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Accepted Student Checklist

Congratulations on your acceptance to the University of Bridgeport!

All students must demonstrate financial ability to support the cost of attendance for one year of studies. You will need to provide the following two documents as follows:

  1. Financial Statement for International Students (FSIS) Form OR Affidavit of support issued by notary or bank official: This document must be signed by you and your sponsor. If you have multiple sponsors, please submit an FSIS form for each sponsor, or ensure that your affidavit of support has all necessary signatures. If you are self-sponsored, this document is not required. 2
  2. Bank Statement/Bank Letter: Your financial document must demonstrate a minimum balance of $53,715 for undergraduate students or $39,475 for graduate students in liquid funds, and must be dated within 6 months from the time your I-20 is issued. Students may deduct their academic merit scholarship from the total amount required to be issued an I-20.
    • Financial Guarantee/Scholarship Award Letter: Alternatively, students may provide a letter from your sponsoring organization confirming that you will be receiving additional scholarship funds from an external source or from a government sponsored scholarship such as SACM, The Kuwait Cultural Division or The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates.

You should upload your documents into your applicant portal online or send them via email to international@bridgeport.edu. Your I-20 will be sent to you via email with your admissions package.

Students outside the USA

When you receive your I-20, contact the U.S. Embassy in your home country to make an appointment for an F-1 Visa or a J-1 Visa Interview right away. Please do NOT make an appointment until you received your I-20.

Click the “Learn More” button below to about preparing for your visa interview. Visa Tip: If your visa gets denied, don’t give up and try again! Many of our students have been able to secure their visa after their first attempt.

Students currently in the USA

International students in 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 email internationaloffice@bridgeport.edu.

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The deposit for international students is fully refundable if the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the student's home country does not open in time to approve an I-20 for the Fall 2020 semester; or if the student is denied a visa, upon receipt of the visa rejection letter from a US Embassy or Consulate.

Pay your tuition deposit as soon as you obtain your student visa to reserve your place in the program. The tuition deposit for all undergraduate and graduate students is $350. If you intend to live on campus, you should also submit a housing deposit of $250 to secure a room on campus. You may also add the housing deposit to your tuition deposit and send one amount of money. You can make your deposit at www.bridgeport.edu/deposit or submit your payment from within your applicant portal online.

You may also send a bank draft or money order, drawn on a U.S. bank, payable to the “University of Bridgeport.” Please mail your bank draft or money order to the following address:

University of Bridgeport
Office of Admissions
126 Park Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604, USA

You should include your full name (family name and first name) and your University ID number with ALL deposit payments. Your University ID number is on your acceptance letter. If you’d like to pay your deposits from a bank outside of the US, please use bridgeport.flywire.com.

Once admitted, you will receive information about your mandatory Check-In Session and Orientation. Check in sessions will begin 30 days before the report date on your I-20. You will receive an email around that time with further instructions on how to register for your check in session. During your session, you will present your Passport, Visa, I-20, and any official test scores, degree certificates or transcripts requested by the University on your acceptance letter. All health forms should be completed by your primary care doctor in advance and emailed to healthservices@bridgeport.edu before you attend your check in session. Please note: Students may not be permitted to register for classes if health forms have not been submitted prior to registration.

To begin your travel, please follow all the instructions given to you with the Form I-20 or DS2019 and plan your trip to the United States so that you arrive no sooner than 30 days prior to your program start date.

Arrivals from JFK or LaGuardia Airport: We advise international students to choose JFK as their arrival airport as this is the most convenient airport for international arrivals. We recommend making a shuttle reservation with Go Shuttle of Connecticut before your departure. When you arrive at LaGuardia or JFK, go to the Ground Transportation Center/Welcome Center and use the provided phones to inform Go Shuttle of your arrival. Go Shuttle is only available from LaGuardia or JFK Airports and goes directly to the UB campus. For more information, visit Go Shuttle at www.goairportshuttle.com or call (877-544-4646).

Arrivals from Newark Liberty International Airport: Make reservations with the Amtrak Train to go from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) directly to Bridgeport, CT (BRP) at www.amtrak.com. Please ensure that your train leaves at least 3 hours after your flight arrives to allow enough time to pass through immigration and collect your luggage. Once you have your luggage, look for signs for the airport’s AirTrain. You will take the AirTrain to the Rail Link with NJ Transit and Amtrak (after P4 Station). You can board your reserved Amtrak Train from the open platform at the EWR Station. When you arrive at the Bridgeport train station, go downstairs to the taxi cab stand and take a 5 minute cab ride directly to campus.

Note: DO NOT TAKE A TAXI FROM ANY NEW YORK OR NEW JERSEY AIRPORT TO CAMPUS! It’s very expensive.

By car:
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.

What is a check in session? Who should attend?

Student passport check-in is a mandatory process as per immigration policy and the university has a deadline to report your physical presence and your enrollment to U.S. Immigration authorities. All students are required to complete the passport check-in process with the International Center for Students and Scholars, including:

  • Students who are entering the U.S. for the first time on a UB I-20 or DS-2019
  • Students who have been in the U.S. on an I-20 or DS-2019 from another school and are transferring to UB
  • Students who have attended UB’s English Language Institute and received a new I-20 from International Admissions Office for a degree program

What should I bring to my check in session?

Please bring the following documents to your check in session:

  • Any outstanding official test scores or academic documents, as listed on your acceptance letter.
  • Passport(s)
  • Visa + Entry Stamp (Received at the port of entry)
  • I-20 or DS2019 (For transfer students: please bring all previous I-20s or DS2019s)
  • Local U.S. address & Local Phone Number (Tip: Write this in a notebook or on your phone in advance so that you have it available when filling out important forms)

You will need to fill out a U.S. address form. Make sure you know the complete address (including street number, street name, apartment number, city, state and postal code) if you live off campus. In addition, you must provide emergency contact information in your home country (first, last name of a person to contact in case of an emergency, street address, city, state, country, postal code, telephone number, email address). Here is an example local US address for correct formatting: 222 Happy Lane, Apt 1B, Bridgeport, CT 06604 (You may also view an example address here.)

Make sure that you and your doctor complete the Health Form included with your acceptance letter while in your home country. It is imperative that students submit their health forms in advance, before registering for classes. Your health forms can be submitted directly to our Health Services office at healthservices@bridgeport.edu or on campus at 60 Lafayette Street Room 119 Bridgeport, CT 06604. For more information on all health requirements, please contact student Health Services at 203-576-4712 or healthservices@bridgeport.edu.

Students planning to live on campus:

If you have questions about your dormitory assignment, please contact the Residential Life office at reslife@bridgeport.edu. If you arrive on campus between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., you are welcome to visit the Residential Life Office, located at Seeley Hall, 490 Waldemere Avenue (rear entrance) for more information about your housing assignment. If you already have your housing assignment, you can report to your dormitory directly to be checked in by a Resident Director or Resident Advisor.

If you arrive on campus after 4:30 pm without a housing assignment, you may go directly to the Security office in Norseman Hall located at 100 Linden Avenue Bridgeport CT 06604 (Entrance accessible from parking lot), where you will receive instructions for temporary overnight accommodation. The next morning, go to the Residential Life Office to be assigned your permanent housing.

Residential Life contact information:

Phone: 203-576-4228
Email: reslife@bridgeport.edu
Fax: 203-576-4461

Campus Security contact information:

Phone: 203-576-4913
Email: security123@bridgeport.edu
Fax: 203-576-4910

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 arrange for a temporary stay at one of the local hotels listed below:

Note: Temporary housing may be available for new students in our dormitories. Please email Residential Life at reslife@bridgeport.edu to make arrangements for your temporary stay.

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.

We would like for you to be comfortable while at the University of Bridgeport – your new home away from home. The following is list of items that international students frequently forget when packing for their arrival to campus:

  • Phone number/ address of any friends and relatives in U.S.A.
  • Toiletries such as soap, shampoo, shaving cream, etc.
  • Snacks from your home country – Students often report experiencing home sickness, especially from their native foods during their first semester on campus. Some of your favorite snacks will help ease you into the campus community, and American living.
  • 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
  • Favorite music from your country (you may find them at a better price back home).
  • Outlet adapters to use electrical goods from your country in the USA
  • Pictures of loved ones
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