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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:

July (ITA Students) - Check-in at ITA Orientation on July 12, 2016

August - Check-in at Fall Orientation on August 26, 2016

February - Check-in at Spring Orientation on February 2, 2017

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.


International Student Orientation will be held on August 26, 2016 for Fall Semester and February 3, 2017 for the Spring Semester. We recommend that you arrive a couple of days prior to this date, and no later than the day before orientation. You must apply for early check-in by contacting Residence Life & Housing. For information about undergraduate orientation, please visit

For a complete ISO schedule, please click here.

You may be asked to attend other orientation activities but this one is MANDATORY for international students. 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 http://www.udcatalog. admission and degree requirements are explained.

Additional information on the International Student Orientation Program can be found at:

Click here for orientation information for ELI Students >


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