New International Student Orientation will be held in-person on January 11, 2024, Student Center South Houston Room.
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
- Any international student who began enrollment remotely from abroad during the previous semester(s) and is entering the United States for the Spring 2024 Semester to be in-person at the university.
Frequently Asked Questions about International Student Orientation
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
- Maintaining F-1 Status Fillable
- Evacuation Plans Form Fillable
- Pre-Authorization to Release or Obtain Emergency Information Fillable
- Maintaining J-1 Status Fillable
- How to Upload International Student Check-in Documents
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 to which your question(s) most relate. Here are some of those resources:
|International Student Orientationemail@example.com|
|International Student Check-Infirstname.lastname@example.org|
|On-campus housing||Visit the UH Housing page to learn more.|
|International Health Insurance and Immunization||Visit the UH Student Health Center page to learn more.|
|Pre-arrival immigration/visa email@example.com|
|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 the UH COVID-19 page or firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Questions related to academic and course offerings should be directed to your academic department.|