You may enter the United States a maximum of 30 days before the start date listed on your Form I-20 or Form DS-2019.
If you are beginning in the fall or spring semester, you will be expected to attend the International Student Orientation. Check the date and time for the next international student orientation here.
We recommend that you arrive at least 1-2 days before the beginning of orientation so that you have a little time to get settled and begin to recover from jet lag.
How to Arrive
The University of North Dakota is located in Grand Forks, North Dakota. You can reach Grand Forks by airplane, by train or by bus
Arriving by Airplane
Grand Forks is served by Northwest Airlines. Northwest flies several flights each day from Minneapolis/ St. Paul International Airport (MSP) to Grand Forks International Airport (GFK).
Arriving by Train
Grand Forks is served by Amtrak. We recommend that you make reservations in advance. There are two trains that arrive in Grand Forks daily-around 1:00 a.m. from the West Coast and around 5:00 a.m. from Chicago.
Arriving by Bus
Grand Forks is served by Jefferson Lines and Greyhound Bus (in cooperation with Jefferson Lines). There are only one or two buses that arrive in Grand Forks each day. You will need to plan your schedule accordingly.
In order to ensure that you can participate fully in the orientation, we recommend that you arrive on campus no later than the day before orientation begins.
Your mentor will provide a ride for you from the Grand Forks Airport, Grand Forks Train Depot, or Grand Forks Bus Depot and assist you in adapting better to a new environment and academic system. Please communicate with your mentor about your arrival plans.
You should make advance arrangements for a place to stay on at least your first night in Grand Forks.
If you have arranged a residence hall room or campus apartment: