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Baylor CIE Parent Resources

BAYLOR WELCOMES INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS WITH OPEN ARMS We are glad your student chose to come study with us! Baylor University is the place for your child to grow academically, socially, and spiritually into a successful adult. At the Center for International Education, we strive to support all of our international students as a family away from home. This brochure provides resources for you, the parent, as your student transitions to Waco. Let us know if you have any questions!


JANUARY 7 Arrive in Waco,

JANUARY 7-9 Arrival activities and

events include: breakfast, check in with ISSS, visit to cashier for financial settlement, ID cards, shopping trips, assistance with opening bank accounts and obtaining cell phones, dinners, athletic events, English Placement Evaluation, and opportunities to meet other international students and the staff of CIE.

JANUARY 9 Baylor Welcome Weekend activities begin, full of Baylor activities and traditions that your student will not want to miss, including President Starr’s Welcome Dinner for All New Students! (undergraduates register on their GoBaylor account)

Texas. CIE has arranged early JANUARY 12 First day of class! move-in to residence halls for New Undergraduate International JANUARY 13 MANDATORY Students! If your child is arriving FOR ALL NEW INTERNATIONAL prior to the 7th, or after 5:00 STUDENTS! “President’s p.m., please make arrangements International Dinner and Orientation” for them to stay in a hotel. CIE Texas Western Theme! Important can meet them upon arrival to immigration information and CIE Waco, and transport them to their topics presented. Photos with hotel, but they will not be able to President and Mrs. Starr! 5:30 PM; check in with ISSS or move into their dorm until January 7. (Hotel Cashion Building 5th floor, Hankamer School of Business. overnight needs are not provided by CIE).

STUDENT LIFE • 290 Student Organizations • Bobo Spiritual Life Center • Marina, SLC for physical recreation • 4 libraries and many study spaces WACO, TEXASTHE CITY • 2nd largest public park in the nation-Cameron Park • Riverwalk on the Brazos River • Plethora of local restaurants • Many places of worship


HELPFUL CHECKLIST • Submit all requested forms to Admission Services or the Graduate School • Get your Bacterial Meningitis Vaccine • Submit completed Health Form to Health Services • Obtain copies of all important medical and dental records • Obtain housing • Obtain a valid passport • Pay SEVIS fee and print receipt • Apply for F-1 visa at US Consulate or Embassy • Make travel arrangements to arrive in Waco by the date specified on your I-20 • Submit arrival form to ISSS arrival • Activate Bear ID and Set PIN • Undergraduates—check GoBaylor account • Undergraduates - register for Welcome Week • Graduate Students—Check with your department for pre-class meetings and be sure to register for Grad School Orientation.


Baylor University Health Services requires all students to complete and submit a hea Follow the instructions in the link: Health Form: IMPORTANT: READ THE MENINGITIS VACCINE INFORMATION


• Your student can open a bank account when they arrive in Waco, if you do not alr for Bank of America to come to campus, if this is the bank you choose. • Have your student bring at least $1,600 (in U.S. Dollars or U.S. traveler’s checks) to U.S. Dollars can take at least two weeks. • See for important information and ( to help with international wire p your country to pay tuition and fees.


Graduate Housing Information • Graduate students should make housing arrangements early to ensure a place to li • Baylor Graduate Housing - Visit to learn about graduate your student to apply early. • Other Graduate Housing – Visit for inf information). This link also provides important information on leases, costs for ac

Undergraduate Housing Information • Choosing a Baylor residence: Your Student’s GoBaylor account provides inform undergraduate students.

NOTE - Sheets, blankets, pillows, and towels are not furnished. Your student can b by CIE during the week before classes start. See the IMPORTANT DATES section o

alth form. Your student must complete and submit this form prior to registration.

ready have one with a U.S. bank. For your convenience, CIE will schedule a day

) to cover numerous expenses for the first few weeks . Converting foreign currency

d deadlines for paying your bill. Baylor also has a contract with Peer Transfer payments. Please allow ample time each semester to get the necessary funds from

ive upon arrival. e housing on campus. There is high demand for graduate housing, so work with

formation on apartments (costs, furnishings, proximity to campus and other helpful ctivation of electricity and phone service, insurance and more.

mation on housing options for first-time undergraduate and for transferring-in

buy these items in Waco. Scheduled transportation to local stores will be provided of this brochure for these trip dates.

Center for International Education Mission Statement: To expand the global perspective of students through transformational experiences abroad:  “Bringing the World to Baylor, Sending Baylor to the World” International Student and Scholar Services One Bear Place #97381 Waco, Texas 76798-7381 EMAIL: ISSS_SUPPORT@BAYLOR.EDU

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