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International Student Orientation Program (ISOP)

As you join the University of Rochester community, it is important that you feel prepared by understanding the requirements of your US 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 nonimmigrant status while in the United States as well as other important details about life at the University and in Rochester.

The orientation, arranged by the International Services Office (ISO), includes two components:

1.  Pre-arrival online orientation

2.  In-person orientation meeting

During the orientation program, we will cover:

  • ISO services and programs for the University’s international students
  • Immigration regulations and requirements to maintain legal student status
  • Employment authorization options under F-1 and J-1 regulations
  • US tax obligations and important legal concerns
  • Traveling within the United States and abroad
  • Cultural adjustment issues, student life, and classroom expectations
  • Social activities co-sponsored with Rochester Global Connections

Pre-Arrival Online Orientation

Our office has developed a program called TIPS On-Demand: Tools for Immigration and Preparation Support to share relevant information specifically with incoming international students. This program serves as ISO’s pre-arrival orientation and completing it is required of all new international students sponsored by ISO.

The details covered in this program directly align with the ISO’s in-person orientation 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, 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 and look forward to welcoming you to campus soon!

In-Person Orientation Meeting

Attendance is mandatory for new international students throughout all University divisions. ISO’s in-person orientation meeting is designed to supplement your online pre-arrival orientation by providing opportunity to think more critically about and understand key aspects of maintaining your status during your studies at the University of Rochester.

Please review the ISOP 2020 Summer/Fall schedule for details about your meeting, and be sure to complete pre-arrival online orientation in advance!


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

Contact Us

ISO would like to congratulate 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.