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 Fall 2014 students, we are offering pickup from July 21, 2014 through August 11, 2014. 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.
  4. Mandatory Orientation & Check-In for newly admitted Fall 2014 international students and scholars begins Monday, August 11, 2014.  Please plan your arrival accordingly. Arriving no later than August 11, 2014 will ensure your attendance at University Orientation, which is the first formal U.S. immigration responsibility you must complete when studying in the United States. 
  5. Our deadline for accepting airport pick up requests is Wednesday, August 6, 2014.  Any requests submitted past this date will not be processed.
  6. If you arrive on or after August 11, 2014, 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. 

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


Airport Pickup Request

First Name

Last Name


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

Country of Residence


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.

Total number of people traveling

(including yourself)


(“Florida Tech” or Name of Hotel)



Shuttle Requests

Remember that only after receiving an email from ISSS together with your confirmation from our contractual shuttle company is your place on the shuttle confirmed. Please allow at least two hours to collect baggage and clear through customs. Choose a shuttle time that will give you ample time to do this.

Arrival Date


Departure City

Arrival City (Example: Orlando)

Flight Number

Flight Arrival Time

You will receive a confirmation from us at least 3 days before departure. If you do not hear from us within 3 days before your departure time, 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.