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Upon Arrival & Orientation


From the moment that your plane lands until classes begin, follow these steps to the University of Delaware. For questions once you arrive in the U.S., please contact the Office for International Students & Scholars at (302) 831-2115 (Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5 p.m. US EST) or

International Student Orientation (ISO) is MANDATORY for all incoming graduate and undergraduate students (including ELI CAP students). You must complete government check-in in order to be registered in SEVIS.

If your I-20 or DS-2019 start date is in February:

February 6 - Visit us at our Hospitality Room from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Perkins Student Center to check your bags, get your UDID card and meet with volunteers who will help you get settled.

February 7 - ALL new international students attend International Student Orientation.

If you start date is at any other time - Check in at OISS at 26 E. Main Street immediately upon arrival.

Failure to check-in with all documents will result in automatic termination of your legal status.

Check-in at ISO is available ONLY for students whose I-20 or DS-2019 start date is in August or February. If you arrive at any other time (such as in the summer) or if you have missed the mandatory Fall or Spring check-in at orientation, you must report to OISS immediately upon arrival.

ISO SCHEDULE & Additional Event Details

International Student Orientation (ISO) will be held on February 7, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the Spring Semester. The event will take place in UD’s Trabant University Center. We recommend that you arrive a couple of days prior to this date, and no later than the day before orientation. A hospitality space will be available for those arriving on Wednesday, February 6 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please check your UD email regularly for further details on pre-arrival and orientation.

Undergraduate Students

To apply for early Housing check-in, log into your My Housing portal and complete the Early Arrival Spring 2019 application beginning in January. Please be sure to check your UD email regularly in the days prior to your arrival for key information regarding your housing placement and how to check in upon your arrival to the University of Delaware. Those with questions are encouraged to contact or to call 1(302)831-4663 from 8 AM to 5 PM EST.

For information about MANDATORY undergraduate New Student Orientation on February 8, please visit Undergraduate students may be required to take placement examinations or attend special meetings for new students. Questions about such requirements or about other details of your academic program should be addressed directly to your program office. The UD catalog is online at where admission and degree requirements are explained.

Graduate Students

All new international graduate students are required to attend New Graduate Student Orientation. For more details, please visit the Graduate & Professional Education website.

Click here for orientation information for ELI Students >

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