William & Mary

International Orientation

International Student Orientation is required for new international students before each fall and spring semester and includes:

  • Information sessions on your immigration status and campus resources
  • Shopping trips and other optional activities
  • Your immigration registration
  • Opportunities to meet other students and learn about campus and Williamsburg.
  • All meals mentioned in the schedule are included.
  • This program helps you transition into life as a W&M student. 
Spring 2016 International Student Orientation
  • Thursday, January 14
    • This is when your I-20 or DS-2019 start date will be, unless your graduate program has requested an earlier start date for you, and when you need to plan to arrive by.
    • Move In: Undergraduate dorms will open to international students today. Students who stay in the Graduate Complex will coordinate their move in with Residence Life.
  • Friday, January 15
    • Shopping Trip: We will host an optional trip to the local Target, where you can buy items for your dorm room.
    • Spring Orientation will begin for all new undergraduate students.
  • Saturday, January 16
    • International orientation will take place in the morning for all new international students.
    • Undergraduate students will rejoin Spring Orientation in the afternoon.
  • Sunday, January 17 - Tuesday, January 19

A more detailed schedule will be posted here in December, as dates and times are finalized.

Orientation Requirements and Additional Applicants
  • All new international students with F-1 or J-1 immigration status are required to attend the International Student Orientation, including exchange students and students transferring to W&M from other U.S. schools.
  • International Student Orientation is one part of your larger orientation program. There are special orientations for all new undergraduates. Graduate students typically also have orientations with their departments.
Immigration Check-In

Complete your immigration check-in within 10 days of your arrival to the U.S.
If you have difficulty, contact the Reves Center for help!

  1. Login to iStart, using your W&M login
  2. Click on Orientation services in the menu on the left-hand side of the page
  3. Click on Immigration Check-In and complete the form
  4. Please also complete the Immigration Responsibilities form

Submit both of these forms promptly so we can register your record with Immigration.

Orientation Resources

View a condensed version of our Fall 2015 orientation presentations (pdf) and the International Student Arrival Guide! (pdf)

Contact Emily Bailey with any orientation questions.  We look forward to welcoming you to Williamsburg!