Arrival and Orientation

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We look forward to your arrival! CIE provides all the information you need to plan your arrival to campus and transition into life at UMW.

Arrival Information

You must arrive at Washington DC’s Dulles International Airport on your designated arrival date in order to receive free transportation from the airport to UMW’s campus. (Please note that on-campus housing is not available prior to your check-in date.)

Upon your arrival at the airport, you will be greeted by UMW students/staff OR you will meet your shuttle driver.  CIE will e-mail you in advance to tell you which set of instructions to follow.

  • You will be greeted by UMW students/staff at the Traveler’s Aid Desk after you clear customs and immigration. If you do not see a UMW student/staff, please wait near the Traveler’s Aid desk.
  • Alternatively, those of you scheduled to meet our Chop Chop Shuttle service,  you will:
    1. Locate the Traveler’s Aid Desk or pay phone upon clearing customs and immigration.
    2. Call the shuttle driver at the toll free number (888) 363-2467 and notify him/her that you are through customs.
    3. Take the escalator or stairs up to the Departure Level, where the ticket counters are located. Find the United Airlines ticket counter.
    4. Look outside from the United Airlines ticket counter and proceed out of the glass door to your right (door #4). Wait on the sidewalk outside door #4. The shuttle driver should have told you what type of vehicle to look for. It will either be a van marked “Chop Chop Shuttle & Tour,” or an unmarked vehicle. You must look for the van/vehicle and wave to get the driver’s attention. If you have any problems, please call the toll-free number (888) 363-2467.
  • Please keep the following phone numbers with you in case of complications or emergency:
    • Center for International Education (CIE): 540-654-1870 (8-5pm)
    • CIE Emergency: 540-419-9781 (24/7)

Once you have arrived on campus at UMW, it’s time to prepare for International Orientation.