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International student orientation
We’re so excited you are planning to join us at Northern Arizona University! International student orientation is the first step on your NAU adventure and will take place August 16-20, 2021. Please review the dates below for your mandatory date of arrival at NAU. We can’t wait to welcome you to the NAU community!
Orientation dates for student groups
Programs in Intensive English students Tab Open
Exchange students Tab Closed
Undergraduate transfer students Tab Closed
Undergraduate 1st year students Tab Closed
Graduate students Tab Closed
Programs in Intensive English students Accordion Open
- Programs in Intensive English (PIE) students may submit updated proof of English proficiency scores to email@example.com prior to their arrival on campus.
- PIE student orientation will take place August 17-20.
- The mandatory date of arrival at NAU for PIE students is Monday, August 16th.
Exchange students Accordion Closed
- Exchange students should follow the steps on the International Exchange Student Enrollment Guide to get enrolled in NAU classes as soon as possible.
- Exchange student orientation will take place August 18-20.
- The mandatory date of arrival at NAU for J1 exchange students is Tuesday, August 17th.
- Exchange students can contact the Inbound Exchange Coordinator with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Undergraduate transfer students Accordion Closed
- Transfer students should submit their official transcripts including course descriptions and syllabi from their previous university to email@example.com.
- Transfer students should complete priority enrollment after submitting their transcripts to get enrolled in NAU classes as soon as possible.
- Transfer student orientation will take place August 17-20.
- The mandatory date of arrival at NAU for undergraduate transfer students is Monday, August 16th.
Undergraduate 1st year students Accordion Closed
- 1st year students should complete priority enrollment to get enrolled in NAU classes as soon as possible.
- Undergraduate 1st year student orientation will take place August 17-20.
- The mandatory date of arrival at NAU for undergraduate 1st year students is Monday, August 16th.
Frequently asked questions
When do NAU classes start? Accordion Closed
NAU classes for the Fall 2021 semester begin on Monday, August 23rd.
How do I get enrolled in NAU classes? Accordion Closed
International students should begin the class registration process well before arriving at NAU as classes can fill quickly!
Programs in Intensive English Students – PIE students may submit updated proof of English proficiency prior to their arrival on campus. Documentation should be submitted to StudyNAU@nau.edu prior to the August 1. Students who submit the proof after August 1 may be required to take the PIE placement test during orientation and course selections may be limited.
Undergraduate 1st Year Students – You should complete the priority enrollment form as soon as possible. Submitting this form will provide information to an NAU academic advisor so they can enroll you into a class schedule. You will then meet with an academic advisor to discuss your class schedule.
Undergraduate Transfer & Dual Degree Students – You should submit your university transcripts, and then complete priority enrollment. Official transcripts from foreign institutions of higher education should be mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Exchange Students – You should follow the steps on the International Exchange Student Enrollment Guide that you received via email. Once you have identified your course preferences, email the NAU Inbound Exchange Coordinator at email@example.com with your preferred classes.
Graduate Students – You should work with your academic department to enroll in classes. Please reach out to your Graduate Advisor for your program directly regarding enrollment. Graduate students will have an enrollment hold on their account until you have submitted mandatory MMR Immunization records to Campus Health Services. If you have any questions regarding enrollment or the MMR hold, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will I attend NAU classes virtually or in-person? Accordion Closed
In a March 5 email to the NAU campus community, NAU President Rita Hartung Cheng announced that NAU is planning to resume fully in-person classes for the Fall 2021 semester. NAU will continue to explore how the enhancements to our technology infrastructure made as a response to the pandemic can further enhance our students’ academic experiences. We will continue to consult with public health experts and will be prepared to modify our plans if events dictate.
In-person class attendance is a mandatory student visa requirement for all international students enrolled in classes at the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus.
Is there a tutorial about how to submit the NAU housing application? Accordion Closed
Yes! Please watch our pre-recorded webinar which includes helpful information about NAU on-campus housing. Topics which are addressed include:
- How to Submit the NAU Housing Application
- Room Types
- Roommate Requests
- International House
- Residential Life Policies of Conduct
When can I move into my NAU residence hall? Accordion Closed
NAU residence halls open for new international student move-in on Sunday, August 15th. If you arrive prior to this date, you will need to find a hotel or other accommodation until residence halls open on the 15th.
Move in can take place at any time of the day or night. However, you must schedule your move-in appointment in the housing portal after receiving your room assignment.
Do I need my JacksCard to move into my NAU residence hall? Accordion Closed
International students can move into their NAU residence hall with their passports, and do not need their JacksCard for initial arrival. Your JacksCard will be available for pick up at the International Pavilion during orientation.
Are bed linens provided by NAU residence halls? Accordion Closed
Bedding is not provided by NAU residence halls. International students may choose to bring these items with them or purchase them shortly after arrival. Students may also pre-order and ship bedding to the address below so that these items are available upon arrival:
523 Knoles Dr.
Will I be required to quarantine or isolate after international travel to NAU? Accordion Closed
Students living in NAU residence halls may be required to complete temporary quarantine for COVID-19 testing after international travel. Final decisions have not been made by NAU at this time and more information about mandatory quarantine or testing requirements will be available at a later date.
Travel to Flagstaff
Do I have to get a COVID-19 test before flying to the United States? Accordion Closed
On January 12, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced an Order requiring all air passengers arriving to the U.S. from a foreign country to get tested for COVID-19 no more than 3 days before their flight departure. Travelers are required to present the negative test result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding their flight. More information about this public health requirement is available from the Centers for Disease Control. All travelers should check with their airlines directly about any additional requirements.
Can I fly directly to Flagstaff? Accordion Closed
Yes! The most convenient way to arrive at NAU is to fly directly to Flagstaff Pulliam Airport. There are daily non-stop flights to Flagstaff from Denver (DEN), Dallas (DFS), and Phoenix through American Airlines and United Airlines.
Can you pick me up from the airport? Accordion Closed
Yes! The Center for International Education will be offering a free airport shuttle to the NAU campus dormitories for all arriving flights at Flagstaff Pulliam Airport on Sunday, August 15th and Monday, August 16th. Please email us at email@example.com with a copy of your flight reservation to signup for this free service. NAU staff will meet you up at baggage claim area and provide transportation directly to you NAU residence hall or drop off at your off-campus apartment. We are unable to provide transportation from the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.
How can I travel from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport to Flagstaff? Accordion Closed
Students with flights ending at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport have a few options available to them for final travel to Flagstaff.
- It is recommended that you book an additional flight to Flagstaff Pulliam Airport from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport to complete your travel. Multiple flights are available each day on American Airlines.
- Groome Transportation provides daily shuttle service from the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport to Flagstaff with a drop-off location at the NAU Health & Learning Center.
- FlixBus is another shuttle company, but the service to Flagstaff does not operate every day of the week.
- Ride-share services such as Uber or Lyft are not recommended due to the long distance and high cost.
Is there an emergency contact number available to me? Accordion Closed
Yes. Please use the numbers below to be connected directly to the Center for International Education if you experience an emergency during your travel to NAU for international student orientation.
NAU Center for International Education: 1-928-523-1520 (Available Monday-Friday between 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Medical Emergency When Located Inside the United States: Dial 911
Non-Medical Emergency When Located Inside the United States: Dial 1-800-285-3943
Emergency When Located Outside the United States: Dial 1-602-234-9105
Are there any immunizations required for international students by NAU? Accordion Closed
Yes. All new international students are required to provide proof of immunity to measles, mumps and rubella (MMR). Students can submit an official immunization record in English to firstname.lastname@example.org to satisfy this requirement. Students may submit copies of their original documentation or ask their doctor or health care provider to complete this form.
If you have never had the required MMR vaccinations, you can arrange to have the immunization abroad and submit the documentation before your arrival at NAU. If you are unable to obtain the immunization in your home country, the Center for International Education will help you register for an MMR clinic during orientation.
Failure to submit the required MMR documentation will result in a hold on your account that will prevent you from enrolling in classes. Additionally, students receiving the International Excellence Award will not see those scholarship funds applied to their their LOUIE account until after they have cleared the MMR hold.
Is attendance at orientation mandatory? Accordion Closed
Yes. All new international students are required to attend international student orientation as mandated by the terms of their student visa. As part of orientation, all new international students must complete an in-person check-in with an international student advisor from International Student & Scholar Services.
Will orientation be held in-person or online? Accordion Closed
A final decision about the delivery and schedule of orientation has not been made at this time. Our decision-making process will be focused on providing high-quality support to new international students while ensuring public health and safety for everyone in our NAU community.