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Welcome, international students of University of the Arts!

As the director of International Student Programs, I am looking forward to helping you have a successful and rewarding college experience. Our International Student Orientation is designed to give you a smooth and enjoyable transition to your life in Philadelphia and at University of the Arts.

Please review the provided information carefully, and send me your expected arrival date and time as soon as possible. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards,
Mara Flamm
Director, International Student Programs
mflamm@uarts.edu
215.717.6621

Summer 2021 Orientation will be virtual. 
Attend this orientation if you are beginning UArts’ English as a Second Language Institute in the summer.

Fall 2021 Orientation details are coming soon.

Mandatory Exchange and International Student Orientation 

August 2021 (Specific dates are TBD)

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Arrival and Move-In

  • On-campus students: Move-in is required for all students living in the Residence Halls and ESLI students.

  • Off-campus students: Move-in is recommended for all off-campus international students.

  • All international students:

    • Arrive at Gershman Hall, 401 S. Broad St. (located between Pine and Lombard streets). First-Year Guides will welcome you, help you check in, and escort you to your dormitory and the International Student Programs office.

    • Your student ID will be ready if you have sent your photograph according to the instructions available at photoid.uarts.edu. If you were unable to send your photograph, we will prepare your ID when you arrive on campus.

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

International Dinner
Gershman Hall, 401 S. Broad St. (located between Pine and Lombard streets), Levitt Foyer, 3rd floor
This is required for all students.

6:45 p.m.

Meet up for night events
Hamilton Hall, 320 S. Broad St., Solmssen Court
This is optional.

Tuesday, Aug. 20

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

International Breakfast and Navigating UArts and Philadelphia
Location: Gershman Hall, 401 S. Broad St. (located between Pine and Lombard streets), Levitt Foyer, 3rd floor

  • Overview of F-1 Visa Regulations and Document Registration

  • Strategies for Adapting to life in Philadelphia and at UArts

  • Stories and advice by current international students

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Navigating UArts and Philadelphia Continues
Location: Gershman Hall, 401 S. Broad St. (located between Pine and Lombard streets), 4th floor, Room 414

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch
Location: Terra Hall, 211 S. Broad St., Terra Dining Hall

1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Trolley Tour of Philly and Shopping Trip
Location: Meet in Gershman Hall 401 S. Broad St. (located between Pine and Lombard streets), lobby by 12:45 p.m.

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Dinner and Karaoke Dance Party
Location: Furness Courtyard and Solmssen Court, 320 S. Broad St. 

August 2021 (Specific dates are TBD)

*All international students must go to New Student Check-in and pick up an information packet.

New Student Orientation will begin Tuesday, Aug. 24, at Hamilton Hall, 320 S. Broad St., at the corner of South Broad and Pine streets.

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

International Parents Brunch and Information Session
Location: TBD

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

English and Writing Proficiency Tests
This is required for most international students.

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

English Proficiency Test
Location: Gershman Hall, 401 S. Broad St. (located between Pine and Lombard streets), Room 415

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch
Location: Gershman Hall, 401 S. Broad St. (located between Pine and Lombard streets), Levitt Foyer, 3rd floor

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Writing Test
Gershman Hall, 401 S. Broad St. (located between Pine and Lombard streets), Room 415

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

New Student Check-in
Location: Hamilton Hall, 320 S. Broad St., Solmssen Court
All international students must go to New Student Check-in and pick up an information packet.