International Orientation

The Office of International Student Services (ISS) provides a mandatory orientation program each semester. All new international students are expected to attend. The director, international peers, faculty and university service unit representatives, (i.e. Housing, Health Insurance, Health Services, Center for Teaching and Learning, Library, etc.) provide information and guidance to facilitate a smooth transition for new international students to the campus and community. Information is provided on academic, financial, personal, social, institutional, cross-cultural and governmental issues.


Check out the Pre-Arrival Information before departure.

These links can assist you with things you should know before you leave your home country to study in the United States:


Confirm your attendance – Do you plan to attend UIS?  Please use the following link to confirm your attendance and request transportation services from the Springfield, Illinois airport or train station to UIS:  Confirm Attendance Summer 2016 or Fall 2016

Please view the Campus Maps to familiarize yourself with the campus.  Driving directions to the campus, maps of each building, parking, and more are available on this site.


New international student Check-In takes place on Monday, August 15, 2016. There are NO EXCEPTIONS. Students MUST report to UIS that day.  We will provide complete details with the times and location in the near future.

You must arrive one hour prior to the session closure time to allow enough time to process your Check-In documents.  All new international students must Check-In.  You will need to bring copies of the following documents to Check-In:

  • Check-In Form
  • Form I-20
  • Passport and F-1 visa
  • Form I-94 (this is your Arrival/Departure record and can be printed AFTER you arrive in the U.S.)
  • yellow immunization booklet or completed immunization forms signed by your doctor.  The immunization form can be found here – Required Immunization Form

We are unable to print copies of your I-94, passport, and visa and you must bring a copy with you to Check-In.  If you fail to complete the Check-In process with ISS, you will not be allowed to attend the New International Student Orientation.


New International Student Orientation Fall 2016

Orientation is MANDATORY for all new students.  New International Student Orientations will take place on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 and Wednesday, August 17, 2016. We will provide complete details with the times and location in the near future.

Important:  You WILL NOT be able to register for classes or add/drop classes until you have attended orientation and complete the Check-In process.  Orientation is mandated by the U.S. government and attendance is mandatory even if you transferred from another university.


UIS Resources

For a complete list, visit the Student Resource page.