UMD: A Globally Connected University

International Student Orientation

Registration for International Student Orientation events will be available January 1st on iTerp

  1. After logging in, select the left menu item, Register for Orientation. Registration instructions are included here, but if you have any problem, more detailed instructions with screenshots on registration are here.
  2. Sign up for orientation events under Session Signups.
  3. 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

What happens during International Student Orientation?

Required ISSS Immigration Session

To accommodate students' varying schedules, the required Immigration Session is repeated multiple times in January (January 8, 12, 15, and 20). Choose the best date that works for you and register in advance via iTerp since space may be limited. 

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.

Transportation for Orientation

Most ISSS Orientation events are held in Susquehanna Hall, on the south side of campus. If you take the bus to campus, it is approximately a 15-minute walk to Susquehanna. Please plan accordingly to be on time.
Susquehanna is sometimes hard to find - it is a short building, located between the taller South Campus Commons residence halls.

A good interactive walking map is



You may pay hourly ($3/hour) or daily ($15/day) to park in the Mowatt Lane Garage (near Susquehanna Hall). To purchase a semester- or year-long parking pass, contact Department of Transportation Services (DOTS), located in the Regents Garage.

Download maps and transportation apps here.

Campus Buildings Locator
Campus Map App
Campus Tours
TerpNav Pedestrian Interactive Map


Disability Support for Orientation

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