International Student Orientation

International Orientation

Welcome to W&M!

International Student Orientation is required for new W&M F-1 & J-1 international students and is designed to make your transition to campus as smooth and successful as possible. Our program includes:

  • Information and resources that are important to international students such as immigration regulations, academic expectations, campus safety, etc.
  • “Life in the US” activities such as help with move-in, shopping trips, opening a bank account, etc.
  • Events for family members
  • Social and fun activities to meet other students and learn about campus and Williamsburg
Fall 2018 Orientation Schedule

Graduate International Orientation: August 18-19, 2018

  • You must enter the US by August 18
  • August 18: Welcome Activities (optional)
  • August 19: Orientation Sessions (required), 8:45am - 1pm at Brinkley Commons, Alan B. Miller Hall.

Undergraduate International Orientation: August 21-23, 2018

  • You must enter the US by August 21
  • August 21: Check-in and Residential Hall move-in
  • August 22: "Life in the US" activities (e.g., shopping trips), social activities, Welcome Party (family members are also invited), etc.
  • August 23: Orientation sessions, international family reception, etc.
Pre-Arrival Resources

Prepare for your arrival by completing the Pre-Arrival Checklist to access information about housing, transportation to W&M, health insurance, etc.

  • Login to iStart, using your W&M ID and password
  • Click on Pre-Arrival in the menu on the left-hand side of the page
  • Click on Pre-Arrival Checklist and complete each form

Our New International Students website and the New Student Guide (pdf) are also great resources for students.

Connect with Current W&M Students

The Virtual Conversation Partner Program (VCPP) matches new international students with current W&M students for English conversation practice and cross-cultural exchange. Students communicate via video chat before the school year begins.

You will also be assigned to a peer leader for International Orientation. Your peer leader will serve as a resource, answering questions before your arrival and helping you settle in W&M. You will receive your peer leader information in early June.

Orientation Requirements and non F-1 & J-1 Applicants
  • All new international students with F-1 or J-1 immigration status are required to attend International Student Orientation, including exchange students and students transferring to W&M from other US schools.
  • International Student Orientation is one part of your larger orientation program. There is also a required orientation for all new undergraduates. Graduate students also have orientations with their departments.
  • Students who are not in F-1 or J-1 immigration status (e.g., US citizen who lived abroad) but are interested in attending International Student Orientation can contact [[globe]] for more information.
Questions? Contact [[w|ywong,Eva Wong]]. We look forward to welcoming you to W&M!