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Cedar Falls/ Waterloo, Iowa, USA

Waterloo Regional Airport
Waterloo Regional Airport is located in Waterloo 6 miles from UNI

The Eastern Iowa Airport
The Eastern Iowa Airport is located in Cedar Rapids Airport 70 miles from UNI

Internet, Phone and Video ConnectionsLiving Arrangements

Transportation in Cedar Falls/Waterloo - The metro area has a low cost bus - To rent a vehicle, you must be at least 21 years of age, have a current Iowa or international driver's license, and have a major credit card - Intercity transportation

Iowa Driver’s License - If interested, you may obtain Iowa Driver’s License; car rental is available for personal use for those over 25 with proof of insurance and a valid international or Iowa driver’s license
Financial Information Banking and Taxation - A personal bank account may be opened at a local bank without a social security number with proper identification (passport, visa, I-94, DS-2019). Some banks may require a social security number within 90-days or the account will be frozen. Stipends and other financial considerations from UNI may be taxed by the US Treasury. Additional information is available from the UNI Office of Business Operations 

Packages Shipping and U.S Customs Regulations - FedEx offers solutions, resources, and support for international shipping - Learn about U.S. Customs and Border Protection regulations

Shopping - The single-level shopping center is home to the area’s only Von Maur, Aéropostale, American Eagle Outfitters, Express, Hat World, Hot Topic, Select Comfort, and HuHot Mongolian Grill. Other favorite specialty merchants include: Younkers, Scheels All Sports, Buckle, Claire's, Vanity and Victoria's Secret - Featuring Scheels All Sport, Macy's, JCPenney, Target and Sears, plus over 120 specialty shops including GAP, American Eagle, Holister & Co., Aéropostale, Chico's and Express, Crossroads Center offers terrific shopping for the whole family

Fulbright Scholar Program
UNI Fulbright Scholar List - Largest provider of intercity transportation serving more than 2,300 destinations with a stop at the University Book and Supply Inc (1009 W 23rd Street Cedar Falls) - Information Technology Services can assist you with internet, phone and video connections on campus - Cellular and Wireless phone providers - UNI’s campus has a free shuttle bus; however, since the routes and schedules are limited, please be prepared to walk long distances. - The US government requires a 9-digit identification number (Social Security Number-SSN) for all financial transactions. Application for the SSN should occur between the 2nd and 3rd week after arrival, and the SSN card will arrive within 2 to 12 weeks of application - The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries”