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Pre-Arrival Orientation

Welcome to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign! Pre-Arrival Orientation provides new, incoming international students with information about arrival to campus, immigration, campus resources, academics, and safety to help ease their transition to the university.

The Pre-Arrival Orientation is offered virtually via Zoom. The invite to participate in the orietnation will be sent to you via email. After you register for the event, you will receive a Zoom invite link for the date and time you selected.

Please be advised 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. University Housing
  3. Billing & Finances
  4. McKinley Health Center
  5. Student Health Insurance
  6. Campus Safety
  7. Break!
  8. Breakout Sessions: Undergraduate & Graduate Academics

Frequently Asked Questions

Students will need to log into Zoom using their personal or Illinois email account prior to registering for the orientation. Students can use the Illinois Zoom system online here:

You can watch the video presentations in Box (no login required).

Watch Video Presentations

Information continues to change rapidly. We encourage all students to refer to the following websites for the latest information and updates.

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 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 university 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 university email account. First, we ask that you check your university email inbox and spam folder for the message. If you still do not find the email, please contact

You may register yourself for a different date if you cannot attend the date you originally registered for.


Please contact with additional questions.