When You Arrive

  1. Immunizations. The immunization form is included with your admission packet and is available on the UAH Student Health Center (SHC) website. All vaccination information must be documented in English or submitted with an English translation.

    • Students are required to be tested for Tuberculosis (TB) prior to being cleared for registration. The SHC will ONLY accept TB tests administered in the US within the last 12 months. DO NOT get tested prior to your arrival, as the results will not be accepted by the SHC.

    • UAH requires all international students to obtain 2 doses of the MMR vaccine (measles, mumps, and rubella). Students able to obtain the MMR vaccines in their home country MUST have the second MMR dose administered at least 30 days prior to arrival in the US.

    • If you are a first-time freshman you will also need to show proof of the meningitis vaccine prior to enrolling in classes. You will receive a TB blood test at Orientation provided by the SHC prior to enrollment in classes. If you choose to have the services done independently, a US health care provider can perform the necessary services and complete the immunization form and provide state license number or clinic stamp. The immunization form must be submitted to the SHC.

    • It is recommended that you also be up to date with the following additional immunizations: Hepatitis B, Meningococcal, Tetanus/Diphtheria, Pertussis, Varicella, and Human Papillomavirus (HPV).

  2. International Student Orientation. The dates for International Student Orientation are included in your admission packet and also emailed to you approximately 30 days prior to the start of the new semester. Orientation is required for all international students. Orientation is a fun and interesting day of learning your way around campus, reviewing university policies, and beginning your social networking. If you will be arriving late (i.e., after the report date listed on your I-20 or DS-2019, then you will need to email visahelp@uah.edu to let us know and to make arrangements to meet with an international student advisor upon your arrival.

  3. English Language Placement Test. Any student interested in testing out of assigned English language classes based on the TOEFL/IELTS score for non-native speakers can take the English Language Placement Test (ELPT) administered at UAH. This exam is available prior to the start of each semester for a small fee.