UMD: A Globally Connected University

New Student Orientation

  1. Immigration -- Get ready to come to the United States.
    (If you are currently in the US in F-1 or J-1 status, please make sure you have reviewed and completed the SEVIS Transfer process.)
      Pay the SEVIS Fee (Form I-901) and print a receipt
      Apply for your visa
      After you arrive in the US, retrieve your I-94 admission record from
      Save electronic files or digital photos of your passport, visa, I-20/DS-2019, and I94 record. These will be needed to complete the iTerp check-in during the required ISSS ​immigration session (see below) 
  2. Things to complete now.
      Set up your Directory ID 
      Build your Orientation Schedule

      Meet with your doctor to complete your Immunization Record Form 
      Purchase U.S. Health Insurance
      Read our Tip of the Week (Emails ISSS sends before orientation)
      Visit the ISSS International Arrival Guide to learn about:

    • Housing
    • Bank accounts
    • Health care
    • Shopping
    • Transportation
    • And more...
  3. Things to do when you arrive at UMD. (** Required to activate your SEVIS record)
      Attend an ISSS Immigration Session **​
      Complete your iTerp Check-in, including immigration upload**​
      Attend UMD New Student Orientation(Undergraduate students only)
     Meet with your academic advisor to register for classes (Graduate and Exchange students only)
      Participate in International Orientation Week
      Get your UMD Student ID Card
      Submit your Immunization Record Form
      Report any change of address within 10 days at
      Visit the ISSS website for more information and resources