UMD: A Globally Connected University
International Student Orientation
Registration for International Student Orientation events will be available June 1st on iTerp.
- 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.
- Sign up for orientation events under Session Signups.
- 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
What happens during International Student Orientation?
Required ISSS Immigration Session
As your Immigration Sponsor, ISSS will help you “check in” during this session and upload your immigration documents for verification. We do this to activate your F-1/J-1 record in SEVIS (the US’s international student database). ISSS staff will inform you of immigration regulations and tools to maintain your F-1/J-1 status while at UMD. We look forward to meeting you! To accommodate students' varying arrival dates and schedules, the ISSS Session is repeated multiple times. Choose the date that works for you and register in advance via iTerp since space may be limited.
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.
New students! Were you unable to attend an Immigration Session Check-In during August? Please attend a Make-Up Session on the dates listed below. You must register in advance at iTerp because space is limited.
Wednesday, September 2, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm, Susquehanna Hall 1120
Friday, September 4, 11:00 am- 12:30 pm, Shoemaker Hall 2102
Friday, September 11, 11:00 am- 12:30 pm, Shoemaker Hall 2102
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 terpnav.umd.edu.
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.
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.