International Student Orientation

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About Orientation

Fall 2019 orientation will be held on Sunday, August 4 to Friday, August 9, 2019. 

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. Reasons why you should attend International Student Orientation include:

  • Important topics related to UGA academics, safety, wellness, resources, and much more are discussed in detail during this program! Even if you have attended college in the USA before, it is still recommended to attend this program!
  • 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.
  • Our World Leader squads you build a sense of community and establish a network of friends before classes even start!
  • International Student Orientation 2019 is more than informational sessions! Throughout the program, there will be fun activities and events that allow you to meet your fellow students.
Late / On-Site Registration
Online registration ended on July 26 at 12:00PM EST. However, you may still register on-site on Sunday, August 4. If you are planning to register on-site for International Student Orientation, please email immediately. Please note that Orientation Housing is limited at this time, so it is incredibly important that you let us know of your plans to attend. 
Student Classification On-Site Registration Fees


$425 (registration + housing)


$239 (registration only)

$475 (registration + housing)

Exchange*  $475 (registration + housing)

*The undergraduate cost listed is lower than exchange students due to the undergraduate student requirement to pay a $200 commitment deposit to attend UGA. A portion of this deposit helps offset the orientation fee. Exchange students are not required to pay this $200 commitment deposit to the University. 

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Important Information About Your Registration Fee 

Your registration fee covers everything listed below for all students:

  • Lunches and dinners from Sunday, August 4 through Thursday, August 8 
  • Orientation materials and supplies
  • Orientation t-shirt
  • Transportation during orientation 
  • Social events and activities during orientation to help you meet other incoming international students and the World Leaders

Your registration fee will be billed directly to your Student Account at the beginning of the Fall 2019 semester and will be paid through the Student Accounts portal online. Orientation fees charged to your student account will be due by August 14.

Staying in Orientation Housing 

*All undergraduate students and exchange students are required to stay in Orientation Housing in beautiful Rutherford Hall located centrally on UGA's campus. By staying in housing on campus, not only can you enjoy one of the most beautiful locations on campus, but you will also have access to conveinences on campus. Please click here to take a tour of Rutherford Hall with a current UGA student. Advantages of staying in Orientation Housing also include:

  • A room and private bathroom shared with one other orientation participant of the same gender in Rutherford Hall
  • The safety and security of UGA's campus and residence halls
  • The ability to build new friendships with fellow orientation participants and current UGA students serving as your orientation leaders (World Leaders)
  • Breakfast in Bolton Dining Commons from Monday, August 5 to Thursday, August 8. Breakfast meals in the Dining Hall are only available to those students staying in Orientation Housing 
  • A linen package delivered to your room, including a pillow, sheets, blankets, towels, and wash cloth 
  • Ability to move in to your on-campus housing permanent assignment for Fall Semester on Friday, August 9 during early move-in (University Housing assesses a $20 early move-in charge to your student account for early move-in)
  • Transportation of you and your luggage to your on-campus permanent housing assignment 

Early Arrival Housing 

For students with travel arrangements bringing them to Athens prior to Sunday, August 4, Orientation Housing is available starting at 3:00PM EST on Saturday, August 3. If you are interested in adding early housing (only available for the night of Saturday, August 3), the cost is $55. You will have the option to register for early arrival housing in the registration form below. 

At-a-Glance Orientation Schedules

To view the tentative orientation schedules, please click on your student classification below. 

Graduate Exchange/Rotary

Arrival Information

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International Student Orientation Handbook

The orientation handbook contains important information about preparing for your journey to Athens, the orientation program, and much more.