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New International Student Orientation and Check-In Information​

Fall 2021 New International Student Orientation will be held on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 and Thursday, August 19, 2021

International Student Orientation is mandatory for all students holding non-immigrant visas and/or with pending permanent residency. The session will address unique content to cover restrictions and benefits to your visa status, the academic system and student services offered at the University of Houston, as well as American friendship patterns, language and cultural adjustment. You will have the opportunity to ask questions about things you have encountered and did not understand. You will be able to meet students from your home country, as well as other international students. International Student Orientation is in addition to the Freshman Orientation, Transfer Orientation and Graduate Student Orientation. It contains separate and unique content not available as a part of other orientations.

International Orientation Requirements

All new international students are required to attend International Student Orientation. This includes:

  • New and transfer international undergraduate, graduate, and professional students
  • Continuing undergraduate, graduate, and professional students who began their enrollment remotely from abroad during the Fall 2020 and/or Spring 2021 semesters and who are entering the U.S. for the Fall 2021 semester to be in-person at the university
  • Any international student that will enroll remotely for the fall 2021 semester even if you are a resident of Texas

Fall 2021 International Student Orientation

We are planning to offer a hybrid program. Required sessions will be offered virtually with in-person activities.

Schedule of Orientation Events

Date Time Events Location
August 16, 2021 10:00 am – 2:00 pm COVID-19 Vaccinations
Register for COVID-19 Vaccine
This is strictly voluntary and not mandatory
Student Center South - Skyline Room
August 18, 2021 9:00 am – 4:00 pm International Student Orientation
Register for Session 1
Register for Session 2
Registration for both sessions is required.
Virtual
August 19, 2021 10:00 am – 3:00 pm ISSSO Information Fair Student Center South - Houston Room
August 19, 2021 11:00 am – 2:00 pm ISSSO Lunch Student Center South - Ballroom
August 19, 2021 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm UH Campus Tour
Register for Campus Tour
Student Center South - Ballroom

Frequently Asked Questions about International Student Orientation

If you are a newly admitted F-1 student or J-1 student, with an initial I-20/DS-2019, you are allowed to arrive up to 30 days before your program start date. Check the program start date listed on page 1 of your I-20/DS-2019.
International Student Orientation is a unique introduction, designed for international students, to the University of Houston. The session will address unique content that will cover restrictions and benefits to your visa status, the academic system, and student services offered at the University of Houston, as well as American friendship patterns, language and cultural adjustment. You will have the opportunity to learn and ask questions about things you have encountered and did not understand.
Yes, each day is designed to address specific needs that are important to you. On August 18, you will be required to stay for the entire session from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM (virtual). However, on August 19 you are able to come into the Information Fair anytime between 10:00 AM-3:00 PM and leave at any time. You are not required to stay for the entire session. We invite you to have lunch courtesy of ISSSO between 11:00 AM-2:00 PM.
Yes, if you entered the US on a VISA you are considered an international student even if you qualify for in-state tuition as a resident of Texas. This includes any student pending for permanent residency.
International Student Orientation generally offers sessions that address specific immigration regulations, information on how to maintain your immigration status, health and medical insurance issues, financial matters, as well as informational sessions about U.S. systems that many international students are not familiar with or are very different from their home country. Our office will host an information fair with campus and community organizations that will help you adjust while you study at UH. In addition, ISSSO will provide lunch for you to mix, mingle and meet other international students.
Yes, all international students are charged a one-time international orientation fee, $75, including non-F-1/J-1 visa holders.
All incoming international students enrolling for the Fall 2021 semester including non-F-1/J-1 visa holders should attend International Student Orientation.
All admitted students will automatically receive a registration link to their email. You will receive an email with information on how to register for orientation. Be sure to check both your personal and UH email accounts. You are required to register for SESSION 1 and SESSION 2 you can use the links above to register.
UH ISSSO will offer a virtual orientation, it is our hope that the virtual platform will be convenient for you. In the event that you have an unavoidable conflict our office will offer a late orientation on Friday, August 27 from 1:00 PM-5:00 PM. Register for late orientation.
Yes. Orientation is required of all international students, regardless of how long you have studied in the USA. We will cover information about UH's immigration policies and student resources. These might be different from your previous school.
If you are beginning a new program at UH, yes, you will be required to attend. We require students to repeat orientation in certain cases because immigration laws and policies change frequently, and we want all students to have the most current information on how to maintain their visa status. You will also be required to complete the Check-In so that we can collect your most recent immigration documents and information.
We encourage you to meet with an ISSSO advisor to discuss any additional questions or concerns that you may have, especially regarding immigration. Our trained advisors are here to help guide you through complicated policies and procedures so that you can have all the information you need to maintain your visa status. Make an appointment to speak with an advisor.
International Student and Scholar Services Office (ISSSO) is collaborating with UH Student Health Center and H-E-B to provide the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine (J&J) to our international students on August 16, 2021, from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. in the Houston Room, Student Center South. If you plan to receive the vaccine on-campus, please arrive in the U.S. at least 10 days prior to August 16, 2021, so that you can follow the UH Travel Guidelines and receive the written approval to come to the campus.
Students traveling from international destinations to the University of Houston must follow the Travel Guidelines and complete the form Request to Return to Campus and receive written approval. If you have a confirmed contract with Student Housing and Residential Life to reside on campus, please contact the Housing Office at housing@uh.edu or by office phone at 713-743-6000 to arrange for a space for your self-quarantine. For those students and scholars arriving from international destinations who are living off-campus, you will be responsible for providing your own self-quarantine accommodations.

International Student Check-In

All new and transfer international students are required to check-in through the International Student and Scholar Services Office (ISSSO). International Student Check-In is a federally mandated process that requires every international student to report to ISSSO and submit their immigration documents for review. Check-In should be completed as soon as possible AFTER arrival to the United States.

For more information on check-in procedures for Graduate and Professional Students view the Graduate and Professional Students Orientation Guide

For more information on check-in procedures for Undergraduate Students view the Undergraduate Students Orientation Guide

Check-In Forms:


UH Resources

The University of Houston is a large, decentralized institution. UH has several different offices that support our students in various capacities. In order to better serve you, our office recommends that you contact the office for which your question(s) most relate. Here are some of those resources:

International Student Orientation go_intl@central.uh.edu
International Student Check-In isssohlp@central.uh.edu
On-campus housing Visit the UH Housing page to learn more.
Tuition bursar@uh.edu
International Health Insurance and Immunization Visit the UH Student Health Center page to learn more.
Pre-arrival immigration/visa questions isssohlp@central.uh.edu
Post-Arrival for Graduate and Professional Students View the Orientation Guide
Post-Arrival for Undergraduate Students View the Orientation Guide
Academic Record and Transcripts Visit the Office of the University Registrar to learn more.
Student Organizations Visit the Student Organizations page to learn more.
COVID-19 Travel Guidelines Visit UH COVID-19 page or coronavirus@uh.edu
Questions related to academic and course offerings should be directed to your academic department.