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International Student Orientation

The Office of International Services recognizes that your transition to the University of Illinois at Chicago is multifaceted. You are not only beginning studies at a new school, you are entering a new country and culture. This experience can be both exhilarating and, at times, overwhelming! With this in mind, OIS has developed a series of customized orientation programs and arrival resources for all new international students entering UIC. Our goal is to support and enhance your transition by providing essential information about your immigration responsibilities, an introduction to the UIC community, an opportunity to meet other new international students, and much more.

OIS hosts International Student Orientations throughout the year. Incoming students should attend the session that most closely aligns with their I-20/DS-2019 program start date. Click the link below to view the complete orientation schedule and registration information.

Virtual OIS Advisor & New International Student Meetups Heading link

You are invited to join advisors from the Office of International Services and your fellow admitted international students for a casual and informative online meetup. Hear updates from campus, get pre-departure advising, and make connections even before setting foot in Illinois. See below for upcoming meetup dates and click through for details and registration information.

Jul 15 2022

OIS Advisor & New International Student Meetup - Arrival

Friday, 9:00 am–10:00 am
Online - Zoom

Fall 2022 International Student Orientation Heading link

Student places a small flag pin on a large blue map of the world.

Fall 2022 International Student Orientation events begin with Global Music Night on Friday, Aug. 12, and continue through the week of Aug. 15. The New International Student Summit on Thursday, Aug. 18 is mandatory for all international students new to UIC.

Please refer to the schedule of events listed below and find your registration link in the latest Countdown to UIC email. Registration is required for participation. All events are scheduled to be held in person on the UIC campus in Chicago. Please plan your travel accordingly.



Fall 2022 ISO Schedule of Events Heading link

Aug 12 2022

Global Music Night

Friday, 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
Student Center East
Aug 18 2022

New International Student Summit

Thursday, 8:30 am–4:30 pm
UIC Dorin Forum
Aug 19 2022

UIC International Community Welcome Back BBQ

Friday, 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
UIC Dorin Forum

I appreciate all the advisors’ hard work and dedication to ensure that the International Students are well prepared for their studies in the Fall 2020 Term. The format of online synchronous and asynchronous webinars were well thought out and have been extremely helpful.

New International Student  |  Fall 2020

Spring 2023 International Student Orientation Heading link

Students stand beside the UIC circle mark covered in snow.

International Student Orientation for students beginning their programs in spring 2023 is tentatively scheduled for January 5 and 6, 2023. Confirmation and more details will be posted sometime in November 2022.

ISO registration and fee information Heading link

All incoming international students are charged a non-refundable Orientation & Check-in Fee of $149 to their university bill to cover the costs of new international student services and programs, regardless of ISO participation. However, there is no additional charge for participation in selected ISO events. Incoming international students should register for the ISO that most closely aligns with the start of their academic program at UIC.

Information for graduate student employees Heading link

OIS is pleased to share information from two campus partners that support graduate students employed by UIC. If you are a new international student in a graduate program and will be working at UIC as a Teaching Assistant or a Graduate Assistant, please see below for more information on these important resources.

Graduate Employees Organization

The Graduate Employees Organization (GEO) is a labor union that represents 1,400 Teaching Assistants and Graduate Assistants at UIC. Students interested in learning more can view an informational video that contains instructions on how to join the GEO.

International Teaching Assistant Program

The International Teaching Assistant Program (ITAP) supports international teaching assistants and the departments that employ them. Students who will be working as teaching assistants while at UIC should visit the ITAP website to learn more and find dates for their Campus-Wide New TA Orientation.

FAQs Heading link

Here are some frequently asked questions about international student orientation.