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UTSA hosts Monterrey Tech students for summer research program

By K.C. Gonzalez
Public Affairs Specialist

(June 11, 2014) -- This summer, UTSA welcomes 11 undergraduate students from Tecnológico de Monterrey to participate in an inaugural research immersion program. The six-week program gives talented Mexican students the opportunity to...

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Before You Attend Orientation

Required Items

All new students must make sure that they have completed the following items before they attend orientation:

  • Apply for your F-1 or J-1 visa as soon as you receive your I-20 or DS-2019 Form

1.     Pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee

The SEVIS I-901 fee is required for all F and J visa students. Without the fee payment, you will not be eligible to apply for your F-1/J-1 visa. Learn more about the SEVIS I-901 fee. Pay the SEVIS I-901 fee online at FMJfee.com.

2.     Apply for an F-1 or J-1 visa at an American embassy or consulate

After paying the I-901 fee and getting a receipt, you can apply for a visa at an American embassy or consulate. The following links will assist with the visa application process.

·        J visa (http://travel.state.gov)

·        F visa (http://travel.state.gov/visa/visa_1750.html)

  • Make your travel arrangements

Plan to arrive in time to attend New International Student Orientation. Check the orientation date.
If you arrive late, you may not have enough time to complete all of your needed requirements. As a consequence, you may be unable to register for classes. This will negatively affect your visa status.

  • Activate your myUTSA ID. Check your registration holds in the Automated Student Access Program (ASAP)

Registration holds on your student account are requirements to complete before you can register for classes. You can check your registration holds in ASAP. To access your ASAP account, you first need to activate your myUTSA ID (abc123).

Check your email you listed on your admission application. You should have received an email from myUTSAid@utsa.edu with a link to activate your myUTSA ID. You will be asked to verify your identity before activating your myUTSA ID. Once you have activated your myUTSA ID, you will be able to access ASAP and use its services.

If you have trouble logging into ASAP, contact Enrollment Services at (210) 458-8000.

  • Complete health requirements before orientation!

Health Requirement 1: Meningococcal Meningitis Immunization.

The State of Texas has required that in order to register for classes all students under the age of 22 are required to document their Meningococcal Meningitis immunization.

You must receive Meningococcal Meningitis immunization at least ten (10) days before the semester start date. It is highly recommended that you complete this requirement in your home country.

Deadlines for Meningococcal Meningitis Immunization are:

Summer 2014 semester: May 23, 2014

Submit proof of your Meningococcal immunization records to Student Health Services by email or fax by the deadlines. Your immunization records must be translated in English.

Health Requirement 2: Tuberculosis (TB) Test

It is highly recommended that you take a TB blood test in your home country. Student Health Services accepts the following blood tests:

  • QuantiFERON GOLD
  • T-Spot

 TB testing must have been performed on or after September 1, 2013.

Student Health Services does not accept these tests: 

  • ELISA
  • IgG
  • IgM
  • Other forms of rapid testing
  • PPD from other countries

If your test result is in a language other than English, please have a translation service translate them into English prior to submission to Student Health Services.

Submit your test results by fax at (210) 458-4151 or by email to StudentHealthServices@utsa.edu.

Have questions about these tests and the TB test requirement? Contact Student Health Services at (210) 458-4142 or email StudentHealthServices@utsa.edu.

  • Take the TSI Assessment at UTSA Testing Services

Undergraduate students who have not yet met Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements outlined by the State of Texas may be required to take exams before reigstering for classes. A TSI Assessment can be taken before orientation or during orientation week, by appointment.

The TSI Pre-Assessment Activity must be completed before taking the TSI Assessment.

Registration for the TSI Assessment may be done online through ASAP.

For more information, contact Testing Services at (210) 458-4125.

  • Take the Quantitative Literacy Assessment Test (QLAT) with UTSA Testing Services

Quantitative Literacy Assessment Test (QLAT) is required for all freshmen students entering UTSA. This exam is required for all majors. Exam time is 30 minutes. Testing Services will provide this test during an assigned time during orientation. For those of you who miss orientation, log on to ASAP and schedule to take the QLAT.

  • Take the Math or Chemistry Placement Test at UTSA Testing Services

 

After taking Accuplacer, you may qualify to take a Math and/or Chemistry placement test. 

Do I need to take Math Placement?

Do I need to take Chemistry Placement?

For more information, contact Testing Services at (210) 458-4125.

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