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International Student Orientation

Welcome New Fall 2017 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
  • Copy of your I-94 Admission Record (You can access and print your I-94 at 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)

Please try to attend one of the university wide orientations during the summer if you are in the United States. 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 undergraduate orienation will be held during the first week of classes on Friday, August 25th beginning at 9:00am. Please check-in at the International Center KL 101 to be directed to the orientation. Be sure to bring your form I-20 or form DS-2019, your visa and I-94. Please direct any questions to OIA at or Becky Mirza at

Graduate Students (Master's or Doctorate level)

The 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 new international student day will be held on August 11, 2017. The agenda can be viewed by clicking here. You can check in at the International Center - KL 101 before this date with your required documents noted above or arrive early on the day of orientation to allow time for processing. Please be sure read all incoming emails from the Graduate Division or Graduate Students Services regarding mandatory GROW week.