International Student Orientation
Get introduced to student life and other topics at the International Student Orientation.
The International Student Orientation is mandatory for all new students in F-1 and J-1 student status. This includes transfer students.
Fall 2020 International Student Orientation
The mandatory International Student Orientation will be held online. You must attend all 3 sessions listed below:
- Thursday, August 20; 9:00 - 10:00 AM
- Introduction to UND
- Immigration Rules & Regulations - Part 1
- Friday, August 21; 9:00 - 10:00 AM
- Immigration Rules & Regulations - Part 2
- Campus Resources - Part 1
- Monday, August 24; 9:00 - 10:00 AM
- Campus Resources - Part 2
- Life in North Dakota
All International students should register for classes before Orientation! To register, please sign up for an Online Group Registration date during the summer.
Orientation will help you to:
- Become familiar with UND and the Grand Forks Community
- Learn about important academic issues
- Access necessary campus resources
- Learn about immigration regulations
- Learn about health insurance
- Learn about employment in the U.S.
- Meet other new and returning UND students
- Experience new cultures
- Get acquainted with the International Center and our staff
What to Do Before Orientation
To confirm your enrollment, you must pay a $200 non-refundable deposit (freshman, undergraduate students only) that's applied to your UND bill.
You must claim your account before you can pay your deposit, and you must pay the full deposit before you can register for classes and receive your housing assignment. Make sure you pay your deposit as soon as possible!
Please see the top of this page for the online International Student Orientation dates/times. Attendance at International Student Orientation is mandatory. Sign up is not required!
Registration for classes is done virtually (from your computer at home!) Please reserve your spot for an Online Group Registration date, which will take place in May, June or July. Please note, prior to making your reservation for Online Group Registration, you must have paid your $200 enrollment confirmation deposit at least two business in advance!
You must complete this step before completing Steps 4-6.
In order to have your card ready by the time you arrive at UND go to the U Card Request page on One-Stop Student Services website. There you can enter your information and upload your photo to have your U Card ready when you arrive.
Students - please note, One-Stop accepts requests during these times:
- Registered in Fall classes - August 1 through the end of Fall semester
- Registered in Spring classes - December 1 through the end of Spring semester
- Registered in Summer classes - May 1 through the end of Summer semester
Register for Early Arrival Housing online prior to your arrival to UND. Early Arrival Housing allows you to live in your residence hall room assignment when you arrive before school starts. The Early Move-In Application is available on the Housing website. Please note it is an additional cost.
The Mandatory Immunizations and TB Screening Form should be completed prior to your arrival on campus. This form can be completed entirely online, in your UND MyHealth Patient Portal.
International Student Orientation is mandatory for all students holding F or J student visas (except Canadians: see below). This orientation will address immigration and employment issues and introduce you to U.S. culture and university life. Please see the top of this page for International Student Orientation date, time, and location.
Canadian Students, like all other international students, must learn about how to maintain their legal status.
As Canadian students often don't face as much cultural adjustment as other international students, Canadian students have the option of attending International Student Orientation Week or an abbreviated orientation for Canadian students. This orientation is only available in the fall.
This orientation will give detailed information on immigration documents, maintaining your status, working in the US, legal considerations, academic success and completing the SEVIS Registration process. Completing a SEVIS Registration process is mandatory.
The School of Graduate Studies holds orientations for all new graduate students and a special orientation for new Graduate Assistants. The schedule for this orientation is available from the School of Graduate Studies.
Welcome Weekend is for all new students in the fall. You're expected to participate in this final step of your orientation before the semester begins.
You can move into your residence hall, meet your neighbors, enjoy excellent programming (for families and students) and participate in the fun social activities that will settle you into your new campus home. Admitted students will get more information late in the summer.