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Pre-Arrival Checklist!

It’s almost time to board a plane and start your new journey at the University of Alabama at Birmingham! We have a lot of resources to help you along the way. This is a simple checklist to help you stay on track and prepare for your arrival. If you need help or get stuck on any of the checklist items, email us at INTOUAB@UAB.eduYou can review the INTO UAB Welcome Guide to learn more about UAB, living in Birmingham, what to pack and much more.

Now that you have confirmed your place, complete these important steps!

Activate your Blazer ID

After you confirm your offer, you will receive an email from with your unique university record number. Once you have this number, go HERE for instructions on how to activate your BlazerID.


Apply for your F-1 visa

Apply for your F-1 visa right away. To start the process you will need to use the Form I-20 that will be sent to you by

We offer a variety of visa support services through PASS, our Pre-Arrival Student Success Program.

How can PASS help you?

  • Attend one of our information and preparatory workshops. We offer different types of virtual webinars and workshops about the F-1 visa process. Check out our events page
  • Register for one-on-one visa interview prep with a PASS advisor
  • Read more about the steps to applying for a US F-1 Visa


Finalize your housing

Living on campus?

If you are required, or choose to live on campus, make sure you pay your deposit. You can do this through INTO Pay. Your unique link is on your offer letter, or you can go here.

Want to know your residence hall assignment? In order to get your housing assignment details, you need to submit your flight details through the arrivals portal (step 6 on this checklist). Your residence hall assignment will be sent to you in an email confirming your arrival details.

Living off campus?

If you are not living on campus, you can search the UAB off-campus housing website. You’ll need your Blazer ID to login (step 1 on this checklist).


Upload your proof of immunization through the Patient Portal on BlazerNet. 

  • Visit the UAB Student Health Services to read about required immunizations and other important health information.  
  • Next, download and complete the required immunization form
  • Finally, upload or submit this form online on BlazerNet. You may also bring the completed immunization form with you to Orientation if you are unable to submit it online before departure. All immunization records MUST be in English. 


Pay your tuition and fees

Pay your full tuition before arrival. For online payment and wire information, please refer to the links on your offer letter, or go here.


Submit your flight details on the arrivals portal

So that we can support your arrival, we need your flight and arrival details. Please go to the arrivals portal to submit your flight details. Here you will also be able to indicate if you would like us to provide you with an airport transfer to campus. This is available to you at no cost.

Arriving early?  If you are arriving early and would like to book a hotel, the following webpage is a list of recommended hotels close to the UAB campus.



Attend a pre-orientation webinar

You will receive an email from with more information about how to log in and attend a webinar. 

International Year One and Undergraduate Transfer Program: complete the required math placement

You will receive details on the ALEKS math placement test as part of your pre-arrival communication. It is highly recommended that you take the test prior to arrival. More information is available here.

Need help with the math placement? Contact Susan Blazer at with questions.


Arrive at UAB!

During your travels, if your flight changes or if you have any issues, please contact us on our emergency phone that is available during the approved arrival period. The number is:




Contact Us

Write down or add our phone number in your mobile phone: 

+ 1 205 934 4686

Technical Support:

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If you still have any other questions that weren't covered in this guide, please email us at