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
All scheduled International Student Orientation sessions for Spring 2020 students are complete. If you need to schedule an International Student Orientation session, or have questions, please contact [email protected].
International Student Orientation for students entering UTD in Summer 2020 will be held on:
- May 13, 2020
- May 20, 2020
International Student Orientation for students entering UTD in Fall 2020 will be held on:
July 28-29, 2020
August 4-5, 2020
August 11-12, 2020
Registration for Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 International Student Orientation will open in March 2020.
Please contact [email protected] for any questions regarding International Student Orientation
Before attending International Student Orientation, students should complete the pre-arrival modules. These modules are required for all international students. These modules include information and resources that will be helpful prior to your arrival in the U.S. and to your arrival on campus.
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.
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
Orientation. For questions, contact Education Abroad at [email protected]
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
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
- Attend any regularly scheduled International Student Orientation, hosted at the
beginning of each semester.
- Attend a Changing to F-1 Status Workshop, hosted monthly. Note: this option is only for
prospective) UTD students.
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 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
students plan flights, transportation or other details accordingly.
If you have successfully submitted the online form, your request has been received. You will receive
email with details about International Student Orientation after registering, and you also will receive reminders prior to your chosen session.
- Check your email after registering for specific details about your chosen session. You will receive reminders to ensure you have the most current information.
- To change your orientation date, resubmit the online form for your desired date. Only your
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
- 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 international 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
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 about 2 p.m. All students should be checked in no later than 8:45 a.m. Please check your UT Dallas email for specific details about your chosen session.
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
*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?
What do I need to do before International Student Orientation?
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].