UMD: A Globally Connected University
International Student Orientation
Orientation Schedule at a Glance
Required ISSS Immigration Session
Attendance at one ISSS Immigration Session is mandatory for all new international students. We will guide you in completing necessary "check-in" steps so your F-1/J-1 record can be activated in the USs international student database SEVIS as soon as possible, review immigration regulations that impact you, and provide tools to maintain your F-1/J-1 status while at UMD. You will also get to meet the ISSS staff who are here to assist you with any immigration issues during your stay. We look forward to meeting you!
To accommodate students' varying arrival dates and schedules, this session is repeated multiple times during the summer. Space per session is limited so you must register for your preferred session in advance to guarantee a spot. View dates when the Immigration Session is Offered.
Exception: J-1 Exchange students should register for the Exchange Student Orientation and not an ISSS Immigration Session.
Exception: Business MS and MBA students have their own orientation program including immigration arranged through the Business School and should not register for ISSS events here.
Orientation Week Sessions, Trips, and Social Events
Our orientation events are designed to aid your transition to life at UMD and in the College Park area. We also hope you will have fun and meet others! Space is limited at some events, so please only register if you are committed to attending.
Important Reminder for Undergraduate Students
Transportation for Orientation
Most ISSS Orientation events are held in Susquehanna Hall or Shoemaker Hall, both on the south side of campus. Events on Thursday, August 28, are held at the Biosciences Research Building on Campus Drive (central campus). If you take the bus to campus and exit at the Stamp Student Union, it is approximately a 15-minute walk to Susquehanna, 10 minutes to Shoemaker, and 5 minutes to Biosciences. Please plan accordingly to be on time.
Susquehanna is sometimes hard to find as it is a short building, located between the taller South Campus Commons residence halls.
A good interactive walking map is terpnav.umd.edu.
From May 14 through June 1 and from August 23 to September 1, a parking pass is not necessary to park on campus. For these dates, you are permitted to park in any numbered, ungated lot except 5 and 19. The closest unrestricted parking lot to Susquehanna Hall for these dates is Lot 3 next to The Domain apartments. The closest unrestricted parking lot to the Biosciences Research Building from August 23 to September 1 is Lot 1 next to Cole Student Activities Building. You may also pay hourly ($3/hour) or daily ($15/day) to park in the Mowatt Lane Garage (near Susquehanna Hall) or Regents Garage (near Biosciences).
Download maps and transportation apps here.
Disability Support for Orientation
If you require any disability support to attend ISSS Orientation, please contact Disability Support Services at http://counseling.umd.edu/DSS.