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Arrival and Orientation

International students under F1/J1 status cannot arrive more than 30 days before the program start date as listed on the I-20/DS2019. International Students are required to plan their travel in timely manner so that they could attend Mandatory International Orientation upon their arrival.

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International Students Arrival Notification Form 

Read: New Student Welcome Booklet

Read: Arriving in the United States- CBP (Custom and Border Patrol)

Travel to JSU

1. Student may fly to Atlanta, Georgia (ATL). You can book your own flight or use R & R Travel Service.
2. TAXI: Take an Uber taxi ( from the airport directly to the University in Jacksonville, Alabama.
2. BUS: Buy a bus ticket online at from “ATLANTA ARPT, GA” to “ANNISTON OXFORD, AL”.
3. CALL: If you arrive in Oxford before 4:00 pm Monday through Thursday, call your destination program (ELI, International House and Programs) to arrange to be picked up and brought to the University.
3. TAXI: If you arrive in Oxford after 4:00 pm Monday through Friday, please call a taxi (Anniston Taxi 256-236-0687) to take you to a hotel for the night. The next morning, call your destination program (ELI, International House and Programs) to arrange to be picked up and brought to the University. If you arrive after 4:00 pm on Friday, be prepared to stay in a hotel until the following Monday before pick-up.


Arrival at JSU

International Students planning to attend JSU are required to read the welcome packets listed above and complete the Arrival Notification Form by August 06, 2018. Students should be prepared to stay in a hotel upon arrival at least for one night. Hotel costs will be the responsibility of the student.  (Some students may have to stay in the hotel for more than one night if they do not have a confirmed room assignment.)

Late Arrival can result in a student unable to enroll, or secure a housing assignment.


List of Hotels

Hampton Inn             Tel: (256)-782-0330;       10401 JD&L Drive Jacksonville, AL

Comfort Inn              Tel: 1-866-611-6301;       138 Elm Street Oxford, AL

Super 8                    Tel: (256)-241-3210;        1600 Highway 21 Oxford, AL

Econo Lodge             Tel: (256)-831-9480;        25 Elm Street Oxford, AL

University Inn           Tel: (256)-435-3300;        1530 Pelham Road South Jacksonville, AL 

On-Campus Housing

On-campus living provides opportunities for involvement, activities, and knowledge. We believe that learning does not end in the classroom but is enhanced by interacting with a diverse group of residents, participating in leadership opportunities, and engaging in life-learning activities. It is highly recommended that a Housing Application is completed with payment of application fee, prior to your arrival on campus Click Here

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