Before You Arrive

We are excited to have you as a student at the University of North Alabama! There are important decisions to make as you prepare to travel and study at UNA. In your purple admission packages, you will find an acceptance letter, a I-20 or DS-2019 and information to answer the most common questions. Mrs. Cala Flippo will help you prepare for your arrival in Florence. She will email you but you can always contact her at

Pre-Arrival Checklist













accepticonSend your Acceptance Letter

Once you receive your admission packet from the Office of International Affairs, please SIGN and DATE the bottom of your acceptance letter. Then, send a picture of your SIGNED and DATED acceptance letter to

sendvisaSend a picture of your visa

Once you receive your visa, please send a scanned copy or picture to

sendflightSend your flight information

After you purchase your ticket for the correct destination and on the correct date, send a copy of your itinerary to

shirtGet your free UNA t-shirt!

Send your t-shirt size (small, medium, large, x-large) to


Cala Flippo

Cala (pronounced Kay-lah) Flippo is the Student Services Coordinator. She proudly calls herself the first friend and "the Mom" for all international students. She contacts all future international students prior to arrival to assist with transportation, housing and all the questions. Cala lived in South Africa for 9 years and in her heart, Africa is home.

Please complete the AlcoholEdu and Haven training before you arrive. Both are required for new students. Instructions are located in each file.Click here for helpful information on how to successfully get your F-1 student visa.Sign-up for UNA text message announcements by texting @UNASGA to 81010.