UMD: A Globally Connected University

International Scholar Orientation

International Scholar Orientation

Orientation for J-1 researchers, short-term scholars, professors, interns, and trainees is held every other Thursday 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:

  • Immigration regulations
  • Health insurance
  • Keeping your SEVIS information current
  • Travel outside the United States
  • Incidental Employment
  • How to apply for a Social Security number
  • Public transit and local places of interest to visit during your time here
  • UMD Campus & Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area

Where: Virtually, on Zoom
When: Every Other Thursday from 10:00am - 12:00pm
How: After scholars check in on iTerp, they will receive an email inviting them to the virtual orientation