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International Student Orientation Program (ISOP)

As you join the University of Rochester community, it is important that you feel prepared and understand the requirements of your U.S. immigration status and availability of campus services.  The International Student Orientation Program (ISOP) is designed to provide essential information on maintaining your valid F-1 or J-1 non-immigrant status while in the U.S. and other important details about life at the University and in Rochester.  Your ISOP will include two components:

1.  ISO’s Pre-Arrival Online Orientation

2.  ISO’s In-Person Orientation

Topics to be covered during ISOP include:

  • ISO services and programs for UR international students
  • Immigration regulations & requirements to maintain legal student status
  • Employment authorization options under F-1 & J-1 regulations
  • U.S. tax obligations and important legal concerns
  • Traveling within the U.S. and abroad
  • Cultural adjustment issues, student life, and classroom expectations
  • Social activities co-sponsored with Rochester Global Connections (RGC)

ISO’s Pre-Arrival Online Orientation

The ISO has developed the TIPS On-Demand: Tools for Immigration and Preparation Support program to share relevant information specifically with incoming international students.  TIPS On-Demand serves as ISO’s Pre-Arrival Orientation and is required of all new international students sponsored by ISO.

The details covered in this program directly contribute to the in-person orientation with ISO you will attend when you arrive in Rochester.  You must review this information in advance of your in-person ISOP!

To access this online training, please visit the ISO Pre-Arrival Orientation organization in Blackboard under “My Organizations.”  You may login to Blackboard at using your University NetID and password.

The staff at ISO hope that these tools will be useful for you and eagerly look forward to welcoming you to campus very soon!  

ISO’s In-Person Orientation

Attendance is mandatory for new international students throughout all UR divisions.  ISO’s in-person orientation is designed to supplement your online pre-arrival orientation and will provide opportunity to more critically think about and understand key aspects of maintaining your status during your studies at UR.  Please review the ISOP Summer/Fall 2016 schedule online for details about your meeting, and be sure to complete TIPS in advance!

Dependents: F-2 and J-2 dependents are welcome to attend ISOP.  Dependents will also be invited to join a special Dependent Orientation meeting to learn about their status and opportunities available to them in the Rochester area.

The ISO would like to congratulate you on your admission to the University and we are looking forward to welcoming you to campus!