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Orientation
Pre-travel Orientation

Read the information on this web page carefully. Many of these things will be repeated at on-campus orientation, but you will understand them better if you read about them first.

On-campus Orientation

New Student Orientation is required of all students new to UW Oshkosh from outside the U.S. Orientation takes place ON THE UW OSHKOSH CAMPUS just prior to the start of the academic semester in fall and in spring.

  • Fall: final week of August
  • Spring: final week of January

View the Orientation Schedule

Housing
Housing Options

University housing is guaranteed. All housing is open during University break periods. Utilities and high speed internet access are included in the room rental.

Housing for students who are accompanied by family members is available only off campus and is arranged directly by the student.

South Gruenhagen Hall

South Gruenhagen Hall is the ONLY hall that offers Peer Support specifically to international students through the International Community Adviser (ICA). The ICA is available to answer students’ questions and to offer programming aimed at easing the transition to college life in the U.S.

South Gruenhagen Hall is also the ONLY hall that is open - at no extra fee - to international students during orientation week. Students who choose to live in a different UW Oshkosh residence hall must pay an additional fee for housing during orientation.

View a diagram of a student room, including the furniture.

The Office of International Education highly recommends that you choose to live in South Gruenhagen Hall.

Housing Costs

Housing costs depend on your residence hall choice and room style. You should review all housing costs before you make a selection.

What is in the rooms?

Each residence hall room has a twin bed mattress (33 inches x 80 inches), desk with chair, dresser, bookshelf, mirror, curtains, ceiling lights, microwave, small refrigerator, smoke detector, cable TV hook-up (not the TV, just a place to plug in a TV to get cable), telephone, carpet and wastebasket. Because the bed size is not standard, don't bring bed sheets with you. Buy your bed sheets after you arrive in Oshkosh. You will also need a lightweight blanket and a heavy blanket (quilt) for cold weather.

Housing Registration

Students will receive information on how to reserve a room after admission to UW Oshkosh. Students may not reserve a room until AFTER admission to UW Oshkosh.

To reserve housing, you will be asked to pay a housing deposit. Your deposit will only be refunded if you can prove that your visa has been denied. You will not be refunded the deposit if you decide not to enroll at UW Oshkosh.

Who is required to live on campus?

Students who meet the following criteria are required to live on campus during the semesters and must register for housing by the housing deadlines.

  • Undergraduate students who have earned the equivalent of 59 or fewer credits at their home institution.

Married students and students who plan to live with a parent or an established host family whose home is located within 40 miles (approximately 70 kilometers) may appeal for an exemption to this policy. Students may NOT appeal to live off campus with friends.

Off-campus Housing

Students who are eligible to live off campus (see "Who is required to live on campus?"), and choose to do so, must find their own housing. Off-campus housing is difficult to find near campus at the beginning of the semester because so many other students will already have rented nearby accommodation. If you plan to live off campus, research options before you arrive, and plan to arrive several weeks (BUT NOT MORE THAN 30 DAYS) prior to the start date on your I-20/DS-2019. Please consider the following when planning for off-campus housing:

  • Furnished housing will not be available; all housing will be unfurnished.
  • Landlords will generally require a 12-month contract.
  • "RentCollegePads" provides information on rentals, roommates, and subleases in the campus neighborhood. More information and a link to the website are available from the Oshkosh Student Association website.

  • UW Oshkosh does not provide support in locating off-campus housing. Because off-campus housing involves legal contracts, the Office of International Education cannot advise on or help international students locate off-campus housing.

Moving into Your Residence Hall (student dormitory)

The UW Oshkosh Department of Residence Life has great information for students who are new to UW Oshkosh and moving into their rooms on campus for the first time. View this special residence hall "move-in information" for details.

Mailing Personal Items to Your Residence Hall
INFORMATION TO BE ADDED
Meals
Meal Plans

Meals are served in campus dining halls and offer a range of food choices. Meal plans allow students to eat on campus when classes are in session. All students who live on campus must purchase a meal plan. There are no exceptions to this policy.

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"No Meal Plan" Dates
  • Meal plans do not begin until AFTER international student orientation has ended. This means that you must bring money to cover your meals during your first week on campus (during orientation).
  • Meal plans do not include meals prior to the first day of classes, during university breaks such as Thanksgiving break (November), winter break (either mid-December through early January and the last week of January), spring break (March), and/or summer (even if enrolled in courses). This means that you must bring money to cover your meals during these periods.
Break Periods

Students are not required to purchase meals on campus when classes are not in session or over the summer period, even if enrolled in summer courses. However, students may purchase meals on campus during these periods if they prefer. Students may also elect to eat off campus or make basic meals in the residence halls when classes are not in session.

Health and Safety
Health Insurance

All students are required to carry health insurance which meets Federal and UW Oshkosh minimum guidelines.

Rust & Associates Plan
The UW Oshkosh Office of International Education will purchase insurance which meets minimum requirements on behalf of all students who do not already carry such insurance. Fees will be billed to students through their UW Oshkosh student accounts.

Alternative Plan
Students may petition for approval to be insured under an alternative plan, provided that plan meets minimum requirements set by the U.S. government and UW Oshkosh. These requirements are listed on the form linked below. To apply to use an alternative insurance plan,

  • Complete the “Application for Health Insurance Waiver”. TYPE your information into the form, email the form to your insurance provider, and ask that your insurance provider TYPE information into the form before printing and signing. Your insurance provider must return the form to YOU. Then, you must sign and submit the form to the UW Oshkosh Office of International Education.
  • Submit a photocopy of your unexpired insurance card.
Your alternative plan MUST cover you for one of these two periods.  If you plan to depart the U.S. within 365 days, you may choose the shorter of the two periods.
  • A full 365 days; OR
  • Through the Program End Date on your I-20 or DS-2019 PLUS 60 days.
Insurance for a Spouse and/or Dependent Children
Dependents, both spouses and children, can purchase the Rust & Associates health insurance plan.  However, rates are higher for non-students (students receive a discount).  Email Mr. Steve Rust at steve@rustinternational.com for general questions about the insurance plan and coverage.
UW Oshkosh Student Health Center

All students may take advantage of services available from experienced physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, medical technologists and health educators at the Student Health Center.

There is no charge for office visits.

When compared with similar services offered off campus, fees charged at the Student Health Center for lab work, testing, vaccinations, medications and other services are minimal.

Safety on the UW Oshkosh Campus

Students studying in Oshkosh enjoy one of the safest communities in the U.S!

We proactively plan to keep our community and our students safe well into the future and understand that both being safe and feeling safe help create the right environment for students and studying.

Titan Alert
Allows cell phone users to receive weather alerts, updates from the University, and emergency alerts via text messages.

Safe Walk Program
Provides a trained escort to students who may need to walk alone after dark during evening or night hours.

Blue Light Emergency Phones
Are located outside around campus and provide a direct link to the University Police Department.

Emergency Procedures Guide
Available to everyone in the campus community.

Daily Life
Driving

You may drive in Wisconsin with your home country's valid license PLUS an International Driving Permit for up to one year. See the Wisconsin Department of Transportation website for more information.

You must obtain your International Driving Permit in your home country before you arrive in the U.S.

After one year, you must meet the licensing requirements as a Wisconsin resident.

Learn more about driving in the U.S. (see slides 25-27)

Climate

Summer (June - August)
It may be very warm, with temperatures as high as 85° Fahrenheit (29° Celsius). Pack light, cool clothing.

Winter (November - March)
Wisconsin winters begin in November. Weather can be relatively mild or very cold and can bring a lot of snow or very little snow - every winter is a surprise Temperatures can get as low as –10°Fahrenheit (-23°Celsius). You will need a very warm (heavy) coat, hat, gloves, and boots, but don't buy these at home if your climate is different from Wisconsin's climate! Wait until you arrive so that you can buy clothing that is most appropriate to the climate.

Spring & Fall (April - May; September - October)
Spring and fall in Wisconsin are beautiful and relatively cool. Get ready for outdoor activities!!

Banking

Students may open a bank account either during or after orientation (during business hours) at UW Oshkosh.

UW Credit Union offers a safe, convenient banking location on campus. There are also a number of other banking options near campus.

Wire Transfer
Send money to yourself BEFORE you arrive in Oshkosh. Use these details to complete a wire transfer PRIOR TO YOUR ARRIVAL (after arriving in Oshkosh, use the details associated with your own bank account here).

  • Bank Name: First Business Bank
  • Bank Address: 401 Charmany Drive, Madison, WI 53719
  • UW Oshkosh account number: 701475500
  • Routing number: 075905787
  • Include your name and student ID number!
Transportation at UW Oshkosh
There are two options for riding the bus in Oshkosh.
  1. The City of Oshkosh Go Transit bus system provides bus service Monday through Saturday.
    Cost: Free with a UW Oshkosh ID
    Without an ID - One-way ride: $1.00
  2. The UW Oshkosh Titan Transit system provides bus service during evenings and late night.
    Cost: Free with a UW Oshkosh ID
    Without an ID - One-way ride: $1.00
View more ways to navigate the UW Oshkosh campus
Employment

Students may work on campus with prior permission from the International Student Adviser for a maximum of 20 hours per week while classes are in session or 40 hours per week during breaks.

While employment is not guaranteed, there are a number of resources available to students who are looking for a job or professional internship.

Technology

From wireless networks to labs to equipment, we’ve got students covered both in class and outside of class!

Students can also take advantage of technology discounts for personal use:

Courses
Academic Advising

Exchange students must seek academic advising first from their home campus.  Home campus advisers can help students locate UW Oshkosh course lists and can help students choose appropriate courses for enrollment.

Exchange students are also assigned either a faculty advisor or an OIE staff advisor prior to arriving at UW Oshkosh. Students meet with their advisor to discuss course options, plan course enrollment and discuss academic needs.

Course Registration

Understand Courses and Enrollment at UW Oshkosh

Sections on “Courses, Grades & Academic Standards” and on “Course & Academic Policies” in our Undergraduate Bulletin is very detailed and important, but can be difficult to understand – even for native speakers of English. The information is new to most students and can seem complicated. But, because this is very important, do your best to read and understand!

Enrollment (Course Registration) Date

  • Your admission letter to UW Oshkosh tells you the first date on which you can enroll in courses at UW Oshkosh.
  • You may choose to enroll in courses on this date or after this date. The longer you wait to enroll in courses, the more likely that these courses will be full.
  • If you wait until you arrive in Oshkosh to enroll, your schedule will not be ideal!
Academic Calendar

Students may choose to study at UW Oshkosh over a 14-week semester or a 17-week semester (semester plus interim). Students may also enroll over one or both summer sessions.

  • Fall Semester – early September through mid-December
  • Fall Interim – optional three-week course period in January
  • Spring Semester – early February through mid-May
  • Spring Interim – optional three-week course period in May and June
  • Summer I – mid-June through mid-July
  • Summer II – mid-July through early August
Schedule of classes

Many courses offered during the regular semester meet for one hour on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays or for 1.5 hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Minimum/Maximum Course Enrollment and Study Hours

All students must maintain full-time enrollment equal to a minimum of 12 credits during EITHER the 14-week OR the 17-week semester. Students may enroll in a maximum of 18 credits without paying additional tuition or in 19-21 credits, with additional tuition fees for the final three credits.

Courses will require a LOT of homework, including reading, writing and group work. For every hour you spend in class, you will spend a MINIMUM of three additional hours outside of class doing homework. In other words, if you are in class for three hours each week, you must plan an additional 9 hours EACH WEEK for homework for that class. Full time enrollment means 12 hours per week in class, plus 36 hours per week of homework. For non-native speakers of English, the number of homework hours is usually much higher.

Fall and Spring Interim Courses

UW Oshkosh students may take three additional credits each semester by enrolling during the optional “interim” periods in fall (January) and spring (May/June). Most, but not all, courses offered during the interim period meet for between 2 to 4 hours per day Monday through Friday.

Prerequisites

Some courses are offered as “stand-alone” courses – these courses do NOT require that you complete another course first in order to understand the material.

Other courses are offered “in sequence”. These courses require that you complete another course first; these “first” courses are “pre-requisites” to the later courses. You may NOT enroll in a course which has pre-requisites UNLESS you have completed the prerequisite course AND completion of the prerequisite course is recorded in TitanWeb.

Course Capacity

There is a maximum number of students who can enroll for each course. Therefore, register on or immediately after your enrollment date. If a course is full, no additional students may register. Some departments allow waiting lists; most do not. If a course is full, enroll in an alternative required course.

Course Levels
Each course has a name and a number. The name tells you which department offers the course. The number tells you the level of difficulty.
  • 100-199 1st-year (freshman) courses
  • 200-299 2nd-year (sophomore) courses
  • 300-399 3rd-year (junior) courses
  • 400-499 4th-year (senior) courses
  • 500-700 graduate level courses (undergraduates may not enroll)
Course Catalog vs. Course Time Table

All courses approved for offer at UW Oshkosh are listed in the Course Catalog. The Catalog includes course descriptions and tells you about required pre-requisites. However, it does not tell you WHICH courses are offered each semester.

The Course Time Table in TitanWeb tells you which courses will be offered each term, what days of the week, and what times of the day.

Use the On-line Course Registration System for the First Time

Students use TitanWeb to enroll in courses. TitanWeb is available for use from 7:00AM to 2:00AM (US CENTRAL TIME) Monday through Friday and is always available for use on the weekends.

  • Navigate to TitanWeb and click on the graphic that looks like this picture.
  • Refer to the ADMISSION LETTER you received from UW Oshkosh. Find your “student ID” on the letter.
  • Your USER ID is the letter “W” plus your Student ID. You must type in CAPITAL LETTERS. (Campus ID: 0123456 à User ID: W0123456).
  • Your password is:
    • The first 2 letters of your first name
    • The first 2 letters of your last name
    • The last 4 digits of your campus ID #
    • Example for "Jane Doe" with ID #0013456: JADO3456
  • Click “Sign in”
  • Change your password
  • Log out
View the Schedule of Classes and Enroll in Courses in Titan Web
  • Log in to TitanWeb using your new password.
  • Click on SA Self Service
  • Click on Class Search / Browse Catalog
  • Click on Class Search
  • View Schedule of Classes
  • Search for the course by subject, course number and course career. The green circle means that that course is "open" and students can enroll.
  • To enroll, click on "select class".
TitanWeb “HELP”

If you have questions, cannot find information or cannot enter information, view the TitanWeb HELP page.

Study Abroad Fair
Present at the Study Abroad Fair

During the first or second week of classes each fall and spring semester, the UW Oshkosh Office of International Education holds a large study abroad fair.  More than 700 UW Oshkosh students attend each fall, and more than 500 UW Oshkosh students attend each spring.  The fair is normally held from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

All UW Oshkosh exchange students are expected to attend our fair to promote study at their home university.  Each student's home university will have a table at the fair (there will be one table for all National Student Exchange universities).  Exchange students should speak to the study abroad coordinator on their home campus before coming to UW Oshkosh to request informational materials for the fair.  Exchange students should also visit the Office of International Education at UW Oshkosh to prepare to decorate their table. 

Exchange students may leave the fair to attend class (don't skip class!) but are expected to be at the fair when not in class.

Making Payments
How to Pay

Students may pay UW Oshkosh student fees in the following ways.

Be sure that you have access to enough money in your first week at UW Oshkosh to pay for all of your tuition and fees, books, housing, meal plan, insurance and personal expenses.

By Credit Card
MasterCard or American Express payments must be made through Titan Web (use your student ID to log in). If you pay by credit card, you will also pay the credit card company's 2.5% convenience fee.

By Check, Money Order or Demand Draft
Checks, money orders and demand drafts must be drawn on a U.S. bank, be made payable to “The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh” and be hand delivered or mailed to “Cashier’s Office, UW Oshkosh, 800 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh, WI 54901, USA”

In Cash
Students may pay at the UW Oshkosh Cashier's Office in the main administrative building, Dempsey Hall, after arrival in Oshkosh.  It is not recommended to pay the full bill in cash; students are not advised to carry more than $300 in cash when they travel, if possible, and should use one of the other payment methods available to them whenever possible.

By Travelers Check
Students may cash Travelers Checks at multiple locations in Oshkosh.

By Scholarship
UW Oshkosh tuition scholarships and external scholarships may not show on your Student Account until after you arrive on-campus.

By Wire Transfer
The student should share the following information with the sending bank and request that bank fees on both the SENDING and RECEIVING banks be covered in the transfer:

Bank NameFirst Business Bank (Oshkosh, Wisconsin)
Account Name:University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Bank Routing Number: 075905787
Bank Account Number: 701475500
BIC/SWIFT: WFBIUS65 (routing first through Wells Fargo Bank International in San Francisco then to First Business Bank in Madison)
Bank Address: 401 Charmany Drive, Madison, WI 53719
Bank Phone Number: (608) 238-8008
Payable to: University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Student name: First Name/Given Name, Last Name/Family Name
Payment Deadlines
See the UW Oshkosh Student Financial Services site for payment deadlines.
If you have a UW Oshkosh student ID, you may wire fees to your student account at any time before the payment deadlines, even if charges don't yet appear on your student account. Watch exchange rates and time your payment to your advantage, if possible. If you pay too much onto your student account, money not used to pay fees can be refunded directly to you upon request.
Why can't I see my insurance fee?

Insurance fees may not show on your Student Account until after you arrive on-campus.

Payment Questions
View this page for answers to frequently asked questions on billing, viewing a bill, sharing a bill with a parent, how to make payments, and more.
Travel to the U.S.
Choosing Travel Dates

Students may enter the US 30 days OR FEWER prior to the start date typed on your DS-2019 (the immigration document sent to you by UW Oshkosh). YOU MAY NOT ARRIVE IN THE U.S. EARLIER THAN THIS DATE!

Students may move in to their on-campus housing at UW Oshkosh on the official campus move-in dates only or into off campus housing on their lease start date.

Students who arrive in Oshkosh PRIOR TO the official campus move-in date or prior to their lease start date must make arrangements in a local hotel or may contact the UW Oshkosh Gruenhagen Conference Center (+1-920-424-1106) to rent a room on a short-term basis. As of June 2014, the lowest rate available per night was $40.00. Plan an additional $25.00 per day for food.  To reserve a room in the Conference Center, contact Marc Nylen at  or +1 (920) 424-1123.  In your request, include:

  • your date of arrival
  • your date of departure
  • the number of people who will share a room (maximum: 2 per room)
Travel Documents

Carry this phone number with you when you travel. If your flight number changes, or you encounter major issues, contact the UW Oshkosh Office of International Education during business hours. You will also receive an email with a mobile contact number before you travel.

+1-920-424-0775

At the U.S. airport or port of entry, you MUST GIVE your I-20 to the border official. The border official will enter information from your document into the immigration database (SEVIS) and then return the document to you. DO NOT lose your document!

Carry these documents with you (not in your checked luggage!) when you travel to the U.S. A border official may ask to see ALL or SOME of these documents.

  • Original Passport
  • U.S. Visa (this is inside your passport)
  • I-20
  • Official UW Oshkosh Admission Letter
  • Financial Documents (bank statements, financial award letters)

Canadians You MUST present your I-20 AND SEVIS I-901 fee receipt to the U.S. Immigration Authorities at the border. Do not simply enter the U.S. as a tourist! You MUST be admitted into the U.S. in F-1 student status.

Airport Pick Up

Outagamie County Regional Airport (ATW) is located just 20 minutes away from UW Oshkosh.  Upon arrival, exit the airplane and follow signs to the "Baggage Claim". Once in the baggage claim area, pick up your luggage and look for a UW Oshkosh Student Driver. Your student driver should either be wearing a blue shirt or will be holding a sign that says "UW Oshkosh". ATW is a very small airport - it will be easy for you and your student driver to find each other!  However, if you have already picked up your luggage AND you cannot find your Student Driver, you will have a cell phone number that you can call. This cell phone number will be sent to you in an email before you travel. Please remember that this cell phone number is only for emergencies or changes to your flight schedule. Your Student Driver can also take you shopping after you check into your residence hall at UW Oshkosh to help you buy things for your room.

Airport pickup is available to students who 1) arrive at Outagamie County Regional Airport; 2) arrive ON the official arrival dates; and 3) request airport pickup and share flight details at least one week prior to arrival.

Use this form to make your airport pick up request.  This form will only be available until the Friday prior to the first official arrival date.

Students who arrive at other airports should research transportation options from the airport to the city of Oshkosh before booking an airline ticket.  Public transportation is neither efficient nor inexpensive and in many cases is simply not available.  Students who choose this option must plan, make reservations, and pay for the transportation on their own.

Students who arrive with dependents are, unfortunately, not eligible for airport pickup by the University.  University vehicle insurance regulations prohibit the University from transporting dependents.  However, there are taxis available at the airport in Appleton.  The one-way cost to Oshkosh is approximately $53 for the first person and $2 per additional passenger (plus tip) as of September 2013.  “Fox Valley Cabs” can be reached at telephone number 920-734-4546 and “Yellow Cab” can be reached at 920-733-4444.


Contact Us

Office of International Education
Dempsey Hall, Room 202
General: 
Phone: +1 (920) 424-0775
Fax: +1 (920) 424-0185

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Contact Us

Office of Internation Education
Dempsey Hall, Room 202
Email: oie@uwosh.edu
Phone: (920) 424-0775
Fax: (920) 424-0185

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