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 2020 Orientation

Undergraduate and Graduate/Professional Students Combined
May 10 - Earliest date you may enter the U.S. in F-1 or J-1 status
June 9 - Date by which you should arrive in Iowa City 
June 10-12 - International Student Orientation
June 15 - Classes begin

 

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

 

Fall 2020 Orientation - ONLINE

Graduate/Professional Students
July 10 - Earliest date you may enter the U.S. in F-1 or J-1 status
August 7 - English Proficiency Examination (EPE) - Mandatory Practice Session ONLINE*
August 9 - Date by which you should arrive in Iowa City
August 10 - English Proficiency Examination (EPE) ONLINE*
August 11-14 - International Student Orientation
August 24 - Classes begin

* Specific times will be sent to UIOWA email to all students required to take EPE.

Undergraduate Students
July 17 - Earliest date you may enter the U.S. in F-1 or J-1 status
August 7 - English Proficiency Examination (EPE) - Mandatory Practice Session ONLINE*
August 10 - English Proficiency Examination (EPE) ONLINE*
August 15 - Residence halls open for new international students with residence hall contracts
August 16 - Date by which you should arrive in Iowa City 
August 17-21 - International Student Orientation
August 21-23 - On Iowa! 
August 24 - Classes begin

* Specific times will be sent to UIOWA email to all students required to take EPE.

Spring 2021 Orientation

Undergraduate and Graduate/Professional Students Combined
December 11 - Earliest date you may enter the U.S. in F-1 or J-1 status
January 10 - Date by which you should arrive in Iowa City 
January 11-15 - International Student Orientation
January 19 - Classes begin