Graduate International Student Admissions & Services
Travel Guide to UT Tyler
Timing of Arrival
US immigration regulations allow F-1 students to enter the US within 30 days of the start date listed on the Form I-20.
Consider the date of the required Graduate International Student Orientation when making travel plans.
Port of Entry
The US Department of Homeland Security website, Study in the States, provides essential information about what to expect upon arrival in the US.
Contact a UT Tyler International Ambassador
International Ambassadors (i-Ams) are current international graduate students. They can offer suggestions to help incoming students prepare for their arrival at UT Tyler. Connect with an i-Am through the UT Tyler Graduate School Facebook group for your incoming class by searching keywords “INTL Grad” and your start term (i.e. Spring 2013, Fall 2013).
What to Pack
- Pack Light — Visit the US Transportation Security Administration website where you can determine which items are prohibited for air travel.
- Clothes — The weather in Texas changes with the seasons. It is very hot during the summer (High 100 degrees Fahrenheit / 37 degrees Celsius) and cold in the winter (Low 32 degrees Fahrenheit / 0 degrees Celsius).
- Fashion — There is no formal dress code at American universities, and most students dress casually such as jeans and shirts. It is recommended that you bring at least one semi-formal outfit.
- Mementos from Home — You may want to bring items that remind you of home. You may also want to bring traditional dress from your country for festivals and/or special occasions.
- Household Items — Plan on purchasing most of your household items (small electrical appliances, kitchenware, bed sheets, towels, etc.) after you arrive.
- Valuables — We recommend that you put valuable items in your carry-on bag in case your suitcase gets lost or misplaced during your flight. Keep your immigration documents with you during your flight.
- Important Documents — Consider having your important documents (school transcripts, marriage license, medication prescriptions, etc.) translated into English before you leave your county.
Transportation to Tyler
The city of Tyler is located in East Texas approximately 100 east of city of Dallas.
There are several airports in the area including one international airport, the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
The University of Texas at Tyler does not offer airport pick-up service. Students make their own transportation arrangements from area airports to Tyler, Texas.
- Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport – Located approximately 125 miles (201 kilometers) west of Tyler
- Dallas Love Field Airport – Located approximately 112 miles (180 kilometers) west of Tyler
- Shreveport Regional Airport – Located in Shreveport, Louisiana, approximately 100 miles (160 kilometers) east of Tyler
- Tyler Pounds Regional Airport – Located within the city of Tyler and is approximately 13 miles (21 kilometers) west of the University’s main campus
Transportation from Airports
Airport Shuttle Services of East Texas is a shuttle service located in Tyler that offers daily airport pick-up service from the Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport and Love Field Airport to any hotel or college campus in the city of Tyler. Daily airport pick-up times are 10:30am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm, and 7:30pm at a cost of $85 per person. Reservations should be made via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 903-534-3688.
Rental car services are available at the airports. Taxis may also be hired from the airport; the cost of hiring a taxi from Dallas to Tyler can be as high as $300.
There are daily flights from the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to the Tyler Pounds Regional Airport.
From the Tyler Pounds Regional Airport a taxi can be hired for transportation to the UT Tyler campus or area hotels. The Taxi Cab Company of Tyler is a local taxi service that can be contacted at 903-592-3232. Several area hotels offer local shuttle service from the Tyler airport to their location.
The following UT Tyler student organizations may provide assistance to new students with transportation from airports to campus. Contact the groups directly.
Public bus service is provided by Tyler Transit. Route 2 Green and Route 3 Yellow have bus stops convenient to the UT Tyler campus.
Driving directions to UT Tyler are provided here.