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International Student Webinars & Welcome Events


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 Services Office Welcome Webinars are 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 these webinars is designed to coincide with your matriculation at UR, both before, during, and following your arrival at the University. We look forward to meeting you and supporting you on your way to become a University of Rochester international student!

ALL students should begin their process of preparing for their international travel by reading the Incoming International Students webpage on the ISO website.

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 Webinars

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!

While some of these webinars are for all international students, others are specifically for all graduate students. Please attend only the sessions relevant to you:

Webinars for all International Students

Webinars for Graduate Students Only

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. 



Webinars for All International Students 

ISO Welcome Webinars: 5/5/2023 OR 6/15/2023

Friday, May 5th OR Thursday, June 15th
9:00am to 10:15am (Eastern)
Presentation Recording  |  Q&A Recording  |  Presentation Slides

The ISO will be offering welcome webinars to introduce some ISO staff members, help plan your arrival, review key ISO requirements, and discuss possible scams you should know. These two webinars will have the same content, so you should only attend ONE session. Register for May 5 or Register for June 15


International Student Experience Webinar: 7/6/2023

Thursday, July 6th
9:00am to 10:30am (Eastern)
Presentation Recording  |  Q&A Recording  |  Presentation Slides

At this webinar, you will learn more about the experiences of international students at University of Rochester and learn all about the opportunities for student engagement with the ISO. The webinar will be followed by a Q&A session where incoming students can ask experienced international students many questions about their experiences. Register for International Student Experience Webinar


Student Employment and Social Security Webinar: 8/10/2023

Thursday, August 10th
9:00am to 10:15am (Eastern)
Presentation Recording  |  Q&A Recording  |  Presentation Slides

This presentation sponsored by the International Services Office and Student Employment Office provides international students with guidance on how to begin the process of searching for employment on campus and applying for a social security number once you have gained for-service employment. Register for ISO Student Employment and Social Security Webinar


Immigration Compliance Webinar: 8/28/2023

Monday, August 28th
9:00am to 10:15am (Eastern)
Presentation Recording  |  Q&A Recording  |  Q&A Transcription

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 Immigration and Compliance Webinar


Webinars for Graduate Students Only

Graduate Housing Webinars: 4/26/23 & 5/31/23

Wednesday, April 26th &
Wednesday, May 31st
9:00am to 10:15am (Eastern)
Presentation Recording  |  Q&A Recording  |  Presentation Slides

Rebecca Orton, the Assistant Director of Graduate, Family, and Off-Campus Housing, will be presenting a webinar on April 26 with more information on housing registration and a question and answer session on Wednesday, May 31st. Come learn about on-campus and off-campus housing options! These webinars is open to all graduate students. Register for 5/31 Webinar


Graduate Student Health Webinar: July 13

Thursday, July 13
9:00am to 10:30am (Eastern)
Presentation Recording  |  Q&A Recording  |  Presentation Slides

The ISO and AS&E GEPA Office will be hosting a webinar for graduate student health services including UHS, UCC (University Counseling Center), and the Disability Resource Office. Register for Health Webinar



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


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