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 $120 fee for the test will be added to your first University bill.
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, a portion of which is shared with ISSS to cover the costs of orientation.
All enrolled students on a University of Iowa I-20 or DS-2019 are also assessed the International Student Fee every semester in which they are registered. Currently the fee is $70 for each fall and spring semester, and $35 if registered for the summer. Please note that effective August 26, 2013 the International Student Fee will not be refunded if a student is registered as of the first day of a semester, even if the student later withdraws or notifies ISSS of a change of status. Currently the fee appears on the second U-Bill of each semester. The amount of the fee is included in the estimated expenses put on a student's I-20 or DS-2019.
The fee has been in place since 2000-01, and is used exclusively by International Student and Scholar Services to cover the cost of staffing, fees, and licenses required to provide immigration services and support for those on an international student visa. It is also used to provide ISSS programs and workshops to promote intercultural learning, adjustment, and internationalization for students, staff, and faculty. ISSS sees around 10,000 walk-in visits/year, and processes over 7000 e-forms within the same period.
Student fee money is not used to support activities for J-1 scholars. A separate fee exists for those coming to the university in a J-1 scholar category for teaching, research, or observation (i.e. non-student) purposes.
Questions About Orientation
Questions on orientation should be addressed to International Student and Scholar Services, telephone 319-335-0335 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.