International Student Orientation

International Student Orientation

Welcome to the University of Vermont!

We look forward to meeting you during international student orientation. International student is required of all new international students, and gives you time and information to successfully begin your studies at UVM. Below is a sampling of some of the orientation activities - most of these 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. Here are answers to a few common questions:

I am a first-year student. Can I go to June orientation instead? International students may attend June orientation, but you will also be expected to attend international student orientation the week before classes begin. For most international students, travel to the USA for June orientation is too expensive and time-consuming. Whether you attend just International Orientation or also join us in June, we will make sure you are well prepared for your first semester at UVM.

If I miss June orientation, how will I register for my courses? In the months and weeks leading up to your first semester, your academic unit will work with you on course advising and selection. Many students will also meet with their advisor in their first days on campus in August.

I am a graduate student who studied in the USA for another degree. Do I need to come to graduate student orientation? Yes. Orientation is required of all of our new students, regardless of how long you have studied in the USA. We cover information about UVM's immigration policies and student resources. These might be different from your past school.

Is there a cost associated with International Student Orientation? No additional costs apply for attending orientation. Students should plan on covering any expenses related to accommodations and meal plans which might not be covered already. See your pre-arrival materials for details.

Orientation Dates


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


May 17 - Global Gateway Students Required Arrival Day
May 18-20 - Required International Student Orientation


August 17-19 - International Graduate Student Orientation
August 22 - Global Gateway Student Required Arrival Day (plus select Exchange Students per acceptance information)
August 22-23 - New International Students living on campus may move into Residence Halls. Optional Welcome Activities.
August 24-26 - Required International Student Orientation: Undergraduate, Exchange, and Global Gateway Students

Sample Educational Sessions

Sample Social/Fun Sessions

Sample Activities for setting up your life in Burlington