Welcome to the University of Vermont!
We look forward to meeting you during international student orientation. International orientation 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 US.
International Student Orientation (GGP Students) - May 16-19
- May 15: Global Gateway students' arrival day (check-in to residence halls 9AM-4:30PM)
- May 15: Optional welcome activities.
- May 16-18: Orientation sessions and activities. Schedule details sent in weeks prior to arrival.
International Student Orientation (All Other Students) - By Appointment
- Any other students arriving to begin their studies in May will have an individual appointment with an advisor in the Office of International Education. This should be scheduled to occur on or before your first day of classes noted on your immigration document. Call or visit our office to make an appointment.
International Graduate Student Orientation (Graduate and Pre-Master's Program) - August 15-18
- August 14: Orientation check-in from 9:00AM-4:00PM.
- August 15-17: Orientation sessions and activities. Schedule details sent in weeks prior to arrival.
International Student Orientation (Global Gateway Program, Undergraduate, and Exchange) - August 21-26
- August 20: Required arrival day for Global Gateway/select exchange students, optional arrival day for all other students. Residence hall move-in open for on-campus students (9:00AM-8:00PM). Students arriving in Burlington after move-in hours must find housing for the night. Orientation check-in is 10:00AM-5:00PM.
- August 21: Required arrival day for students who did not arrive on Monday. Optional welcome activities. Residence hall move-in for on-campus students (9:00AM-8:00PM). Orientation check-in is 9:00AM-5:00PM.
- August 22-24: Orientation sessions and activities. Schedule details sent in weeks prior to arrival.
International Student Orientation (All Students) - January 7-11
- January 7: Required arrival day for Global Gateway/select exchange students, optional arrival day for all other students. Residence hall move-in open for on-campus students (9:00AM-8:00PM). Students arriving in Burlington after move-in hours must find housing for the night. Orientation check-in 10:00AM-5:00PM.
- January 8: Required arrival day for students who did not arrive on Monday. Optional welcome activities. Residence hall move-in for on-campus students (9:00AM-8:00PM). Orientation check-in (9:00AM-5:00PM)
- January 9-11: Orientation sessions and activities. Schedule details sent in weeks prior to arrival.
Sample Educational Sessions
Understanding the US Classroom: Learn about the US classroom. We will explain the differences and similarities between what students may encounter in the US that might be different from your home country. We will give you some good tips for success!
Adjusting to Life in the US: OIE staff will discuss how to make a successful transition to living in the US, 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 : Meet other new international students who have arrived at UVM recently and play a fun game to compete for prizes!
Ice Hockey 101: Many American colleges have sports teams that are popular on campus. UVM's ice hockey teams are very popular. At this fun event, members of the men's and women's ice hockey teams will teach you more about the sport. You will also have the opportunity to go on the ice and try to score goals!
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!
Sample Activities for Setting up Your Life in Burlington
Setting up a US Bank Account/Cell Phone: Orientation volunteers (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 own...it 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!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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.
Missing International Student Orientation
Attending International Student Orientation is required for all international students. However, we know there are sometimes unavoidable situations which may prevent you from attending. You must receive approval to miss orientation ahead of time.
If you miss international student orientation, you will need to do two things to make up for what you missed:
- Attend a make-up orientation session in the first week of classes. Look for an email from the Office of International Education at the end of orientation week with times for make-up sessions.
- Review the missed information before the first week of classes to make sure you are prepared to begin your studies. Read orientation highlights here and you can ask follow-up questions when you meet with an advisor.
We're excited to meet you on arrival day. Safe travels and see you soon!