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International Student Orientation

Welcome New Fall 2019 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 International Center Kolligian Library - KL 101 and bring the following documents:

  • Your UC Merced I-20 or DS-2019
  • 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)
  • 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. There are two separate new international student orienatations. One for undergraduate students and one for graduate level students.

Undergraduate Students (Bachelor's degree level)

The Fall 2019 new international student orientation will be held on Monday, August 26, 2019. Further information on the time and place will be posted soon. Please check-in at the Office of International Affairs KL-101 upon your arrival. Be sure to bring your form I-20 or form DS-2019, your visa, I-94 and New Student Check-in form. 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 Fall 2019 new international student orientation for graduate level international students will be held on August 21, 2019 during Graduate Research Orientation Week (GROW) that begins the week of August 15, 2019. Please check-in at the Office of International Affairs in KL-101 upon your arrival. Be sure to bring your form I-20 or form DS-2019, your visa, I-94 and New Student Check-in form. Please direct any questions to OIA at international@ucmerced.edu or Becky Mirza at bmirza@ucmerced.edu. It is important to read all incoming emails from the Graduate Division or Graduate Students Services regarding mandatory training and/or hiring paperwork. If you have a TA/GSR appointment, your hriing paperwork must be completed by 4:00pm on August 16, 2019. You will need your UC Merced form I-20 or form DS-2019, your visa, your passport and I-94 to complete this hiring paperwork.