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New International Student Orientation

Congratulations on your acceptance to the University of Houston-Clear Lake and welcome to our family. Your presence here enriches the UH-Clear Lake campus environment and adds great diversity to our institution. New International Student Orientation is your first chance to experience all that UHCL has to offer you! Attendance is mandatory for all undergraduate international students and for all F-1 and J-1 international graduate students as you will benefit from valuable information that helps ease your transition to UHCL and life in the United States.

New International Student Orientation Spring 2017

Spring New International Student Orientation is a Two Day Program and is Mandatory for you to attend both days.

Day 1 - Monday, January 9, 11:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Day 2 - Tuesday, January 10, 11:00 AM - 5:30 PM

You will have a hold placed on your account, and will not be able to enroll in classes the following semester if you do not attend both days in their entirety.

Registration for Spring 2017 New International Student Orientation will be open on October 10 and you can access through your E-Services Account.


Airport Pickup

As part of New International Student Orientation (NISO), the Office of International Admissions and Programs (OIAP), provides a complimentary one time pick up from George Bush Intercontinental Airport or Hobby Airport for arriving new international students.

Guidelines for Airport pickup's for new students:

1) The service is only offered for new UHCL students upon their initial arrival in Houston and is not available for current UHCL students or individuals who are not UHCL students.

2) The Spring 2017 service will be starting from December 10, 2016 to December 22, 2016 and will resume on January 2, 2017 to January 8, 2017. Remember according to the U.S immigration rules you are not allowed to enter to the US prior to 30 days before the Program Start Date listed on your I-20.

3) In order to avail this service, you are required to fill out the Liability waiver form and upload it with the request. You will not be able to submit the request until you upload the filled form.

4) For the safety of our drivers, airport pickups will be offered for flights arriving between 8:00 AM and 8:00PM. Airport security will not allow you to stay overnight at the airport to wait for our service the next day.

5) Requests should be made as early as possible. Preferably 2 weeks in advance of arrival date and no later than 3 days in advance of the arrival date.

6) In order to receive a confirmation, you are required to provide us with the address of your drop-off location. The Drop-off Address must be in the Clear Lake area only.

7) We cannot confirm your Airport Pickup unless you register for New International Student Orientation on August 17 and 18, 2016 using your E-Services account.

8) Cancellations must be made 2 days before the pickup date. We request that you inform us about the cancellations 2 days in advance if you are no longer attending UHCL or you have arranged an alternate method of transportation.

9) Because it is difficult to secure university vehicles, requests cannot be guaranteed. However, OIAP will try its best to arrange for pickup's if given enough notice. OIAP will communicate with you via email as to the status of your request.

The most popular days for students to arrive are weekdays, Monday through Friday.  The most popular times for students to arrive are on flights landing around 2:30 PM, 4:00 PM, and 7:30 PM Central Time.  We highly recommend that you consider booking flights that arrive on these days and times to utilize the airport pickup service. We suggest arriving at least a week prior to the orientation to get adjusted to the new environment.

If we cannot arrange a pick-up service, you may consider reserving a seat with Super Shuttle. You can do this online through their website at or by phone (800) 258-3826. The cost should be around $60 for a one way trip from the airport. You can also use a taxi cab or uber service; however, please realize that this may cost up to $100.  You can also check the Airport websites for more information about other local shuttle ground transportation.


Airport Liability Waiver form (Submit the signed form along with the airport pickup request)


Submit your airport pickup request.


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University of Houston Clear Lake

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Register for Spring 2017 New International Student Orientation
Airport Pickup Request Form
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Spring 2017 IO Leader Application 

Last updated: 11/21/2016 UTC
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