Orientation Overview

Attendance at Orientation is Required

Please note that attendance is expected at all orientation sessions. If you do not attend required sessions, a registration hold will be placed on your record for the following semester.


What to Bring to Orientation Check-in

  • Your passport
  • Your I-20 (for F-1 students) or DS-2019 (for J-1 students) and all forms from prior institutions
  • Any other immigration documents received for dependents in F-2 or J-2 status.

English Proficiency Evaluation

If you are required to sit for an English Proficiency Evaluation, one will be scheduled for you. The $30 fee for the test will be added to your first University bill.

Orientation Fee

All new undergraduate international students are assessed a $120 orientation fee by International Student and Scholar Services.  All graduate international students are charged a fee of $250 by the Graduate College.    All international students attending on an F-1 or J-1 visa will also be charged the International Student Fee, which is currently $70 each fall or spring semester and $35 if enrolled in the summer session.  Orientation and the International Student fees may not appear until the second U-Bill. Please note that the International Student Fee is not refundable if a student is enrolled as of the first day of the semester, even if the student later withdraws registration.

Questions About Orientation

Questions on orientation should be addressed to International Student and Scholar Services, telephone 319-335-0335 or email isss-orientation@uiowa.edu.