Entering the U.S.
You should not enter the U.S.
until you have your Student (F-1) Visa. IMPORTANT! We cannot accept students on B visas for more than 1 session full time and a second session part time.
When you board the plane for the U.S., you must have these documents with you:
- Passport (must
be valid for at least six months after your arrival date)
- F-1 student visa
- I-94 card ( it is electronic)
When you enter customs in the U.S.,
you may be fingerprinted and photographed. This is part of a security screening
program, called US-Visit, which began in January of 2004. This program is designed
to help prevent terrorism in the U.S.
What to Expect in Houston
- Houston is a large, multicultural
city. There are many activities, stores and people from other cultures,
and you will be welcome.
- Expect mild to warm weather.
The average winter temperature is 16ºC. It does not snow in Houston. Summers
are warm and humid, with average temperatures around 30ºC. Bring cool cotton
clothing for summer and light jackets and sweaters for winter.
- Because of the warm summer days, Houstonians use air conditioning
in houses and buildings during the summer months. You may need to use a
light sweater indoors until you adjust to this.
- Clothing, food, and personal
items are fairly inexpensive.
- Many cultural restaurants
are available. Meal prices vary from $5.00 for fast food to $12.00 for an
average meal. Grocery prices are low.
- Entertainment is readily available
in Houston and prices are reasonable. Sports, nightclubs, movies, performing
arts, and amusement parks are just a few of the recreations available.
- Medical treatment is expensive
in the U.S. Use traveler's insurance and be prepared to purchase university
insurance to protect yourself.
Getting from the Airport to your Destination
- Students coming to Houston usually
come to Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
- The university no longer arranges
airport pick-up. However, a Houston company offers airport pick-up for students.
- If you desire this service,
you must set it up for yourself prior to arrival. To do so, please go to the website: www.homestayhouston.com/transportation
- Students may also take a taxi cab, an airport shuttle bus which
brings them to a destination in downtown Houston, or a city bus.
Coming to the University of Houston-Downtown
- The University of Houston-Downtown
is open between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
- Students who arrive at the airport on the weekend or later than 3:00 p.m.
on a work day should plan to go directly to their housing location.
- When you come to the university,
be prepared to register for your courses. You will need your passport, I-20
and I-94 card.
- You will pay for your classes at registration, so bring a credit
card (Visa, Mastercard or Discover), U.S. check, money order, or cash.
- We do not recommend traveling around town with a lot of cash.
If you have not yet established housing, please click on the housing information on our homepage. It is better to secure your housing before you arrive.
For additional information, or if you have any questions, please telephone, write, FAX, or email us at:
English Language Institute
University of Houston-Downtown
One Main Street, Suite 417 South
Houston, Texas 77002 USA
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Last updated or reviewed on 11/26/14