Welcome to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign! Pre-Arrival Orientation is optional and 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.
Pre-Arrival Orientation is offered virtually and in select cities. Each orientation provides identical information and will last approximately three hours. The invite to participate in pre-arrival orientation will be sent to you via email.
- June 6 - Virtual
- June 11 - Seoul, South Korea
- June 12 - Virtual
- June 16 - New Delhi, India
- June 18 - Mumbai, India
- Immigration Information
- University Housing
- Billing & Finances
- McKinley Health Center
- Student Health Insurance
- Campus Safety
- Breakout Sessions
- Reception (in-person events only)
Frequently Asked Questions: In-Person Events
Students attending an in-person pre-arrival orientation may bring one (1) guest.
The dress code is casual to business casual. You will want to dress comfortably, but remember that you will be meeting with university representatives and your new classmates.
Students should plan to arrive and check in during the half hour before the orientation start time.
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 then be broken out into smaller rooms by academic level (undergraduate and graduate) for academic specific information. There will also be an optional session for parents and families.
Participants will be able to ask questions of the presenters. Specific Q&A time has been allotted after each presentation.
Students attending in person will have the opportunity to meet with current students at a reception immediately following the last presentation.
The session will run for approximately three hours.
Locations are chosen up to a year in advance of the pre-arrival orientations and vary each year. Several factors are included in the decision-making process included student population size and proximity to proposed location, availability of venues, country entry requirements, and more.
Frequently Asked Questions: Virtual Events
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.
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.
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: https://illinois.zoom.us/.
Students who have registered for the event will receive a Zoom invite link for their selected date and time via the email they used to register.
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 turned 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.
Participants will be able to utilize the Zoom chat feature to ask questions of the presenters. Specific Q&A time has been allotted after each presentation.
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 the email you used to register for the event. First, we ask that you check your spam folder for the message. If you still do not find the email, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you need to switch your virtual orientation registration, you may simply register yourself for a different date without contacting ISSS. If you are switching your registration for an in-person orientation, please contact ISSS at email@example.com.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with additional questions.