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International Student Orientation

International Student Orientation

All incoming international students on an F-1 visa who are first-time students and J-1 at UMD must attend a one-day mandatory International Student Orientation as well as a UMD orientation offered by the Office of Orientation for undergraduate students or your Academic department and Graduate school orientation for graduate students.   

Undergraduate freshman and undergraduate transfer students should visit the following website to schedule your required undergraduate orientation.  

For Fall 2020, International Student Orientation will be offered 7 times to accommodate students' varying scheduled. Students are expected to stay for the entire duration of the program, with no exceptions.

TRANSFER ONLY  this orientation is exclusively offered for transfer students. In other words, if you are currently attending a U.S. institution and transferring into the University of Maryland.

  • Wednesday, August 5th from 9:00am - 2:00pm

Early Sessions:

  • Friday, August 7, 2020, from 8:30 am - 4:00pm
  • Thursday, August 13, 2020, from 8:30 am - 4:00pm 
  • Thursday, August 20, 2020 from 8:30 am - 4:00pm 

Regular Sessions

  • Tuesday, August 25, 2020 from 8:30 am - 4:00pm  
  • Wednesday, August 26, 2020 from 8:30 am - 4:00pm  
  • *Thursday, August 27, 2020 from 8:30 am - 4:00pm  (Open to F-1s and J-1 Exchange Students)

*J-1 Exchange students should only register for Thursday, August 27th session. 

Students who cannot attend those sessions must attend a Make-up Session.  Make-up F-1 Immigration Sessions will be announced at a later date.  

Registration will open in May. Check back for instructions on how to pre-register for your preferred international student orientation day. 

What happens during International Student Orientation?

The one-day orientation session will cover critical information to facilitate your transition to campus as well as the activation of your SEVIS record. 

As your Immigration Sponsor, ISSS must report your arrival to UMD in the government’s SEVIS system. During the orientation, ISSS Advisors will explain how this works and what steps you need to take as a new student to ensure your F-1/J-1 record is “activated” in SEVIS. We will also explain immigration regulations to maintain your legal F-1/J-1 status while at UMD. Please arrive a few minutes early to sign in with our staff, as attendance is recorded for this important session. 

Additionally, you will also learn about campus resources, get to know new students, and have an opportunity to engage with excellent international orientation student leaders who have lots of information to share with you all. 

Community Building Events

ISSS also hopes you will have fun and meet new friends at Orientation! Educational and social events are offered to aid your transition to life at UMD and in the College Park area. Space may also be limited at these events, so register via iTerp if you are committed to attending.  

Disability Support for Orientation

If you require any disability support to attend ISSS Orientation, please contact Disability Support Services at