Coming to UWRF

Enrollment Checklist (Fall 2019)

 The Enrollment Checklist will help you prepare for your arrival at UWRF. You must complete these four steps!

1. Schedule Your Visa Interview

Schedule your visa interview as soon as possible. You can use the SEVIS number from the original copy of your immigration document, I-20 or DS-2019. Learn more about how to prepare for your interview on the Immigration Information webpage.

Please contact if you have any other questions or concerns about the visa interview process.

2. Activate Your Falcon Account & UWRF Email

All UWRF students have a Falcon Account that gives access to important university resources. You need to activate your account online using the Password Service Center website.

Note: Your Username is your UW-River Falls Student ID number, also known as your "w number," and can be found on your acceptance letter. You will need to enter your 7-digit student ID preceded by a lower case "w", for example w2600000. Also, the Falcon Account instructions ask you to enter the "Last 4 digits of SSN (0000)" this refers to the U.S. Social Security Number or SSN.  If you do not have U.S. SSN, you need enter four upper case "XXXX" in the corresponding box.

After you have activated your Falcon Account, you can check your UWRF email. UWRF email accounts are the official means of communication for UWRF students. You need to check your email regularly.

Please contact if you have any other questions or concerns regarding your Falcon Account.

3. Pay Your Housing Deposit & Select Your Housing and Meal Plan

All first and second year undergraduate students, or those who are 21 years or younger, must live on campus. Those who live on campus must pay a housing deposit to secure on-campus housing and sign a housing contract for the entire academic year (9 months). This contract cannot be broken unless a student withdraws from UWRF, transfers to another school, or has a documented medical need that Res Life is unable to accommodate.

Additionally, most on-campus residences require students to choose a meal plan as well. If you are not required to live on campus or need a meal plan, then you do not have to do this step.

Housing information can be found on the Residence Life webpage while Meal Plans can be found on the Dining Services webpage. Please contact if you have any other questions or concerns regarding housing. Please contact for questions about meal plans.

Note: All international students using funds from outside the US should use Flywire to pay their housing deposit.

4. Submit Your Travel Plans and Attend International Student Orientation

To prepare for your arrival, all international students are required to submit a Travel Plan Form to International Student Services no later than August 12, 2019. Carefully review the information on the Travel Plans Form BEFORE purchasing your air ticket. New international students are required to arrive on Monday, August 26, 2019, no later than 6:00 PM (18:00), in order to use the free shuttle service. If you arrive before or after this date, you are responsible for your own transportation arrangements.

International Student Orientation (ISO) begins on August 26, 2019. ISO is designed to help you meet other students and to familiarize you with campus resources and services. During ISO, you will take the necessary placement tests, set up your bank account, register for classes, visit the local clinic, and travel to the Mall of America.

Please contact if you have any other questions or concerns regarding ISO.

Note: New international students are only able to register during ISO. If you are interested in seeing what classes are available during a given semester, please search using the Class Schedule Look Up, not the Course Catalog!


Health Insurance Coverage

The University of Wisconsin System requires that international students and their dependents carry comprehensive health insurance at all times in case of serious illness and accidents. Thus, you will be required to purchase the UW System negotiated International Student Injury and Sickness Insurance Plan. International Student Services will enroll all international students in the International Student Injury and Sickness Insurance Plan.

During orientation, you will receive more information about your health insurance coverage. Premiums for this plan will be placed on your University bill. Please see the Certification of Finances Form for the annual estimated cost for insurance.

More information can be found at:

Recommended Steps

  • Schedule a Medical Check Up and Update Your Immunizations (For a list of recommended immunizations, click here.)
  • Are you an international student with a documented disability (ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Acquired Brain Injury, PTSD, Physical, Sensory, Psychological, or Learning Disability, etc.) who require academic accommodations for classes? (Click here to learn more about Ability Services)
  • Obtain an International Driving Permit (Click here to learn about driving in Wisconsin.)
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Contact Us

International Student Services
M-F, 7:45am - 4:30pm
102 Hagestad Hall

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