Arrival Information



We are excited that you will soon be at Baylor! As you prepare for your arrival, below are some very important things for you to remember!

For the Fall 2018 semester, the arrival date for all incoming international students is Monday, August 13, 2018. This is on your I-20 or DS-2019, and you are expected to check-in with our office that day. Please come to the Center for Global Engagement in the Hankamer Academic Building Room 160 to check in. To view the Baylor campus map click HERE.

If you arrive before the Arrival Date, you will need to make plans to stay in a local hotel.

Move In

For those who will be living in on-campus Baylor housing, you may move in to your residence on the Arrival Date, Monday, August 13, 2018, between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. (If you arrive after 5:00 pm, you will not be able to get your Student ID which is required for move in, so you will need to make hotel arrangements for that evening and move in the next day.) 

International students are permitted to move in on August 13If you receive an email from Baylor Campus Living and Learning saying that you have to move in on August 15 or later, you may disregard that email.

*Please note that if you will be living in Browning Square or the Quadrangle you may move in to your apartment the day your lease begins.*

Transportation to Baylor 

Beginning on Saturday, August 11, 2018, we will have transportation from the Waco Airport to several hotels in Waco. We will only deliver students to the hotels on the transportation list. If you stay in a hotel that is not on that list, then you will need to make your own transportation arrangements. The hotels where drop off and pick up will be provided are:

  • Courtyard by Marriott
    • 101 Washington Avenue; (866)-238-4218 
  • Hotel Indigo
    • 211 Clay Avenue; (254)-754-7000 
  • Red Roof Inn
    • 720 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd; (254)-752-3388

On the morning of Monday, August 13, 2018, we will also provide transportation to campus from the designated hotels on the list. We will pick up in the morning. You must be in the hotel lobby ready to leave by 8:00am if you want Baylor to bring you to campus.

On August 13, 2018, we will also have transportation from the Waco Airport and Bus Station to the Baylor campus.

*NOTE: The International Arrival Form is now closed.*

Click HERE to access the International Arrival Form to sign up for Transportation to Hotels from the Waco Airport or Bus Station on August 11 and 12, and then to Baylor Campus on August 13, and for Transportation directly from the Waco Airport or Bus Station to Baylor Campus on August 13 through the International Arrival Form. (We only pick-up from the Waco airport, not Dallas, Austin, or Houston.)

NOTE: If your flight or bus arrives to Waco on August 13 BEFORE 4:00 pm, you will be transported to the Baylor Campus. If your flight or bus arrives AFTER 4:00 pm on August 13, you will need to make arrangements to stay in a local hotel, and plan to move in on August 14. We will only transport to and from the hotels listed above.

For more information about getting to Waco, please click HERE.

Immigration Sessions

You must register for an Immigration Session.  This is REQUIRED!  You will not be allowed to attend classes until this is completed.  You must be on time when the session begins; if you are late, you will not be allowed to enter and you will have to attend a different session.  The session lasts for 2 hours and you must be there the entire time. 

Immigration Sessions for incoming F-1 undergraduate students will take place during the first week of classes on Monday, August 20, Tuesday, August 21, and Thursday, August 23 from 4:30 to 6:00 pm.

Immigration Sessions for incoming F-1 graduate students will take place Monday, August 13 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm and Thursday, August 16 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm.

The Immigration Session and Advising for incoming J-1 exchange students will take place on Thursday, August 16 at 10:00 am.  

Click HERE to register for an immigration session through the International Arrival Form.

Global Bears Week

Global Bears Week is our office’s New International Student Orientation that runs from August 13 to 16, 2018.

*All students are required to check in with CGE in Hankamer Academic Center 1st Floor Lobby between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm on August 13, 2018.*

Please click HERE to see the Fall 2018 schedule for Global Bears Week.

A detailed schedule will be given to you when you arrive on August 13, 2018. Please note that representatives from both Bank of America and 1st University Credit Union will be on-campus from 9 am to 4 pm on Monday, August 13 during Global Bears Week should you need to open a U.S. bank account.

When you arrive, you will be greeted by CGE Ambassadors who are current Baylor students, both U.S. and International, whose job is to welcome international students and scholars to campus, accompanying you on cultural trips, and helping you during your time at Baylor.  Please make plans to join us on Tuesday, August 14th at 5:30 PM at the Green and Gold Dinner where Baylor’s President and many of our faculty members will personally welcome you to Baylor University.

Meet your 2018-2019 CGE Ambassadors


If you have questions, please contact us at