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UC Merced International

International Student Orientation

Welcome New Fall 2021 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.

Office of International Affairs is working remotely during the Summer Session 2021. Your International Student Advisors are available by email, phone and Zoom.  Please visit our Staff Directory for contact information.

Mandatory Check-In

Upon arrival to UC Merced, please check-in by emailing Lacey Long-Vejar at, and attach the following documents:

  • Copy of your I-94 Admission Record (You can access and print your I-94 from the Customs web page after your arrival to the US)
  • F-1 or J-1 Student Visa (Canadian citizens exempt)
  • 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. There are two separate new international student orientations: One for undergraduate students and one for graduate level students.

Dates, times and locations may change due to university policy changes. Please check back regularly for more information.

Undergraduate Students (Bachelor's degree level)

Please check-in with the Office of International Affairs by emailing Lacey Long-Vejar before orientation. Please attach a copy of your visa, I-94 and New Student Check-In Form. The new international undergraduate student orientation will be held virtually via Zoom on Friday, August 20, 2021 from 9:00 - 11:00 am.  Zoom link to follow.

Graduate Students (Master's or Doctorate level)

The Fall 2021 new international graduate student orientation will be held virtually via Zoom on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 from 8:00 - 10:00 am.  Please check-in with the Office of International Affairs upon your arrival (before orientation) by emailing Lacey Long-Vejar. Please attach a copy of your visa, I-94 and New Student Check-In Form to the email.  Zoom link to follow.

Please direct any questions to OIA at or Lacey Long-Vejar at It is important to read all incoming emails from the Graduate Division or Graduate Students Services regarding mandatory training and/or hiring paperwork. You will need your UC Merced form I-20 or form DS-2019, your visa, your passport and I-94 to complete the hiring paperwork.