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International Student Orientation

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Mandatory for all new International Students

The International Student and Scholar Services provides orientation for all new international students and scholars at the U of U including graduates, undergraduates, exchange students and visiting scholars.

At orientation, you will learn about important resources available to you as a U student, have an opportunity to meet other local and international students, and discover Salt Lake City!

Summer 2019 Orientation Dates (choose one)

    • Friday, May 10

If you have an unavoidable conflict that prevents you from attending orientation on one of the days listed above, you may register for a make-up orientation day. Make-up orientation is a shortened, less comprehensive version of orientation, but it will still give you necessary information and fulfill the orientation requirement for your visa and our office. Please only register for a make-up orientation if you have a truly unavoidable situation that prevents you from coming to regular orientation. Make-up orientation will take place in Parlor A of the Union Building on the following days:

  • Friday, May 17 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Register for Orientation

Please log in to our Pre-Arrival Checklist through the link below to review pre-arrival information and to begin signing up for orientation sessions. Your Pre-Arrival Checklist and Orientation Session sign-ups will appear upon login.

To log in:

  1. Click on Pre-Arrival Information
  2. You will need:
    • Your University student ID number ID (uNID) 
    • Your birthdate
    • Your Limited Access PIN (This will be sent to your email address a month before orientation. If you did not receive your PIN please contact

Fall 2019 Orientation Dates

  • August 8, 9, 13, 14, 15 and 16 

More information on Fall 2019 orientation will be posted during the summer months. 

Important Reminders

  1. All new international students are advised to arrive at the University of Utah on or before their selected orientation date.
  2. International Student Orientation is required for incoming international students. These mandatory sessions are required by U.S. law and the University of Utah. Failure to attend the International Student Orientation will result in a hold on your account, which will prevent you from registering for classes and can affect your immigration status.
  3. You must attend one entire day of orientation to fulfill the requirements. Students who arrive late or are absent for any portion of the orientation will receive a hold on their account, and other associated consequences may follow.
  4. You must register for International Student Orientation. If you do not register, we may not have space for you and you will not be able to attend.

Please note: All new international students must attend mandatory events during International Student Orientation, including freshman, transfer, graduate and exchange students. Other campus orientations do not replace the mandatory events. Failure to complete the required sessions during International Student Orientation and complete your Check-In will result in a “hold” being place on your student records.

International Student Orientation Summer 2019

Attending one full day of orientation is mandatory for all new international students. If you do not meet this requirement, you will receive a hold on your academic record.

Daily Schedule of Events 

  • Check-In and Light Breakfast 8:00 AM – 8:45 AM*

Saltair Room, A. Ray Olpin University Union 

  • Staff Welcome 9:00 AM – 9:15 AM

Saltair Room, A. Ray Olpin University Union 

  • Student Rights & Responsibilities 9:15 AM – 10:00 AM

Saltair Room, A. Ray Olpin University Union 

  • Immigration Presentation 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM

Saltair Room, A. Ray Olpin University Union 

  • American Classroom11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Saltair Room, A. Ray Olpin University Union  

  • Lunch 12:00 AM – 12:50 PM

Saltair Room, A. Ray Olpin University Union (Vegetarian option provided)

  • Break-out Sessions 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Various campus locations

Sessions will include:

The Marriott Library resource tour

Immigration Document Check-In**

Information Fair with local and campus vendors 

  • Check-out 3:30 PM

 *Check-in closes at 8:45 am. If you do not check in before this time, you will not be permitted to attend orientation that day. No exceptions will be made. Please plan your travel arrangements accordingly and give yourself extra time in case you get lost, encounter traffic delays, etc.

**Immigration Document Check-In. You must bring your immigration documents in order to attend orientation. If you come to orientation without your documents, you may be asked to attend another day. You must bring the following original documents:

  1. Passport (including your biographical page and visa stamp page)
  2. Your I-20 (if you’re on an F-1 visa) or DS-2019 (if you’re on a J-1 visa)
  3. I-94 immigration card (you may print from here


If you have questions about orientation, please read the FAQs tab or contact us at

Orientation FAQ | General FAQ


How do I register for Orientation?

Log in to our Pre-Arrival Checklist to review pre-arrival information and to sign up for orientation. You will need the Limited Access Pin to login. This information is sent to you by email from ISSS office.

Do I need to register for Orientation?

Yes, all students are required to register for orientation as we have limited space. If you come on a day you did not sign up for, you will be placed on the waitlist and will be admitted if we have an open spot. If we do not have enough space, students on waitlist will be asked to return on another day and repeat the process. All students are highly recommended to choose a date they can attend and register for orientation in advance.

Do I need to attend Orientation?

Yes. Your attendance is required by your F-1 student visa an d University policy. There are no exceptions.

Is Orientation mandatory?

Yes, the International Student Orientation is mandatory for all entering international students per US regulation. This includes freshman, returning students, transfer students, graduate students and exchange students. Make sure you attend the International Student Orientation, as other campus orientations do not replace the mandatory events.

What if I can’t get to Salt Lake City before Orientation?

There will be alternate sessions the first few weeks of the new semester. If you miss both the main orientation and the alternate orientation, you have not complied with the federal regulation or university policy. A hold will be placed on your student account and you will not be able to register for next semester classes unless you attend an orientation next semester. There are no exceptions so please plan your arrival accordingly. Please check here for alternate orientation dates.

What do we do at the Orientation?

International Student and Scholar Services will provide you information regarding your visa and immigration regulations, University of Utah policies, and will collect your immigration documents. International Student Ambassadors will be around to help you if you have any questions.

What is an International Student Ambassador?

International Student Ambassadors are students who have completed at least two (2) semesters at the University of Utah and will assist you during the International Student Orientation. They will wear bright red t-shirts, so feel free to ask them for help while you are here.

What should I bring to the Orientation?

Please see our Document Check-in section under the Schedule tab for more information. Bring all of your required documents as you will not be able to attend the orientation if you are missing any of the documents.



When will I receive my I-20?

If you have applied for admission to The University of Utah and have questions on your application, please check the Tracking File of the International Admissions Office. For more information, please go to the Questions on your Application page.

Do I need to take the ESL Writing Placement Exam?

The ESL Writing Placement Exam is for students who speak English as a second language and have NOT taken any writing courses at a US University before. This is a simple writing exam that only takes about 45 minutes to complete. University level writing courses are required for every major, so even if you are studying an area unrelated to writing you will need to complete this course requirement. Your TOEFL results will not cover this requirement.

Please note: if you have attended high school in the US and/or have completed a university level English writing course (such as ENGL 1010 or Advanced Placement courses in Literature or Writing) you may be better suited to the general Writing Placement Exam. Contact the Linguistics Department for more information.

  • If you completed 3 or more years at AND GRADUATED from a U.S. high school, you are given a Writing Placement Score for WRTG 1010 or 2010, so you would not need to do ESL essay (but it is optional if you want to take the test). A University College advisor can look up your WRTG placement score and discuss these options with you.              
  • If English is your first language and you have no Writing Placement score by virtue of the above: you need to write the writing Placement Essay for 1010-2010 at the Testing Center
    • If you have English/Writing transfer courses (NOT ESL COURSES) that have been accepted as equivalent to WRTG 1010 with minimum C- then you could proceed to 2010 without a placement essay.
  • Exchange students do not have to take either Accuplacer or ESL/WRTG placement essays UNLESS you want to take a math, ESL or Writing Dept. class and do not have the high school completion above or pertinent transfer work.

Contact the Linguistics Department for more information.

How do I apply for on-campus housing?

The University of Utah does not guarantee on-campus (dorm-style) housing for all students. If you wish to live on-campus, you should apply quickly as it fills up quite fast. Visit the Housing and Residential Education website for more information about the application process and how to get on a wait-list.

How do I apply for off-campus housing?

If you wish to live in off-campus housing, the Off-Campus Housing website may be a good place to start.

Can I be picked up from the airport?

You are expected to find transportation from the airport. For more information please go to the Arrival Information page.

When can I register for classes?

Students may register as soon as they have their Certificate of Admission from the University of Utah office of International Admissions.

How do I register for classes?

Please follow the guide: 

How do I access my University of Utah Identification (the uNID, UMail and UCard)?

Your University Network ID (uNID) & secure password uniquely identifies you on the campus network for various computing services. Everyone at the University of Utah receives a uNID. You were assigned your uNID when you were accepted to the University; you may find this number on the Admissions Statement mailed to you from the International Admissions Office. Your uNID is also known as your student identification number.

How do I access my UMail account?

UMail is the official form of communication at the University of Utah. International Student and Scholar Services as well as other on campus agencies, including your academic department and instructors will contact you by UMail. You were assigned your UMail account when you receive your uNID. If you don’t know how to access your University of Utah Umail account, please look at your Admission letter for more information or you may email the university’s IT desk at

What is my password?

To find out your password, visit the Campus Information System website.

What is a UCard and how do I get it?

The UCard is the official campus identification card (I.D. card) of The University of Utah and is used for library privileges, laboratory access, obtaining a bus or trax, and other campus activities. You must be registered for classes before you are able to obtain the UCard. U Cards are not available until you arrive on campus. Check the UCard website for office locations and other information.

Where can I find International student health insurance information?

You can find more information about University of Utah health insurance requirements at . If you have any questions regarding the requirements or would like more information, please contact Student Health Center.

If you have questions about orientation, please contact us at


Last Updated: 2/28/19