Admitted International Students: Orientation FAQs

The Fall semester is fast approaching, which means the international student orientation is right around the corner!

Here is some information to keep in mind while preparing for the next steps of your journey:

What is the international student orientation?

The international student orientation is a four-day program that takes place before classes start. The orientation will provide essential information about maintaining immigration status, American culture and academics, and life at the University of Illinois. It will also provide an opportunity to meet fellow international and domestic students and the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) staff.

Do I have to attend international student orientation?

Yes, all F-1 and J-1 students are required to attend the orientation.

When does orientation begin?

Recommended arrival date: Sunday, August 19, 2018.

Undergraduate international orientation begins: Monday, August 20, 2018 at 8:30 a.m.

How to register for the orientation?

You can register for orientation through this link.

Is there a fee for attending international student orientation?

No. The International Orientation program is free for all students, but if you choose to move into your housing assignment early, there will be a charge. Please refer to the Housing website for more information.

What will the orientation program cover?

You can see an overview of the program here

Can parents attend the orientation?

Yes. Parents are welcome to attend. Please check this schedule for more information.

If you have other questions, I would encourage you to contact the following offices:

International Student and Scholar Services:

New Student Programs:



Assistant Director, Undergraduate Admissions
I have a master’s degree in American and Middle Eastern Studies. I’m lucky to be working with our international students as they navigate their way through the admissions process and during their exciting journey to the Illinois campus!