International Student Orientation

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The University of Georgia
210 Memorial Hall
Athens, Georgia 30602

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST
Monday-Friday (excluding holidays)

International Student Orientation

Spring 2023 International Student Orientation registration is now open!

 Please review the information and access the registration forms below. Further questions can be directed to

International Student Orientation will take place from Saturday, January 7th – Sunday, January 8th, 2023. 

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.

The spring 2023 international student orientation program meets the University orientation requirement for undergraduate students and is highly recommended for all incoming undergraduate, graduate, and exchange students, regardless of previous study in the United States. 

Registration opens during the fall semester for the spring 2023 orientation program. Your registration fee* covers everything listed below for all students:

  • Breakfast, lunches and dinners during the orientation program
  • Orientation materials and supplies
  • Orientation t-shirt
  • Social events and activities during orientation to help you meet other incoming international students and the World Leaders

Regular Registration: before December 20

Late Registration: December 20-January 7

  • Regular Registration: $75
  • Late Registration: $85

*Your registration fee will be billed directly to your Student Account at the beginning of the Spring 2023 semester. You will pay your orientation fee through your online Student Account portal. 

  • 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 help you build a sense of community and establish a network of friends before classes even start!
  • International Student Orientation is more than informational sessions! Throughout the program, there will be fun activities and events that allow you to meet your fellow students.

A tentative schedule will be posted shortly! 

January 7th will be a full day of sessions. January 8th will be a half day of sessions, concluding before lunch.

Please note that the University keeps all of its updates and COVID-19 resources at  

For Immigration Services Travel & COVID FAQ, please click here.

For more information, please click here.

To review the international student orientation refund policy, please click here.


$ 75
This cost reflects late registration cost until December 20, 2022.
  • Regular registration price will increase on December 21, 2022.
  • Fee covers meals during the program, orientation supplies, t-shirt, and social activities
  • Undergraduate, first-year, degree-seeking students can subtract $50 from this cost. Undergraduate students pay a commitment deposit to the University which helps offset their orientation cost.

International Student Orientation Handbook

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

Sponsored Student Information for Departments

For UGA departments covering a student’s registration fee, please use this form to provide additional information.