UMD: A Globally Connected University

Scholar Orientation

Orientation for J-1 researchers, short-term scholars, professors, interns and trainees is held every Thursday morning from 10:00am - 12:00pm*. Attending orientation is a mandatory part of your J-1 program.  Orientation provides helpful information about your immigration status, the campus and local community, culture and resources that are available to you. 

The session will cover the immigration regulations associated with your J-1 status, including time limits, health insurance, keeping your SEVIS information current, and travel outside the United States. We will explain restrictions on your employment, and how to apply for a Social Security number.

The orientation will also introduce you to the UMD campus and to the wider Washington metropolitan area. We'll talk about how to use public transit and suggest local places of interest to visit during your time here.

Where:  1102 H.J. Patterson Hall
When: Every Thursday from 10:00am - 12:00pm

We look forward to meeting you at orientation.

*Orientation is held every Thursday of the year, except during Winter and Spring breaks, and during international student orientation in August and January.