Orlando Airport Pickup Program

AirplaneThe Office of International Student and Scholar Services understands how confusing and exhausting it can be arriving in a new country. We have therefore made arrangements for a one-time courtesy service to first-time international students from Orlando Airport.

Please read the following guidelines for Orlando airport pick-ups of new students:

  1. This service is offered only for pickup from Orlando Airport.  Melbourne Airport is 5 to 10 minutes driving distance from Florida Tech.  Taxi cabs are readily available at a cost of approximately $10.00 for a ride to our campus.
  2. Only newly admitted students with valid Florida Tech initial I-20's (F1 visas) or DS 2019's (J1 visas) are eligible for pickup. 
  3. For spring 2016 international students, we are offering pickup from December 26, 2015 through January 7, 2016. Students arriving before or after these dates will be responsible for their own airport pick-up arrangements.  The pickup service is NOT available between the hours of midnight and 7:00 a.m., nor is it available on Christmas day (December 25, 2015).
  4. You must submit your request no less than 5 business days prior to your pickup request date in order to ensure adequate processing time.
  5. The mandatory International Student check-in will be held on Thursday, January 7, 2016 (the arrival date listed on your I-20). Please plan your arrival accordingly. Checking in on January 7, 2016 will ensure your attendance at the mandatory International Student Orientation session, which is the first formal U.S. immigration responsibility you must complete when studying in the United States.
  6. If you arrive on or after January 7, 2016, you will be able to check-in to university housing. If you arrive prior to this date, you are responsible for staying at a local hotel and for making your own transportation arrangements to campus for the first day of orientation.   Be sure to check our orientation webpage for further arrival information. Information for local recommended hotels can be found on our Predeparture Information website.
  7. If you would like to be picked up at the Orlando airport, please complete the Airport Pick Up Request below, and we will arrange for your pickup. The information collected will be used solely for the operation of the Airport Pickup Program.
  8. Please make sure that your final destination Airport Code on your ticket reads ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL (MCO).
  9. Once we have received your airport pickup request, our contracted shuttle company will send you a confirmation email.  You will also receive more detailed information from the ISSS office via email.  Any changes to your arrival information should be coordinated directly with the Shuttle Company, not our office.
  10. Please note: you will be charged a $50 cancellation fee if you fail to give adequate notice of any changes in flight details. 
In order to ensure adequate processing time, we will not accept any pickup requests after Friday, December 18, 2015 at 5:00PM EST.  At this time, the form will be disabled, so please submit any requests before this time.

If you agree to the above terms, please complete our Airport Pickup request:


Airport Pickup Request

Last Name (Family Name) – As written on your I-20

First Name (Given Name) - As written on your I-20


(10-digit “N” number located on the top right hand corner of your I-20)

Country of Residence

Email address

Contact Phone Number in Your Home Country

Contact Phone Number in the U.S
If you do not have a U.S. phone number, leave this section blank.




Zip Code

Shuttle Requests

Arrival Date


Departure City

Arrival City (Example: Orlando)

Flight Number

Flight Arrival Time

Remember, only after receiving an email from ISSS together with your confirmation from our contractual shuttle company is your place on the shuttle confirmed. You should receive a confirmation email from the shuttle company within 3 days after submitting your request. If you do not receive your confirmation within 3 days before your departure date (given you submitted your request in a timely fashion), please contact us at isss@fit.edu.

Please note vehicle capacity is limited, and this service is strictly for first-time students only. Family members are not included in this offer, and will be required to pay the driver for shuttle service. If you are traveling with additional family members, please contact the ISSS office at isss@fit.edu to inquire about proper procedure.

You should note that it will take up to 2 hours to collect your baggage and clear through customs. The shuttle company is aware of this procedure, and will pick you up accordingly.