UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
Be sure to complete each item included in the Enrollment Checklist. Each step will help you prepare for your arrival at UWRF.
As soon as possible, please let us know the date, time, location, and appointment number for your visa interview so we can provide additional documentation if necessary. This information should be sent via email to the International Admissions Representative. You can learn more about how to prepare for your visa interview online.
All UWRF students have a Falcon Account which gives access to essential university resources necessary to everyday life as a student. You will use this account to check e-mail, log in to computers in computer labs, and log in to eSIS, the system you will use to register for classes and track and monitor your grades and financial information. (View instructions here.)
You will need to activate your account online. Please note: The instructions ask you to enter the “Last 4 digits of your Social Security number.” This is for U.S. students only. If you do not have American social security cards, you will enter "XXXX" in the corresponding box.
All first and second year undergraduate students, or those under the age of 21, must live on campus. You are required to pay a housing deposit to secure on-campus housing. If you do not plan on living on campus or needing a meal plan, then you can skip the next step.
Those who live on campus must sign a housing contract with UWRF. UWRF offers 11 residence halls to accommodate students. Costs associated with living on campus, room amenities, configurations, and photographs are available on the Department of Residence Life website.
All international students using funds from outside the U.S. are encouraged to use peerTransfer to pay their housing deposit.
IMPORTANT: BSMP and Shih Hsin University students: DO NOT pay your housing deposit or complete the housing contract online. Contact International Student Services for special instructions.
New international students are asked to arrive on Monday, August 24, 2015 to allow adequate time for placement testing, class registration, orientation and Week of Welcome events. In order to prepare for your arrival, all international students are required to submit a Travel Plan Form to International Student Services no later than August 1, 2015. Carefully review the information on the Travel Plans Form BEFORE purchasing your air ticket because there are specific details (times, locations, etc.) that may influence your purchase.
The International Friendship Program is an excellent way for international students to connect with people in the River Falls community and surrounding area. If you are interested in participating in the program, please complete and submit your IFP request form. You will be matched with a friend as soon as one becomes available.
These programs are designed to help you meet other students and to familiarize you with campus resources and services. We strongly encourage you to participate in these programs – you’ll learn all you need to know about starting your experience at UWRF. Watch your e-mail for important details about International Student Orientation, class registration, and Week of Welcome programs.
UWRF e-mail accounts are the official means of communication for UWRF students. Be sure to check your UWRF e-mail regularly for information about billing policies and procedures, international student services, housing, orientation, registration, and more. Once you’ve activated your Falcon Account, you can check your UWRF e-mail online.
The University of Wisconsin System mandates that international students and their dependents carry comprehensive health insurance at all times in case of serious illness and accidents. You will be required to purchase the UW System negotiated International Student Injury and Sickness Insurance Plan. During orientation, we will share additional information about your health insurance coverage. Please keep in mind, the cost of this health insurance is approximately $1,000 per year and increases significantly with the addition of dependents. Premiums for this plan will be placed on your University bill.