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August Undergraduate and Graduate Orientation

Arrival Day: 15 August 2022

Orientation Session (MANDATORY): 24 August 2022

Peacock Experience: 25 August  – 28 August 2022

First Day of Class: 29 August 2022

Online Orientation

An online orientation will be required for all new international students coming to Upper Iowa University. Students will receive an email with instructions on accessing the online orientation that day. The online orientation will cover a variety of topics including but not limited to: Academic Services, American Culture, Dating and Sex in the U.S., Health and Wellness, Immigration, and Student Accounts. Students will be asked to complete a quiz at the end of the online orientation – this is very important to us as it helps us make sure we are getting students the information that they need and want most.   

In-Person Orientation

Upon arrival on campus, new international students will be expected to participate in the in-person orientation and the Peacock Experience. 

It is mandatory for all new international students to attend the orientation sessions. There is a $200 non-refundable orientation fee that will be charged to all new students regardless of whether they attend the orientation or not. The fee will appear on the student’s bill. 

Arrival and Pick Up Information

The closest airport is Eastern Iowa Airport (CID) located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It is approximately
1 1/2 hours from Fayette, Iowa. For driving directions to the Fayette campus, please see the Google map directions 

To reserve a space on the shuttle, please complete the Pick-Up/Arrival Form by no later than a month before the orientation date. Any transportation requests received after this time will be accommodated as much as possible but cannot be guaranteed.  

Temporary Housing Options

International students who arrive during the Arrival Days outlined on the orientation schedule will be able to move into the residence halls immediately upon their arrival. However, students that arrive prior to orientation week or for students whose families will be accompanying them can stay in one of the local hotels. The following hotels are located within a 30-minute radius of Fayette. 

Boarders Inn
515 Waters Street
Fayette IA 52142
Phone: (563) 425-0214
Walking distance to campus 

Best Rest Inn
108 HWY 150 North
West Union, Iowa
Phone: (563) 422-3537
Approximately a 10 minute drive to campus 

Super 8 Motel
210 10th Street
Intersection of Hwy 150 and 3
Oelwein, IA, US 50662
Phone: (319) 283-2888
Approximately a 20 minute drive to campus 


For any students that need or want to stay in a hotel near the Eastern Iowa Airport, the following hotel options are available very near to the airport: 

8910-6th Street SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
3 minutes from the Eastern Iowa Airport 

Country Inn and Suites
9100 Atlantic Drive Southwest
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
3 minutes from the Eastern Iowa Airport

The Hotel at Kirkwood
7725 Kirkwood Boulevard SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
5 minutes from the Eastern Iowa Airport