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Incoming Students – What’s next?

Congratulations on your admission to the University of Kentucky! Before arriving to UK, you will have to complete some tasks to complete your enrollment as a UK student. Please complete the tasks listed below.

Activate your link blue account

Your link blue account must be activated in order to confirm your “see blue.” U Orientation, register for classes, and pay your tuition. It will also allow access to many of the computing services at the University of Kentucky – the student computing labs, the wireless network, discounted Microsoft Software, and much more. Please activate the account as soon as possible.

Carefully review and follow the instructions for activating your account, download the instructions here.

After you activate your link blue account, set up your Universal Email Address so you will receive email from UK. You may forward your email to an account you already use or set up a UK branded email account through our contacts with Microsoft and Google. Follow the Account Manager directions at

Once the account is active, you must log on to at least once per month to keep it active.

For questions or problems regarding activating your computing account, please contact IT Customer Service via email at or by phone at (859) 218-4357. Office hours for IT Customer Service are Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 6:00 pm and phone support is available from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm. To reset a forgotten password, please visit

Confirm your "see blue." U Orientation (Undergrad Only)

As a newly admitted student (undergraduate students only), you will attend the "see blue." U Orientation, where you will learn about UK, register for classes and meet other new students. During orientation, you will also meet your academic advisor. 

To register for orientation, please follow the next steps: 

  1. Login to myUK using your link blue account:
  2. Select the “Student Services” tab.
  3. Select the “Admissions” tab.
  4. Select “see blue.” U Orientation in the left page.
  5. Register for either the "International Freshman" or the "International Transfer Non-Degree" orientation.

Schedule your placement testing (Undergrad Only)

International students will take placement tests on January 5th and 6th. These tests will determine your placement in math, science, or English courses.  Placement tests must be completed before meeting with your academic advisor. Students who do not complete the required placement testing will be enrolled in the English for Academic Purposes program courses at the beginning levels of English writing, reading, speaking, and listening.  

For additional information about placement testing at the University of Kentucky, please visit the the webpage of the Office of Undergraduate Education.

To schedule your placement testing visit iCAT and log into the "Full Client Services for Students & Scholars" section using your linkblue credentials

  1. Find the "Undergraduate Student Placement Testing" event in the "Session Sign-ups" drop down
  2. Find and register for an open session

Instructions with screenshots are available here.

Apply for housing

The most important thing to remember is that on-campus housing is not automatically reserved for students.

Ingels, Champions Court II and Woodland Glen II are the halls that remain open during all UK breaks.

Space is limited, but an early application can guarantee on-campus housing. You must apply for on-campus housing by completing an application at:

Living on-campus makes it easy to be part of UK’s diverse, intellectual community. You will also have easy access to services and facilities such as classrooms, labs and libraries.

If you choose to live off-campus, you should visit the off-campus student services website for help in locating private housing close to campus:

SEVIS fee and visa interview

Pay the Student & Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) fee prior to your visa interview at:

Schedule your visa interview at:

In preparation for your visa interview visit: 10 Points to Remember When Applying for a Nonimmigrant Visa.

Canadian citizens are not required to have a visa, but they must pay the SEVIS fee.

Students currently in F-1 / J-1 status are not required to pay the SEVIS fee. Students wishing to change status may be required to pay the SEVIS fee.

For more information visit:

Plan your trip to Lexington

Arrange to arrive at the Blue Grass Airport (LEX)

As you plan your trip remember the closest airport to the university is the Blue Grass Airport (LEX). You must arrive in time for Orientation Week.

If you are not already in the United States, you can legally enter up to 30 days prior to the date on the I-20 or DS-2019.

Arrange local transportation

If you would like someone to meet you at the airport once you arrive in Lexington, please complete the airport pick-up request form. If you have trouble filling out this form please download a pdf version.

Please note:

  • Requests MUST be received at least five days prior to your arrival date, otherwise you will need to use a taxi service.
  • Submit this form only once.  
  • If other individuals will be traveling with you, a separate request should be submitted for each person. 
  • Please only request pick up from one party (IHP, student organization, department, family or friend).

Health requirements

Health Plan Policies and Coverage

At the University of Kentucky, health coverage is mandatory. All international students are required by the University of Kentucky to have health coverage. If you are on an F-1, J-1 or J-2 visa, you will be automatically enrolled in the UK Student Health Plan (SHP) and charged a fee each semester.  Information about the policies and requirements may be found by clicking here

I have alternative health coverage. How can I apply for a waiver from the university health plan?
If you have alternative health coverage it is required that you submit a Waiver; otherwise you will be responsible for paying for UK Student Health Plan (SHP). This must be completed each semester.

CESL Students NOTICE: UK ESL students have a new process to document outside health coverage.  Do NOT use the online waiver system.  Contact for more information


All newly enrolled international students may need to update immunizations before coming to UK.  International students will complete a health information form and an immunization record after you arrive on campus. Click here for more information.

Required TB Screening

Students must consult the website for health-related policies specific to their status as international students.  The University of Kentucky has a Tuberculin (TB) screening requirement for all newly enrolled international students.  Some students may be required to complete particular immunizations and even x-rays which are not covered under many health insurance companies.

Upload your pre-arrival documents

Once you have been approved for your student visa, you are ready to begin the check-in process with ISSS.  Please upload clear images or scans of the following documents to iCAT:

  • Your Passport Biographical page
  • Your F-1 or J-1 visa stamp
  • Your I-901 Receipt

Click here to sign in and upload your documents:
Instructions with screenshots are available here.

Review the pre-departure checklist

Carry the following items with you on the plane. Do not put them in your checked baggage.

  • Passport with valid F-1 or J-1 visa stamped on the inside
  • I-20 or DS-2019
  • Mandatory I-901 SEVIS fee receipt
  • Letter of admission to UK
  • Financial documents
  • Immunization documentation
  • Prescriptions for necessary medications
  • A signed letter giving parental permission for medical treatment (if you are under 18 years of age)
  • $100 in cash and $1,500 in traveler’s checks (recommended)

Post-Arrival Forms & K Week International Orientation

Submit Post-Arrival Forms

Once you enter the US, you will be able to access your I-94 Arrival/Departure number online at (mobile site not recommended).  You will then upload the I-94 Arrival/Departure number and a copy of your signed I-20/DS-2019 to iCAT (instructions below).  After you upload the required documents, you will fill out an emergency contact form and a compliance agreement.  These tasks are mandatory for all new F-1/J-1 students as part of the check-in process. This must be completed before meeting with your advisor and registering for classes.

Post arrival forms instructions.pdf

Attend Mandatory Orientation

The orientation session will prepare you for life at UK, provide important information regarding your visa status, and give you an opportunity to ask current students and staff questions.  Bring the following documents to Orientation:

  • Your UK Student ID (required to record attendance at orientation)
  • Your Passport
  • Your I-20 or DS-2019

By attending the orientation session you will complete the ISSS check-in process.

Graduate Student Orientation Schedule
Undergraduate Orientation Schedule
Important Dates