International Student Orientation (ISO) is a pre-orientation program sponsored by the Department of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) for new and transfer University of Miami international students.  ISO complements 'Cane Kickoff: Fall Orientation program for undergraduate students and the Graduate School’s Orientation for New Students by providing international students with information and experiences that will assist in their transition to living and studying in the U.S.

Fall 2017 International Student Orientation Schedule for Undergraduate Students - UM Coral Gables Campus:

Monday, August 14

ISSS’ Welcome Reception/Mixer for New Students 
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Newman Alumni Center Living Room
6200 San Amaro Drive
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Tuesday, August 15

ISSS’ International Student Orientation – Undergraduates*
All freshmen and transfer international students are required to attend.
Newman Alumni Center Multi-Purpose Room
6200 San Amaro Drive
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       *Participants will be divided into 2 groups according to last name:
       Morning Session: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
       Last names beginning with the letters A – Li

       Afternoon Session: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
       Last names beginning with the letters Lia – Z

COISO’s New Student Event! 
Join the Council of International Students and Organizations (COISO) for an evening of food and fun!
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
University Center Rock Plaza ("The Rock")
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Fall 2017 International Student Orientation Schedule for Graduate Students - UM Coral Gables Campus:

Friday, August 18

ISSS’ International Student Orientation - Graduates
All new and transfer graduate international students are required to attend.
1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Whitten Learning Center, Room 130
5150 Brunson Drive
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Sunday, August 20

Graduate School Orientation Fall 2017
12:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Watsco Center Fieldhouse
1245 Dauer Drive

Thursday, August 24

GradFest 2017: Resource Fair and Mixer

Resource Fair: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Shalala Student Center
1330 Miller Drive

Mixer: 7:30pm
The Rathskeller
1330 Miller Drive

More information regarding ISO for undergraduate and graduate international students:

Who should not attend ISO?

1) Full-time and part time Intensive English Program (IEP) students should contact IEP ( for information on IEP orientation.  

2) Study Abroad/exchange students should attend the Study Abroad Office’s orientation. For dates, time, and location, contact the Study Abroad Office at or visit their website at

3) Parents who plan to accompany their undergraduate student to the U.S. should attend the Family Orientation Program. For Family Orientation check-in dates, time, and location, contact the Department of Orientation at or visit their website at

We encourage you to read the information provided here on, applying for the visa, entry to the U.S., housing, meal plans, health insurance, immunization, financial matters, what to bring, getting to campus, what to do after you arrive to the U.S., and the UMiami Mobile App.  Have a look at the Council of International Students and Organizations (COISO) International Student Welcome Guide, prepared by and for international students.  If you are new to the U.S. and Miami, check out our informative web sessions, Adjusting to Life in America and Starting your Life in Miami.

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  • Adjusting to Life in America: An informative orientation to U.S. cultural values, customs, and understanding culture shock.
  • Starting your Life in Miami: An orientation to Miami which covers local community resources including banking, public transportation, driver’s license, buying a car, off campus housing, medical centers, safety issues, and more.

To take a fun and informative virtual campus tour, go to

Along with your Form I-20, you will receive useful information regarding your Form I-20, applying for an F-1 student visa, and entering the U.S. – also available here Visa & Entry to the U.S.  Due to greater scrutiny for visa applicants at U.S. consular offices, you should begin the visa application process as soon as possible.  We ask that you complete the mandatory online Immigration Session prior to your arrival in order to familiarize yourself with the regulations that govern your immigration status.  This tutorial will provide you with information on how to maintain your F-1 status at UM, apply for F-1 benefits, and request services provided by ISSS. To begin the session, go to

After you have arrived at UM, ISSS must confirm to the U.S. government that you have reported to school and enrolled in your program of study by "registering" your record in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).   In order for ISSS to register your record in SEVIS, complete the I am Here! International Student Arrival to UM & Enrollment Confirmation, accessible via the ISSS website homepage beginning July 15, 2017.  Please do not submit the form prior to your arrival in Miami. 

We hope this information is helpful to you.  Please do not hesitate to contact ISSS ( if you have any questions before or after your arrival.

Have a safe trip, and see you in August!

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