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International Student Orientation

Welcome New Fall 2020 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 in 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 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 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. The date and time of the Fall 2020 new international undergraduate student orientation will be scheduled for August 2020 (date and time to be announced). Please direct any questions to OIA at international@ucmerced.edu or Lacey Long-Vejar at llongvejar@ucmerced.edu

Graduate Students (Master's or Doctorate level)

The Fall 2020 new international graduate student orientation will be held on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 (time and campus location to be announced).  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.

There will be an orientation offered online for graduate students on August 20, 2020 for those that cannot attend in person. 

Please direct any questions to OIA at international@ucmerced.edu or Lacey Long-Vejar at llongvejar@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 this hiring paperwork.