Cost to Attend Orientation
If you are living on-campus in a university residence hall during the academic year the cost is $305 (Freshmen and Transfer Students) This payment covers the cost of your early-arrival housing, meals during the 2-day Orientation program, program materials, staffing, administrative costs and some of the expenses of Husky WOW.
The Orientation charge of $305 is nonrefundable. For information about why there is a charge for Orientation please access the FAQ section.
If you are living off-campus in a house or non-university owned apartment during the academic year the cost is $230 – (Freshmen and Transfer Students) This payment covers the cost of meals during the 2-Day Orientation program, program materials, staffing. administrative costs and some of the expenses of Husky WOW. The Orientation charge of $230 is nonrefundable. For information about why there is a charge for Orientation please access the FAQ section.
Credit Card, Check or Money Orders must be from a United States affiliated bank.
There are three options for payment:
- Credit Card – online – through the orientation portal. Orientation Services accepts: Mastercard, Visa, Discover, American Express, Diners Club. This is the only way you can immediately confirm an Orientation session after making your reservation.
- Check or money order – mailed/postal service – all checks and money orders need to be made out to the “University of Connecticut.” For our mailing address, please visit our Contact Us page.
Please note that your orientation reservation is not confirmed until the check is received by the Orientation Office. In the meantime your Orientation session can be taken away by another student who pays by credit card for that spot. A $25 fee will be charged for any check that is returned for insufficient funds.
- Western Union – To use Western Union as your payment option please visit our Western Union page.
HOW TO CONFIRM YOUR ORIENTATION SESSION – Payment at the time the reservation is made confirms your reservation for the desired date.
WHAT HAPPENS IF PAYMENT IS NOT MADE WHEN THE RESERVATION IS MADE – If payment is not made at the time the online reservation form is completed the date is still open for other students to reserve. That means you can lose your Orientation date because another student who pays for the session can take it away from you.
Sign Up – Starts mid-April
Visit the International Orientation Sign Up page to review the session schedule and sign up. Students who paid the $300 enrollment deposit will receive an email sent to their personal email address inviting them to sign up for an Orientation session. These emails will begin to be sent in mid-April.
Mandatory Review of F-1/J-1 Regulations
Students who attend International Orientation must also attend the Mandatory Review of F-1/J-1 Student Visa Regulations session, which will be included in the August orientation program.
Healthcare, Health Insurance & Immunizations
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT HEALTH INSURANCE
The University of Connecticut requires all full time students to have health insurance. The Health Insurance plan that the University of Connecticut offers its students is known as “CHP Cigna.” This health insurance plan provides comprehensive medical coverage locally and nationally (through the Cigna provider network); and internationally (through FrontierMEDEX ACCESS services). The CHP Cigna plan complies with ALL J-1 and F-1 VISA requirements (including repatriation). Also, for CHP Cigna insured members at the Storrs campus, the services provided at the Student Health Services (SHS) facility on campus are fully covered, with no cost to the patient.
It is strongly recommended that you enroll in the CHP Cigna health insurance plan to provide your health insurance coverage. If you shop for other health insurance coverage (which results in declining or waiving out of the CHP Cigna plan) please make sure that you fully understand the alternative health insurance plan that you are enrolling into. Important things to consider are;
- Does the non-UCONN health insurance plan meet all of your VISA requirements?
- Does the non-UCONN health insurance plan provide comprehensive medical benefits? Most health insurance travel plans cover only emergency medical care such as hospitalization or care at a hospital emergency room. These plans typically do not provide coverage for doctor’s office visits, immunizations or routine medical care. Alternative health insurance travel plans may be less expensive to purchase but may result in costing you more money because not all medical care is covered by them.
Medical services in the United States of America can be extremely costly. If you elect a health insurance plan other than the CHP Cigna health insurance plan please be aware that, for services provided to you at the Student Health Services facility on the Storrs campus, you would personally be responsible for the payment of all services provided to you. In addition, you would be responsible for filing a claim to seek potential reimbursement from your non-UCONN health insurance plan. U.S. doctor’s offices and medical providers may also bill you directly and not participate with your non-UCONN health insurance plan.
*NOTE – Upon your campus arrival, if you need vaccinations or immunizations in order to be compliant with state/university requirements, these vaccinations or immunizations can be very costly. In most cases they would not be covered under other health insurance/travel type plans. The CHP Cigna plan would cover any required vaccinations or immunizations, with no patient cost.
You can find more information on health insurance and SHS billing practices can be found on the SHS website at www.shs.uconn.edu.
For more information on immunization and healthcare requirements please visit Student Health Services immunization page.
The Student Health History Form
The Student Health History form is sent to each newly admitted student after the $300 enrollment deposit is received. It is also sent as an attachment with the Orientation email confirmation. If you did not receive the form please access it here. The Student Health History form includes both Form A & Form B and is required to be submitted for each student at the university.
Deadlines for submitting the Student Health History form is July 1 for the Fall semester and January 1 for the Spring semester.
We will take students for Health Screening during the August Orientation programs (August 21 to 22 and August 23 to 24). If you have submitted your Student Health History form by the July 1st deadline or have the form completed with the dates of your immunizations at Orientation, it will take a short time for you to go through Health Screening. If you did not submit your Student Health History form by the July 1st deadline or have an incomplete form with you, it will take a long time for you to go through Health Screening. Get your completed Health History Form to the university by the July 1, 2017 deadline so you do not have any difficulty.
- Connecticut state law requires that your healthcare provider completes/verifies your immunization information in writing (Form A)
- For more information on immunization requirements, click here.
- Failure to submit your immunization history by the 10th day of classes will result in your inability to register for classes.
UNDER THE AGE OF 18? If a student is under the age of 18 please make sure a parent signs the Student Health History under the “Consent for Treatment” section before either submitting or taking it to the university.
Traveling to Storrs
Students attending International Orientation should fly into Bradley International Airport (airport code: BDL). You can arrange for airport shuttle transportation from Bradley to the University at Department of Transportation Services. There is a charge for using the UConn Bradley airport shuttle.
For more information on traveling to the University of Connecticut at Storrs from other airports in New York City or Boston, please visit International Students & Scholar Services. If you do not land at Bradley International Airport, you are responsible for finding your own transportation to the University.
EARLY ARRIVAL INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS ATTENDING AUGUST ORIENTATION
Early Arrival information for Fall 2017 international undergraduate students will be sent by email in late July.
Confirming Your Session
An email confirmation will be sent almost immediately after you submit your orientation reservation. This email indicates you are “confirmed” for the session you selected. Emails are sent to the personal email address that the University has on file and your UConn email account.
Contact the Office of Orientation Services at (860) 486-4866 or at firstname.lastname@example.org if you haven’t received your email confirmation within 24 hours of submitting your online Orientation reservation.
Do not make any travel arrangements if you choose to attend the Orientation program between mid-May to mid-July until you receive an email from the Office of Orientation Services confirming your assigned Orientation session.
If you choose to attend the August 21-22 or August 23-24th Orientation session you need to move into your residence hall room, if you are living in on-campus housing, on either Saturday, August 19 or Sunday, August 20th.