Next Steps After Your Admission
- Set up your ePantherID. Use your ePantherID to login to all UWM systems. Use your Campus ID (991-xx-xxxx) from your official admission letter to activate your ePantherID.
- Set up Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). MFA is a dual-authentication system required to keep your data secure. Set up MFA and read the information under FAQ > International Students. Bring the device with MFA with you to the U.S. to prevent problems logging in later.
- Access your UWM email. All important information from UWM will be sent to your UWM email address. Check it frequently. Go to the UWM main website > For Students > Office 365. Log in with your ePantherID@uwm.edu and password, and open Outlook.
- Access your PAWS account. You’ll use your PAWS account to enroll in classes, update your personal information, and view and pay your tuition. Go to the UWM main website > For Students > PAWS. Log in with your ePantherID and password.
- Join us on social media to connect with other admitted international students. Join our Facebook group, WhatsApp undergraduate student groups (Spring 2024, Fall 2024), WhatsApp graduate student groups (Spring 2024, Fall 2024), and WeChat group.
- Get your I-20 and apply for a visa.
- Explore scholarships and funding opportunities.
Planning Your Arrival
- Determine which orientations you will need to attend: Undergraduate (Bachelor’s) or Graduate (Master’s or PhD)
- Register for classes.
- Make your on-campus or off-campus housing arrangements.
- Review the latest requirements for the COVID-19 vaccination.
- Consider your initial and ongoing expenses upon arrival to the U.S.
- Arrange transportation to UWM’s campus.
- Prepare your final transcripts.
- Download the I-20, print a hard copy, and sign and date using a blue pen. A digital copy is not sufficient.
- Upload a photo for your PantherCard.
- View our suggested packing list.
After You Arrive at UWM
- Complete arrival check-in.
- Set up a U.S. bank account.
- Understand important information about your health insurance and medical records.
- Explore nearby grocery stores and other stores for essential items.
- Purchase your textbooks.
- Get a U.S. cell phone plan. Visit a cellphone provider to get service to your cell phone from home or purchase a new one. Providers that don’t require a Social Security number are Cricket Wireless, Mint Mobile, T-Mobile and Verizon.
- Get an on-campus job.
- Apply for a social security number.
- Get a Wisconsin state ID or driver’s license.