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Orientation attendance is required for all international students.


Students will learn about their legal obligations as a nonimmigrant student in the U.S. and other important information related to being a student at UMD.  

There are two components to ISS orientation: an online course that students should complete prior to arriving in the United States, and an "in-person" orientation.  Due to COVID-19 the in-person part of orientation will be offered on Zoom.  We hope that even though orientation will be virtual this year that it will still be a chance for you to build connections with ISS and each other. 

All international students have a hold on their student record that will not be released until they have completed both the online course and Zoom part of orientation. Students who fail to complete these requirements will not be able to register for classes in the future.

Please bring the following documents with you to orientation:

    • Passport and visa stamp
    • I-20 or DS-2019
    • I-94
    • Previous school's I-20 or DS-2019 (if you attended another school in the U.S.)
    • University of Minnesota ID number (on your admission letter)

Spring 2021 Orientation

UMD will offer a hybrid model for courses in the spring due to COVID-19.   New international students who are able to make it into the US and to campus this spring will be expected to attend mandatory international student orientation on the following dates: 

New International Undergraduates:  Monday, January 11 through Tuesday, January 12, (times TBA) via Zoom (we will email you the link)

New International Graduates:  Monday, January 11 through Tuesday, January 12, (times TBA) via Zoom (we will email you the link)

We have changed the format of our orientation to adhere to COVID-19 safety recommendations.  Normally we would meet together in person, but this spring orientation will be likely held online via Zoom (we will be online together with you at the same time).  We will send additional information out about this soon.  We look forward to meeting you!

Please contact ISS with questions.