When to Arrive
You must be at UWM and ready to start attending classes on the first day of classes, which is the start date on your I-20. F-1 students can enter the U.S. no earlier than 30 days prior to the start date on the I-20; this date is listed on your I-20 as your “Earliest Admission Date”.
Graduate students with assistantships must arrive to campus prior to the start date on your employment contract.
Transportation from Chicago O’Hare Airport to Milwaukee via the CoachUSA bus may be available for new international students. To qualify, you must have a confirmed valid visa and confirmed flight ticket into Chicago O’Hare Airport with arrival between December 23, 2023 and January 21, 2024.
Panther Pickup information for fall 2024 will be available after the start of the spring 2024 semester.
- Panther Pickup sign-up will open on December 4, 2023. Sign-up is required and must be submitted at least 5 business days prior to the departure date listed on your flight ticket.
- To sign up for Panther Pickup for the spring 2024 semester, log in to your ISSS Connect Portal and navigate to the Documents & Requests section.
Receive your bus ticket.
Your CoachUSA bus ticket will be sent to your UWM email address. Additional information will be provided upon issuance of the ticket.
Use your bus ticket to travel from Chicago to Milwaukee.
You’ll use your bus ticket to travel from the Chicago O’Hare Airport to the Milwaukee Intermodal Station. You can get off at any of the stops leading up to and including the Intermodal Station. You can then take a taxi or use a rideshare service to reach your final destination.
Note: Arrival procedures are subject to change, and affected students will be notified through their UWM email.