Be sure to complete each item included in the Enrollment Checklist. Each step will help you prepare for your arrival at UWRF.
1. Activate your Falcon Account (View Instructions)
All UWRF students have a “Falcon Account” which gives access to essential university resources that are vital 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.
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.
2. Pay Your Enrollment Deposit
You are required to pay a $100 enrollment deposit to verify your intent to enroll at UW-River Falls. When paying your enrollment deposit online, you will need your Student ID number and the application number that was included in your admission letter. The enrollment deposit must be paid BEFORE registering for classes since the $100 will cover your costs until the first payment is due. Additional information about university fees and/or billing statements is available online.
All international students using funds from outside the U.S. are encouraged to use peerTransfer to pay for their enrollment deposit.
3. Sign Your Housing Contract and Select a Meal Plan
All first and second-year students, under the age of 21, must live on campus. In order to live on campus you must sign a contract with the Department of Residence Life. UW-River Falls offers 10 different on-campus residence halls to accommodate students. Costs associated with living on campus, room amenities, configurations, and photographs of each hall are available online from the Department of Residence Life.
All students living in the nine traditional residence halls and Jesse H. Ames Suites are required to participate in a meal plan. South Fork Suites residents are exempt from this policy, but may find participation in a meal plan provides the convenience, value, and social atmosphere they need. Please visit the Dining Services website to view all the meal plan options available to you.
It's important that you sign your housing contract, pay the housing deposit, and select a meal plan as soon as you are able. After you have paid your enrollment and housing deposits, you will be able to click on the bottom button "Sign Your Contract." This will take you to the Housing and Meal Plan Portal where you will complete the housing contract, search for a roommate, complete your profile, and select a meal plan. You will need your UWRF ID number and password to complete this task.
All international students using funds from outside the U.S. are encouraged to use peerTransfer to pay their housing deposit.
IMPORTANT: Shih Hsin University students, Brazil Scientific Mobility Program students, and Zhejiang International Studies University students participating in the 1+1+2 ELED program: DO NOT pay your housing deposit or complete the housing contract online. Contact International Student Services for special instructions.
4. Submit Your Travel Plans and Arrival Information
New international students are asked to arrive on campus on Monday, January 20, 2014 to allow for adequate time for placement testing, class registration, orientation, and Week of Welcome events. Once you have your air ticket issued, place inform us of your travel plans. All international students are required to complete the Travel Plans Form no later than January 1, 2014.
5. Submit Your Host Family Form
The Host Family Program is an excellent way for international students to connect with families in the River Falls Community and surrounding area. If you are interested in participating in the program, please complete and submit your Host Family Request Form. You will be matched with a family in August and will have the opportunity to meet with them for the first time during International Student Orientation.
6. Arrive on Campus and Attend International Student Orientation and Registration Events
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 email for important details about international student orientation, class registration, and Week of Welcome programs.
7. Check your UWRF email account regularly
UWRF email accounts are the official means of communication for UWRF students. Be sure to check your UWRF email 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 email online.
8. Enroll in Health Insurance Coverage
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 more 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.