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New Student Transition

Students on campus during the global student orientation

Welcome to Biola University, global students! We are excited you have chosen to be a part of our community. We are here for you every step of the way as you transition to campus. Check out the next steps to make sure you have all you need before you get here. See you soon!

If you have any questions, please email us at globalstudentservices@biola.edu. Thank you!

Next Steps

Our goal is to make your transition to Biola University as smooth as possible. Please complete the following steps to ensure a smooth transition:

  1. Sign up for orientation
  2. Sign up for housing
  3. Prepare for travel
  4. Check your email + Get connected to GSPD

Orientation

Undergraduate Orientation

We are excited to invite all new and returning global students who have yet to participate in an on-campus orientation to Global Student Orientation! In addition to a canvas module filled with valuable information about GSPD and transitioning to Biola, orientation will give you the opportunity to learn more about Biola and its culture, meet other global students and get connected to resources and community. We can’t wait to see you there!

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Graduate Orientation

Welcome incoming graduate students! In addition to a canvas module filled with valuable information about GSPD and transitioning to Biola, orientation will give you the opportunity to learn more about Biola and its culture, meet other global students and get connected to resources and community.

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Housing

Undergraduate Housing

Complete your Housing Application to request Biola Housing. If you plan to live off-campus and commute, you must submit a request to live off-campus. For more information on Biola’s on-campus and off-campus housing options, please visit the Biola Housing site.

Early Move-In

For Fall 2021 incoming students, official move-in starts on August 26, 2021. However, if you are registered for global student orientation, you will be allowed to move in early on Monday, August 23, 2021 and on that day ONLY. If you are an incoming student and you do not attend global student orientation, you must wait until August 26 to move in. If you are a Fall 2020 incoming or transfer student and choose to not attend global orientation, you will need to wait to move in on Friday, August 27.

For Spring 2022 incoming students, official move-in is on Thursday, January 6th and Friday, January 7th, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you are planning on attending global orientation, please plan to move in on Thursday before 12 p.m.


Graduate Housing

Biola has a variety of housing options for graduate students. Once you decide on housing, confirm your move-in date and procedure. Don’t delay–these housing options fill up fast!

View details on graduate and married housing.

Additional Options

If you would like to live off campus, check out other community options.

If you still cannot find something that fits your needs, or need more personal assistance, please contact our office and we can assist you, at globalstudentservices@biola.edu.

If you arrive in California at an earlier date and need a hotel, Biola recommends these local accommodations.

Travel Preparation

Packing

We highly suggest that you pack light and buy the majority of your necessities when you get here. There will be many opportunities to go shopping so we recommend that you only bring personal items with you.

Airport Pick Up

Make your travel arrangements to fly into LAX for the morning of orientation. Let us know when you are signing up for orientation if this is something that you would like, and we will contact you with more details.

For the spring semester, airport arrangements can be made on an individual basis on the morning of January 6th from 7am-12pm ONLY. Please email globalstudentservices@biola.edu by Friday, December 17th if you need airport pickup and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Traveling with Cash

Carrying some amounts of cash is okay while you’re traveling, but it isn’t a good idea to carry too much. There are also limits on how much you are allowed to carry. Instead, consider some non-cash alternatives:

  • A prepaid debit card. This allows you to travel with ‘cash’ that you ‘load’ onto it in your home country. If the card is lost or stolen, you can cancel the card and get a new one.
  • Wire transfer services. Some services (like Western Union) allow you to transfer money to yourself in the United States. Then you can pick up the money after you arrive.
  • Check with your bank in your home country. Often, you can use your debit card in the US for a small fee but a good exchange rate.

During New Student Orientation, there will be further instructions and opportunities to open a US bank account.

Check Your Email + Follow us on Instagram

Global Student Programs and Development will be sending you consistent updates to your Biola email. Check your email regularly so you don't miss important information! In addition, follow us on instagram!