To officially accept your offer of admission to the University of Delaware, you MUST accomplish the following tasks. For questions prior to your arrival, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions via live chat (Monday- Friday, 8:30 a.m. ∼ 5 p.m. US EST) at www.udel.edu/admissions . You can accomplish most tasks prior to arrival by using your custom portal at www.udel.edu/mybluehenhome
Use your passport and the SEVIS I-20 form (for F-1 visa) or DS-2019 form (for J-1 visa) and schedule your visa appointment. Take all the previously mentioned documents along with your original admission letter, SEVIS fee receipt, and financial documentation (ex: Assistantship award from the department, financial support letter, sponsorship letter, current bank statement) to the US embassy or consulate in your country to apply for your visa. The following website provides links to all US embassies and consulates worldwide: http://usembassy.state.gov.
Once approved, the visa is stamped in your passport. Canadian citizens are exempt from having to obtain a visa but must use their I-20 or DS-2019 to enter and must obtain a Form I-94 clearly indicating F-1 or J-1 status. You are permitted to enter the US up to 30 days prior to the start date noted on your I-20/DS-2019 form. You are required to report to and attend the school designated on your visa stamp and I-20/DS-2019 form. For more information, please visit the Department of State website (F-1, J-1 Participants).
Bringing Family with you: If you have a spouse and/or children and you want them to accompany you to the U.S., you need to complete the Visa Request Form for Dependents and submit it to our office with a copy of the dependent(s)' passport. You are also required to show financial documentation (an additional $3,000 per dependent). Once they arrive in the US, you are required to purchase insurance for all dependents. You have 30 days from their arrival to do so. For more information, please contact the Office of Risk Management.
IMPORTANT Processing Delays: Due to the March 6, 2017, presidential memorandum that orders increased vetting for US visas, applicants will face closer questioning and more security checks under new State Department procedures. Longer waits for visa appointments and issuance are likely.
In addition to the new screening guidelines, the State Department is limiting the number of visa interviews for each officer to 120 per day. Fewer appointments will allow consular officers to conduct longer and more intensive interviews with each applicant.
Please plan ahead to allow for possible increased processing times and additional questioning. If you have any questions, please contact OISS.
If you are an undergraduate student, your academic advisor may contact you shortly after you deposit with the University of Delaware. He or she will assist you in selecting and registering for courses for the upcomming semester. For graduate students, your department may select courses on your behalf as well. Be sure to set up your University of Delaware e-mail account and check it regularly, as many University representatives will contact you with urgent issues. For undergraduate stduents, you may also check www.udel.edu/students/advisement.html. If you have not received information by August 1 from your academic advisor, please contact him or her immediately.
If you wish to send parcels to the University of Delaware prior to arrival, the parcels must be wrapped securely and marked clearly with your name, c/o General Services Building, Room 110, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716-6410, USA. Or you may choose to shop for most necessities when you arrive in town. Please bring sufficient items for personal use as you might not be able to visit the stores here soon after your arrival. DO NOT bring or ship items that are easily available in the U.S. (utensils, food, school supplies etc.).
You should pack clothing with the following thoughts in mind: students in the U.S. tend to dress quite informally. Jeans, T-shirts, shorts, and sweatshirts are all very acceptable to wear around the campus and in class. The weather in Delaware requires both summer and winter clothing. Students have also found it useful and enjoyable to bring the national dress to wear on special occasions. Remember that you will be able to shop for clothing in the U.S. as well. The state of Delaware is “tax-free,” meaning that it does not charge a sales tax on many items, including clothing.
Most students coming to the University of Delaware arrive in the United States at JFK Airport in New York or Newark, New Jersey or Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We recommend that you arrive at Philadelphia International Airport (airport code: PHL). If you are flying into New York, you should purchase an add-on ticket to Philadelphia from New York at the time you purchase your ticket to the U.S. It is more convenient and less expensive.
The University of Delaware campus is located in Newark, Delaware. You will need to make additional arrangements to travel from the airport to campus when you arrive in the U.S. Philadelphia International Airport is less than one hour away from campus while JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark International Airports are two/four hours from UD’s campus. Please note that Newark International Airport is in Newark, New Jersey and NOT in Newark, Delaware.
You should make plans to arrive at the University of Delaware on a weekday during normal business hours (8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time). You must arrive in time to attend New Student Orientation and government check-in, so read your welcome packet information very carefully.
Undergraduate students can apply for temporary housing or early check-in by contacting Housing Assignment Services (http://www.udel.edu/has/movein/moveinday.html). You should be able to view your housing assignment after August 1 at www.udel.edu/mybluehenhome.Please contact our Housing Assignments Office at firstname.lastname@example.org and Kristin Lockhart Rolnick will be able to tell you your residence hall assignment.
If you decide not to join the University of Delaware for the semester that you have been admitted, please return the I-20 or DS-2019 form and notify us as soon as possible . Should you decide to postpone your arrival date, please notify us as well as The Office of Graduate & Professional Education (for graduate students) or the Admissions Office (for undergraduate students), so that they can change your matriculation date. The Office of Graduate & Professional Education and the Admissions Office discard all applications of students who do not arrive and do not notify them of a change in plans. It would therefore be necessary for you to reapply.