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You should not enter the U.S. until you have your Student (F-1) Visa. [If you have not yet applied for your visa, please click the link for visa information on our homepage.] When you board the plane for the U.S., have these documents with you:
When you enter customs in the U.S., you may be fingerprinted and photographed. This is part of a new security screening program, called US-Visit, which began in January of 2004. This program is designed to help prevent terrorism in the U.S.
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 called Student Transportation Service offers airport pick-up. If you desire this service, you must set it up for yourself prior to arrival. To do so, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Students may also take a taxi cab, an airport shuttle bus which brings them to a destination in downtown Houston, or a city bus.
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. Be careful, we do not recommend traveling around town with a lot of cash.
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Last updated or reviewed on 1/15/10