UMD: A Globally Connected University

International Student Orientation

All incoming international students on an F-1 visa who are first-time students at UMD must attend a mandatory F-1 immigration session 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.  https://orientation.umd.edu/dates.html  

International Student Orientation for Spring 2020 will be held Wednesday, January 22nd - Friday, January 24th. To accommodate students' varying schedules, the required Immigration Session is repeated multiple times.

Early F-1 Immigration Sessions: 
  • Friday, December 6th from 3:30pm - 4:30pm (For Transfer Students ONLY)
  • Wednesday, January 8th from 10:00am - 11:30am
  • Thursday, January 16th from 3:30pm – 4:30pm
F-1 Immigration Session during Orientation:
  • Wednesday, January 22nd from 9:00am- 11:00am
  • Thursday, January 23rd from 10:00am – 12:00pm
J-1 Immigration(Exchange Students) Session during Orientation:
  • Wednesday, January 22nd from 9:00am- 11:00am

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

To register:

  1. Login into your iTerp account
  2. After logging in, from the left menu select, Register for Orientation. More detailed instructions with screenshots on registration are here.
  3. Sign up for orientation events under Session Signups.
  4. You may then print your customized schedule by returning to the Register for Orientation menu.

For an idea of what will be offered, feel free to print the anticipated schedule of events below.

Orientation Schedule at a Glance


Undergraduate Schedule


Graduate Schedule


Exchange Schedule

What happens during International Student Orientation?

Required ISSS Immigration Session

As your Immigration Sponsor, ISSS must report your arrival to UMD in the government’s SEVIS system. During the Immigration Session, 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. We look forward to meeting you soon!

Optional Orientation Week Sessions, Trips, and Social Events

ISSS also hopes you will have fun and meet new friends at Orientation! Optional 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.  

Meet our Orientation Student Leaders!

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.