Pre-Arrival Information for Undergraduate Students - Center for Global Engagement

Pre-Arrival Information for Undergraduate Students

The Center for Global Engagement Office (CGE) looks forward to welcoming you to our campus. We want to make your educational experience at The University of Tulsa both rewarding and enjoyable.

CGE is located on the third floor of Holmes Student Center at Hardesty Hall. Walk-in hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please stop by our office during walk-in hours if you have any questions.

Not sure what to pack? Watch the pre-arrival video (below) to hear advice from current TU students. Consider bringing your national dress, musical instruments and/or artifacts with you to the U.S. You will have many opportunities to share them while you are here, including at TU’s International Education Week celebration.

Students living in China will need to view the video on

Enrollment Deposit

New students must pay a non-refundable $500 deposit before enrolling in classes. Enrollment for fall classes opens in May and continues until the first day of class. The admissions team will assist you with the enrollment process after we receive your enrollment deposit. Click here to find your undergraduate advisor and schedule an enrollment appointment.

Pay Enrollment Fee

TU Online Student Account

Students who will attend TU need to activate their TU online account to access important university services including the campus housing application. Visit our TU Net ID and Password Setup page for instructions to activate your student account. Please note, the TU student account is different from the admission application account and is used for university services.

New International Student Orientation

All spring 2024 incoming international students are advised to arrive on campus from January 7 to January 9 in order to fully participate in CGE specialized orientation activities, a required immigration check-in, and to enroll in classes.

Undergraduate advisors will be meeting with students January 8 to January 12 to enroll students.

New Undergraduate Student Orientation

New international undergraduate students are also to attend New Student Orientation before classes begin. Orientation is a multi-day experience full of helpful information, fun activities and the opportunity to make friends. New students will be placed in a small group led by a successful current TU student.

Visit the new student orientation page for more information.


Students living on campus will receive a written notice of room assignment and move-in details from the housing office approximately three to four weeks before arrival. International students who have completed a housing license may check into their room or apartment upon arrival.

Students who wish to have airport pick-up should contact their admissions counselor. If you have additional questions about arrival, please contact your counselor or the Center for Global Engagement Office in advance at or +1-918-631-2329. If you are on campus and need assistance when university offices are closed, campus security can be reached +1-918-631-5555.

Transportation & Hotels

Flights should be booked to Tulsa International Airport (airport code TUL), which is located approximately six miles northeast of campus.  Students who do not wish to receive the specialized airport pick-up service, held August 10 to August 13, may chose to make their own transportation plans for campus arrival. Taxis, Uber and Lyft are all available for onward transport to campus; taxi fare is typically around $16, not including tip.


It is important that all international students maintain their immigration status in order to remain in the United States. U.S. Immigration procedures and policies change frequently. The Office of International Student & Scholar Services is happy to help you with any immigration issues and answer immigration questions.

However, please remember that it is your responsibility to know and understand all current information that pertains to maintaining legal immigration status.

For up-to-date immigration information, please see the USCIS website.


International students must obtain a visa that allows study in the USA. An I-20 form is provided to admitted students who apply for the F-1 visa. For students currently attending school in the USA who already have an F-1 visa, a SEVIS transfer form is included in the admission packet and the student must request transfer of the I-20 from their current school. For families living in the USA with other types of visas, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure the current visa allows university study or to inform International Student & Scholar Services immediately of any plan to apply for an F-1 visa.

Immigration Check-In on Campus

After arriving in Tulsa, international students must visit the International Student & Scholar Services office within the Center for Global Engagement for a required immigration check-in appointment.