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International Student Orientation

Welcome New Fall 2024 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. This orientation is separate to the university-wide orientation. Both orientations are mandatory for an international student attending UC Merced on a F-1 or J-1 student visa.

Mandatory Check-In

Upon arrival to UC Merced, please check-in by emailing International Students & Scholars (ISS) office at iss@ucmerced.edu, and attach the following documents:

  • Copy of your I-94 Admission Record (you can access and print your I-94 from the Customs webpage after your arrival to the US)
  • F-1 or J-1 Student Visa (Canadian citizens exempt)
  • Completed New Student Check-In Form

Mandatory New International 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. (During the Fall semester, 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.

New International Student Orientation for Graduate Students (Master's and Doctorate degree level)

Graduate Students

The Fall 2024 new international graduate student orientation is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, August 21, 2024 on-campus.  More details will be provided as the date approaches.  Please check-in with the Office of International Affairs upon your arrival (before orientation) by emailing iss@ucmerced.edu. Please attach a copy of your visa, I-94 and New Student Check-In Form to the email.

Please direct any questions to ISS at iss@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. You will need your UC Merced Form I-20 or Form DS-2019, your visa, your passport and I-94 to complete hiring paperwork.

 

New International Student Orientation for Undergraduate Students (Bachelor's degree level) & UCEAP Reciprocity Students

Undergraduate & UCEAP Reciprocity Students

The Fall 2024 new international undergraduate student orientation will be scheduled the week prior to the start of instruction.  Instruction begins on Aust 28, 2024.  More details, including the date and time, will be provided as the semester approaches.  Please check-in with the Office of International Affairs upon your arrival (before orientation) by emailing iss@ucmerced.edu. Please attach a copy of your visa, I-94 and New Student Check-In Form to the email.

Please direct any questions to ISS at iss@ucmerced.edu.