University of Vermont

International Student Orientation

Dear International Students,

Welcome to the University of Vermont. We are excited to have you here with us for the upcoming academic year! International student orientation is required for new international students, and is a way to prepare you for your time at UVM. We offer international student orientation just before the start of the term so that students do not have to travel long distances to Burlington twice. The orientation is designed to ensure that you have plenty of time to rest after your long journey and to prepare yourselves for the start of the classes. If you have any questions about orientation, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Note: Some international undergraduate students may decide to also attend June orientation. You are welcome to do so, but will still be required to check in with the Office of International Education upon arrival in Burlington before the start of the term.  Please contact if you believe you will attend June orientation and might be unable to also attend international student orientation. 

All of us at the Office of International Education look forward to meeting you during orientation. Have a safe and pleasant journey to the University of Vermont!

--UVM International Student Services Staff

Orientation Schedule


May 12 - Global Gateway Students Arrival Day
May 13-15 - International Student Orientation


August 19-21 - International Graduate Student Orientation
August 24 - Global Gateway Student Mandatory Arrival Day
August 24-25 - New International Students living on campus may move into Residence Halls. Optional Welcome Activities.
August 26-28 - Mandatory International Student Orientation (for Undergraduate, Exchange, and Global Gateway Students)


January 11 Global Gateway Student Mandatory Arrival Day
January 11-12 - New International Students living on campus may move into Residence Halls. Optional Welcome Activities.
January 13-15 - Mandatory International Student Orientation

International Student Orientation

During the week of orientation you will have many activities to help you begin adjusting to your life in Burlington, to make new friends, and to learn about all that UVM has to offer. Below is a sampling of some of the activities you will participate in during orientation - most of these activities are required, but we will also give you free time in the afternoons to explore this town which will become your second home! You will receive the exact schedule when you arrive in the USA.

Sample Educational Sessions

  • Understanding the U.S. Classroom: Learn about the U.S. classroom. We will explain the differences and similarities between what students may encounter in the U.S. that might be different from your home country. We will give you some good tips for success!
  • Adjusting to life in the USA: OIE Staff will discuss how to make a successful transition to living in the USA, and a panel of international students will share tips for meeting Americans, living away from home, and being successful in Vermont!
  • Health and Safety at UVM: Our top priority is ensuring our students are safe and healthy and we have lots of great services to help with this. Learn about services at the Center for Health and Wellbeing and hear from a UVM police offer on how to stay safe in your new town.

Sample Social/Fun Sessions

  • International Trivia Night and Pizza Party: Meet other new international students who have arrived at UVM recently and play a fun game to compete for prizes!
  • Getting Involved at UVM: Part of studying in the USA is having a full "college experience" which includes involvement outside of the classroom. This presentation will highlight some of the on-campus organizations like club sports, social action groups, and cultural groups. We will also give you tips on what things to do for fun around campus and how to know what is going on!
  • Burlington Treasure Hunt: With a team of new friends you will go off campus hunting for clues that will help you get to know Burlington better. This is a fun way to explore the new town.

Sample Activities for setting up your life in Burlington

  • Setting up a US Bank Account/Cell Phone: Orientation Leaders (other UVM students) will take you to local banks and cell phone vendors and help you set up these new things for yourself, if you would like that assistance. This is optional, but it is more fun to do this with friends than on your can be quite confusing otherwise!
  • Campus Tour: We will show you where your classes are, where you can use the gym, places students most prefer to eat and hang out, and other important things so that you know how to get around our beautiful campus.
  • Free Time to Explore Burlington: Much of the fun of living in a new place is having time to see all of the great things it has to offer, and Burlington has a lot. We will give you free time and also lots of tips of great things to do, like a walk down to play frisbee by the lake, checking out a restaurant on Church Street, or perhaps catching a free concert in the park!

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