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Pre-Arrival Overview

Congratulations on your admission to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign! We are excited to welcome you to campus. The resources below will help you prepare for your arrival to campus and time at the university.

It is crucial to read all university correspondence prior to arrival. You will be given specific instructions and guidance from various units on campus, including Undergraduate Admissions or the Graduate College, your college and/or department, and International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS).

If you will enter the United States in F-1 or J-1 (University of Illinois-sponsored) status, you will receive your initial I-20 or DS-2019 from either Undergraduate Admissions or the Graduate College . Please reach out to these offices directly for further questions about your first document.

Journey to Campus Video Series

This video series provides new incoming international students with a brief introduction to life on campus.

Part 1: Getting Started

Part 2: Transitioning

Part 3: Becoming a Successful Student

Pre-Arrival Orientation

Before you travel to campus, consider attending Pre-Arrival Orientation. Offered during June, this orientation is optional and provides new, incoming international students with information about arrival to campus, immigration, campus resources, academics, and safety to help ease their transition to the university.

After you Arrive