Pre-Arrival Orientation

Welcome to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign! The Pre-Arrival Orientations provide students with information about arrival to campus, immigration, campus resources, academics, and safety to help ease their transition to Illinois.

The Pre-Arrival Orientations will be offered virtually via Zoom. If you have registered for the event, you will receive a Zoom invite link for the date and time you selected via your Illinois email account.

Please be advised that all sessions will be recorded and that all chat messages are public to the hosts (even if you mark the chat as 'Private'). We encourage you to review Zoom's legal and privacy policies.

Presentation Schedule

  1. Immigration Information
  2. Housing
  3. Billing & Finances
  4. McKinley Health Center
  5. Student Health Insurance
  6. Campus Safety
  7. Q&A for presentations 1-6
  8. Breakout Sessions: Undergraduate & Graduate Academics (plus Q&A)
  9. Orientation & Arrival to Campus

Frequently Asked Questions

Zoom is a video conferencing software that provides meeting and webinar functionality for enhanced learning and collaboration among students, faculty, staff and research partners. Zoom is a commonly used tool at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Zoom training is available via QuickStart Guides or Video Tutorials.

Students who have registered for the event will receive a Zoom invite link for their selected date and time via their Illinois email account.

Logging In & Start Time

When you log-in to Zoom, you will be placed in a waiting room. At the event start time, you will be let into the main room by the event host. Your microphone will be muted and your camera will be turned off upon entry. Please keep your microphone muted and your camera off throughout the event.

Presentations & Breakout Rooms

Representatives from the University will each present on their topic (see schedule above) covering relevant information for new international students. Students will be broken out into smaller rooms by academic level (undergrad and grad) for academic specific information.

Asking Questions

Participants will be able to utilize the Zoom chat feature to ask questions of the presenters. Specific Q&A time has been allotted for each block of presentations.

Run Time

The session will run for approximately two hours.

If you have registered for the event, you will receive a Zoom invite link for the date and time you selected via your Illinois email account. First, we ask that you check your Illinois email inbox and spam folder for the message. If you still do not find the email, please contact

Unfortunately, we are unable to switch your session. Recordings and presentations from all four events will be made available on this website in July.

All presentations can be downloaded here:

Recordings of the sessions can be watched on YouTube:


Please contact with additional questions.