New Student Information: Face-to-Face Learning

If you are planning on living IN WACO while taking classes for the Spring 2021 semester, and taking classes face-to-face please be advised that you are required to complete the steps listed below

Pre-Arrival Required Tasks (before arriving in Waco)

1. New Student Information Questionnaires & Self-Quarantine Registration

2. International Online Orientation Course

Post-Arrival Arrival Required Tasks (after arriving in Waco)

3. Complete Self-Quarantine Requirement

4. Check-In

5. Maintaining Status Sessions

6. Waco Accomodations & Transportation to Baylor

7. Global Bears Week

8. Baylor University COVID-19 Information


Pre-Arrival Required Tasks (before arriving in Waco)

1. New Student Information Questionnaires & Self-Quarantine Registration

Complete the New International Student Information Program as soon as possible on your Global Bears account. This is REQUIRED for all incoming students. Use this form to do the following:

  1. Select your preferred Global Bears t-shirt size so we can send it to you.
  2. Select your preferred social media so that you can remain connected to ISSS and Baylor events.

Additionally, you are able to sign-up to complete your Self-Quarantine requirement with Baylor University by CLICKING HEREYou can also CLICK HERE for information about Baylor's Spring 2021 self-quarantine process.

2. International Online Orientation Course

Available early December, complete the International Online Orientation Canvas Course via the Canvas course system, which is the program you will be using to access the online content for your Baylor courses. This orientation will give you vital information about how to access campus resources and learn more about Baylor while you are away from campus.

Post-Arrival Arrival Required Tasks (after arriving in Waco)

3. Complete Self-Quarantine Requirement

CLICK HERE for information about Baylor's Spring 2021 self-quarantine process.

4. Check-In

Upon your arrival in Waco, you must complete the following online check-in process through your Global Bears account. Please submit the appropriate check-in documents mentioned below:

  1. I-94 Form: Upon arrival, submit a scanned copy of your completed I-94 form to your Global Bears account.
  2. Baylor ID Card: Submit a scanned copy of the FRONT of your Baylor ID Card to your Global Bears Account.
Instructions to submit your I-94 Form

Upon your arrival in Waco, follow each of the below steps to obtain and submit your I-94 Form:

  1. CLICK HERE to visit the I-94 Website.
  2. Click on “Get Most Recent I-94”
  3. Read the instructions that appear and click on the blue “Consent & Agree” button.
  4. Enter the requested Traveler info, which includes your first and last (family) name, and also your Passport Number and Country of Issuance
  5. Save a copy of the I-94 form and submit it to your Global Bears account.
Instructions to submit your Baylor ID Card*
  1. CLICK HERE  to login to the Baylor ID card website to submit a photo for your ID card online. You can submit this picture even before you arrive in Waco.
    1. Online Photo Requirements:

      Taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance

      Taken in front of a plain white or off white background

      Take in full face view directly facing the camera

      Taken in clothing you wear on a daily basis

      Format (.jpg, .jpeg, .gif, or .png)

      Please note the picture will be cropped to 300x300

      Once your photo is submitted, it will reviewed by the ID Card office. Your new photo will not be used until it has been approved. You will be notified if your photo does not meet the requirements.

      To Submit an ID Photo Online:

      Go online to

      Login using your Baylor email information

      Create a 4 digit PIN number that you will remember. A PIN must be created for your card to function properly at your residence hall. If you are not living in a residence hall, skip this step. 

      Click “Notification Preferences”- Choose at least one communication preference. This will be used in the event your picture does not meet the requirements.

      Click “Submit ID Photo”

      Review the photo requirements

      Click “Upload Photo”- Choose file

      Click “Submit”

      If you have any problems or questions, please email or call 254.710.MYID (6943)

  2. Go to the Baylor ID Card Office to pick up your card. The Baylor ID Card Office is located in the Speight Parking Garage on Baylor’s campus. CLICK HERE for a Baylor Campus Map. It usually takes about 24-48 hours between submitting your photo and picking up the card.
  3. If you are living on-campus for the Fall 2020 semester, your card will be available to pickup in your residence hall when you move-in.
  4. If you would prefer a method without contact to pickup your ID card, contact the ID Card Office at
  5. Once you have your Baylor ID card, either take a picture of or scan the front of it that has your picture and submit it to your Global Bears account.

*If you are self-quarantining before arriving on Baylor’s campus, please follow the instructions below:

  1. You can pickup and submit a copy of your ID card after completing the mandatory two-week self-quarantine.
  2. You can still submit a copy of your I-94 and submit a picture for your ID Card while you are completing your self-quarantine.
5. Maintaining Status Sessions

All international students taking face-to-face classes at Baylor for the first time are required to attend Maintaining Status Session hosted by International Student & Scholar Services. These sessions are held prior to the beginning of and during the first week of classes each fall and spring semester. Students entering in the summer will be required to attend one of the sessions prior to the fall semester. The session is designed to educate international students about their responsibilities as international students studying in the U.S. The primary goals are to help students understand the regulations that they must follow in order to remain “in status” and to make them aware of the many processes, resources, and support services that the ISSS Office has to assist them during their time at Baylor University. Students who do not attend one of the required sessions will have a hold placed on their account which will prevent them from changing their schedule, getting a transcript, registering for the following semester, etc.

6. Waco Accommodations & Transportation to Baylor

Starting January 11th, Baylor will provide transportation from the Waco Airport and Greyhound Station to the hotels listed below in Waco*.

To register for this transportation, please complete the "New Student Information Spring 2021: On-Campus Learning" questionnaire located on your Global Bears account.

 If you decide to stay in accommodations that are not on this list, then you will need to make your own transportation arrangements.

Waco Hotel Transportation List

  1. Red Roof Inn Waco 720 S M.L.K. Jr Blvd, Waco, TX 76704: +1 (254) 752-3388: Click here to check for availability.
  2. Courtyard by Marriott Waco: 101 Washington Ave, Waco, TX 76701: +1 (254) 752-8686: Click here to check availability.
  3. Hotel Indigo Waco: 211 Clay Ave, Waco, TX 76706: +1 (254) 754-7000. Click here to check availability

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

*These hotel accommodations do not apply to students who will be living on-campus for Fall 2020 and need to self-quarantine. If you fall into both these categories, please CLICK HERE for more information regarding self-quarantine procedures.

7. Global Bears Week

In in past, Baylor’s ISSS Office has hosted an in-person week-long program entitled Global Bears Week, which provides customized orientation programming for new incoming international students.

Due to the pandemic, and with many students beginning their studies at Baylor away from Waco, Global Bears Week will be online this semester. Beginning shortly before the start of the semseter, you will gain access to an online course entitled Global Bears Week via the CANVAS course system. This course will provide various resources for you to learn more about Baylor and opportunities to connect with other incoming and current international students how you can be successful during your time here as an international student. Please CLICK HERE to access your CANVAS portal.

For students that will be living in Waco, there may be limited face-to-face orientation activities from January 13-15th. These events are for students to get to know one another and also learn more about campus. Please be advised that the planning of these events will be dependent upon COVID-19 health and safety concerns. 

Please CLICK HERE for the full schedule of Global Bears Week events. Please use this document to register and sign up for both the in-person and virtual events you would like to attend.


8. Baylor University COVID-19 Information & Questions

For the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 and Baylor University, please CLICK HERE. For additional general questions about arrival and check-in, please contact us at

Center for Global Engagement

Hankamer Academic Center, H 160.01
1428 S. 5th St.
Waco, TX 76798

One Bear Place #97012
Waco, TX 76798-7012

(254) 710-1461