Airport Pick-Up Volunteer
Before your departure date, it is important to make sure that someone at your destination airport will be waiting to pick you up and give you a ride to your temporary housing or to school. Depending on your destination airport and the time of arrival, the airport can be very crowded. It is advisable that you arrange a way to meet with your contact someplace specific in the airport. Most universities' international student associations will arrange for an airport pick-up. However, try not to choose to arrive during exam week, which usually occurs in early-to-mid December and May, because it will be difficult to arrange for volunteers to go to the airport at such a stressful and busy time. Make sure that you contact your international student advisor or the international student club at your school early to provide ample time to make all of the arrangements.
Note: If someone gives you a ride to your home or school it is polite to offer to share gasoline expenses.
Transportation from the Airport
If you cannot find someone to pick you up, or if you decide to travel to your school or hotel by yourself, you will need to arrange for transportation from the airport. Three kinds of transportation are commonly used - shuttles, buses and taxis. Shuttles and buses are more economical than taxis, if you need to travel far.
You can find most information regarding transportation at the airport information desk once you have arrived. Or you can click on one of our links to reserve an airport pick-up service before you arrive.
LAX International Airport
SFO International Airport
SEA International Airport
JFK International Airport
If you need temporary housing upon arrival, please click here for more information.