Orientation and Arrival

We look forward to your arrival!  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 fall 2015 semester is Monday, August 17, 2015. 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


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 F & J visas are required to bring their legal documents and  to the International Student Orientation. 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 International Student Orientation:

  1. Your passport with your visa stamp
  2. Your I-94  Admission Number print out (students may print this form during Orientation)
  3. Your Form I-20 or DS-2019

Health and Safety

International students will be enrolled in a health insurance policy through the University of Mary Washington, the cost of which is charged to  the student’s UMW student account.  The cost is $113.65 per month.

All new international students students are required to submit the Health History, Immunizations, and TB Screening form to the Student Health Center no later than two weeks prior to student arrival.  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

Students must complete and submit the Housing & Dining contract to Residence Life prior to arrival. Please check your UMW e-mail for notification on when you can access Symplicity Residence to complete your contract.

  •  International students are permitted to move in on the program start date on their I-20 or DS-2019.
  • Room assignments are made on a space-available basis.
  • For information about room amenities, check out Res-Life Welcome and UMW-at-a-Glance webpages.
  • Upon arrival to UMW, students will check in at the front desk of Eagle Landing to obtain their room key.

Dining Information

UMW has a full service dining commons as well as several alternate dining venues on campus.  All residential students have a meal plan.  For information about the meal plans and dining contracts, 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.


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