International Student Orientation

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About International Student 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 2017 International Student Orientation this year will be July 31 - August 4.

Registration Details:


Orientation Item/Service Registration Only Registration + Orientation Housing

Breakfast meal plan for Bolton Dining Hall

Not included in registration prices

$30 extra

$30 extra

Lunches and Dinners July 31 - August 4 Included Included
Orientation supplies & materials (including orientation t-shirt) Included Included
Transportation to events and sessions Included Included
Convenient, safe, and clean housing accommodations, from July 31 - August 5, on UGA's campus. CLICK HERE  to view Orientation Housing accomodations Not Included Included
Early move-in option for UGA residence halls on August 5* Not Included Included

Registration Fees: 

Registration Deadline Registration Only Registration + Orientation Housing

Early Registration

Before July 7th, 2017

$175 $425

Normal Registration

 $190 $445*

Late Registration

After July 26th, 2017

$204 Not Available
*  orientation housing availability is only guranteed for students who register by July 7th, 2017. Late housing registrations will be accepted pending space availability.


Why should you register for International Student Orientation 2017?

  • 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.
  • If you’re an incoming undergraduate international student, International Student Orientation 2017 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 2017 is more than informational sessions! Throughout the program there will be fun activities and events that allow you to meet your fellow student.

Register for International Student Orientation

Sponsored Student Registration

Please only use this registration option if an organization or department is paying for your registration. Please confirm this arrangement with your sponsor prior to registering.

International Student Orientation Handbook

Required Medical Forms for New Students

After registering for orientation, please visit this website to read about which immunizations and forms must be completed by all international students. If you have difficulties accessing this resource, please email

Welcome to Athens Fair

Each year, ISL hosts an orientation resource fair specific to the needs of the international student community. Due to space limitations, this opportunity is available to UGA campus offices, community resources, and ISL-advised cultural student organizations. For more information, please click the link or email

Information for Graduate Coordinators & Academic Advisors

Information for graduate coordinators or academic advisors when working with international students.

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)