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 Spring 2020 semester, the arrival date for all incoming international students is Wednesday, January 8, 2020. 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 main lobby of the Hankamer Academic Building 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 (recommended list of hotels coming soon).

Transportation to Baylor 

On Monday and Tuesday, January 6 and 7, 2020, 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. Check back on this page later in October for a specific list of hotels.

On the morning of Wednesday, January 8, 2020, we will also provide transportation to campus from the hotels on the list above (once available). 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 Wednesday, January 8, 2020, we will also have transportation from the Waco Airport and Bus Station to the Baylor campus.

NOTE: If your flight or bus arrives to Waco on January 8 BEFORE 4:00 pm, you will be transported to the Baylor Campus. If your flight or bus arrives AFTER 4:00 pm on January 8, you will need to make arrangements to stay in a local hotel, and plan to move in on January 9. Again, we will only transport to and from the hotels listed above.

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

Maintaining Status Sessions

You must attend a Maintaining Status session.  This is REQUIREDYou 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 1 1/2 hours and you must be there the entire time. If you do not attend, a hold will be placed on your account.

Check back on this page later in October for a specific scheudle for Maintaining Status Sessions.

Global Bears Week

*All students are required to check in with CGE in Hankamer Academic Center Lobby between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm on January 8, 2020.*

Global Bears Week is the New International Student Orientation that runs from January 8-10, 2020. 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, accompany you on cultural trips, and help you during your time at Baylor.  Please make plans to join us at the Green and Gold Dinner during Global Bears Week where Baylor’s President and many of our faculty members will personally welcome you to Baylor University. In addition to our new students, all guests accompanying students are also invited to attend each of the events offered during Global Bears Week. Check back here later in October for a full schedule for Global Bears Week.

Meet your 2019-2020 CGE Ambassadors


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