There are several important steps that you must complete during Orientation:


This is required in order for you to report your arrival to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Failure to attend a check-in will result in a hold on your University account, and you will not be able to register for classes. Bring the following documents to the check-in:

  • Your I-20 or DS-2019
  • Your Visa
  • Your Passport
  • Your I-94 (print I-94 at: i94.cbp.dhs.gov)

Check-in is in the International Student and Scholar Services office within the International Center. Check-in occurs during regular office hours, and it is expected that you complete it before the first week of classes is over.

New International Student Orientation

The orientation session is mandatory for all new international students. It will prepare you for your stay while at the University of Louisville and covers important immigration issues regarding your stay in the U.S. You can find further information about the orientation below.

-The Orientation Schedule

-The Orientation PowerPoint Presentation

-Social Security and Shopping Trips

-Welcome Picnic

-Important Dates

Note 1: If you attend the New International Student orientation, then you do not need to attend the University's new student and transfer student orientation.

Note 2: If you are a graduate student, GTA or receiving a form of assistantship or fellowship then you are required to attend one or all of the orientations below in conjunction with the new international student orientation.

Graduate Student Orientation

This orientation provides basic information about graduate school and resources for all incoming graduate students. Includes sessions on SIGS, PLAN, and being a university GTA, among others. To find out more information about the Graduate Student Orientation visit the Graduate School's webpage.

Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) Orientation

A GTA-only session will be held during the same graduate student orientation session. This session will provide GTAs with information on legal issues and using Blackboard in the classroom, as well as perspectives on teaching from current GTAs.

GTA English Proficiency Evaluation

The University of Louisville requires all new international graduate teaching assistants, with the exception of those teaching a foreign language, to demonstrate their level of proficiency in the English language before they may begin their teaching assignments. The English proficiency evaluation consists of a 20 minute teaching demonstration, during which the GTA will present a topic that would be typical of a teaching assignment for a class which he/she is to teach. You must schedule your teaching demonstration by making an appointment with the IESL office. Please contact Nancy Henry at iesl@louisville.edu or at 502-852-5901.

Human Resources

The School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies has partnered with the Human Resources Department (HR) to create a centralized payroll orientation program for incoming graduate students who will receive a stipend through a graduate assistantship or fellowship.  HR has created a web site to provide information about the new orientation process. The web site instructs students to complete an electronic I-9 and new graduate student hire packet prior to attending an orientation session. The site also provides a link for students to register for one of the seven orientation sessions that HR will hold.  The link to this site is: http://louisville.edu/hr/employment/newemployees/gradhrorientation.html