Arrival and Orientation

Arrival Information (2021-2022)

  • When:

    • Exchange (J-1) Students: 
      • Your arrival and move-in date is August 17, 2021.
    • New International (F-1) students:
      • Athletes: Please check your welcome letter about arrival details and consult your coach for guidance in terms of early accommodations prior to the beginning of the Pre-Season Camp. Your UMW on-campus housing is not available prior to August 17, 2021.
      • Non-athletes: Your arrival and move-in date is August 17, 2021.
    • Returning International (F-1) students:
      • Your arrival and move-in date is August 18, 2021.
    • Visiting Language Coordinators:
      • Your arrival and move-in date is August 17, 2021.
  • Where:

To take advantage of our airport shuttle service, you must arrange your flight to Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) on the arrival date. Please try to take a flight that arrives into Dulles during the timeframe indicated in your welcome letter.

Upon your arrival at the airport, you will be greeted by UMW students and 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/Information Desk after you clear customs and immigration nearest to baggage carousel 14 & 15.   If you do not see a UMW student/staff, please wait near the Traveler’s Aid/Information Desk closest to carousel 14 & 15.
  • Alternatively, those of you scheduled to meet our Chop Chop Shuttle service,  you will:
    1. Locate the Traveler’s Aid/Information Desk (near baggage carousel 14 & 15) 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 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm)
    • CIE Emergency: 540-419-9781 (24/7)