Pre-Arrival Information for Undergraduate Students

The International Student Services Office looks forward to welcoming you to our campus. We want to make your educational experience at the University of Tulsa both rewarding and enjoyable.

Our office is located in the Allen Chapman Student Union on the 2nd floor. Please stop by our office between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday if you have any questions.

Not sure what to pack? Watch the Pre-Arrival Video (to the left) to hear advice from current TU students. Consider bringing your national dress, musical instruments and/or artifacts with you to the U.S. You will have many opportunities to share them while you are here, including the University of Tulsa’s International Education Week Celebration.

Students living in China will need to view the video on
Intent to Enroll

Have you decided to attend The University of Tulsa? Accept your admission offer by completing the International Intent to Enroll form. Click Intent to Enroll to complete this form online by using your application login. If you are not able to access the online form, you can download and print the paper form here and submit via email or regular mail.

Enrollment Deposit

New students must pay a non-refundable $200 deposit before enrolling in classes. Enrollment for fall classes opens in May and continues until classes begin. The International Student Services office will assist you with the enrollment process after we receive your enrollment deposit.

Pay Enrollment Deposit

TU Online Student Account

Students who will attend TU need to activate their TU online account to access important university services including the campus housing application. Visit our TU Net ID and Password Setup page for instructions to activate your student account. Please note, the TU student account is different from the admission application account and is used for university services.


It is important that all international students maintain their immigration status in order to remain in the United States. U.S. Immigration procedures and policies change frequently. The Office of International Student Services is happy to help you with any immigration issues and answer immigration questions.

However, please remember that it is your responsibility to know and understand all current information that pertains to maintaining legal immigration status.

For up-to-date immigration information, please see the USCIS website.


International students must obtain a visa that allows study in the USA. An I-20 form is provided to admitted students who will apply for the F-1 visa. For students currently attending school in the USA who already have an F-1 visa, a SEVIS transfer form is included in the admission packet and the student must request transfer of the I-20 from their current school. For families living in the USA with other types of visas, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure the current visa allows university study or to inform International Student Services immediately of any plan to apply for an F-1 visa.

Immigration Check-In on Campus

After arriving in Tulsa, international students must visit the International Student Services office for a required immigration check-in appointment. This appointment should be completed within one week of arrival. Register for an appointment time by logging into Canelink and navigating to “ISS Appointments” under the “Student Services” menu. Appointments will be held in the International Student Services office located in the Allen Chapman Student Union, 2nd floor.

Students should bring their passport and I-20 to the appointment. During the meeting students will receive important information about the university and visa responsibilities. Students who need assistance registering for an immigration check-in appointment are welcome to stop by the International Student Services Office upon arrival, Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Campus Housing

All first and second-year undergraduate students and Pathway to Academics students are expected to live on The University of Tulsa campus and participate in a university meal plan. This policy applies to students who are not yet 21 years old or not married.

Learn more about campus housing and see residence hall details at the campus housing website.

Complete the housing and dining application online at Canelink. A $250 housing deposit is required to confirm the contract and should be paid with a credit card during the online housing application process.


Students living on campus will receive a written notice of room assignment and move-in details from the housing office approximately 3 to 4 weeks before arrival. Students attending New Student Orientation may check into their room on Sunday at the beginning of orientation week. Undergraduate and Pathway students who do not attend orientation may check into their room on Saturday before classes begin. Intensive English Program students may check into their room the day before scheduled tests or contact the Intensive English program directly at to make other arrangements.

We strongly recommend that students arrive at the TU campus on a designated housing check-in date or during regular business hours Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. CST to 5:00 p.m. CST, for best assistance from the university. Students who arrive before their approved check-in date should plan to stay in a hotel until their room assignment is available. If you have questions about arrival please contact the International Student Services Office in advance at or +1-918-631-2329. If you are on campus and need assistance when university offices are closed, campus security can be reached +1-918-631-5555.

Transportation & Hotels

Flights should be booked to Tulsa International Airport (airport code TUL), which is located approximately six miles northeast of campus. Taxis, Uber, and Lyft are all available for onward transport to campus; taxi fare is typically around $16, not including tip. For those needing accommodation in advance of moving into a campus residence hall or apartment, the TU website maintains a list of area hotels.

New Student Orientation

New undergraduate students as well as students in the Pathway to Academics Program are encouraged to attend New Student Orientation before classes begin. Orientation is a week-long experience full of helpful information, fun activities, and the opportunity to make friends. New students will be placed in a small group led by a successful current TU student.

Visit the New Student Orientation page for more information.

Register for New Student Orientation here

Intensive English students will participate in an orientation program during the first week of class. No registration is needed.


Oklahoma State Law requires students to provide proof of immunization (vaccination) for certain diseases. Students should complete immunizations required for students at The University of Tulsa before arrival at campus.

More information is available from the Alexander Health Center


Tulsa is located in northeastern Oklahoma, which has a temperate, humid subtropical climate. The city and surrounding region have four distinct seasons, with hot summers, comfortable spring and fall seasons, and relatively mild winters. Summer temperatures typically range from 25° to 40° Centigrade, while the winter months see temperatures ranging from -10° to 15° Centigrade.

Oklahoma Climate

Plan to bring warm clothes, including a heavy coat, for the winter season (November to February) and lighter clothes for summer (June to August).