gregory St. for one block. Turn left on Myrtle Ave. You may park in the parking lot on the right side. The Student Center is the red brick building on the left.
Traveling North on I-95: Take Exit 27. At the bottom of the ramp, continue straight to the third traffic light. (Make sure to bear to the right off the I-95 North entrance ramp.) At the third traffic light, turn right onto Broad St. Continue on Broad St. until you come to Gregory St. Turn right onto Gregory St. Proceed down Gregory St. for one block. Turn left on Myrtle Ave. You may park in the parking lot on the right side. The Student Center is the red brick building on the left.
BY BUS OR TRAIN: Amtrak and Metro North trains and Peter Pan buses all make regular stops at the Bridgeport railroad and bus stations, which are located in the Bridgeport Transportation Center. From there you can take a quick five-minute taxi ride to campus.
4. Steps To Take When First Arriving On Campus
Go to the Admissions Office, 126 Park Avenue, Wahlstrom Library Building (6th floor) on Thursday, January 14 to check in and present your official transcripts, degree certificates, test scores, etc. The Admissions Office will be open from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Go to the Residential Life Office, located at Seeley Hall, 490 Waldemere Avenue (rear entrance) to sign up for on-campus housing from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Please note that UB Residence Halls (dorms) will be available for New Students on Wednesday, August 25. Students arriving before Wednesday, August 25 will NOT be accommodated, even if they have sent in their deposits.
Students planning to live in the Residence Halls (dormitories):
Please note: UB Residence Halls (dorms) will be available for New Students on Thursday, January 14. If your travel plans require you to arrive early, please note that all students arriving before Thursday, January 14 will NOT be accommodated, even if they have sent in their housing deposit.
If you arrive on campus between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, go to the Residential Life Office, located at Seeley Hall, 490 Waldemere Avenue (rear entrance) to sign up for on-campus housing.
If you arrive on campus after 4:30pm, go directly to Security office in Norseman Hall (576-4524), where you will receive instructions for temporary overnight accommodation. The next morning, go to the Residential Life Office to sign up for permanent housing.
If you take the Shuttle bus, you will be attended no matter what time you arrive on campus.
If your travel plans oblige you to arrive at the university after 11 pm, you must advise the Residential Life Office before you depart from your home country. Otherwise you will not be attended and must make arrangements to stay with a friend or relative, or pay for a room in a nearby hotel. See page 3 of the newsletter for a list of nearby hotels.
Residential Life contact information: Phone: 203-576-4228
Email: email@example.com Fax: 203-576-4461
Students planning to live off campus:
If you do not plan to live in a UB residence hall, but have not yet arranged for off-campus housing, you may want to stay at a local hotel or with a friend/relative until you find housing. Some local hotels are listed in below. Temporary housing (two nights) for new students MAY be available (contingent upon availability of space), but priority is given to those who have sent in their $200 housing deposits and housing contracts prior to their arrival at UB.
Hotel Accommodations – Be sure to mention you are a UB student!
Bridgeport Holiday Inn, Bridgeport, 203-334-1234, $119/night for UB Students.
Fairfield Inn by Marriott, Milford 203-877-8588, special rate of $114/night plus tax for UB students/families.
Fairfield Inn, Fairfield, 203-255-0491; approximately $89-99/night.
Milford Red Roof Inn, Milford, 800-843-7663; approximately $68-99/night.
Trumbull Marriott, Trumbull, 800-228-9290; $100/night.
Homewood Suites, Stratford, 203-377-3322; approximately $99 & up/night.
Go to the Health Services Center to submit your Health Examination Report. Make sure you and your doctor complete this report in your home country. For more information on all health requirements, please contact student Health Services at 203-576-4712 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. Helpful Information
What to Bring Along
Do not forget!!! We would like for you to be comfortable while at University of Bridgeport – your new home away from home. The following is a Top 10 List of things to bring, which some international students forget when packing for their arrival to UB:
Phone number/contact address of any friends and relatives in U.S.A!
Toiletries such as soap, shampoo, shaving cream etc. (Smell fresh!!!)
Sheets, blankets, towels & other linens.
Winter coats and warm clothes. It’s cold here in the winter.
An extra pair of reading glasses (It may cost more in USA!!!)
Some traditional outfits from your country, for the International Festival at UB (it’s time for fun!)
Favorite music CD/cassettes from your country (you may find them at a better price back home).
A battery operated alarm clock (Please note: You may need an adapter to use electrical goods from your country in USA).
Pictures of loved ones.
A cricket bat and accessories (if you play cricket back home).
International Admissions Office
International Student Services
Residential Life Office
Campus Security Office (Open 24 hours/ 7 Days a week)
Address: Across from 141 Linden Avenue
If you are calling from an on-campus phone at the University of Bridgeport, just dial the last four numbers (e.g., 4552, 4395, or 4911).