Arriving and Orientation Checklist


It all starts at Orientation! Orientation is designed to help students feel comfortable and become acquainted with INTO USF during their first few days on campus. Students will learn about their program and campus resources, and meet with people essential to their experience, including teachers and INTO USF staff. 



Activate your USF Net ID

Your USF Net ID is like a username for your USF accounts. This will allow you to access all your accounts as a student, like your USF email and connecting to Wi-Fi on campus. To activate your Net ID, you'll need your U Number, and the email address you used to contact the university. Activate your Net ID by visiting

Complete your Getting Started course

This mandatory online course will register you for your Orientation and instruct you on how to use the technology platform so you can begin your Orientation and classes on-time. 

You will receive a link in your personal email address to access the course. If you have any questions or have not received an email to sign-up, please reach out to

Complete your immunization forms

All students must complete these forms before orientation.

  1. Your doctor must complete and sign the USF Medical History Immunization form
  2. Make sure you complete this form correctly by using this guide or click here to watch the Immunization Training Video.
  3. Email the completed form to

If you are under the age of 18, you are required to have your parent or guardian sign your Medical History Form and Parental Consent Form. Please watch our Parental Consent Form Training for instructions to fill out the paperwork.

Submit your immigration documents

Before arriving, it is important to submit your immigration documents. You can do this by logging into and following the pre-arrival checklist. You must have an active Net ID to access iStart.

If you need immigration advice click here.

Check your USF Email for your Orientation Session Information

Please check the dates below to know when your mandatory Orientation sessions are. Orientation will held in person. You must attend every orientation session. All sessions are mandatory.  

Spring 2023

International Year One / Undergraduate Pathway: TBD

Graduate Pathway: TBD

Academic English: TBD


In addition to your mandatory orientation sessions, you will need to complete an online orientation course that you will have access to on USF’s learning management system, Canvas. You will be added to the Canvas Course during your Orientation Registration Session.

Click here to learn about how to access Canvas.

For International Year One/Undergraduate Pathway students, please make sure you are checking your USF email account for the details about how to take your Math Placement Test. 

Book your airport pick-up

All students should arrive at the Tampa International Airport (TPA), located 25km away from campus. Plan to arrive at least one day before your program start date. 

After you book your travel plans, submit your flight details online. We need your arrival information in order to pick you up from the airport. This is a free service to all first-time INTO students, but you must submit your flight details at least 72 hours before you arrive at the airport.

Please refer to the current CDC travel requirements when planning your arrival to the US.

Health Insurance

USF requires all international students to be covered by health insurance. You will not be able to move into on-campus housing or start classes without this completed form. Detailed information about health insurance can be found here or you can watch our Insurance Training video.

You also can send questions to

Schedule your visa appointment

As an international student, you're required to have a F-1 student visa to study in the US. If you haven't received your visa, we have a checklist for you.

  1. Obtain I-20 Certificate of Eligibility
  2. Pay the SEVIS I-901 fee
  3. Confirm passport expiration date
  4. Provide evidence of financial resources
  5. Schedule your visa interview

We also have some additional resources to help you with this process:

  • You can find a US embassy by visiting this website.
  • Not sure what to bring? Here's a list of documents to take with you to your appointment.
  • If you have any other questions regarding your visa, our PASS (Pre-arrival Support Services) advisors are here to assist. Simply complete this form and a PASS advisor will reach out to you.

Check your housing confirmation (on-campus housing only)

To see an overview of the USF Housing Process, click here.

If you have been assigned to an accommodation on campus, you will receive an email from If you have not been assigned, please contact INTO Housing. If you have organized accommodation, and wish to live on campus, please contact

If you plan to arrive before your approved move-in date, you will need to arrange your own accommodation. Check our list of hotels near campus.

What to pack on the plane and in your suitcase

In your carry-on luggage, you should bring the following:

  • Valid passport with F-1 student visa
  • I-20
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccine or exemption and negative COVID-19 test*
  • SEVIS I-901 fee payment receipt
  • Admission letter to INTO USF
  • Original financial documents showing funds to support your studies
  • Original academic records
  • Medications and a copy of any prescriptions written in English
  • The INTO USF Welcome Guide
  • Cash to cover expenses for your first week, about $200 USD
  • Any valuable items

In your suitcase, you'll need to pack clothing for both warm and cold seasons. Download our Welcome Guide and the Move-in Checklist for a full packing list.

*The following are required by the CDC to travel to the United States. Click here to learn more

Family Orientation Presentation

This presentation will help you support your student through their journey at USF! For more information about dates and times, please email

Community Guide

To find local shops, restaurants and grocery stores in Tampa click here