Graduate Orientation

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Mandatory Events for New International Students


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

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

More information will be forthcoming from our office. Please continue to check your email for further updates.

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SPEAK Test for Graduate Students

Graduate 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)



See the calendar for International Student Orientation dates.

Document Check-in is MANDATORY for all international students.

If you have a J-1 visa:
To check in your documents, you will need to bring originals of the following:

  • A completed International Student Personal Record Form
  • Your passport picture page with validity dates
  • Your J-1 visa
  • Your DS-2019
  • Your I-94 print-out (AFTER you enter the United States, you must visit the DHS CBP I-94 website to print out your I-94).
  • Your passport page stamp that shows your most recent date of entry into the United States
  • Your local contact information and emergency contact information (One emergency contact should be a family member or legal guardian)
  • If you have a J-2 dependent, you will also need to bring copies of their pertinent information (DS-2019, passport, J-2 visa and I-94 card print-out) and a completed dependent record form

If you have an F-1 visa:
To check in your documents, you will need to bring originals of the following:

     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.

Graduate Tests for New Teaching Assistants

If you’ve been nominated to be a teaching assistant and your native language is not English, you must take the spoken English SPEAK Test.

Sign up for the SPEAK Test with Karen Smith of Graduate Division at 

Contact UCR Extension for test fees.

Important Graduate Student Dates

Date   Time   Location   Event
Wednesday, September 13, 2017           On-campus Housing Move-In; Medical Insurance Begins
Thursday, September 14, 2017   Check-In at 8:30AM   Highlander Union Building (HUB) Room 302   Mandatory International Student Orientation for PhD Students
Friday, September 15, 2017   Check-In at 8:30AM   Highlander Union Building (HUB) Room 302   Mandatory International Student Orientation for Masters Students
Saturday and Sunday, September 16 & 17, 2017           Shuttles and Acticities (grocery store, essential needs shopping, bank accounts, cell phones, etc.)
Thursday, September 21, 2017           Trips and activities (tours, hikes, library, workshops, outings, peer mentors)
Thursday, September 21, 2017           First Day of Instruction

Monday, September 25, 207


 AM Orientation: 
11:00AM - 12:30PM

PM Orientation:
1:30PM - 3:00PM

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Graduate Division Orientation for Graduate Students



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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