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Office of International Programs

Arrival Information

When to Arrive
You may enter the United States a maximum of 30 days before the start date listed on your Form I-20 or Form DS-2019.

If you are beginning in the fall or spring semester, you will be expected to attend to attend the campus-wide Connect Orientation as well as the International Student Orientation.

We recommend that you arrive at least 1-2 days before the beginning of orientation, but no sooner than the Monday before classes start, so that you have a little time to get settled and begin to recover from jet lag.

How to Arrive
The Minot State University is located in Minot, North Dakota. Minot can be reached by airplane, train or bus.

Arriving by Airplane
Minot is serviced by Delta, United and Allegiant Airlines

Arriving by Train
Minot is served by Amtrak. We recommend that you make reservations in advance.

  • Amtrak
    400 1st St SW, Minot, ND

Arriving by Bus
Minot is served by Greyhound Bus Lines and Northland Bus Services.

Transport to Campus
Unless you have friends in Minot who have agreed to meet you at the airport, train or bus station, you will need to take
a taxi to your residence hall on the day of your arrival.

The university is just a 5 minute's drive from the airport and taxis are sometimes already waiting outside of the main airport doors. On occassion it is necessary to call to order a cab. There are two taxi companies in Minot:

Taxi 9000 phone: (701) 852-9000
Central Cab Company phone: (701) 852-8000

Phones that connect directly to a taxi company are located in the airport on the north wall, to the right of the luggage belt. Phones are also available to make local calls free of charge.


If you would like to access wi-fi on a personal device (iphone, iad, laptop, etc.) while at the Minot airport this service is offerec free of charge.

User ID: MOT

Password: MOT


Housing upon Arrival
You are responsible for informing the Housing office of your arrival date and time. This is extremely important because international students are allowed to check-in before the general campus population in order to attend CONNECT orientation and rest over the weekend. However, you MUST notify housing of your exact arrival date and time in order to ensure that staff will be able to assist you when you need them.

AS SOON AS YOU KNOW YOUR ARRIVAL DETAILS, contact the housing office by emailing or call +1-701-858-3363. You will be put in contact with your Residence Hall Director to make the necessary arrangements for check-in.

If for some reason you need to stay in a hotle upon your arrival, a list of lical hotels can be found below:


Grand International Inn
1505 North Broadway
Minot, North Dakota 58703
(701) 852-3161

Select Inn
225 22nd Avenue NW
Minot, ND 58701
(701) 852-3411

Comfort Inn
1515 22nd Ave., S.W.
Minot, ND, US, 58701
(701) 852-2201

Fairfield Inn
900 24th Avenue SW
Minot, North Dakota 58701
(701) 838-2424


Vegas Motel
2315 N Broadway
Minot, ND 58703, US
(701) 839-3000

Sleep Inn & Suites
2400 10th Street SW
Minot, ND, US, 58703
(701) 838-2424

Days Inn
2100 4th St SW
Minot, ND, 58701

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
300 37th Avenue SW,
Minot, ND, US 58701
(877) 863-4780