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2020 International Student Orientation

Welcome to Niagara University! The International Relations/Brennan Center hosts an International Student Orientation in order to help you make a smooth transition to Niagara and the United States. This program will help you understand the resources available to assist you and introduce you to people who are always willing to help you be successful.

Welcome to Niagara University!

By now, I’m sure you have read our detailed plans for Forward Niagara – our plan to create a safe and resilient educational environment for the future. This detailed plan can be found here.

Arrival Location and Date

Plan to arrive at Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF).   

Transportation from airport: Please send your flight itinerary to Dr. Curtis; we will send a return confirmation, someone from our team will greet you at the airport between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and will make transportation arrangements to Niagara University for you. Should you arrive outside these times, please take Uber or Lyft to campus, have the driver take you to Niagara University’s campus safety/information building; the driver can simply enter Dwyer arena into their GPS- campus safety is directly across from Dwyer Arena. 

Those upperclassmen and graduate students that opt to live off campus, will need to self-quarantine at your apartment. Plan on making arrangements for prepared food or grocery delivery. QUARANTINE: is done via the honor system; however, please do not take it lightly.

Quarantine Information and Location 

A 14-day quarantine is mandatory for all students arriving from an international destination and all students arriving from another state with significant community spread.  Even if you have documentation indicating that you are COVID-19 free, you will need to quarantine. This ruling was recently implemented by our governor. Arriving Aug. 4-5 will enable you to join our orientation on Wednesday, Aug. 19.

Those living on campus (reminder on campus living is required for all exchange students, freshmen and sophomores, it is recommended for all our students) will be quarantined at Niagara Riverside Resort (7001 Buffalo Ave, Niagara Falls, NY 14304) with no additional charge for meals or housing. 


International orientation is Wednesday, Aug.19. All international students are welcome and encouraged to participate. Undergraduates have additional orientation starting Thursday, Aug. 20. 

Concerns on Reentering the U.S.

The university is working on a contingency plan should international travel remain restricted and you are unable to physically return to campus to resume in-person instruction. The university is equipped with many hy-flex classrooms which would allow for you to digitally join in on your classes and seminars from your home country. Remote learning will be available to all those unable to return to campus.

Health Insurance 

Health insurance is mandated (it includes vaccinations). The only exceptions are for those that have approved US based health insurance, this MUST be approved in advance,

More Details

Mr. Jason Jakubowski, our dean of students, will send more details. Please check your NU emails regularly.

Looking forward to welcoming you to Niagara University!

Dr. Debbie
Dr. Deborah T. Curtis
Vice President
International Relations and the Brennan Center

Who is This Orientation for?

This is for new students in all programs. All international ESL, undergraduate, and graduate students are welcome!


  • Meet current students who are peer mentors who will help you learn about life at Niagara University
  • Learn about policies, activities, expectations, and support available on campus
  • Take a campus tour and tour of the surrounding area including a trip to a local shopping center

Schedule of Events

Fall Orientation (Details will be sent to students' emails)

We can assist you with transportation from the Buffalo/Niagara Airport. Please send us an email to make arrangements.

If your Visa allows and you choose to fly into Canada, you will arrive at the Toronto Pearson International Airport. Toronto Pearson International Airport is about 1 ½ hours from campus (depending on traffic and bridge backups). A shuttle from Toronto Pearson Airport is your responsibility and can be arranged upon your arrival at the airport by visiting the shuttle kiosk located in the airport.

In anticipation of your arrival to campus, you are encouraged to follow the Niagara University International Relations/Brennan Center Facebook page. You are also encouraged to join the Niagara University International Students Facebook group. It is a great place to meet peer mentors and other new international students. 

Helpful Resources

If you have any question, contact Dr. Debbie Curtis, vice president of International Relations/Brennan Center, please send us an email.

Below are links to useful information for you to live and study in the U.S.: