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Fall 2020 International Student Orientation

As previously communicated, all in-person International Student Orientation events have been cancelled for the fall 2020 semester. This includes the mandatory in-person New International Student Summit that was scheduled for August 20. Although we are sad that current circumstances will not allow us to gather in the ways we are used to, everyone in OIS is still excited to support your transition to UIC through our Fall 2020 Virtual International Student Orientation events.

Fall 2020 Virtual International Student Orientation will be held online, August 13-21. All new international students beginning their UIC programs in fall 2020 are encouraged to participate regardless if you will be in Chicago or studying online from abroad. All sessions will be held and times are listed in Central Standard Time (CST) and all sessions will be recorded for those unable to attend live.


Schedule of Events

Housing Tips for International Students
Thursday, Aug. 13 | 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
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Finding a place to live in Chicago can be an overwhelming process for many new international students. Empower your housing search with information that will help you locate quality, safe and affordable housing. Information regarding Campus Housing move-in and self-quarantine protocols will also be included.

Introduction to OIS & Immigration Matters
Monday, Aug. 17 | 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
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Learn about your immigration status and what steps you will need to take in order to properly maintain it and apply for benefits. This session will also include an overview of the Office of International Services and how we will support you throughout your time at UIC.

This session is mandatory for all incoming international students. Please plan to participate live or review the session recording before the fall semester begins on August 24.

The U.S. Legal System: What international students need to know
Monday, Aug. 17 | 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
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Do you understand basic U.S. laws such as the legal drinking age, driving laws, and city ordinances? Would you know what to do if you were issued a ticket or arrested for violating a U.S. law or ordinance? Do you know your legal rights while in the U.S. and how to navigate the U.S. legal system? If the answer to these questions is no, this session is for you. We will cover these important topics plus how interaction with law enforcement and the legal system could impact your immigration status.

Introduction to U.S. Culture
Tuesday, Aug. 18 | 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
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In this session OIS Advisors will overview basic concepts of culture and how it impacts our values, thoughts and behaviours. Keeping in mind that the U.S. is a large, diverse and dynamic country, we will also review some common generalizations of U.S. and Midwestern culture that international students may experience while living in Chicago.

U.S. Classroom Culture & Academic Integrity
Tuesday, Aug. 18 | 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
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Expanding on our discussion of U.S. and Midwestern culture, this session will go into further detail on the culture of academia, specifically here at UIC. What are the expectations for students, professors and the interactions between them that may or may not be clearly stated? How does academic integrity function as a cultural concept and why is it important for international students to be aware of it? What is the culture of student support services and how can international students utilize services to increase academic success? All of these questions and more will be discussed in this important session.

Health Care & Health Insurance in the U.S.
Wednesday, Aug. 18 | 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
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What exactly is health insurance and why do you need it while living in the U.S.? What are the different types of health care facilities and providers that a student might visit? Finally, what does health care and health insurance coverage look like for COVID-19? In this session, OIS Advisors will answer these questions and more.

CampusCare: UIC Student Health Benefit Program
Wednesday, Aug. 18 | 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
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Representatives from UIC's student health benefit program, CampusCare, will explain how the program works, student costs, and deadlines for joining and waiving out of the program. Special consideration will be given to CampusCare coverage of COVID-19 related health care.

Money Matters & Budgeting
Thursday, Aug. 20 | 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
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Managing your money as a full-time student in a new country can come with challenges. This session will cover some of the typical methods people use to save and spend money in the U.S., along with discussing best practices for setting a realistic budget.

Campus Safety
Thursday, Aug. 20 | 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
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Safety is a top of mind issue for many new international students. Join representatives from UIC Police and OIS as they discuss how you can best position yourself for safety while moving through both physical and online environments.

OIS Advisor & International Student Meetup
Friday, Aug. 21 | 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Join the entire OIS Student Advising Team for the final in our series of OIS Advisor & International Student Meetups! We have had a wondering time meeting with incoming international students throughout the summer and in this session we will celebrate the start of your first UIC semester, and of course, answer any questions you may have. :)

Dialogue on Social Justice & the Summer of 2020
Friday, Aug. 21 | 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
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Social justice has been part of the UIC mission for years but the summer of 2020 has seen issues surrounding race and social justice pushed to the forefront in the U.S. and around the world. In this session, the Director of the UIC Dialogue Initiative and Diversity Education will join OIS to discuss opportunities for international students to engage in current conversations around social justice that are central to UIC culture and contemporary life in the U.S.


Registration & Fee Information

Please register online for Fall 2020 Virtual International Student Orientation sessions. As a reminder, sessions are intended for incoming international students who will begin their UIC programs this fall in Chicago or online from abroad.

All incoming international students are charged a non-refundable Orientation & Check-in Fee of $149 to their university bill to cover the costs of new international student services and programs, regardless of ISO participation. However, there is no additional charge for participation in selected ISO events.


Information for Graduate Student Employees

OIS is pleased to share information from two campus partners that support graduate students employed by UIC. If you are a new international student in a graduate program and will be working at UIC as a Teaching Assistant or a Graduate Assistant, please see below for more information on these important resources.

Graduate Employee Organization
The Graduate Employees Organization (GEO) is a labor union that represents 1,400 Teaching Assistants and Graduate Assistants at UIC. Students interested in learning more about the GEO can visit their website
and view an informational video which contains instructions on how to join.

International Teaching Assistant Program
The International Teaching Assistant Program (ITAP) supports international teaching assistants and the departments that employ them. Students who will be working at teaching assistants this fall or next spring can learn more about the ITAP on their website
and register for their mandatory Campus-Wide New TA Orientation on August 17.



Questions regarding Fall 2020 Virtual International Student Orientation can be directed to the New International Student Team at or by phone at +1 (312) 996-3121, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (CST).