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orientation flyer ISL organizes an international student orientation each semester for new and transfer international students matriculating to the University of Georgia. The information included in the ISL orientation is not covered by any other orientation program on campus. Highlights from ISL's orientation schedules include information concerning immigration issues, taxes for non-residents, cross-cultural adjustment, housing assistance, course registration procedures, Social Security Cards, UGA payroll, and campus tours. Current UGA students serve as orientation leaders (called World Leaders) to assist with international orientation sessions. Fall 2015 International Student Orientation this year will be August 4th-10th.

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Registration Fees:

  • Early-Bird Registration (before July 17th, 2015)
    • Registration Only | $85.00
    • Registration + Orientation Housing | $395*
    • ($335 housing cost* and $60 registration cost – save $25!!!)
    • * Our housing rates are unbeatable!
  • Regular Registration (July 18th – August 2nd, 2015) - $100
  • On-site/Late Registration (August 4th, 2015) - $125

Important Dates:

  • May 1st - International Student Orientation registration opens
  • May 1st – July 17th - Early-Bird registration period – register early and save!
  • July 17th - Deadline to register for orientation housing
  • July 18th – August 2nd - Regular registration period
  • August 4th - On-site/Late registration and orientation check-in
  • August 10th - End of orientation and move out of orientation housing

Why should you register for International Student Orientation 2015?

International Student Life and the World Leaders (orientation leaders) are specially trained to help assist international students, like you, transition successfully to the USA and to the University of Georgia!

You will learn important information about UGA and Athens, including where to shop, eat, and have fun! Our World Leaders are current international and domestic students that have lived in Athens and are here to share their experiences and tips for living a great life in Athens, GA.

If you’re an incoming undergraduate international student, International Student Orientation 2015 meets your UGA orientation requirements. This means you can attend this orientation program and meet all your UGA admissions requirements plus have more time to make new friends and explore the UGA campus!

Our World Leader family groups help you build a sense of community and establish a network of friends before classes even start!

International Student Orientation 2015 is more than informational sessions! Throughout the week there will be fun activities and events that allow you to meet your fellow students.

Why should you stay in Orientation Housing?

Price! - It’s the cheapest option you’ll find in Athens, GA!

Savings! – Registering for International Student Orientation 2015 AND Orientation Housing by the July 17th deadline saves you money on your registration fee!

Convenience! - Orientation Housing is centrally located to all orientation events and activities. For off-campus activities, orientation shuttles are available from Orientation Housing. Staying in Orientation Housing means that you will have easy access and transportation (when needed) to and from all International Student Orientation 2015 events and activities.

Safety! – Orientation Housing is located on UGA’s campus. UGA has one of the top police and security departments. Our top priority is your safety!

Community! – Staying in Orientation Housing allows you to build friendships with fellow students. Our World Leaders will stay in Orientation Housing, which is a great opportunity to meet current student leaders at UGA!

What should I expect?

Fun! – International Student Orientation 2015 is designed to incorporate important informational sessions but also a lot of fun. Events like bowling, a pool party, group activities and lunch conversations help make this week enjoyable.

Support! - Our format focuses on small groups called Orientation Family Groups (OFGs), which pair two World Leaders with 15-20 students. This allows students to form closer relationships with their fellow OFG members and their World Leaders. Our philosophy is that your support doesn’t end on August 10th; we want you to have friends and resources throughout your time at UGA!

Helpfulness! – Our World Leaders are trained to help participants adjust to life at UGA and in Athens. In addition, the trained professionals at International Student Life are available throughout the week to answer your questions. This week is truly about making your transition to UGA successful and enjoyable!

Safety! – Our program and sessions are focused on equipping you to have a safe and enjoyable experience while at UGA. Our guest speakers include the Chief of Police, Health Center Representatives and the Director of the Emergency Preparedness Center, just to name a few. We believe that your safety during your time at UGA is the #1 priority!

Connections! – Through your OFGs and opportunities to connect with campus and community groups throughout the week, we know that you will leave with new connections that will help you build a network of support and friends while at UGA.

NOTE: All students who register for International Student Orientation must CHECK-IN with ISL and receive a wristband in order to participate in any orientation activity. Check-In begins in the Memorial Hall Ballroom (UGA Campus) on August 4, 2015 at 10:00 am and ends at 4:00 pm.

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If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 706-542-5867 or email

International Student Life | The University of Georgia | 210 Memorial Hall | Athens, Georgia 30602-3108  USA
Phone: +USA 706-542-5867 | Fax: +USA 706-583-0006
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