Students at Orientation. Orientation Schedule

A brief overview of the orientation periods are below.

August Intensive English Program, Undergraduate and Graduate Orientation:

Arrival Day: 19 - 20 August
Orientation Session (MANDATORY): 21 August – 25 August
First Day of Class: 26 August

Online Orientation: Beginning June 1, a new 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 survey 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, new international students will be expected to participate in the in-person orientation called the Peacock Experience. For a sample schedule, please see thePeacock Experience Schedule. Any student planning to attend UIU on the fall semester must sign up for the Peacock Experience by completing Peacock Experience Signup Form

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/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

For an alternative transportation option, new students that arrive during the Arrival Days can reserve a free shuttle ride from Eastern Iowa Airport directly to the Fayette campus.

To reserve a space on the shuttle, please complete the Pick-Up/Arrival Form by no later than late September. 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-min. 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