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International Orientation Leaders (IOL)

International Orientation Leaders (IOL)

We are so excited you’re interested in learning more about serving as an International Orientation Leader (IOL) for the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)!

What does being an IOL mean?

It means being passionate about engaging with incoming international students! UMD welcomes around 1,500 international students each year. Many of our students arrive at UMD for the fall semester. As an IOL, we ask that you guide and support these students as they become acclimated to our campus and the College Park community. Orientation marks the beginning of a transition for all students on-campus. As an IOL you can make a difference in supporting incoming international students feel welcome as they start their studies at UMD!

When would I be expected to help for the Fall orientation?

We expect each IOL to attend at least 3 (three) full orientation days, and 2 (two) social events. A general orientation day will run from roughly 8 am – 4 pm. There will also be a variety of social events hosted on a daily basis throughout the week before classes, August 24-28, that we ask the IOLs to attend at least two events. Our fall orientation sessions for 2020 will be held on August 5th, 7th, 13th, 20th, 25th, 26th, 27th. There is also opportunity to participate in two make-up sessions, the dates and times will be announced later. 

I’m really excited about the role! How do I apply?

  • Step 1: Fill out the online informational survey and select a date for a group interview listed on the survey.  Please note that the group interview will now occur online via WebEx in an interactive informational session (video, polling, etc).  In light of recent changes in campus operations, please make sure you review this information as it includes specific guidance on classes and campus operations.
  • Step 2:  Attend the online group interview slot you signed up for- once you sign up, you will receive an email to join the WebEx call prior to the event. During the group interview, we’ll present some information about our program and the expectations of IOLs. We'd also really like to try and get to know you!
  • Step 3: ISSS’ orientation committee will review your application and group interview. Decisions will be released to applicants from April 13th- April 17th. Please note this timeline may be impacted by changes in campus operation per COVID-19. For further information, please visit
  • Step 4: IOLs are expected to complete 4 hours of training. Information on these training will be available to all selected IOLs.

I still have questions… Will there be an Information Session?

Yes! ISSS will be hosting an in-person Information Session on March 3rd from 11:30am- 12:30pm in ESJ B0320. We will also be hosting an online Information Session on the WebEx platform March 5th from 2-3pm. Attending an Information Session is not mandatory, but encouraged for students with questions.  Pre-registered for the sessions here