Orientation and Arrival Information

The Office of International Affairs provides a required orientation to give new international students essential information regarding their stay at UNA. Come to the Office of International Affairs, located in Powers Hall. Powers Hall is east of North Pine Street and south of Lion Drive.

You must check in at Powers Hall and attend orientation. If you do not, you will not be registered with US immigration and will be in the country illegally.

Check In

The first thing you will do at UNA is Check In. Someone from our office will pick you up at the hotel and bring you to Powers Hall (Office of International Affairs) on the UNA campus. Bring the following documents to check in upon your arrival:

  • UNA Acceptance Letter
  • Passport with current visa
  • I-20 Form/DS-2019 with your signature
  • Proof of financial ability to pay for school (example: bank statement)
  • Receipt for payment of SEVIS I-901 fee
  • Imimmunization records (if available)
  • Any original documents (such as transcripts) that are required to complete your admission

Check In fulfills a requirement of your F-1 student status and allows us to report that you are maintaining student status.

Tuberculosis Testing

All new international students are required to take a tuberculosis skin test upon their arrival at UNA. The $50 testing fee will be added to your student account.


Orientation is a valuable time before you begin classes. Therefore, your attendance is mandatory. During these days, you will learn your way around campus and how to find many important buildings. Our staff and the OIA Navigator team will personally guide you as you set up your room or apartment, bank account, mail box and student account. We’ll even take you shopping, help you set up your cell phone and introduce you to Leo and Una, our African lions!

You will take important placement tests, meet with advisors and enroll for classes. You will get a successful introduction to UNA, the city of Florence and the responsibilities of being an F-1 or J-1 student. In short, you will get a lot of information and you will meet a lot of people. When Orientation is over, you will be amazed at how much you have learned to be successful at UNA. The Check In and Orientation dates are listed on your admission letter.

Placement Testing

During orientation, you may be asked to take placement tests. These tests help your instructors place you in the best classes for your ability level. This may take several hours. For ESL students, the test will be given in part on a computer, in writing and in person. Academic students will have meetings with professors and advisors to plan their schedule.

New International Students Check-in dates:

  • Friday, August 14 2015 at 8 am
  • Saturday, August 15 2015 at 8 am
  • Sunday, August 16 2015 at 8 am

Residence Hall Check-in Schedule (for those living on campus in the residence halls):

  • Freshman: Friday, August 14 2015
  • Returning Students or New Upperclassman: Saturday, August 15 2015