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Mandatory Events for New Freshmen International Students

Our office is excited to begin welcoming the new Fall 2017 students!

Freshmen: Our office asks that you view the pre-departure slides before your arrival!

More information about arrival and international student orientation will be forthcoming from our office. Please continue to check your email for further updates. To register for orientation, please click here:
International Student Orientation - Fall 2017* 
8:30am Check In
9:00am Start 
5:00pm End
*Details are subject to change. Check your email often. 

We look forward to meeting you!     

Freshmen Students

International Student Orientation

Our International Student Orientation is MANDATORY for all students in F-1 and J-1 status. You must attend the full orientation (do not arrive late or leave early). If you have a different visa (E, H, L, etc.) you are encouraged, but not required, to attend.

You will learn about:

  • UCR services and student organizations
  • Maintaining your immigration status
  • Health and safety procedures
  • General class registration procedures
  • Intercultural adjustment
  • Your fellow international students and our international peer advisors (IPAs)



International Student Orientation is at the ISRC during the winter and spring. Please check your welcome email for specific location, as it is subject to change.

Parking is free in the parking structure at the back of the lot in University Village. You can also park in the main University Village parking lot in front of the movie theater, in which case you may be required to take a ticket from the gate. If this happens, please bring the ticket in with you so we can validate it. Sometimes no ticket is required. Please note that we can only validate your ticket for 2 hours of time, and any time after that would be required for you to pay.

Document Check-in is MANDATORY for all international students .

Please bring originals of the following with you to orientation:

     Required: The International Student Personal Record Form.
     Required: I-94 arrival record (Your I-94 arrival record may be found here, please do not print it out until AFTER your arrival.)
     Required: Entry visa stamp.
     Required: Passport.
     Required: Page 1 & 3 of UCR I-20/DS-2019.*
     Required: Page 1 & 3 of any previous I-20s/DS-2019s.* (if you’ve transferred your record in active status)
     If applicable: Copy of I-797 approval notice for change of status in the U.S.

AWPE and MAE: The Analytical Writing Placement Examination (AWPE) and Mathematical Analytical Exam (MAE) are placement exams for incoming students. Please contact your academic advisor to determine if you need to take these tests.

Important Freshmen Student Dates

Date   Time   Location   Event
Wednesday, September 13, 2017          

All international students arrive

On-campus Housing Move-in; Medical Insurance Begins

Thursday, September 14, 2017  




INTN 1020


Orientation for PhD students

Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE)

Friday, September 15, 2017  






HUB 302



Mathematics Advisory Exam (MAE)

Orientation for Masters students 

Undergraduate student activities

Saturday and Sunday, September 16 & 17, 2017          

Shuttles and Activities (grocery store, essential needs shopping, ban accounts, cell phones, etc.)

Monday, September 18, 2017          

Required Lecture for Freshmen CHASS (College of Humanities, Arts & Social Science) Students

Graduate Division Orientation for Graduate Students

Tuesday, September 19, 2017       HUB 302  

Undergraduate First Year Orientation

Wednesday, September 20, 2017        HUB 302   Undergraduate Transfer Orientation
Thursday, September 21, 2017          

First Day of Instruction 

EAP Reciprocity Meeting

Trips and activities (tours, hikes, library, workshops, outings,
peer mentors)

Read Your Emails

Please read every ISS and UCR email! Critical visa, SEVIS and class information is included. If you do not get a ISS welcome email, contact us.

Check Often

International Student Orientation details may change. Please check this page often and read your emails for updated information.




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