2014 Airport Pickup Program

During the summer, Graduate Student Government conducted a successful Airport Pickup Program in which over 60 international graduate students were picked up from Dulles Airport and transported to campus and various housing facilities around College Park.

Thank you to our sponsors for making this program possible: The Graduate School, the Office of the VP for Student Affairs, and the Department of Transportation (DOTS).... THANK YOU!!!*****

 


Pilot Pickup Program

First-year International Students: The GSG is starting a pilot supplemental airport pickup program to meet incoming international grad students who arrive on days in which the pickup shuttle is not running. A volunteer will greet you, the incoming student(s), and help you navigate the public transit system to campus. Please contact the GSG Office (gsg-office@umd.edu) if you would like someone to meet you at the airport. 

Volunteers: The GSG is recruiting volunteers for a pilot supplemental airport pickup program to meet incoming international grad students who arrive on days in which the pickup shuttle is not running. Volunteers will greet the incoming student(s) and help them navigate the public transit system to campus.

Please sign up to volunteer here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1P_Ejw4t5pxpvfPUV8pOG5ap9EUQ9AK9kmtjhueSufHc/viewform?usp=send_form

 


Getting to Campus (on your own)

http://globalmaryland.umd.edu/offices/international-students-scholar-services/transportation

Text excerpt from the above page: National and International Public Transportation Section

Amtrak
Amtrak operates limited service throughout the US and Canada.  Locally, it goes to and from BWI Airport from Washington, DC's Union Station, but MARC is much cheaper. Amtrak's website has lots of information about schedules, routes and fares throughout the country.

Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI)
Located in Maryland, this is the closest airport to College Park, and many airlines fly in and out of BWI daily.

Getting to College Park (cheapest option):
Catch the BWI Express from BWI Airport. There are two WMATA Bus Stops. One is located on the lower level of the International Pier and the other stop is located on the lower level of Concourse A/B. The B30 will pick you up outside at the bus shelter. Follow the signs that say Public Transit. This will take you to the Greenbelt metro stop. From there you can take the green line to the College Park-U of MD metro stop. At the College Park stop, you can take a taxi or Shuttle-UM to get to campus.

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)
Also known as Reagan National or just National, this airport is very close to downtown DC and is the only airport located on the Metrorail system. It is located in Virginia, on the blue and yellow lines, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport stop.

Getting to College Park (cheapest option):
Take the yellow Metrorail line in the direction of Mt. VernonSquare/7th St. Convention Center. Transfer at Gallery Place/Chinatown to the green line in the direction of Greenbelt and get off at College Park-U of MD. From there you can take a taxi or Shuttle-UM to get to campus.

Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
Located in Dulles, Virginia, Dulles Airport (or just Dulles) is about 26 miles from downtown DC.

Getting to College Park (cheapest option):
The bus Route 5A operates between Dulles airport and L'Enfant Plaza metro station.  Transfer at L'Enfant Plaza station to the green line in the direction of Greenbelt and get off at College Park-U of MD. From there you can take a taxi or Shuttle-UM to get to campus.

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