International Student Orientation

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About Orientation

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

Registration Fees
Student Classification Early Registration Price by May 31 Regular Registration Price by June 30 Late Registration Price by July 26


$385 Early Registration Price + $10  Early Registration Price + $40
Graduate** $199 Early Registration Price + $26 Early Registration Price + $40
Exchange*  $435 Early Registration Price + $10 Early Registration Price + $40

*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. 

** Graduate students may add Orientation Housing as an option. Please see below for more information.

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. 

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 

Are you a graduate student interested in staying in orientation housing? 

This option is available for you! Please add $236 to the registration cost listed above to stay in Orientation Housing. You will have the option to register for Orientation Housing in the registration form below. Should you choose to stay in Orientation Housing, all of the above conveinences will be available during orientation. 

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

Why should you register for International Student Orientation 2019?

  • 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.

Undergraduate Student Registration

Please use this registration form if you are an incoming degree-seeking UNDERGRADUATE student

Graduate Student Registration

Please use this registration form if you are an incoming degree-seeking GRADUATE student

Exchange Student Registration

Please use this registration form if you are an incoming EXCHANGE or ROTARY student (undergraduate or graduate).

Registered for Orientation?

After you register for orientation, ISL has prepared additional resources and information including the orientation handbook to assist in your journey and arrival to the United States.

Contact ISL

International Student Life
The University of Georgia
210 Memorial Hall
Athens, Georgia 30602 | USA

Phone:  +USA 706-542-5867
Fax:      +USA 706-583-0006


Office Hours: 
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST
Monday-Friday (excluding holidays)