Upon Arriving at UC Denver
Check-in & Essentials Sessions
All new international students in F or J visa classification, including any transfers from other institutions within the US, are required to attend a mandatory Check-In & Essentials Session. For more information and to sign up for a session now visit the Check-In & Essentials page.
You will have a second hold, a college advising hold, on your account as well. This will be released when you “meet” with your academic advisor. You can “meet” with your academic advisor by email, phone or in person. Your academic advisor in your department can ensure that you register for the right classes to stay on schedule. Part of the visa requirements is to make progress towards your degree. Starting off “on the right foot” makes it much easier.
Activate your University email account
To activate your UC Denver email account, go the Student Portal and follow the instructions on how to activate your account (new user). You will need to do this before you can register for classes. All official University correspondence will be sent to your UC Denver email address. Please check your email account at least three times a week. If you choose to, you can forward your official account to your personal account, but turn off the SPAM filter in your personal email account.
You must pay your $200 registration deposit to activate your account. After that, you will be able to register for classes. If you are a sponsored student, you may need to pay this, and ask your sponsor for reimbursement later. Payments can be made by credit card, mail and electronic bank withdrawal. You will also need to take your financial guarantee letter, if you are a sponsored student.
Update your Mailing (local) Address and/or Permanent (Home) Address
Update your information on the Portal system. It is a requirement of your visa that you always maintain accurate addresses in the system. You must always have an address in your home country and your address in Denver listed in the student portal.
Get your Student ID card
In the Tivoli Student Union, you can get your Student ID card. You will need your passport or another photo ID, $10 or a voucher from the Bursar’s Office and proof that you have registered for classes.
Pay your bill
For further enrollment, billing, and payment details, go to the Burasr's website. NOTE: The amount of tuition listed on Form I-20 is for the minimum required courseload. If you register for additional classes, your tuition may be more. Furthermore, some departments charge additional fees for certain classes. Students are responsible for making arrangements to cover any additional expenses. For additional information, please visit the Bursar’s website: www.ucdenver.edu/bursar.
Wire Transfer Information
Bank Name: Wells Fargo/ San Francisco, CA; Routing Number: 12100024; Swift Number: WFBIUS6S; Depositor Name: Regents of University of Colorado at Denver; Depositor Number: 1018145260. Please be sure that your name and student ID number are included on all wire transfers.
Traveling to the US with a Sufficient Amount of Money
When you travel to the US, be prepared with enough of US currency to pay for your first meals, transportation, and incidentals. A credit card that you can us in the United States will also be helpful. Study the US exchange rates prior to your trip to the US so you are prepared to handle your travel and settling expenses.
Since medical care is so expensive in the United States, UCD provides a health insurance policy specifically for international students. For more information, you are encouraged to review the Health Insurance website for specific information for international students.
Housing Options at UC Denver
All first-time freshmen, single, undergraduate international students will be required to live in Campus Village, our student housing. Basic information about student housing, available options, costs, and exemptions can be found on-line at the UC Denver Housing site. First-year international students wanting to apply for an exemption to the live-in requirement may do so by filling out the Special Exemption Form on-line. If you feel your situation warrants an exemption we urge you to apply for an exemption so that your individual situation can be reviewed. Exemptions will be authorized on a case by case basis. Graduate international students are NOT required to live in Campus Village, but they do have the option of staying at the Campus Village.
Graduate students, married students or students with children here can visit the UC Denver Housing Website for assistance with finding off-campus housing in the Denver metropolitan area.
Please note: UC Denver does not offer a homestay program nor do we keep such information.