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.

We look forward to meeting you!     

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  










University Lecture Hall (UNLH)


All International Students arrive

On-campus Housing Move-In; Medical Insurance Begins


Opening Ceremony - International Student Orientation

Thursday, September 14, 2017  

Check-In at





Highlander Union Building (HUB) Room 302


INTN 1020


Mandatory Orientation for international PhD Students


Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE)

Friday, September 15, 2017  

Check-In at






Highlander Union Building (HUB) Room 302


INTN 1020


HUB Plaza


Mandatory Orientation for international Master's Students


Mathematics Advisory Exam (MAE)*
Must Register in Advance


Ice Cream Social for all international students

Tuesday, September 19, 2017    8:30am    HUB 302   Undergraduate International Student Orientation (First-year students)
Wednesday, September 20, 2017     8:30am    HUB 302   Undergraduate International Trasnfer Student Orientation
Thursday, September 21, 2017  

 9:00am - 11:00am

11:00am - 2:00pm


 HUB 308

HUB 302


Deadline: Document Check-In

J-1 Student Check In

Reciprocity Student Meeting

Monday, September 25, 207


 AM Orientation: 
11:00AM - 12:30PM

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

   UNLH 1000  

Graduate Division's Graduate Student Orientation (Mandatory for all international 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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