International Student Orientation

Contact ISL

The University of Georgia
210 Memorial Hall
Athens, Georgia 30602

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

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.

The fall 2021 international student orientation program meets the University orientation requirement for undergraduate students and is highly recommended for all graduate and exchange students, regardless of previous study in the United States. 

 

Registration opens on March 1 for the fall 2021 orientation program. Your registration fee* covers everything listed below for all students:

  • Lunches and dinners from Sunday, August 8 through Thursday, August 12 
  • 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

Early Registration: March 1 – May 31
Regular Registration: July 1 – July 3
Late Registration: after July 3

  • Undergraduate Students: $385 / $405 / $455
  • Graduate Students: $199 / $219 / $239
  • Exchange Students: $435 / $455 / $475

Housing is included for undergraduate and exchange student registration. Graduate students may add Housing. More information is included below. 

*Your registration fee will be billed directly to your Student Account at the beginning of the Fall 2021 semester. You will pay your orientation fee through your online Student Account portal. 

For students living on campus in University Housing for fall 2021, including University Village, you will move into your permanent space for the fall semester at the beginning of the orientation program. 

*All undergraduate students and exchange students are required to stay in Orientation Housing during the program. By staying on campus, you will also have access to conveniences on campus. Advantages of staying in Orientation Housing also include:

  • 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 9 to Thursday, August 12. 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 
  • Transportation of you and your luggage to your on-campus permanent housing assignment 

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 conveniences will be available during orientation. Please note that undergraduate students who are required to stay in orientation housing are given priority in room assignments, so if you plan to stay in orientation housing, please be sure to register!  

More information available in late March 2021. 

If you are a graduate student living off campus during orientation and you plan to utilize the ISL-provided shuttle service, you will be assessed an additional $25 transportation charge. This charge is a one-time charge and is assessed when you sign up for an ISL shuttle service. This registration will be sent to students in mid-July. 

Tentative orientation schedules for each student type (undergraduate, graduate, and exchange) will be available in mid-March, 2021. Please be on the lookout for more information then! 

  • 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 2021 is more than informational sessions! Throughout the program, there will be fun activities and events that allow you to meet your fellow students.

Undergraduate Students

$ 385
00
Prices increase after May 31!
  • Early Registration Cost by May 31, 2021. Early registration cost increases by $20 before July 3 and by $40 after July 3.
  • Fee covers Housing, lunch & dinner from August 8 - 12, breakfast from August 9-12, orientation supplies, t-shirt, transportation, and social activities

Graduate Students

$ 199
00
Prices increase after May 31!
  • Early Registration Cost by May 31, 2021. Early registration cost increases by $20 before July 3 and by $40 after July 3.
  • Fee covers lunch & dinner from August 8 - 12, orientation supplies, t-shirt, and social activities
  • Graduate students can add optional Housing + off-campus transportation for an additional fee.

Exchange Students

Non-Degree Seeking, Rotary, and/or Fulbright Students
*The undergraduate cost listed is lower than exchange students due to undergraduate degree-seeking student requirement to pay the $300 commitment deposit to attend UGA. A portion of this cost helps offset the undergraduate orientation fee. Exchange students are NOT required to pay this commitment deposit to the University.
$ 435
00
Prices increase after May 31!
  • Early Registration Cost by May 31, 2021. Early registration cost increases by $20 before July 3 and by $40 after July 3.
  • Fee covers Housing, lunch & dinner from August 8 - 12, breakfast from August 9-12, orientation supplies, t-shirt, transportation, and social activities

International Student Orientation Handbook

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

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