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 note:  Due to COVID-19, we have temporarily suspended in-person passport check-in. Please email internationaloffice@bridgeport.edu once you arrive in the U.S. instead of coming to the office. 

Steps to follow:

1. Campus Guidelines/COVID-19 

Please carefully review Campus Guidelines at https://www.bridgeport.edu/covid-19/students.  

2. 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 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

Passport check-in is a mandatory process after you arrive in the U.S.  As per immigration policy, the university has a deadline to report your physical presence and your enrollment to U.S. Immigration authorities.  

Please email internationaloffice@bridgeport.edu the following documents for Check-in:

  • Acceptance letter
  • Passport(s)
  • Visa
  • I-94 (available at https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/home by clicking Get Most Recent I-94)
  • Entry stamp (if available)
  • I-20 (both page 1 and page 2 + page 1 signed by student) or DS2019 (For transfers: provide all previous I-20s or DS2019s, EAD or change of status approval notice if applicable)
  • Local U.S. address and local phone number

3. Health report

  • Submit Health Examination Report to the Student Health Services through email healthservices@bridgeport.edu with your full name and UB ID included

4. Attend New Student Orientation

Orientation will be held on August 18, 2021. Meeting invitation will be sent to your email.

5. Contact your academic advisor to schedule your classes

The following steps can be completed only after you are enrolled for classes:

6. Activate your UB email account at https://www.bridgeport.edu/ubnet

7. 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).

8. Complete emergency contact information through MyUB 

 

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

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.

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

Congratulations and welcome again to UB!