International Orientation & Welcome Series


Learn more about the International Orientation and Welcome Series for newly admitted F-1 and J-1 students starting at UB.

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International Orientation & Welcome Series Schedule

Get your International Orientation and Welcome Series Guide (IOWS Guide) now!

Your full IOWS Guide is only available by using the Guidebook app on your smart phone.  Use the IOWS Guide to select the sessions you will attend, keep notes, create to-do list, find information about applying for a social security card, learn about upcoming trips, and much more.

To get the IOWS Guide:

  1. Download the “Guidebook” app on your smart phone. 
  2. Search “Guides” for: UB International Orientation and Welcome Series

If you do not have a smart phone now, or will not be getting one until after you arrive in the U.S., a link to the view a web version of the Fall 2020 guide is below. 

 Remember to check out our Facebook page for information about activities hosted by ISS throughout the year!

Fall 2020 International Orientation and Welcome Series

Monday, August 24-Saturday, September 19

Recommended latest arrival date: Sunday, August 23

See recorded sessions here.

Orientation Modules for Undergraduate Students

New and Transfer Undergraduate Students ONLY!

Part 1* of your Orientation program is now available! All new undergraduate students (international and domestic) must complete a set of orientation modules. These virtual orientation modules provide you with basic information about the University at Buffalo that is essential to your success at UB. Some of the information presented in the program is required by New York State.

To access the orientation modules, please refer the log in instruction that were sent on July 2nd from ISSS to your email inbox.  If you are unable to find the email, please contact ISS ( for log in information.

Completion of these modules is required by August 3.

*Part 2 of your Orientation will begin August 24.

ISS Check-in

Information is available on our New International Student Check-In page. Be sure you complete this requirement!

Immigration Session

All international students must attend the Your Role in the UB Community session and one of the Immigration sessions.

To register for classes or make changes to your schedule, you must complete your New International Student Check-in, take any required tests (SPEAK), register for ESL classes (if required), submit your Health Background & Immunization Forms, receive immunizations (if required), and address any other holds on your UB Student Account (if applicable).



All new or current graduate students offered an assistantship are required to take SPEAK. Graduate students who have an ELI hold are expected to take the SPEAK (Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit) before being permitted to register for classes and cleared for teaching duties. 

Online SPEAK registration will begin on Monday, June 29 and continue until Sunday, August 23. SPEAK information as well as a practice test can be found on ELI’s website.

If you miss the SPEAK test times, your course registration will be delayed.

If you have questions about an ELI hold, contact the English Language Institute for assistance.

New Student FAQs

Arriving Late

We do not recommend arriving late to UB, however, sometimes situations occur where students are delayed in coming to Buffalo.  If you do arrive late into Buffalo, you will need to come to International Student Services to complete your ISS Check-in.

If you will arrive late, please remember to contact the Office of International Admissions ( to request a Late Arrival letter to present to the U.S. immigration officer when you enter the U.S. 

Attending Welcome Series Events

The Welcome Series sessions and activities are informative, useful, and important. During the Welcome Series, you can accomplish practical tasks like collecting your University ID card, opening a bank account, buying a cell phone and opening a cell phone account, and receiving immunizations. You will also have the opportunity to meet other students and have fun!

Last, attendance at the Immigration Session is required for all new international students. Please refer to the orientation schedule for all other mandatory programs.

Welcome Series & Orientation Fee

The cost of the Fall 2020 International Orientation & Welcome Series is $105.