International Student Orientation - Intercultural Programs - The University of Texas at Dallas

International Student Orientation

Congratulations on your admission to UTD! International Student Orientation provides valuable information to ease your transition to university life.

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.

Upcoming International Student Orientation Dates

  • December 18, 2019
  • January 8, 2020

Registration will open in late October.

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 U.S. 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 two 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.

Pre-arrival modules for students entering spring 2020 will be available in early November.

Graduate/Exchange Students

As a graduate or exchange student, you will attend a regularly scheduled International Student Orientation. At this orientation you will learn information about maintaining your visa status, health insurance, American culture and more.

During fall, exchange students will have an additional orientation session on day two of International Student Orientation. For questions, contact Education Abroad at [email protected]

Undergraduate Students

Freshman (First-year undergraduate student)

International undergraduate freshman students are strongly encouraged to attend Freshman Orientation . A special meeting at these orientations will fulfill your International Student Orientation requirement. Check your Freshman 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. For questions regarding Freshman Orientation, please email [email protected].

Transferring my SEVIS record from another U.S. college or university

Undergraduate transfer students are encouraged to attend Transfer Student Orientation. A special meeting at this orientation will fulfill your International Student Orientation requirement. For questions regarding Transfer Student Orientation, email [email protected].

*Note: International transfer students planning to arrive after December 5 are required to attend International Student Orientation. Please plan accordingly.

Changing Status to F-1

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.

Orientation

During International Student Orientation you can discover campus resources, learn more about studying at a U.S. university, learn how to register for classes and maintain your status as an international student.

International Student Orientation starts promptly at 9 a.m. and will end around 2 p.m. All students should be checked in no later than 8:45 a.m.

Please note, students cannot miss more than 15 minutes of International Student Orientation. We recommend that students plan flights, transportation or other details accordingly.

If you have successfully submitted the online form, your request has been received. You will receive a confirmation email with details about International Student Orientation three weeks before your International Student Orientation date and two more times prior to your chosen session.

Policies

  • Check your email for an orientation reminder two weeks prior to your orientation date. If you have not received an email reminder two days before your orientation date, please contact our department.
  • To change your orientation date, resubmit the online form for your desired date. Only your most recent form submission 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are Pre-Arrival Modules?

Pre-arrival modules are online videos that you will watch prior to your arrival that will help you prepare for life in the United States and your transition to UT Dallas. The pre-arrival modules are most helpful when completed soon after admission to UT Dallas.

These modules are required for all F-1 and J-1, new, overseas students. For these students, the International Student Orientation hold will be removed only after successful completion of the pre-arrival modules and attending International Student Orientation.

Please note, pre-arrival modules for spring 2020 students will be available in early November.

How do I access the Pre-Arrival Modules?

You will only be able to access the pre-arrival modules once you have accepted your admission to UT Dallas. Please wait about one week after accepting your admission for eLearning access to appear.

Access the modules via eLearning by logging in using your NetID and password. In your eLearning homepage under “My Organizations,” click on “Pre-Arrival Modules for International Students.” If you have issues setting up your NetID and password, contact the Help Desk at [email protected]. If you have issues accessing the pre-arrival modules, email [email protected].

What is the agenda of International Student Orientation?

International Student Orientation starts promptly at 9 a.m. and will end around 2 p.m. All students should be checked in no later than 8:45 a.m.

*Please note, all students who submit a request for International Student Orientation will receive a confirmation e-mail with details about International Student Orientation three weeks, one week and one day prior to your chosen date.

Do I need to take my TB test before attending International Student Orientation?

The International Student Orientation hold and TB test hold are two different holds, handled by different departments. You are not required to take your TB test before attending International Student Orientation. To learn more about the TB requirement, view the Student Health Center immunizations webpage.

How do I confirm my International Student Orientation date?

If you have successfully submitted the online form, you will receive a confirmation email, with details about International Student Orientation. Before your International Student Orientation date, you will receive another reminder email with further information.

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.

How much does International Student Orientation cost?

The International Student Orientation fee is $50. The fee is charged along with your tuition and other fees, which will appear once you register for classes.

How do I get to campus?

Review the Travel Guide to UT Dallas for information regarding nearby airports and modes of transportation to campus.

What do I need to do before International Student Orientation?

Review the New International Student Checklist for a list of items which need to be completed before arrival to the U.S., and after arrival.

What do I need to bring to International Student Orientation?

Bring your passport to check in. If you have any questions regarding admissions documents, contact the Office of Admission and Enrollment at [email protected].