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 highly recommended for all international students. By completing International Student Orientation, you can discover campus resources, learn more about studying at a U.S. university, how to register for classes and important information as a new UT Dallas student. Additionally, you will be able to engage in events both virtually and on campus to help you transition to UTD.

Please note: For questions regarding enrollment options in the event of travel restrictions, please contact your graduate or undergraduate program advisor.

International Student Orientation will be offered online and is composed of three main sections:

  • Pre-Arrival Modules: Available throughout the fall 2020 semester
  • Orientation Modules: Available throughout the fall 2020 semester
  • Live and recorded sessions: Please see below for a list of sessions available

Before starting International Student Orientation, students should complete the Pre-Arrival modules. These modules are highly recommended for all international students and include information and resources that will be helpful prior to your arrival in the U.S. and to your arrival on campus.

To Access Pre-Arrival Modules:

  1. Navigate to eLearning. Note: It is recommended you use Google Chrome or Firefox as your internet browser.
  2. Login to eLearning with your Net-ID and password.
  3. If you have yet not created your UT Dallas Net ID and password, do so at the Net ID website.
  4. Under My Organizations, find and click on Pre-Arrival Modules for International Students.
  5. There are two folders on the Homepage. Click on Pre-Arrival Modules to begin your modules. Click on Additional Resources to see other helpful information for new students.

To Access Orientation Modules:

  1. Navigate to eLearning. Note: It is recommended you use Google Chrome or Firefox as your internet browser.
  2. Login to eLearning with your Net-ID and password.
  3. If you have yet not created your UT Dallas Net ID and password, do so at the Net ID website.
  4. Under My Organizations, find and click on Online International Student Orientation
  5. Click on International Student Orientation to begin your orientation.

To access live and recorded sessions:

Students can participate in live information sessions to learn about a variety of important topics that will be useful during their first semester at UTD. All sessions will be recorded and posted on YouTube after each event.

All live sessions will be conducted in Microsoft Teams Microsoft Teams.

Downloading Microsoft Teams to your desktop or laptop computer will provide the fastest access to the sessions but is not required, as the events can be watched in your internet browser. The Microsoft Teams app is needed if you are joining from a mobile device.

All audience members will be muted when entering the meeting and will have the opportunity to pose questions in writing via the "Q&A" function on the right side of the screen. Live closed captioning is available to all attendees. Please look for the CC button when you join the meeting.

If you have questions related to technical issues you encounter during the event, please call the UT Dallas Help Desk at 972-883-2911.

All times listed below are in Central Standard Time (CST). You can use a World Clock Converter to find the exact time in your location.

  •   Tuesday, June 30 8:30 a.m.
  • Introduction to Intercultural Programs
  • Meet the Intercultural Programs (ICP) team! Learn about the services the ICP office can provide to you as a new student and find out how you can participate in events and activities.
  •   Thursday, July 2 8:30 a.m.
  • Paying Your Tuition and Fees
  • This session will provide detailed information regarding making a tuition plan selection, payment plan options, in-state waivers, and a variety of Bursar related functions. We will answer numerous frequently asked questions, specifically related to our International Student population, while providing a list of suggested action items.
  •   Tuesday, July 7 8:30 a.m.
  • Virtual Learning at UTD
  • Hear from academic staff from the Jindal School of Management and Computer Science to find out what resources are available to students studying online and how to succeed when studying virtually.
  •   Thursday, July 9 8:30 a.m.
  • Adjusting to Life at UT Dallas
  • Get recommendations from students and staff about what it's like to study in the U.S. and what to expect as a student at UTD.
  •   Tuesday, July 14 8:30 a.m.
  • Indian Student Association Orientation (ISA)
  • Learn about the ISA organization, their services, events and activities through the year. They’ll offer helpful tips on how to succeed as an international student and practical information on available resources.
  •   Thursday, July 16 8:30 a.m.
  • Staying Healthy at UTD
  • Hear from the Student Counseling Center, the Student Wellness Center, and the Activity Center for information regarding common adjustments for international college students and what you can do to prioritize your health.
  •   Thursday, July 23 8:30 a.m.
  • Getting Involved on Campus
  • The Student Organization Center and Student Union Activities and Advisory Board will take you through an interactive journey to getting involved on campus! Join a student organization, get connected to the campus, make new friends, explore new areas of involvement; the opportunities are endless!
  •   Tuesday, July 28 8:30 a.m.
  • UTD Big Howdy
  • UTD Big Howdy is a volunteer organization that is dedicated to helping international students at UTD. Find out about their services and resources that you can use as a UTD student!
  •   Thursday, July 30 8:30 a.m.
  • Paying Your Tuition and Fees
  • This session will provide detailed information regarding making a tuition plan selection, payment plan options, in-state waivers, and a variety of Bursar related functions. We will answer numerous frequently asked questions, specifically related to our International Student population, while providing a list of suggested action items.
  •   Tuesday, Aug. 4 8:30 a.m.
  • Virtual Learning at UTD
  • Hear from academic staff from the Jindal School of Management and Computer Science to find out what resources are available to students studying online and how to succeed when studying virtually.
  •   Thursday, Aug. 6 8:30 a.m.
  • Adjusting to Life at UT Dallas
  • Get recommendations from students and staff about what it's like to study in the U.S. and what to expect as a student at UTD.
  •   Tuesday, Aug. 11 8:30 a.m.
  • Indian Student Association Orientation (ISA)
  • Learn about the ISA organization, their services, events and activities through the year. They’ll offer helpful tips on how to succeed as an international student and practical information on available resources.
  •   Thursday, Aug. 13 8:30 a.m.
  • UTD Big Howdy
  • UTD Big Howdy is a volunteer organization that is dedicated to helping international students at UTD. Find out about their services and resources that you can use as a UTD student!

Please contact [email protected] for questions regarding International Student Orientation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I required to register to get access to the International Student Orientation?

You do not need to register for the International Student Orientation resources. Follow the instructions listed above to access the modules and the live sessions when they are available.

I am a student enrolling for summer 2020, is orientation also available?

Online International Student Orientation and Pre-Arrival modules are already available for summer 2020 students, please follow the instructions listed above. However, these modules will be updated on the dates listed above to reflect new information regarding university policies. Additionally, you will be able to participate in the live sessions that will be available during the summer.

How long will I have access to International Student Orientation?

The International Student Orientation modules and the Pre-Arrival modules will be available for you to reference during the entire fall 2020 semester.

How long will it take to complete International Student Orientation?

Pre-arrival modules: 30 to 40 minutes
Orientation modules: 45 to 60 minutes
Live sessions: 45 minutes per session

How much does International Student Orientation cost?

The International Student Orientation fee for Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 will be waived.

Is the Tuberculosis Test (TB test) and Meningitis Vaccination required?

The TB test is mandatory. However, students studying online and not in the U.S. will take their TB test when they arrive in the U.S. Contact the Student Health Center for any questions regarding the TB test requirement and scheduling an appointment. To learn more about the TB requirement, view the Student Health Center immunizations webpage.

All students that are under the age of 22 are required to receive the meningitis vaccination. Students studying online and not in the U.S. may complete and sign Bacterial Meningitis Online Enrollment Only Exemption Request. For questions regarding this requirement, please contact the Office of the Registrar.

Do I need health insurance?

Health insurance is required for all F-1, F-2, J-1, and J-2 international students. You can find more information on the Student Health Insurance webpage. Students studying online and not in the U.S. can apply for a waiver of the Student Health Insurance by emailing [email protected].

What is a hold and how can I remove it?

Holds on your student account prevent you from registering for classes. To view all holds on your account, use your Net-ID and Password to login to Galaxy. In your "Orion Student Center" you can click on "Holds" and view all existing holds on your account. If you click on each individual hold, you can get more information about which department has put the hold on your account and why. The department that puts your hold on is the only department that can take the hold off.

I am starting my studies at UTD in summer/fall 2020 and I still have an International Student Orientation hold.

The International Student Orientation hold has been removed from student accounts. If you still have the International Student Orientation hold, please email [email protected] for assistance.

When do I have to pay for fall Tuition?

You will receive a tuition and fee bill after registering for classes. For more information regarding tuition and fees please visit the Bursar Office webpage. For information about payment deadlines view the Academic Calendar.