International Orientation & Welcome Series

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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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Fall 2021 International Orientation and Welcome Series
  • Pre-Arrival Live Events start April 16, 2021
  • International Orientation starts Monday, August 23, 2021
  • Recommended latest arrival date: Sunday, August 22, 2021

International Orientation & Welcome Series Guide

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

We require all new international student to download the International Orientation and Welcome Series Guide.  Your full IOWS Guide is only available by using the Guidebook app on your smart phone.  Use the IOWS Guide to review your list of pre-arrival and post-arrival tasks, your oreintation schedule, and to gain access to valuable resources and critical information in support your successful transition to the University at Buffalo.

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Scan to download your Spring 2021 International Orientation and Welcome Series Guide.

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 2021 guide is below. 

After opening the IOWS Guide:

1.  Tap the icon in the top-right corner of the app screen to create your account and log in.

2. To create your account, click "Sign up with Email."  Enter your UB email address and create your password.

  • App passwords must be at least eight characters in length and contain at least one number. 
  • First (Given) and last (family) name are required fields to set up your account and complete your profile.

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

Fall 2021 International Orientation and Welcome Series Overview

Fall 2021 International Orientation and Welcome Series features virtual and in-person programs and events with helpful information and tools that support new students to engage with, connect to, and thrive at the University at Buffalo. The Fall 2021 International Orientation will consist of:

Pre-Arrival Live Events

Pre-arrival live events are for all incoming international students to prepare you for your start at UB. 

ISS Check-in

All graduate and undergraduate students will complete a virtual ISS Check-in.  ISS will not be hosting the ISS Check-in in-person in support of the health and safety of students, staff and faculty.
 
Information is available on our New International Student Check-In page. Be sure you complete this requirement!

International Orientation

Graduate Students

The Fall 2021 Graduate International Orientation Program will consist of the following:

  • Virtual Information Sessions
  • Completion of the mandatory Immigration Session
  • Small group, in-person acitivies
  • Virtual group activities
  • Shopping Trip to purchase basic supplies needed to settle in your residence hall or apartment (TBD)
  • Virtual sessions with banks about setting up bank accounts

Please keep in mind that your graduate department may faciliate a seperate orientation program.  Please verify with your graduate department if you wil have a departmental orientation that you must attend. 

The Graduate International Orientation Schedule will be available in Guidebook in the summer.

Undergraduate Students

Part 1: Online Orientation Modules

Part 1 of your Orientation program will be available during the summer. 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.

You will recieve information about when and how to complete the online orientaiton modules in July.

Part 2: Undergraduate International Orientation

The Fall 2021 Undergraduate International Orientation Program will consist of the following:

  • Virtual Information Sessions
  • Completion of the mandatory Immigration Session
  • Small group, in-person acitivies
  • Virtual group activities
  • Shopping Trip to purchase basic supplies needed to settle in your residence hall or apartment (TBD)
  • Virtual sessions with banks about setting up bank accounts
  • Welcome activites hosted by campus partners

The Undergraduate International Orientation Schedule will be available in Guidebook in the summer.

Immigration Session

All international students are required to complete the Immigration Session.  Details about how to complete the Immigration Session will be found in your International Orientaton & Welcome Series Guide.

Welcome Series

The Welcome Series sessions and activities are informative, useful, and important as you continue your transition to UB through out your first semester on campus.

The Welcome Series Schedule will be available in Guidebook later in the summer.