International Orientation & Welcome Series

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Learn more about the International Orientation and Welcome Series programs for F-1 and J-1 students.

On this page:

Fall 2022 International Orientation and Welcome Series (IOWS)
  • Pre-Arrival Live Events coming soon!
  • Fall 2022 International Orientation starts Monday, August 22, 2022
  • Recommended latest arrival date: Sunday, August 21, 2022

International Orientation & Welcome Series Schedule

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

IOWS Overview for Undergraduate Students

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 International Orientation for undergraduate students will consist of:

  • Pre-Arrival Live Events
  • Online Orientation Modules
  • ISS Check-in: International Student Check-in (online)
  • Undergraduate In-person Check-in
  • International Orientation
  • Welcome Weekend
  • Immigration Session
  • Welcome Series

Please review the descriptions for each of these activities below.

In addition, you will receive communication from ISS via email with reminders about upcoming activities, information tips, actions you should take, and reminders to help you transition to your life at the University at Buffalo.

Pre-Arrival Live Events

The Pre-Arrival Live Events are a series of information sessions designed to help you successfully prepare to arrive, live and study at UB. Recordings will be available on the Pre-Arrival Live Events page.

Online Orientation Modules

Information about when and how to complete this part of your Orientation program will be available soon. All new undergraduate students (international and domestic) must complete a set of online orientation modules. These virtual orientation modules provide students with basic information about UB that is essential to your success. Some of the information presented in the program is required by New York State.

Undergraduate international students who began their academic program remotely must complete the online orientation modules as well.

ISS Check-in

Undergraduate students must complete the online New International Student Check-in.  Almost all of the online New International Student Check-in can be completed before entering the U.S.
 
Please keep these three important points in mind when completing the New International Student Check-in:
  1. If this is your first academic semester at UB (this means that you did not start your degree program online before coming to the UB campus), then you are required to complete the Orientation Data Form (information about how to complete the Orientation Data Form can be found in the International Student Check-in).
  2. Your U.S. Visa Stamp E-form in the online International Student Check-in must be submitted and approved before ISS can remove the IS hold on your HUB.  The IS hold and other holds must be removed before you will be eligible to register for classes.
  3. You cannot complete the I-94 E-form until after you have entered the U.S.  Be sure to complete the I-94 e-form as soon as possible after your arrive in the U.S. and before the Program Start Date found on your I-20.

Undergraduate In-person Check-in

All undergraduate students entering the U.S. with an Initial I-20 must check-in in person with ISS.  The undergraduate in-person check-in date is coming soon.  More details about time and location will be available in your International Orientation Schedule (coming soon).  You must submit your I-94 E-form in the online International Student Check-in before checking in with ISS.  In-person check-in is required for undergraduate students before we can register your SEVIS record.

International Orientation

Undergraduate International Orientation Program will consist of the following:

  • Information Sessions
  • Completion of the mandatory Immigration Session
  • Group Activities
  • Virtual sessions with banks about setting up bank accounts
  • Welcome activities hosted by campus partners

Welcome Weekend

Welcome Weekend: Participate in activities, discussions, and programs as UB kicks-off the start of the upcoming semester.   Welcome Weekend activities are a great way to meet and engage with your domestic and international peers.   

Immigration Session

All international students are required to complete the Immigration Session.  Details about how to complete the Immigration Session will be shared with you in pre-arrival communications.

Welcome Series

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

IOWS Overview for Graduate Students

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. International Orientation for graduate students will consist of:

Pre-Arrival Live Events

The Pre-Arrival Live Events are a series of information sessions designed to help you successfully prepare to arrive, live and study at UB. Recordings will be found on the Pre-Arrival Live Events page.

ISS Check-in

Graduate student will complete their ISS Check-in online. You must complete all check in requirements! More information is available on our New International Student Check-In page.

International Orientation

Graduate International Orientation Program will consist of the following:

  • Information Sessions
  • Completion of the mandatory Immigration Session
  • Group Activities
  • Virtual sessions with banks about setting up bank accounts

Please keep in mind that your graduate department may facilitate separate orientation program.  Please verify with your graduate department if you will have a departmental orientation that you must attend. 

Immigration Session

All international students are required to complete the Immigration Session.  Details about how to complete the Immigration Session will be shared with you in pre-arrival communications.

Welcome Series

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