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You have two options for your arrival to Eau Claire:

  1. If you are participating in the Host Friend Program, you must arrive no later than the start of the program. Host Friends will only pick up students in Eau Claire.  Please plan your trip all the way to Eau Claire.

  2. If you do not participate in the Host Friend Program, you must arrive to Eau Claire before the start of orientation. Orientation begins at 8:00 a.m. 

Please see your arrival booklet or acceptance letter for appropriate arrival dates.

Notify immediately if family or friends travel with you to the United States.

Complete the arrival information form to let us know your arrival date, time, place, shuttle arrival time, and flight number.If you have any questions, please contact

How to Travel to Eau Claire

Most students fly into the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. This is 145 km (90 miles) west of Eau Claire.

You may arrive to Eau Claire either by:

  1. Shuttle Service from the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport
    The Chippewa Valley Airport Service is the easiest transportation from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Eau Claire. It leaves directly from the airport. Reservations are necessary. To see the shuttle schedule and to make a reservation, visit or call: 715-830-9400

  2. Airplane to Chippewa Valley Regional Airport
    You may fly directly to Eau Claire. The Chippewa Valley Regional Airport (EAU) is the airport in Eau Claire. For more information, visit or call 715-839-6241.

Students cannot move into the residence halls before orientation.
If you arrive in Eau Claire before the start of orientation or the Host Friend Program, you may use the following hotels and taxi services in Eau Claire. 


The hotels are near UW-Eau Claire and range in price from $70-$100 per night.­­­ 

America's Best Value Inn
A 15 minute walk from UW-Eau Claire

The Plaza Hotel &Suites

A 20 minute walk from UW-Eau Claire.

Clarion Hotel Campus Area

A 20 minute walk from UW-Eau Claire.

Hampton Inn

A 30 minute walk from UW-Eau Claire

Taxi Services

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Additional Information

Tips for the Visa Interview

1.Tell the truth

  • Be honest. Do not lie. You can be denied a visa for not telling the truth.

2.Show strong ties to your home country

  • You must show that you want to return to your home country.
  • "Ties" to your home country are things that keep you attached to your home town, homeland, or current place of residence.
  • This can be a job, family, a home, money, and more.

3.Financial support

  • Bring proof that you have enough money to support yourself in the U.S.


  • The interview will be in English, not in your native language.
  • Practice English with a fluent speaker before the interview.
  • Do NOT prepare speeches!
  • Explain how English will be useful for you in your home country.

5.Know the program and how it fits your career plans

  • You need to be able to tell how studying in the U.S. will relate to your future professional career.


  • Your main purpose in coming to the United States should be to study, not to work in the U.S. before or after graduation.

Please visit the website of the U.S. Consulate in your home country for further information about preparing for your visa interview.