The International Center for Students and Scholars (IC) is thrilled to welcome you to the start of your journey at the University of Bridgeport! The IC team strives to offer comprehensive immigration advising and cultural adjustment advising to international students and scholars in support of your academic pursuit. We promote cross-cultural understanding and respect by organizing events throughout each semester. We try to create an inviting and comfortable environment and hope you will find UB a home away from home.

If this is your first time visiting the International Center for Students and Scholars webpage, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with all the information.

You will need to visit us as soon as you arrive in the U.S. It’s important to plan your initial trip to arrive in the U.S. no sooner than 30 days before your program start date as shown on your I-20. Please bring ALL of your documents with you. We are located at G-133 of the Wahlstrom Library. Our building is number 1 on our campus map.

Please email internationaloffice@bridgeport.edu once you arrive in the U.S.

All international students will need to visit several offices and buildings when they arrive to get settled. Don’t worry, you will find this information when you speak with us during your Check-in session and when you watch the Mandatory Online Immigration Meeting. Note that the videos are grouped into nine galleries.

Steps to follow:

1. Campus Guidelines/COVID-19 

Ensure you are fully vaccinated for COVID-19! You will not be able to enter the U.S. if you are not fully vaccinated. Please visit the CDC website mentioned below for more information about accepted COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S. and limited exceptions.

Submit your COVID-19 vaccination information using UB’s Vaccination Form. All UB community members and visitors are required to wear face coverings indoors regardless of their vaccination status.  

2. Pay your tuition deposit (if you haven’t already)

To secure a seat for your classes, submit your tuition deposit following the link in your application portal, through our website, or via Flywire.

3. Pay your housing deposit

International students under the age of 21 are required to live on campus. Pay your housing deposit (if you plan to live on campus) following the link in your application portal, through our website, or via Flywire.

 4. Create your UBNet ID

Visit www.bridgeport.edu/ubnet to create your UBNet ID which provides access to the myUB Portal, Canvas, Web Advisor, UB mail, your schedule, grades, and university notifications. You will need your student ID number in order to create your UBNet ID. This number is available on your acceptance letter. Questions? Visit the UBNet Knowledge base.

5. Passport check-in

All students are required to complete the 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
  • Students who have been in the U.S. on an I-20 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

Passport check-in is a mandatory process.  As per immigration policy, the university has a deadline to report your physical presence and your enrollment to U.S. Immigration authorities.  Please complete your passport check-in as soon as you receive the visa.

Please note: If your passport check-in is completed, you will receive an email through your UB email account.  If revision is needed, instructions will be given through your UB email account as well.  To ensure successful completion of your passport check-in, check your UB email after each submission. 

Outside the U.S.

If you are outside the U.S., your passport check-in is a two-step process.

Step 1: submit the following here

  • Acceptance letter
  • Passport(s)
  • Visa
  • I-20
    • Sign page 1
    • Do not write or modify page 2
    • Upload both page 1 and 2
  • Transfer students: provide all previous I-20s, EAD or change of status approval notice if applicable)

Step 2: After you arrive in the U.S. submit the following documents through the Forms Inbox received in your UB email

  • Local U.S. address and local phone number
  • I-94 (available at https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/home by clicking Get Most Recent I-94)
  • Entry stamp (if available)

In the U.S.

If you are in the U.S, submit all of the above-mentioned documents here

6. Health report 

7. Official Transcript

The Final Official Transcript must be an original transcript with the Registrar’s stamp or signature and submitted in a closed envelope that no one has opened. Scanned, photocopied or uploaded transcripts submitted as part of your application for admission do not fulfill this requirement. The Final Official Transcript can be provided to us upon your arrival on campus or can be sent to:

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

8. Submit your arrival form 

When you have your travel information, submit your Arrival Form at bridgeport.edu/arrivalform so we know when to expect you!

9. Attend New Student Orientation

Orientation will be held on January 5, 2022. Meeting invitation will be sent to your email.

10. Contact your academic advisor to enroll in your classes

Academic advisors can be found in the student’s UBNet account. You will need to contact your academic advisor to complete the process of enrolling in classes.  

11. Immigration meeting: To learn about maintaining your status, all F-1 students are required to watch the Mandatory Online Immigration Meeting and then take the immigration quiz.  J-1 exchange students will attend a scheduled session (date and location will be announced during the Orientation).

12. Complete emergency contact information through MyUB 

13. Housing
For anyone needing help with finding accommodations either on or off campus you can start with these links:
Graduate Housing

For undergraduates and students under 21 years of age view Undergraduate Housing

To get housing on campus, please take the following steps:

  • Email reslife@bridgeport.edu to make housing arrangements
  • If you wish to live on campus, please send in your housing deposit and housing contract prior to your arrival
  • Upon arriving to campus call 203-576-4228

Off-campus Housing

To browse more information on our webpage, start with Resources for New Students on our homepage.

14. Payment

Semester costs are due at registration.  For payment, please visit Student Financial Services website

 

Congratulations and welcome again to UB!