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International Student Orientation

International Student Orientation

We are excited to welcome you to the University of Maryland.  During International Student Orientation you will be introduced to the ISSS team, learn about your immigration responsibilities, connect with other new Terps as well as current students, and get acquainted with campus resources.

All F-1/J-1 international students who are new to UMD should complete the mandatory online International Student Orientation. This part of the orientation will open on December 1, 2022. While you will complete the Spring 2023 International Student Orientation via asynchronous online modules, some optional in-person sessions will be held before classes begin, January 23-24.

Immigration Portion. Through your iTerp checklist you will be instructed to review important information regarding steps you need to take maintaining your F/J status. 

UMD Orientation

ISSS’s International Student Orientation is not the only orientation students will attend.
There are also orientations given by a student’s school and/or department.

UMD orientation is different from the ISSS orientation and is 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 in person undergraduate orientation. It is through this orientation that undergraduate students will meet with an academic advisor to register for classes. 

Undergraduate Students Orientations Graduate Students Orientations
  • International Student Orientation
  • New Student Orientation
  • Possible Departmental Orientation
  • International Student Orientation
  • New Graduate Student Orientation
  • Possible Departmental Orientation
  • English Language Evaluation for International Teaching Assistants

 

International Student Orientation

All international students should complete the online International Student Orientation modules.
ISSS offers a modular orientation to fit the varying needs of all students. You can  access this orientation starting on December 1st. The general orientation is offered via CANVAS/ELMS and is self paced.

How to Access the  International Student Orientation:
Starting December 1st you can self-enroll. ISSS will notify you via email and provide a link to your orientation. You will receive direct communication from our office. 

International Student Orientation - Immigration Portion
F-1/J-1 students will complete the immigration module in addition to the General - online International Student Orientation. Once you are inside the US, you can upload your arrival record. This enables us to activate your I-20 or DS-2019 and report your arrival to the U.S. government. This step is necessary before students can apply for a Social Security number or U.S. driver's license and to be cleared for UMD employment.

What happens during the Online International Student Orientation?

The online modular orientation session will cover critical information to facilitate your transition to UMD. You will learn about campus resources, tools to adjust to a new educational environment, and get to know other new students. International Orientation Leaders (IOLs) are a group of current students who are excited to share their favorite parts about being Terps as well as answer your questions and make you all feel welcome at UMD! 

Once an F-1/J-1 student is physically in the U.S. they will complete the immigration module in addition to the General - online International Student Orientation. This enables us to activate your I-20 or DS-2019 and report your arrival to the U.S. government. This step is necessary before students can apply for a Social Security number or U.S. driver's license and to be cleared for UMD employment. 

Tip of the Week 

Starting in December, we send a weekly Tip of the Week to all new students. These emails are meant to help prepare you for coming to the U.S. and adjusting to life at the University of Maryland. Look for them in your inbox. 

Beyond Immigration Webinar Series

This series of virtual recordings cover topics that are relevant to your transition to living in the U.S. and attending UMD. Please note these recordings are from Fall 2022. Information and dates will be updated with your Tip of the Week starting in December. 

Meet and Greet with International Orientation Leaders (IOLs)

Newly admitted students will have an opportunity to talk with IOLs in small group virtual sessions. You can ask questions about what it is like to study at UMD, get tips and advice on how to make the most of your time, and get to know current and newly admitted students ahead of the Spring semester! You can register for these sessions via Tips of the Week emails. Register for as many as you would like to attend.

  • Nov 18, 2022 9:00 AM
  • Nov 29, 2022 3:00 PM
  • Dec 13, 2022 9:00 AM
  • Jan 5, 2023 3:00 PM
  • Jan 10, 2023 9:00 AM

International Student Welcome Activities

Before classes begin ISSS hosts optional in-person sessions, this is subject to change based on University, local, state and federal guidance related to the ongoing pandemic. Registrations will open in December, check your Tip of the Week emails.

ISSS hopes you will have fun and meet new friends during orientation! Educational and social events (virtually and in person) are offered to aid your transition to life at UMD and in the College Park area. 

 

Disability Support for Orientation

If you require any disability support to attend International Student Orientation, please contact Disability Support Services at http://counseling.umd.edu/ads.