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Campus Resources for Dependents

The University of Rochester welcomes you to our campus and community. There are many resources available to help you get settled and feel more at home during your stay here.

Please contact or visit the International Services Office (ISO) if you need assistance, information, or a friendly face!

ISO Dependent Check-In and Orientation

When you arrive in Rochester, please come to our office to complete an immigration check-in. Please bring your documents with you, including your passport and any documents issued to you by our office. We will photocopy them and make sure there were no problems when you entered the country. If you provide an email address, we will also include you on our mailing list for our Dependent Newsletter.

Although not mandatory, we encourage all dependents to attend an orientation session held by ISO. These sessions assist dependents in adjusting to life in Rochester by providing useful information and resources in an informal and welcoming environment.

University Identification Card

As a dependent, you are eligible to receive a University ID for a small fee. You will receive a letter when you check into ISO so that you can obtain a photo card from the University ID Office.

Advantages of having an ID include:

  • Access to the University shuttle system
  • Use of all University libraries and the River Campus media center

If you choose to purchase a membership at one of the University’s athletic complexes, your ID will also permit you access to those facilities.

Social Activities for Dependents

Sometimes the hardest part of meeting new people is knowing where to go. These social opportunities may be helpful as you start to get settled in Rochester.

University Groups and Associations

Depending on where you live or your relationship with the school, you may want to participate in other community activities available at the University, such as:

ISO English Conversation Skills

Our program allows you to meet other University community members and practice your English in an informal, relaxed setting. Classes are held several times during the year and typically run for 10 weeks each time. Contact us to learn more.

Rochester Global Connections (RGC)

This community-based volunteer organization provides services to international students and Department of State visitors in the Rochester area. RGC offers social programming throughout the year and the International Wives Group is designed for dependents.