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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.

Oct 6 2023

OIS Advisor & New International Student Meetup - Obtaining Your Visa

Friday, 9:00 am–10:00 am
Online - Zoom
Nov 3 2023

OIS Advisor & New International Student Meetup - Housing & Safety Considerations

Friday, 9:00 am–10:00 am
Online - Zoom
Dec 15 2023

OIS Advisor & New International Student Meetup - Arrival Tips & Academics

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

Spring 2024 International Student Orientation Heading link

Three UIC students in winter coats and hats pose next to the UIC circle mark covered in snow.

Save the date! International Student Orientation for students beginning their programs in spring 2024 will take place the first week of January, 2024 prior to start of the spring semester on Monday, Jan. 8.

More information, including dates and registration details, will be shared in the fall.

Spring 2024 ISO Schedule of Events Heading link

Jan 4 2024

New International Student Summit

Thursday, 9:00 am–4:00 pm
Student Services Building, Conference Room ABC
Jan 5 2024

Sweet Home Chicago City Bus Tour & Hot Chocolate Social

Friday, 12:30 pm–4:30 pm
Student Services Building

Fall 2024 International Student Orientation Heading link

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

Fall 2024 International Student Orientation events will begin on Friday, Aug. 16, and continue through the week of Aug. 19.

The New International Student Summit on Friday, Aug. 23 is mandatory for all international students new to UIC.

Detailed information about Fall 2024 International Student Orientation, including event registration links, will be shared with incoming international students throughout the summer in Countdown to Chicago email newsletters. Check your inbox or email us at for more information!



The confidence we get after attending the orientation is very helpful! And the people who helped us and cleared our doubts, amazing!

New International Student  |  Fall 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.