International Orientation and Check-In

The Office of International Student Services (ISS) provides a mandatory orientation program during the week before classes start each semester.  All new international students are expected to attend Check-In and Orientation. The director, international peers, faculty, and university staff (Residence Life, Health Insurance, Health Services, 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.


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 Spring 2018.

Campus Housing – If you plan to live on campus, you must Apply for Housing.  You may be allowed to move-in early, but you must submit an Early Arrival Request prior to the Spring 2018 deadline.  The Early Arrival Request allows new international students to move-in January 7th, in order to attend the mandatory Check-In and Orientation.  You should apply for housing and complete the Early Arrival Request as soon as possible (you do not have to be admitted OR have your visa approved to apply).

Travel and Accommodations – If you do not confirm early arrival with housing OR you arrive prior to January 7th, you will need to stay at a hotel.  This link provides hotel information for you and family members, and will also assist you in navigating through your arrival process.

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, January 8th. There are NO EXCEPTIONS. Students MUST report to UIS that day.  Check-In will be held in HRB (Human Resource Building) Room 111 from 9:00am-4:00pm.

All new international students must Check-In.  You will need to bring copies of the following documents to Check-In:

You will receive a printed copy of the Orientation Guidebook for New International Students at Check-In, which you may want to review prior to orientation.


New International Student Orientation Spring 2018

Orientation is MANDATORY for all new students.  New International Student Orientation will take place on Tuesday, January 9th in PAC (Public Affairs Center) Room G. You will be given an Orientation Ticket at Check-In.  Orientation will take place in PAC G beginning at 8:30am.  Please arrive on-time.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided at Orientation.

Important:  You WILL NOT be able to register for future classes (Summer/Fall 2018 semester) 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.  All new international students will be charged a mandatory International Orientation Fee of $175.

Spring 2018 New International Student Orientation Schedule

  • Monday, January 8 
    • Check-In 9:00 am-4:00 pm, HRB 111
      • small vendor fair in PAC during Check-In
    • Shopping trip to Walmart, PAC bus stop, 4:00 pm
  • Tuesday, January 9
    • Orientation 8:30 am, PAC G
      • breakfast and lunch will be served
    • Pizza Party, HRB 10 (ISS Office), 5:00-7:00 pm
  • Wednesday, January 10 – Illinois State Museum, PAC bus stop, 1:00 pm
  • Friday, January 19 – New International Student Welcome Party Student Union Center Ballroom, 5:00-8:00 pm

UIS Resources

For a complete list, visit Student Resources and Information.