Orientation and Arrival

UMW welcomes all our incoming international students!  Click on the links below to view important information designed to help you plan your arrival on campus and transition into life at UMW.

Arrival Information

International Student Check In Day for the 2014 fall semester is Monday, August 18, 2014. Students should plan to arrive at Washington DC’s Dulles Airport between 10:00am and 7:00pm on that date in order to receive free transportation from the airport to UMW’s campus. Please contact iss@umw.edu with your flight information to take advantage of this service.  Please note that student housing is not available prior to the check in date.  Students arriving on alternate dates will be responsible for their own transportation and lodging until check in day.

Finding the UMW Campus

The University of Mary Washington is located in Fredericksburg, Virginia, 50 miles south of Washington D.C.  Visitors to campus may use Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) or Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD). Each airport is roughly 60 miles north of Fredericksburg.  Students are responsible for making their own way from the airport to the campus if arriving outside of the designated UMW International Student Check In Day.  Shuttle service from both airports to the University of Mary Washington is available for approximately $110 dollars.  Please contact the Center for International Education (iss@umw.edu) to request a shuttle reservation.

Maps and Directions

Orientation

International Student Orientation is an essential part of your arrival process.

UMW Orientation will help you learn your way around campus, meet other students, and register for classes.

Mandatory Immigration Document Check-In

All new international students holding all non-immigrant statuses are required to bring their legal documents and  to CIE upon your arrival in Fredericksburg. This is required so that CIE can determine your legal status and make copies for our records as required by U.S. law.

Students should bring the following to the Document Check-In:

  1. Your passport with your visa stamp
  2. Your I-94  Admission Number print out
  3. Your Forms I-20, DS-2019
  4. New Student Check-In Sheet

Health and Safety

All international exchange students will be enrolled in a health insurance policy through the University of Mary Washington, and charged to  the student’s UMW student account.

All incoming international exchange students are required to submit the Health History, Immunizations, and TB Screening form to the Student Health Center by August 1.  This form must be submitted to the Student Health Center prior to your arrival, or you will not be able to register for courses or access your residence hall.  All students will have visiting privileges at the Student Health Center.

Housing Information

All incoming undergraduate students should have completed and submitted a Housing & Dining contract to Residence Life. The contract will be e-mailed to your UMW e-mail address.

  • International undergraduate students have designated move-in dates indicated in your welcome letter.
  • Room assignments are made on a space-available basis.
  • For information about room amenities, check out the Res-Life Welcome and UMW-at-a-Glance

Dining Information

For information about the meal plan in your dining contract, click here.

Course Catalog and Academic Calendar

To research the degree programs and course offerings at the University of Mary Washington,  consult the course catalog.

The UMW Academic Calendar outlines all the important dates for each term, including first and last day of classes, add/drop period, and University holidays.

Academics

International undergraduate students are required to enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours in order to maintain visa status. Students typically enroll in 12-15 credit hours per semester. Credit hours represent the number of hours you are expected to be in the classroom. In addition, students are expected to spend considerable time outside of the classroom to keep up with assignments and study for exams.

Additional Resources

Fitness Center

Student Clubs and Organizations

Volunteer Opportunities

Fredericksburg Visitors Information