International Student Orientation

All new students whose F-1 or J-1 visa documents are sponsored by Notre Dame, including those returning to Notre Dame after a leave of absence, are required to attend International Student Orientation. All other U.S. visa holders, permanent residents, U.S. citizens who grew up abroad, parents, and spouses are invited to attend Orientation, but they will need to reach out to for more information.  

Fall 2019 International Student Orientation for undergraduates will be August 21-22, 2019. Undergraduates should be on campus and ready to move into their residence halls by August 21, 2019.

International Student Orientation for graduate students in The Graduate School will be:

  • June 17, 2019, 8am-12pm (for students whose program begins before June 17 to June 21)
  • July 15, 2019, 8am-12pm (for students whose program begins after June 22 to July 19)
  • August 21, 2019, 8am-12pm (for students whose program begins after July 20 to August 21)

For professional students in Mendoza College of Business, the Law School, and the ESTEEM program, international student orientation will be embedded in your program orientation.

Orientation will provide essential information about maintaining immigration status, American culture, and life at Notre Dame as well as provide an opportunity to meet fellow international students and ISSA staff. 

Thank you to our Blue and Gold Level sponsors of International Student Orientation:


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Orientation Housing

Undergraduate International Students Living On Campus: Undergraduate international students may move into their permanent residence hall rooms on Wednesday, August 21, 2019. More information will be included in orientation registration materials.

Graduate Students & Students Living Off Campus: Graduate students or students living off campus, should contact their rector or landlord to arrange a move-in time prior to the start of International Student Orientation.

Temporary Housing: Students who need TEMPORARY housing prior to moving in to a permanent residence may stay at Sacred Heart Parish Center for a fee by making a reservation with Christina Maciejczyk or calling +1 574-631-9436.  

Parents & Family: Parents and family members are not permitted to stay in residence hall rooms and must make their own housing arrangements. Information about housing options can be found at


If you have any questions, you may contact us at or +1-574-631-1138. 

For a list of answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about Orientation, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions.

For pre-arrival information, please visit our Pre-Arrival page. For additional Arrival info, review our Arrival page.