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Orientation and Immigration Check-In for International Students


 All new students are required to attend their respective orientation program, as well as check in at OISS within 15 days of arrival in the U.S.  Make sure your travel plans accordingly.
Please note that failure to attend orientation and check-in with OISS will result in a hold being placed on your student record and may affect your immigration status.  

2018 International Mandatory Orientation Dates:

International MBA Students: July 30 at OISS Office & Sewall Hall 

International Undergraduates & Exchange Students: August 10 at Rayzor Hall & Sewall Hall

International Graduate Students: August 13-14 at Herzstein Hall

Orientation Programs:

MBAs – must attend the international orientation session during the pre-term period beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Undergraduates & Undergraduate Exchange Students – must attend the mandatory Immigration Check-In and I-PREP (international – Preparatory and Regulatory Education Program) on August 10, 2018.  These activities take place before O-Week. For complete details about the program, including where to stay, visit the I-PREP webpage.

Graduate Students – must attend the Graduate International Orientation (GIO) held on the Monday and Tuesday, August 13 and 14, 2018 starting at 8:15 a.m. in Herzstein Hall. For complete details, please visit the GIO webpage.

Check-in Process and Times:

All new international students must have formally checked in with OISS by the first week of classes. For the check-in process, students must bring originals and copies of all immigration documents -- passport, visa, I-94, and I-20/DS-2019. Students will be asked to complete OISS's Check-in Form and meet with an advisor. During the check-in process, the OISS advisor will verify the immigration documents, provide general information and immigration compliance reminders. The advisor will also go over the Check-In Checklist to help you complete your set-up on campus.

Fall Semester Mandatory Immigration Check-In Times for Students:

Students must bring originals and copies of all immigration documents. Copies (free to you) may be made at OISS prior to your check-in. 

Check-ins will be in OISS, Lovett Hall, Entrance A, Room 201. For more information on check-in times, please refer to your welcome packet from OISS.

Thursday, August 9
9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  

Friday, August 10
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (Undergraduates only)
12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m  

Saturday, August 11
9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  

Monday, August 13
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.  

Tuesday, August 14
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.