International Student Orientation

Welcome New Spring 2018 International Students!

F-1 and J-1 students are required by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the UC Merced Office of International Affairs (OIA) to attend the New International Student Orientation (NISO). Your arrival is validated/registered in the Department of Homeland Security database SEVIS after attending NISO.

Mandatory Check-In

Upon arrival to UC Merced, please check-in at the Ofice of International Affairs located in the Kolligian Library - KL 101 and bring the following documents:

  • Your UC Merced I-20 or UC Merced DS-2019
  • Copy of your I-94 Admission Record (You can access and print your I-94 at www.cbp.gov/i94 after your arrival to the US)
  • F-1 or J-1 Student Visa (Canadian citizens exempt)
  • Passport
  • Completed New Student Check-In Form

Mandatory New Interantional Student Orientation

The International Student Orientation is an opportunity for you to meet your International Student Advisors and also meet other new international students. You will learn about important immigration regulations related to your F-1 or J-1 student visa, campus policies, procedures and resources. 

Undergraduate Students (Bachelor's degree level)

The Spring 2018 new student orientation will be held on Friday, January 12, 2018. Please check-in at the Office of International Affairs located in KL 101 by 9:00am to be directed to the orientation. Be sure to bring your form I-20 or form DS-2019, your visa and I-94. If you are a Fall semester admit who has been studying in the US, please try to attend one of the university wide orientations held during the summer. Considering the on-campus housing move-date is the weekend before classes begin and the Ascend Conference takes the place the day or two before classes begin, the Fall undergraduate orienation will be held the Friday before classes begin. Please direct any questions to OIA at international@ucmerced.edu or Becky Mirza at bmirza@ucmerced.edu

Graduate Students (Master's or Doctorate level)

The Spring 2018 new student orientation will be held on Friday, January 12, 2018 beginning at 9:00am. Please check in at the Office of International Affairs located in the Kolligian Library - KL 101 on or before this date with your required documents noted above. The Fall semester new international student orientation for graduate level students will be the first day of Graduate and Research Orientation Week otherwise known as GROW week. The date for Fall 2018 has not yet been determined. It will be sometime during the second week of August 2018.