International Students Pre-Arrival Information
As you start to make your travel arrangements, there are some important dates to bear in mind. Fall classes begin on August 20.
Before you register for classes transfer students will want to contact your program advisor to schedule an appointment regarding your degree plan. Freshman students will need to make an appointment with Freshman advising.
Transportation to Tyler (at your expense)
Whether you drive yourself or rely on someone else, how you'll get to or from the airport should be planned in advance. Below are some key terms worth knowing:
Shuttle transportation services offer group car rides to or from the airport. The driver usually picks you and your luggage up, along with other passengers who all share a ride to or from the airport. Vans are the vehicle of choice for most shuttles, so be prepared to be a little cramped on the way to your flight.
Once your flight lands, you can always rent a car if you don't want to take a cab, taxi, or bus. Car rental companies usually offer luxury and executive vehicles, as well as family sedans and small passenger cars.
Taxis are often able to respond to your request quickly. However, cab rides can get expensive depending on the amount of ground you are covering - even when driving within city limits.
- Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW)
- Dallas Love Field (DAL)
- Tyler Pounds Regional (TYR)
- Waco Regional (ACT)
- Sheppard AFB/Wichita Falls Municipal (SPS)
- Texarkana Regional-Webb Field (TXK)
- East Texas Regional (GGG) - Longview
- Shreveport Regional Airport (SHV)
After you have arrived and are registered for courses you will be required to purchase a health insurance policy. UT-Tyler offers a comprehensive health insurance policy to students. Alternatively, you may waive the UT-Tyler health insurance plan purchase a health insurance plan from a UT Tyler approved provider.
You may also want to make housing arrangements prior to your arrival. More information about housing is located under the Admissions Process section.
There are several banks in the area to choose from when you are ready to open an account. It is advisable that students choose a large national or regional bank rather than a small, local bank if you have plans to eventually study, work, and live in another part of the US in the future. Additionally, larger banks often have more experience working with international clients and do not require a SSN in order to open an account.
Two national banks located near the UT Tyler campus
To open a banking account with these banks, you must present your passport and UT Tyler student ID card. You will also need to provide funds for an initial deposit. You may want to consider whether you will bring cash or traveler’s checks. You should carefully review the information on any bank website to determine if that bank will meet your needs such as international transferring or wiring of funds.
Students often ask about how to apply for a social security number when they arrive. The US Social Security program is a pension and health insurance fund for individuals who work and live in the US. Social Security numbers (SSN) are required for employment in the US. Before F-1 students can apply for a social security number, they must wait at least 10 days after entering the US AND they must have a job offer. F-1 students cannot receive a SSN without authorization from their international student advisor and a job offer. All on-campus jobs are posted on the online database, Patriotjobs.
You may find it helpful to contact the UT Tyler Indian Student Association (ISA). They are very active in assisting new undergraduate international students upon their arrival.
Indian Students may wish to consider attending a pre-departure orientation session conducted by the United States India Educational Foundation (USIEF). This organization is affiliated with the US Department of State as the official Education USA advising centers in Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai and New Delhi. The orientation sessions will guide Indian students who have received admission into US Universities by covering practical tips on studying and living in the United States. The daylong event will include various interactive sessions and will be facilitated by a diverse panel of resource persons like American officers of the Public Affairs Section, Consular Section of the American Consulate, continuing students from various US universities and Fulbright Scholars, both American and Indian. You may contact the following: Chennai: firstname.lastname@example.org; Kolkata: email@example.com; Mumbai: firstname.lastname@example.org; New Delhi: email@example.com.
City of Tyler
You may also wish to learn a little about the city of Tyler by visiting these websites:
Again, congratulations on your admission! We look forward to welcoming you this fall. Please let us know if we may be of additional assistance as you plan for your arrival.