International Student Orientation

Congratulations on your admission to UTD! International Student Orientation provides valuable information to ease your transition to UT Dallas. During International Student Orientation you can discover campus resources, learn more about studying at a US university, and learn how to register for classes, and maintain your status as an international student.

International Student Orientation is required for all F-1 and J-1 visa holders and exchange students 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. All students who attend International Student Orientation will be charged a $50 International Student Orientation fee, which will be billed along with your tuition and fees.

International Student Orientation Dates - Summer 2019

  • Wednesday, May 15, 2019
  • Wednesday, May 22, 2019

*International Student Orientation registration will open in late March

International Student Orientation Dates - Fall 2019

  • Tuesday, July 30 - Wednesday, July 31, 2019
  • Tuesday, August 6 - Wednesday, August 7, 2019
  • Tuesday, August 13 - Wednesday, August 14, 2019

*International Student Orientation registration will open in mid-April

Pre-Arrival Modules

Before attending International Student Orientation, students should complete the Pre-Arrival Modules. These modules are required for all new, F-1 and J-1 international students. If you are transferring from another US institution, or you a current UTD student these modules are available to you as a resource, but you are not required to complete them.

After you accept your offer of admission, it can take up to 2 weeks before you have access to the Pre-Arrival Modules in eLearning. You will receive an email from the Intercultural Programs Office with instructions once you have been given access.

I am...

A Graduate or Exchange student

An Undergraduate student

Changing my status to F-1

International Student Orientation FAQs

  • What is the agenda of International Student Orientation?
    • Summer International Student Orientation starts promptly at 9:00am and will end around 2:00pm. All students should be checked in no later than 8:45am.
    • Fall 2019 International Student Orientation occurs over 2 days, with both days mandatory. Day 1 starts promptly at 9:00am and will end around 2:00pm. All students should be checked in no later than 8:45am. Day 2 starts promptly at 9:00am and offers several different session each hour that students may choose to attend based on their interest. These sessions offer topics such as OPT/CPT information, finding on-campus jobs, and more.
    • *Please note, students cannot miss more than 15 minutes of International Student Orientation. We recommend that students plan flights, transportation, or other details accordingly.

  • How do I confirm my International Student Orientation date?
    • If you have successfully submitted the online form, your registration has been received. You will receive a confirmation email, with details about International Student Orientation, 3 weeks before your International Student Orientation date and 2 more times prior to your chosen session.
  • How do I change my International Student Orientation date?
    • Resubmit the online registration form. Only your most recent submission will be taken into account
    • *Please note, you will only be charged the International Student Orientation fee if you attend the session.

Other questions?

View our Frequently Asked Questions page, or email us at [email protected]

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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 15 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.