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Welcome to UWF!

An online pre-arrival orientation for incoming international students at UWF.

Erin Ward

on 3 April 2013

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Transcript of Welcome to UWF!

The University of
West Florida Who We Are

What we do

When to come see us

Where are we located?

How to Contact our Office The International Office 11000 University Parkway, Bldg. 71
Pensacola FL 32514
Phone: (850) 474-2479
Fax: (850) 474-2915
Email: intered@uwf.edu

International Student Office Facebook page

International Student Office on Skype
Skype: uwfinternationaloffice Contact Us 49 Undergraduate Departments
110 Undergraduate Specializations

26 Graduate Degree Departments
Over 50 Graduate Specializations Computer Science
Computer Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Physics Academics CAS School of
Science and Engineering Accounting & Finance
General Business Health, Leisure, & Exercise Science
Engineering Technology
Criminal Justice
Teacher Education
Social Work
Legal Studies Located in Pensacola, Florida UWF Students College of
Arts & Sciences College of
Professional Studies Anthropology/Archeology
Communication Arts
Marine Biology
History Psychology
Environmental Studies
Maritime Studies
Political Science
International Studies
Clinical Lab Sciences
Chemistry Housing and Packing Advising on and preparation of:
Immigration documents
Employment regulations and documents
Finding the right UWF resources
Purchasing insurance
Rules related to your F-1 or J-1 status
Anything and everything! On Campus Housing Off Campus Options What you may bring from home:
Linens for a extra-long twin bed
Personal toiletries
Alarm clock

We recommend that you bring sheets and a towel for your first few nights. Housing may arrange a shopping trip to get other necessities when you first arrive. What is the weather like? Use my.uwf.edu to:
set up & access your email and calendar
check class schedules
add & drop courses
find important forms Rachel Errington

Advises students with last names M-Z Rita Crider
Coordinator & Advisor

Advises students with last names D-L Erin Ward Stanley
Coordinator & Advisor

Advises students with last names A-C Wanda Albritton
Office Administrator Levie Geffrard
Student Assistant Check-in when you arrive (bring your travel documents)
Employment paperwork
Before you travel out of the country
Questions about maintaining your status
Anytime! Many majors will not allow you to drop below a “C” Average (2.0 GPA)
You will have a Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) and a UWF GPA. Be sure to check with your Academic Advisor to see which GPA your department uses. Syllabus – an outline and the contents of a course
Deadlines – make sure to check with your professor or syllabus to verify assignment deadlines
Professor Office Hours – hours available, usually by appointment to meet with your professor
Teaching/Graduate Assistant – many classes will have TAs or GAs that will be able to assist you if the professor is unavailable

Please note: Each professor has the right to design his course format, and each course may have different requirements. UWF Arrival
Check-In Most students arrive at the Pensacola Regional Airport
Taxicab from airport ($25-$35)
There are hotels near the airport if you arrive late at night or before housing opens
You may request airport pickup by using the arrival form on our website, but a ride is not guaranteed Signed I-20
Valid passport
Financial documentation
I-901 SEVIS fee receipt Mandatory by the end of the first week of classes
Schedule an appointment with your advisor or be seen on a walk-in basis

Bring these items:
Your new address and phone number
Your travel documents:
Passport with US Visa
I-901 SEVIS fee receipt
white I-94 card (you will receive on the plane when entering the US)
Proof of Health Insurance College of Business 11000 University Parkway, Bldg. 71
Pensacola FL 32514
Phone: (850) 474-2479
Fax: (850) 474-2915
Email: intered@uwf.edu

International Student Office Facebook page

International Student Office on Skype
Skype: uwfinternationaloffice Apartment options within walking/biking distance include:

The Fountains Apartments
Hillview Terrace
Jasmine Creek
The Crossings at Nine Mile Road
Governor's Gate
Eaton Square We recommend using UWF's
Off Campus Housing Locator:
http://offcampushousing.uwf.edu/ Space is limited!
Apply online at: uwf.edu/housing
Grading System
Freshmen Living Options
Southside Residence Halls
Martin Hall (Delphi)
Argo Hall
Heritage Hall Double

Upperclassman Living Options
Village East Apartments
Village West Apartments
Heritage Hall
Southside Residence Halls
Special Interest Halls
Southside Special Interest Halls
Pace Hall Honors Why live on campus?
Residence Life Staff
Safety & Security
Residential and Campus Life
Affordability Health Insurance The State of Florida requires you to have adequate health insurance.

F-1 students must purchase insurance for a full academic year; August 2013-August 2014
J-1 students must show proof for the duration of their DS-2019

You have two options for purchasing insurance to meet this requirement: Purchase insurance through Gallagher Koster
Email confirmation to rerrington@uwf.edu Purchase other health insurance
Have your insurance company complete the Health Insurance Compliance form to verify that it meets Florida requirements. Resources at UWF my.uwf.edu Writing Lab Career Services Counseling & Wellness Dining Services Student Disability Resource Center Health Services ID/Nautilus Card ArgoAir Wireless Network Campus Computer Labs Technology Resources The Rec Center Get ready for your adventure at... What is a credit? Tools for success: Packing What you may buy while here:
Desk lamp
Laundry bag/basket
Laundry soap
Iron Airport Transportation When to Arrive Carry with you in the Airport Immigration Check-in
at the International Student Office Thank you for attending our Pre-arrival Orientation Webinar! Questions? Meal Plans Meal Plan Options

Meal/Block Plan * Argo Bucks Price **
15 Meals per week $300 $1,855
12 Meals per week $300 $1,735
5 Meals per week $100 $715

15 Meals per semester $200 $320
25 Meals per semester $50 $245
50 Meals per semester $100 $485
100 Meals per semester $100 $855

* Meals are per week; Blocks are per semester
** Prices include tax Argo Pulse & Student Organizations
Campus Activity Board
Argo Arrival
International Students Association Student Employment On-Campus Employment Employment Restrictions:
F1 & J1 students
20 hours a week
Must be on-campus We will cover details at International Orientation Intramural Sports Soccer
Flag Football
Softball Join a team or create your own! Thursday August 22
UWF Orientation
Required for F-1 degree seeking students

Friday August 23
UWF Housing Opens (housing@uwf.edu)

Saturday August 24
Mandatory International Orientation

Monday August 26
First Day of Classes!
The University
of West Florida
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