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Arrival and Orientation

We welcome you to Tiffin University and hope that you will enjoy being a part of our international community.

In order to assist you on your arrival and during your first semester at Tiffin, we ask that you read the following instructions very carefully.

Our office hours are 8 a.m.– 5 p.m. EST Monday through Friday. Every admitted international applicant must provide the University with the travel itinerary no later than 4 days before their flight departure. Tiffin University is a 2 hour drive from any of the airports. Please choose times that are appropriate for the drivers.

Pre-Arrival

If home currency regulations permit, students are advised to bring at least $500.00 in U.S. currency. DO NOT bring large sums of cash. Your funds must arrive at the University in time to pay for registration. Students transferring money directly from overseas should allow 15-21 business days for processing and check clearance and request receipts at the time of the transaction. Do not send cash through the mail.

Upon arrival at Detroit Airport (DTW), do not leave your baggage unattended at any time. You will need U.S. $1.50 to rent a luggage carrier. A representative from Tiffin University will meet you at customs or the baggage claim area. Please look for signs with your name on it. Please remember that you are required to arrive before 12:00 p.m. on your arrival date. Any international student who cannot arrive in Tiffin by the last day to add classes must wait until the next semester to enroll at Tiffin University.

After your arrival in Tiffin, present yourself to the International Affairs office, located in the Welcome Center, for pre-registration briefing. Orientation information will also be available to you at this time.

After arrival, you may be required to take the University’s English placement test. If you do not meet the University’s standards, you will be required to follow a program of English courses exclusively or English courses in conjunction with a reduced academic program.

Tiffin University, Tiffin, Ohio, has on-campus housing. The dormitory has no facilities for married couples. Furnished rooms do not include linens, pillows or blankets. Any student of freshman, sophomore or junior status is required to live on-campus and participate in the food service program unless given permission by the Dean of Students. The International Affairs office has some off-campus apartment listings and will provide whatever assistance is possible. If you need an apartment, plan to arrive to Tiffin, Ohio with enough time to find accommodations.

Ohio’s climate varies from severe heat in the summer to freezing cold in the winter. Clothing made from light cotton is most comfortable for the summer. In the fall and spring, add heavier cotton and light woolens. Ohio’s winters are often windy as well as cold, and you may need rain gear all year long. It is hard to pack everything in two suitcases and a carry on, so trips will be made available to visit a clothing store.

Healthcare in the U.S. can be very costly. All undergraduate and graduate international students are required to have health insurance coverage and automatically enrolled in a health insurance program. All undergraduate and graduate students must also provide medical records, including proof of the same immunizations as required for U.S. students at TU. Visit the Health Insurance for International Students page for more information.

WHAT IS PROVIDED BY THE UNIVERSITY IF YOU ARE LIVING ON-CAMPUS:

  • Twin Bed

  • Clothes Dresser

  • Clothes Closet (No hangers)

  • Desk

  • Overhead Light (No desk lamp)

  • Washers and Dryers in each residence hall

  • Television in each residence hall or house

  • Pay phone on each residence hall floor or house

WHAT YOU MAY WANT TO BRING:

(These items are NOT provided by the University)

Special computer or internet hookup (plugs, wires) *China The voltage in North America is 110V, so you will need a transformer for any electrical device. (International outlet adapter) You will not be able to use a Chinese three-leg plug in the US.

  • Towels and Wash Cloths

  • Personal Toiletries and Appliances (hairdryer, shampoo, soap, make-up, deodorant, Shaving kit, etc.)

  • Medications/Prescriptions

  • Medical History with English Translation

  • Medical/Hospital Insurance (other than University insurance)

  • Calculator

WHAT YOU MAY WANT TO PURCHASE UPON ARRIVAL:

(These items are NOT provided by the University)

  • Pillows

  • Floor Rugs or Carpet

  • Bed Sheets

  • Computer

  • Blankets

  • Desk Lamp

  • Alarm Clock

  • Laundry Supplies

  • Clothes Hangers

  • Clothes Iron

  • Dictionary/Thesaurus

  • Pens/Pencils/Notebook Paper

It would be advisable to purchase many of these items upon arrival, since you may be traveling a great distance and need to bring many other necessary items, including clothing for 4 different seasons. These items are low in cost and can be purchased at the Tiffin University Bookstore or other nearby stores.

Upon your arrival, arrangements can be made for the following:

  • Driver’s License

  • Social Security Number if you have a job on campus

  • Bank Accounts

  • Mobile Phone

Arrival Information

Arriving on campus for your first semester at Tiffin University is one of the final steps in the journey towards becoming an international degree-seeking student in the United States. The information below outlines some important dates and things to consider as you prepare for your arrival in Tiffin. We look forward to seeing you on campus soon!

Federal regulations indicate that students may arrive in the U.S. no more than 30 days prior to the program start date indicated on the I-20 form. Tiffin University, however, is not able to accommodate incoming international students any earlier than Friday, August 19, 2022, unless you are an athlete or performing art participant whose team requires you to arrive earlier for training. Arrival information for athletes and performing arts students will be communicated directly from the respective coach or director.

As you prepare to arrive on campus, you will certainly have a good deal of packing to do. With your International Student Information Packet, you should have received valuable information regarding the climate in Tiffin, as well as some other helpful tips to help you prepare. For more information on what to bring and what not to bring to campus, please visit the Residence Life. Student will be provided transportation to local stores multiple times during orientation to purchase any items that are too large to pack.

Tiffin University provides free transportation from Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) only. Transportation dates and space are limited, so we require students to make a reservation for the service. You have to make a reservation at least four (4) days before the arrival of your flight to Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW). In order to utilize this service, you must complete the Student Travel Itinerary form at least four (4) days before the arrival of your flight to Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW). 

Upon arrival to the University, your first stop will be the International Affairs Office in the Welcome Center. All students must check in by 8:30 a.m. (EST) by Friday, August 19, 2022. We will then begin the mandatory orientation program.