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Graduate student Orientation


Fall 2019 Graduate Orientation


Welcome to the University of Illinois! As you prepare for your Fall 2019 arrival, please keep the following dates in mind:

Recommended Arrival Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019 or Sunday, August 18, 2019

Orientation Dates/Times: Monday, August 19, 2019 from 11:00am-4:00pm and Tuesday, August 20, 2019 from 10:00am-4:00pm. The orientation will be held in Gregory Hall 112 Auditorium both days.

International Graduate Orientation Begins: Monday, August 19, 2019 at 11:00am at Gregory Hall 112 Auditorium (Please refer to this Illinois campus map).

Please make sure your travel arrangements will allow you to participate in the Orientation program beginning on Monday, August 19 at 11:00am.*

*If you will be a new Teaching Assistant, you will be required to attend the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) TA training on August 19-20. An ISSS advisor will offer a session on maintaining visa status to all international TA’s in the morning on August 20 of the second day of the TA training. You are welcome to join the last three hours of ISSS Graduate Orientation at Gregory Hall 112 after you complete your CITL training at 1:00pm on August 20. Information about the CITL Training can be found here. Please contact your department for further details.

Registration for Graduate Orientation is now closed. Students are still welcome to attend the orientation. Please note that all new incoming graduate students will receive a copy of the slides from orientation after classes begin.

All new international students are invited to attend the Campus Resources Fair after mandatory Check-In, the Phone and Bank Fair at the Illini Union, and the upcoming social events during New International Student Experience week. We look forward to meeting you!

Overview of the Orientation Program
Educational Sessions
Daily Social Events
The Chancellor's Reception
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Overview of the Orientation Program
International Student & Scholar Services hosts the graduate orientation program in August. The orientation program is two days long and the goals are to welcome new graduate international students to campus; 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 ISSS Graduate Orientation schedule can be found here.

Daily Social Events

  • Opening Welcome Night at Memorial Stadium – free food and an opportunity to experience Illini pride!
  • Illini Union Fun Night – free food, bowling, video games, trivia & more!
  • Ice Skating – free ice skating and pizza!

The Chancellor's Reception
The Chancellor of the University of Illinois will welcome all new international students to the University of Illinois. There will be cookies, cheese, crackers, and the opportunity to meet fellow new students, faculty & administrators.

Further information about the social events can be found here.

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

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