International Student Orientation

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ISSA's International Student Orientation provides essential information about maintaining immigration status and life at Notre Dame as well as provide an opportunity to meet fellow international students and ISSA staff.

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 undergraduate U.S. visa holders, permanent residents, U.S. citizens who grew up abroad, and parents are invited to attend International Student Orientation. They can reach out to for more information.  

For January 2021 International Student Orientation:

  • An invitation will go out the week of January 11; if you do not receive the email by Friday, January 15, please email us at 
  • January 18 / Virtual Pre-Arrival Sessions:  ISSA will host a series of virtual events to prepare your for travel and life in the U.S. There will be one mandatory session, part one of Maintaining Your F-1/J-1 Status. 
  • January 14 or 21 / Graduate and Professional Students: please be sure to RSVP for the Graduate Student Life Orientation on January 21, as ISSA will be presenting part 2 of Maintaining Your Status during that orientation. Students attending January 14 will have parts 1 & 2 of Maintaining Status
  • February 1 / Undergraduate Students: Plan to attend a virtual Maintaining Your Status session (mandatory) on February 1 and meet up with your International Ambassador.   
  • February 1 & 2 / All Students: Follow up sessions, including a virtual resource fair (banks / phones / health services), Social Security Number session, and Driving in the U.S. session 
  • More information and frequently asked questions can be found on the following pages:

Undergraduate Students   Graduate Students   Extended International Student Orientation


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

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

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