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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. All students are put onto teams with friendly team leaders, who are current USF students and even past INTO students!

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Activate your USF Net ID and Access your USF email

Once you've activated your Net ID, you can start checking your USF email by going to and logging in with your new Net ID and password. Check this email regularly. We'll be in touch.

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 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 provided in the link above.
  3. Email the completed form to

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.

Check your USF Email for your Orientation Session Information

If you are staying outside the United States and taking your classes completely online, or if you are coming to Tampa and attending classes on the USF campus, your orientation will be facilitated all online.  

International Year One / Undergraduate Pathway: Tuesday, August 18 at 8:00am EST 

Graduate Pathway: Wednesday, August 19 at 8:00am EST

Academic English: Tuesday, September 1 at 8:00am


Please check the dates and times (in Eastern Standard Time) above to know when your mandatory live orientation session will take place on Microsoft Teams, a video chat platform that is used by USF. In addition to your mandatory live orientation sessions, you will need to complete an online orientation course that you will have access to on USF’s learning management system, Canvas. The Canvas course will be available in your portal after July 15.

Click here to learn about how to access Microsoft Teams.  

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.

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

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)

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

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
  • 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 for a full packing checklist.

Family Orientation Presentation

This presentation will help you support your student through their journey at USF! Click here to view an overveiw of services available to INTO USF students.