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International Student Orientation Program (ISOP)

As you prepare to join the University of Rochester community, it is important that you understand US immigration requirements 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 nonimmigrant status while in the United States, as well as other important details about life at the University and in Rochester. Your participation in ISOP is designed to coincide with your matriculation at UR, both before, during, and following your arrival at the University. 

As a reminder, all F-1 & J-1 international students with a new SEVIS document from UR must complete a mandatory Immigration Check-In with the ISO upon arrival in the United States!


International Student Preparation & Arrival Services

The International Services Office (ISO) is pleased to offer new UR international students helpful information about life in the U.S. and on-campus prior to arrival in Rochester!

ALL students will have access to our Pre-Arrival Orientation learning modules and will be invited to our mandatory Immigration and Compliance Workshop. More information will be made available via email and access links will be added shortly.

Additionally, specialized programs for Graduate and Undergraduate populations are offered in conjunction with UR academic programs and service offices. 

Required for All International Students

View additional information for COLLEGE Undergraduates

View additional information for Eastman Undergraduates

View additional information for Graduate Students and SON APNN Students*

These sessions will not replace the Orientation Programs offered by your respective schools and are designed to enhance the programs that your respective schools will be hosting throughout the summer and into the fall. 

*School of Nursing APNN students will be considered graduate students for the purpose of the ISO orientations and should follow the same requirements as graduate students.

For more details about each of these programs, please view the information below. 


Required for All International Students 


ISO's Pre-Arrival Materials, via Blackboard

Our office maintains a video series called TIPS On-Demand: Tools for Immigration and Preparation Support to share relevant information specifically with incoming international students. This program is made available online prior to your scheduled arrival and engagement with designated content is required of ALL new international students sponsored by ISO. Since the details covered in TIPS On-Demand directly align with other ISO programming, we strongly encourage you to complete these online modules in advance of attending the scheduled ISOP Immigration & Compliance session (see below).

To access this online training, log into Blackboard (using your University NetID and password). Then, visit the ISO Pre-arrival Orientation organization under “My Organizations.” We hope these tools will be useful as you prepare for your arrival, and will monitor participation. If you encounter difficulties accessing Blackboard, please contact your admitting department/school.


ISOP Immigration and Compliance Orientation: 1/5/2023

Thursday, January 5th
8:30am to 10am (Eastern)
Presentation Recording  |  Q&A Recording  |  Presentation Slides

The ISO will be hosting a mandatory Immigration and Compliance webinar required for ALL graduate and undergraduate students.  The webinar will provide all international students with information about how to stay in compliance with F and J visa regulations while studying and working in the United States.  The session will be recorded, but you are required to attend. ISO will deliver all ISOP Orientation Meetings virtually. Register for ISO Orientation


F-2 and J-2 dependents are welcome to attend the scheduled ISO Orientation meeting. Spouses are advised to review the dependent information we have online, and reach out to ISO for any clarification or advising:



GRADUATE Orientation and Arrival Services


ISOP Pre-Arrival Orientation for International Graduate Students: 11/29/2022

Tuesday, November 29th
8:30am to 10am (Eastern)
Presentation Recording  |  Q&A Recording  |  Presentation Slides

The ISO will be hosting an optional Pre-Arrival Orientation session for international graduate students. In this orientation, we will include important information involving housing, insurance, and health and wellness. This event is designed for graduate students of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering in The College and all incoming international graduate students. Register for Graduate Student Pre-Arrival Orientation


Arts, Sciences, & Engineering (AS&E) Graduate Students will also have additional orientation sessions with their departments and the AS&E Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs (GEPA) Office. Please check your university email addresses for additional orientation details. View upcoming AS&E GEPA orientation information here




UNDERGRADUATE Orientation and Arrival Services


COLLEGE Undergraduates are also required to complete the New Student Checklist as part of their Rochester Ready online orientation program, ahead of their arrival to campus for Spring Welcome Week in January. Some items on the New Student Checklist can be accessed via Blackboard, in the Rochester Ready: Spring 2023 organization. If you have questions, please contact the Office of Orientation and First-Year Programs at

EASTMAN Undergraduates will be able to view all information regarding required enrollment documentation via their Slate applicant portal.



Contact Us

The Orientation portion of our website will continue to be updated with events and additional opportunities for engagement.  Check back regularly for updates.

Congratulations you on your admission to the University and we look forward to welcoming you to campus! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at