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Orientation is a chance to get all the information you need to have a successful start at the University of Iowa.

Arrival and Orientation Dates

Be sure to see important arrival and orientation dates.

Questions about Orientation

Read our Frequently Asked Questions first. Questions about orientation should be addressed to International Student and Scholar Services email isss-orientation@uiowa.edu.

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Undergraduate Students

Fall 2022: International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) will be hosting Fall 2022 International Student Orientation August 15-19, 2022. All new international students will be participating in orientation. You will connect with other new students and receive the support you need to succeed through your orientation experience. We look forward to supporting your transition as you start your journey as a Hawkeye!

Success at Iowa Stage 1

Complete the Getting Started and Stage 1 (Plan) sections of the Success at Iowa course on Iowa Courses Online (ICON). The course is open August 1, 2021. Success at Iowa is a required course for all incoming students and will deliver content applicable to your transition and success at the University of Iowa in 5 stages. The course begins prior to your first semester and continues through the first 5 weeks of the semester. Once in ICON, make sure you are in the correct semester (Fall 2021) to locate the course.

Orientation Tile in MyUI

Orientation tile

Complete all of the action items in the Orientation Tile in MyUI. Your online orientation experience is tailored to you individually. You will learn more about the college you are admitted to at Iowa, specific programs you may have been accepted into (Honors, Advantage Iowa, etc.), as well as the tools you will use to be a successful student at Iowa. Login to MyUI with your HawkID and password and navigate to the tile labeled Orientation (the tiles are in alphabetical order) on the Home page. Follow the steps in the tile and complete all of the items through Academic Advising. You will complete the last section, called New Student Check-list after you register for classes with your advisor.

English Proficiency Evaluation (EPE)

General information about the English Proficiency Evaluation (EPE) and what results mean are on the University of Iowa (UI) ESL Programs website. If you are required to sit for an English Proficiency Evaluation, one will be scheduled for you. The $120 fee for the test will be added to your first University bill.

Orientation Advising and Course Registration

All new international students will meet with an academic advisor for their orientation advising appointment. The orientation advising appointment is part of orientation experience the week of August 15-19, 2022. At this appointment your academic advisor will help you plan and register for your fall semester schedule. You will receive more specific information about your orientation advising appointment by the start of orientation.

International Student Orientation

Goals

  • Support transition to student life and academics at the University of Iowa
  • Highlight cultural adjustment and immigration regulations to successfully maintain F-1/J-1 status
  • Connect new students with each other

Orientation Fee

All new undergraduate international students are assessed a $120 orientation fee by International Student and Scholar Services.

How to Participate in Orientation

Orientation Schedule

A full schedule of orientation events will be sent to your University of Iowa email account. Complete all the items on the Pre-Arrival Checklist in iHawk to receive your schedule. Attendance is expected at all orientation sessions.

Small Groups

You will be assigned to Small Group where you will connect with other new students, participate in activities, and ask questions to support your transition to the University of Iowa. Your Small Group Leaders are experienced current students who will facilitate your Small Group Meetings.

Orientation ICON Site

Resources and video recordings of orientation sessions will be posted in the International Student Orientation ICON site. ISSS will send an invitation email to your University of Iowa email account and you must accept the invitation to access the ICON site.

On Iowa!

Get your start as a Hawkeye at On Iowa!—a welcome and University community immersion event where all members of the Class of 2026 and new transfer students will:

  • Make friends with new and returning students,
  • Discover Hawkeye traditions and what it means to be a University of Iowa student,
  • Prepare to excel in your classes,
  • Explore activities and student organizations, and
  • Commit to The IOWA Challenge!

New students are expected to attend the On Iowa! small groups Monday, August 15 - Saturday, August 21. You will receive your small group assignment when you check-in to the On Iowa! program during move-in. New students moving in to the residence halls will receive On Iowa! materials at that time. New students living off-campus and new transfer students should check-in to On Iowa! in the Iowa Memorial Union.

On Iowa! will help you become familiar with the University of Iowa community and resources prior to the first day of classes. You’ll have opportunities to explore campus resources and the Iowa City community, think about your goals for the semester, and talk about what it means to thrive as a Hawkeye, both in-person and virtually.

During On Iowa!, you can participate in a variety of activities—including small group sessions, virtual late night programming, fitness classes, resource information sessions, scavenger hunts, a facts and folklore tour, and more!


Graduate and Professional Students

Fall 2022: International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) will be hosting Fall 2022 International Student Orientation August 8-12, 2022. All new international students will be participating in orientation. You will connect with other new students and receive the support you need to succeed through your orientation experience. We look forward to supporting your transition as you start your journey as a Hawkeye!

English Proficiency Evaluation (EPE)

General information about the English Proficiency Evaluation (EPE) and what results mean are on the University of Iowa (UI) ESL Programs website. If you are required to sit for an English Proficiency Evaluation, one will be scheduled for you. The $120 fee for the test will be added to your first University bill.

International Student Orientation

Goals

  • Support transition to student life and academics at the University of Iowa
  • Highlight cultural adjustment and immigration regulations to successfully maintain F-1/J-1 status
  • Connect new students with each other

Orientation Fee

All graduate and professional international students are charged a matriculation fee of $250.

How to Participate in Orientation

Orientation Schedule

AA full schedule of orientation events will be sent to your University of Iowa email account. Complete all the items on the Pre-Arrival Checklist in iHawk to receive your schedule. Attendance is expected at all orientation sessions.

Small Groups

You will be assigned to a Small Group where you will connect with other new students, participate in activities, and ask questions to support your transition to the University of Iowa. Your Small Group Leaders are experienced current students who will facilitate your Small Group Meetings.

Orientation ICON Site

Resources and video recordings of orientation sessions will be posted in the International Student Orientation ICON site. ISSS will send an invitation email to your University of Iowa email account and you must accept the invitation to access the ICON site.