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

Pre-Arrival Information for Undergraduate Students

The Center for Global Engagement Office 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 11am-3pm, Monday thru 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 the University of Tulsa’s International Education Week Celebration.

Students living in China will need to view the video on

Enrollment Fee

New students must pay a non-refundable $200 fee before enrolling in classes. Enrollment for fall classes opens in May and continues until classes begin. The admissions office will assist you with the enrollment process after we receive your enrollment fee.

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 Student Orientation

New undergraduate students are encouraged to attend New Student Orientation before classes begin. Orientation is a week-long 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 site for more information.

Sign up for New Student Orientation!


Students living on campus will receive a written notice of room assignment and move-in details from the housing office approximately 3 to 4 weeks before arrival. Students attending New Student Orientation may check into their room on Sunday at the beginning of orientation week. Undergraduate who do not attend orientation may check into their room on Saturday before classes begin.

We strongly recommend that students arrive at the TU campus on a designated housing check-in date or during regular business hours Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. CST to 5:00 p.m. CST, for best assistance from the university. Students who arrive before their approved check-in date should plan to stay in a hotel until their room assignment is available. If you have questions about arrival please contact 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. Taxis, Uber, and Lyft are all available for onward transport to campus; taxi fare is typically around $16, not including tip. For those needing accommodation in advance of moving into a campus residence hall or apartment, the TU website maintains a list of area hotels.


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.

SEVIS Fee: The University of Tulsa is discontinuing the reimbursement of this fee. The last day for a student to request a SEVIS fee reimbursement is June 30th, 2020.


International students must obtain a visa that allows study in the USA. An I-20 form is provided to admitted students who will 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 for a required immigration check-in appointment. This appointment should be completed within 1 week of arrival. Prior to their arrival, students will be contacted with information and details about the immigration check-in process