International Student Orientation / Useful Information
2021-2022 Arrival/ Orientation Information for International Students
We are looking forward to your arrival! We know that you will have a fantastic experience at Niagara University and we are here to support you throughout your time here. Important details are provided here. Please read carefully and let us know if you have any questions.
Please watch our pre-orientation video. It includes helpful information on what is needed before the semester starts. Click here!
International Students and International Travel COVID update/reminders
There likely will be changes to this information- please follow the links provided for the most up-to- date information ( effective December 7, 2021)
Flying to the United States
The US government has recently updated COVID testing requirements for entry into the US. Now all individuals arriving from abroad are required to take a COVID test within 24 hours of departure and be fully vaccinated. Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check here for the most up to date information and plan accordingly, changes occur frequently.
Fully vaccinated foreign travelers are able to travel to the United States across the Northern and Southwest borders with Canada and Mexico.
Arriving in Canada via air or land
Updated information: Fully vaccinated travelers arriving by air or land, who have been in any country other than Canada and the United States in the 14 days prior to entry to Canada, will all be subject to arrival testing and enhanced public health measures. Travelers arriving by air may take connecting flights to their place of quarantine.
A COVID-19 PCR test will occur upon arrival at the airport and the traveler must await a negative result at a government-approved hotel.
The COVID protocols/restrictions change frequently- most up to date information
At this time, international students are not required to quarantine upon their arrival in New York State. The CDC strongly recommends anyone engaging in international travel be fully vaccinated but at this point, it is not a requirement to enter. International travelers are required, however, to have proof of a negative COVID test no more than 3 days before the flight or proof of COVID recovery from the past 3 months. Our state is referring all international travelers to review and abide by CDC guidelines, which can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/
Please note, this information is accurate as of today (07/13/21). This can, and likely will, change so please continually check the CDC webpage, the NYS COVID page, and your Niagara University email for updates.
We will be holding an orientation program for all new international students on Friday, January 14th. The program will begin at 9am in DePaul Hall, Room 126. We will provide breakfast and lunch that day and then the program will end with a BBQ dinner at 6 p.m. During that time, we will also take you to Walmart so you can purchase any bedding, toiletry or food items that you might need. And we will also take you to the world famous Niagara Falls. It will be a busy but fun day!
All international students are required to purchase health insurance through our provider, United Health Care. You will be automatically enrolled in this insurance and the charge will be added to your student bill. More information can be found here: https://www.niagara.edu/
As always, please let us know if you have any questions or need any additional information. You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Travel safely and we will see you soon.
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
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.
Below are links to useful information for you to live and study in the U.S.:
- Applying for a New License (Drivers 18+) & Transferring Your Driver's License in New York
- Social Security Number and Card (For those who wish for employment in the U.S.)
- Tourism in Niagara Falls
- About Niagara Falls, USA (including information about city government, departments, weather, and events)
- It is convenient to travel within Niagara Falls and Buffalo by bus. Please refer to NFTA Metro bus route for more information. Niagara University has bus stops of route no.50 and no.50
- I Love New York website