Practical Matters

If you have moved into a residence hall please notify your hall’s Resident Director about updating your address in the University’s system. Please update your local phone number to us by submitting an Address Change Form. Check the details above for the correct U.S. Address format.

How do I update my U.S. local address and phone number if I live off campus?

If you have moved to a new apartment or a new house, please update your contact information within 10 days of moving. Follow the images below as a guide when you fill out the address form.

How to update your address:

  1. Click here for the Address Change Form.
  2. Enter your UBNet ID user name and password, then click Login.
  3. Complete the form and click Submit.

 

 

If you wish to apply for a Connecticut Driver’s License or a Connecticut State ID, you will need to visit the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).  The closest DMV to UB is located at:

Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) – Bridgeport Office
95 Sylvan Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06606 

Prepare for your visit to the DMV:

  1. Scroll down to Box 7 of the Immigration Info Session to watch Driver’s License & State ID Video.
  2. Gather the right documents for your visit to the DMV. Click here to see the DMV Document Checklist.

 

  1. First, make sure our school has your emergency contact information. You may log onto WebAdvisor and fill out the Emergency/Missing Person Contact Information. Check the how-to-fill-it-out images above for guidance.
  2. Try to get in touch with the ISS office by phone, email, or visit during open office hours (Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). If that is not possible, keep reading.
  3. Review information about how to prepare here. Click here for information.

For J visa holders: Please review SEVIS Tips for emergency evacuations here: SEVIS Tips

For all international students: Watch the SEVIS Tips for Emergency Video

  1. Go to bridgeport.edu and click on Login in the upper right corner. In the submenu, click on WebAdvisor.
  2. On WebAdvisor, click on Students.
  3. Under User Account, click on the Emergency/Missing Person Contact Information link.
  4. Enter your UBNet ID user name and password, then click Log In.
  5. Complete the form under Emergency Information.
  6. After you have added and reviewed your information, click Confirm.

You may also follow the visuals below to fill out your emergency contact information:

If you are a current student (not on OPT) and need to provide proof of your student status at UB, an Enrollment Verification Letter can be issued. Proof of student status may be required for such things as getting a Connecticut Drivers’ License, a Connecticut state-issued ID, renting a new apartment or house, applying for a bank account, or renewing your F1 or J1 visa.

Currently on OPT? Request a transcript from the office of Registrar instead.

Your Enrollment Verification Letter is a two business day process. Once your letter has been issued, you will receive an e-mail to your UB email that it is ready for pick up from International Center for Students and Scholars.

*** Please Note: Your Enrollment Verification Letter is valid for the current semester after registration.  You should request a new Enrollment Verification Letter if you:

  1. Have registered for new classes or a new semester
  2. Updated your U.S. local address. Remember to update a new address before requesting a letter. (All letters are dated at the top of the page.)

How to apply for the Enrollment Verification Letter:

  1. Go to bridgeport.edu and click on Login in the upper right corner. In the submenu, click on WebAdvisor.
  2. On WebAdvisor, click on Students.
  3. Under User Account, click on the Enrollment Verification Request link.
  4. Enter your UBNet ID user name and password, then click Log In.
  5. Complete the Enrollment Verification Request form and then click Submit.

You may also follow the visuals below to fill out your Enrollment Verification Request form:

You can find information about sources of aid through International Admissions and or ask an admissions counselor located on the 6th floor of the Wahlstrom Library.

It is important that you carry your UB Student ID with you at all times.  If you have not yet received your Student ID, or have lost your Student ID, please visit the Campus Security Department.

Visit UB’s Campus Security website for information about hours of operation to obtain your UB ID, shuttle services, security needs, and other services.

The UB Health Insurance Policy is mandatory for all international students.  Students are automatically enrolled in the health insurance plan provided by the University of Bridgeport and are billed on their student account.

Click this link for more information about UB’s Student Health Insurance.

To find out more about how and where to pay your UB fees for tuition, accommodation, meals and other expenses, please visit our Paying Your Bill page.

Yes, all international students must file a tax return every year whether they have earned income or not. Find out when you need to file and how to do so by following these steps below:

  1. Visit our tax webpage to find more information about U.S. Taxes.
  2. Watch the tax video.
  3. Visit the Vita tax Assistance page found in the link for step one to set up an appointment.

More information on taxes may be obtained at the Internal Revenue Service website at www.irs.gov or the Connecticut Department of Revenue Service at www.drs.state.ct.us.

At least two weeks before leaving, you will need to apply for a Travel Signature from International Center for Students and Scholars by doing the following:

  1. Review the Travel and Reentry requirements.
  2. Watch the Travel video(Helpful tip: review passport and visa videos to be sure of document validity before traveling)
  3. Fill out the Travel Request Form. Must be typed! Note, you can use Adobe Reader or another PDF modifier to edit this form.
  4. Bring the completed and signed form with your Form I-20 or DS-2019 to International Center for Students and Scholars for processing at least two weeks before leaving.

***Any absences during the semester must first be discussed with your academic department.

How to apply for a travel signature:

  1. Click to get your Travel Signature Request Form and Login.
  2. Enter your UBNet ID user name and password, then click Login.
  3. Search for Travel Signature Request Form or click on the Travel Signature Request Form in the upper left section.
  4. Complete the form, sign with pen and bring to our office with your most recent DS-2019/ I-20.

Note: Must be typed! You can use Adobe Reader or another PDF modifier to edit this form.

 

Your family may require a visa to visit the United States to attend your graduation. They will need to visit the nearest US Consulate or Embassy in their home country and provide the necessary documents. First, check the US Consulate or Embassy website in your home country for the details, as they may vary.  An invitation letter may be required. You may use the template of a sample invitation letter found here Sample Invitation Letter for your Family and Friends.

The best time for you to write this letter and send it to your family back home is dependent upon the standard processing time and conditions of your home country’s US Embassy or Consulate. Please plan ahead!