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Pre-Arrival Information for Scholars

On this page you can review important information about traveling to the U.S. and about the UMass Dartmouth community.

Before arriving at UMass Dartmouth

After arriving at UMass Dartmouth


SEVIS Fee

International scholars must pay a SEVIS fee a minimum of three days prior to their J visa appointment at an embassy or consulate. Please access the following web site:

https://www.fmjfee.com/i901fee/

This web site will explain the fee, who has to pay it, and will provide instructions on the various methods available to pay it. Please be sure to print the receipt once you have paid the fee. You must bring the receipt to the visa appointment as proof of the SEVIS fee payment.

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(updated 06/14/2012)

Scholars can now check the status of their visa applications on line

U.S. Department of State (DOS) Visa Status Check

DOS has introduced the online "Visa Status Check," which allows both
immigrant and nonimmigrant applicants to check the status of their cases
at the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC).

https://ceac.state.gov/CEACStatTracker/Status.aspx

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Before Departing Your Country

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, the agents who greet you when you enter the U.S.,  have a website on traveling to the U.S. Please also visit the Customer Service link on the left of that page, and review the brochure Welcome to the U.S., listed on the right side of that page.

http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/id_visa/

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Entering the U.S. - Form I-94 Automation

If you enter the U.S. after Friday, April 26, 2013, the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officer reviewing your documents at the port of entry will create an electronic automated arrival Form I-94 record from a scan of your passport during the admissions process. Please view this information on the the Form I-94 automation process.

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Required Health Insurance

All UMass Dartmouth scholars must submit a completed health insurance form and return it to the International Student & Scholar Center at the time of your orientation visit to the Center.

For additional information on health insurance requirements and options, please visit the Scholars' Health Insurance page.

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 UMass Pass

The UMass Pass is the University identification card that all students, faculty, and staff carry.  You can add funds to your card and use it like a debit card at campus dining locations and the Campus STore. For further information on these features and replacing your UMass Pass (ID) card visit UMass Pass.

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Housing Options

It is important to make arrangements for permanent housing before you arrive in the U.S., or else have money to stay in a hotel nearby temporarily while searching for permanent housing. There is no temporary housing on campus.

You will be responsible for finding your own housing or your academic department/sponsoring faculty may be able to provide some assistance.  An Off-campus housing listing maintained by the University Office of Housing and Residential Life is available for scholars.  

For additional information regarding renters' rights in Massachusetts, please refer to the following websites: http://www.mass.gov/ocabr/consumer/housing/tenant-and-landlord/tenant-rights.html

Additional off-campus housing links:

Disclaimer: This information is provided as a service to students with the understanding that the University has not inspected the rentals and cannot warrant their condition, nor can the University guarantee the professional behavior of the property owners or managers. A written rental agreement is recommended. Although care is taken to provide correct information, there may be unintended errors, changes or deletions without notification. Users of this information communicate, contract and do business with individuals, companies, or firms at their own risk. The University, officers, agents, and employees of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth shall not be liable for any errors or omissions made in the compilation or printing of this information.

http://www.rent.com/
http://www.apartments.com/
http://www.move.com/apartments/main.aspx
http://www.myapartmentmap.com/
http://www.ApartmentList.com
http://www.trulia.com

 

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UMass Dartmouth Area Guide & Campus Community

This website, Campus and Community, gives new UMass Dartmouth students information about the campus and local community and a good sense of what kinds of events and traditions you may see at UMD.  There is also additional visitor information on this page:  http://www.umassd.edu/graduate/visitorsguide.cfm

There are cultural groups on our campus for support and resources. Scholars from India may visit the Indian Student Association’s website, at http://www.umassd.edu/isa, or e-mail isaumassd@yahoogroups.com.  Scholars from China are invited to  visit the Chinese Student and Scholar Association by contacting umass.dartmouth.cssa@gmail.com

 

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(updated 05/02/2013


Food Supplies and Meals on Campus

International scholars may purchase food to prepare at home from the local grocery stores, but there are also a variety of dining options available on campus where you can buy a meal.  You may also purchase a Declining Balance meal plan for the academic year.  Under this type of plan, with a specified deposit. the funds are added to your UMassPass ID card and you avoid paying the Massachusetts meals tax each time your UMass Pass ID card is used on campus for payment.  For more information, please visit Dining Services.  Click on the Chartwells link and find the Meal Plans tab at the top of the Chartwells Dining home page.  

There are several large grocery markets near the campus: Stop and Shop http://www.stopandshop.com/ and Shaw’s Market http://www.shaws.com/.  Groceries are also sold at the nearby Target and Walmart Stores, within walking distance of the campus.

www.Target.com
479 State Rd
North Dartmouth, MA 02747
(508) 979-7530

www.Walmart.com
506 State Rd
North Dartmouth, MA 02747
(508) 984-7771

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Social Security Number (SSN)

If you will be receiving payment (as in the case of University employment) for any type of work in the U.S., you must obtain a Social Security Number from the U.S. Social Security Administration Office. There are two local offices near campus where you can apply. You will receive further information about this process at the J-1 Scholar or Intern Orientation after you arrive. Your letter of appointment from the University, your passport and visa, DS 2019 form, and I-94 Arrival Form are the documents you will need to bring to the Social Security Office with your SSN application.

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Local Transportation

Local Bus line (SRTA)

The local bus line is called the SRTA. You can find schedule information relevant to UMass Dartmouth here: http://www.umassd.edu/services/busschedule/srta.cfm

Yellow Cab Taxi

If you arrive in Fall River after the bus lines stop running, you may need to take a taxi to your lodging. Yellow Cab is one taxi service based in Fall River, and their number is 508-674-4633. On average, the cost is $25 USD for a ride from the Fall River bus terminal to UMass Dartmouth. There may be other taxi services posted in or around the bus terminal. It is customary to give a gratuity or "tip";that is, a small amount of extra money in addition to the fare.

Blue Bird Taxi

Blue Bird Taxi is a service based in New Bedford. They currently offer a flat rate of $12 USD for UMass Dartmouth students, for any pick up point in the City of New Bedford to the campus, or the campus to any point in the City of New Bedford, but with no stops in between. Their phone number is 508-999-1124. It is customary to give a gratuity or "tip"; that is, a small amount of extra money in addition to the fare.

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Weather in Dartmouth

The weather in New England and around Dartmouth can range from extremely cold in the winter (below 0°F or -18°C), to extremely hot in the summer time (in excess of 90°F or 33°C). With this in mind, be sure that you have or can get adequate winter clothing such as boots, scarves, hats, and gloves. For information on current weather conditions in Dartmouth, please visit: http://www.umassd.edu/weather/

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