The University of Iowa

Important Arrival and Orientation Dates

Orientation attendance is required of all new and transfer students.  Detailed orientation schedules are available in the Pre-Arrival Checklist via the iHawk system 30 days before orientation begins.

Summer 2021 Orientation 

Undergraduate and Graduate/Professional Students Combined
May 9, 2021: Earliest date you may enter the U.S. in F-1 or J-1 status
June 8, 2021: Date by which you should arrive in Iowa City 
June 9-11, 2021: International Student Orientation ONLINE
June 14, 2021: Classes begin

 

Dental Students
May 30, 2021: Earliest date you may enter the U.S. in F-1 or J-1 status
June 28, 2021: Date by which you should arrive in Iowa City 
June 29, 2021: International Student Orientation 

 

Fall 2021 Orientation

Graduate/Professional Students
July 9, 2021:  Earliest date you may enter the U.S. in F-1 or J-1 status
August 8, 2021: Date by which you should arrive in Iowa City
August 9-13, 2021: International Student Orientation
August 23, 2021: Classes begin

 

Undergraduate Students
July 16, 2021: Earliest date you may enter the U.S. in F-1 or J-1 status
August 14, 2021: Residence halls open for new international students with residence hall contracts
August 15, 2021: Date by which you should arrive in Iowa City 
August 16-20, 2021: International Student Orientation
August 18-22, 2021: On Iowa! 
August 23, 2021: Classes begin

 

Spring 2022 Orientation

Undergraduate and Graduate/Professional Students Combined
December 10, 2021: Earliest date you may enter the U.S. in F-1 or J-1 status
January 9, 2022: Date by which you should arrive in Iowa City if you will be studying on campus
January 10-14, 2022: International Student Orientation
January 18, 2022: Classes begin