The University of Iowa

Orientation Overview

We're looking forward to seeing you!

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

Orientation Tile in MyUI 

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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 January 10-14, 2022. At this appointment your academic advisor will help you plan and register for your spring 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.

Spring 2022: International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) will be hosting Spring 2022 International Student Orientation January 10-14, 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! 

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 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.  

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 2025 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!

Graduate and Professional Students

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. 

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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.

Spring 2022: IInternational Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) will be hosting Spring 2022 International Student Orientation January 10-14, 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! 

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.