On-Campus International Student Orientation

What is the purpose of International Student Orientation?

International Student Orientation is designed to help all F-1 international students as they begin their first on-campus semester in an Elmhurst University program.

Students will learn about F-1 regulations and how to maintain their status, campus resources, U.S. academic culture, the services the Office of Global Engagement provides, and campus events and activities while meeting other new students as they begin their journey at Elmhurst together. International Student Orientation is intended to help F-1 international students navigate their first semester successfully, with workshops and events planned throughout each year to provide other necessary and helpful information to be successful throughout their academic career.

All new F-1 international students are required to attend International Student Orientation, as well as complete the F-1 International Student Check-In Form. It is essential to do so to best be prepared for your journey in the United States and at Elmhurst University.

Please note: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires F-1 international students check-in with their I-20 issuing institution before starting their program of study in the United States; attending International Student Orientation and completing the F-1 International Student Check-In Form online fulfills this federal requirement.

When does International Student Orientation occur?

  • F-1 International Student Orientation occurs during the week before both Fall and Spring semesters. This aligns with Elmhurst University’s semesters during which F-1 international students can begin their studies. International students are STRONGLY recommended to arrive in the US no later than one week in advance of the start of their first academic term. This allows for attendance at the required orientation, as well as adjustment to your new home.


How long is International Student Orientation?

  • Fall: Undergraduate students are required to attend two half days of orientation; Graduate students are required to attend one full day of orientation
  • Spring: Undergraduate and Graduate students are required to attend one full Orientation day

International Student Services

A.C. Buehler Library, Lower Level

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