International Student Orientation

International Student Orientation provides valuable information to ease your transition to UT Dallas. During International Student Orientation you can discover campus resources, fulfill your International Student Orientation requirement, and answer questions about registering for classes.

International Student Orientation is mandatory for F-1 and J-1 visa holders enrolling at UT Dallas for the first time. It is also required of students changing their visa status to F-1. Once you attend International Student Orientation and complete the mandatory Pre-Arrival Modules, your orientation registration hold will be removed.

  • Review the New Student Checklist of important assignments to complete, as you prepare to register for classes.
  • For questions about International Student Orientation or the items on the checklist, email [email protected]
  • For questions about your F-1 immigration status email [email protected]

Graduate & Exchange

International Student Orientation dates for Summer 2018 students are:

Wednesday, May 16

Monday, May 23

Registration for Summer 2018 International Student Orientation will open in early March.
Please note: Summer 2018 classes begin on Monday, May 23. Therefore, you may miss several days of classes if you choose to attend this date.

International Student Orientation dates for Fall 2018 students are:

Tuesday, July 31- Wednesday, August 1

Tuesday, August 7-Wednesday, August 8

Tuesday, August 14-Wednesday, August 15

Registration for Fall 2018 International Student Orientation will open at the end of March.

Email [email protected] with questions.


International undergraduate students are strongly encouraged to attend Freshman Orientation or Transfer Orientation. A special meeting at these orientations will fulfill your International Student Orientation requirement. Check your Freshman or Transfer Orientation agenda for timing and location of this meeting. If you are an Honors student, and are required to attend Honors Orientation, email [email protected] to discuss more about your orientation requirements.

Email [email protected] with questions.


Change of Status

International Student Orientation is required of all F-1 students their first semester at UT Dallas. If you have not attended an International Student Orientation previously, a hold will be added to your UT Dallas record once you apply for change of status. The hold prevents class registration, and can only be removed once the requirement is fulfilled.

There are two ways for change of status students to fulfill the International Student Orientation requirement:

    1. Attend any regularly scheduled International Student Orientation, hosted at the beginning of each semester.
    2. Attend a Changing to F-1 Status Workshop, hosted monthly. Note: this option is only for continuing (not prospective) UTD students.

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Policies of Orientation

  • Check your email for an “Orientation Reminder” two weeks prior to your orientation date.
  • To change your orientation date, resubmit the online form for your desired date. Only your most recent registration will be taken into account.
  • If a student is more than 20 minutes late checking in for orientation, they must attend the next scheduled session.
  • The $50 Orientation Fee is assessed along with a student’s tuition and fees.