Fall Graduate Student Virtual Orientation

Welcome to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign! As you prepare for arrival, please review this page and keep the following important dates in mind.

Graduate Virtual International Student Orientation Begins: Fall 2020 Graduate Orientation will be held on Monday, August 17, 2020 from 10am-3pm

ISSS is closely monitoring the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. As the situation continues to change rapidly, our top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of our ILLINI community, on and off campus. We are planning for several contingency scenarios and taking decisive, informed action to limit the spread of COVID-19 while ensuring the continuity of our Orientation Programs. The University remains open and operational with appropriate measures to protect the health of the community. We will continue to update the community regularly to keep you informed of additional measures and tentative schedules.


Overview of the Orientation Program

International Student and Scholar Services hosts the graduate orientation program in August to introduce students to resources on campus and to provide an opportunity for our new students to meet returning graduate international students and interact with our campus partners.

Educational Sessions

  • Maintaining Your Visa Status and Employment Options
  • What You Need to Know about Campus Technology
  • Staying Supported During Your Studies at Illinois
  • Pathways for Success in Your Career Development and Job Search
  • Be Prepared, Be Alert, Stay Safe: Campus Safety
  • Organizing and Storing Your Research Data
  • Graduate Panel and Discussion: Adjusting to Life as an International Student
  • And many more!

The Chancellor's Reception

The Chancellor of the University of Illinois will welcome all new international students to the University of Illinois

Parent and Family Programs

We encourage all parents and family members to attend our session specifically designed for you. If you will be accompanying your student on campus in August, please plan to attend the parent program.
Please also visit our Resources for Parents page for more information.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact:
International Student & Scholar Services: isss-tops@illinois.edu