Orientation

IUPUI International Welcome Week is how your life at IUPUI begins.

International Welcome Week is your introduction to life at IUPUI and in Indianapolis. From learning about visa requirements to making new friends, you will learn how to succeed here and you will start to feel at home. We encourage you to connect with us on our social media groups.

Get Your International Welcome Week Information

It is extremely important that you review your admission materials carefully and that you arrive in Indianapolis ready to participate in the entire International Welcome Week.

Fall 2018 Arrivals:

See an August 2018 Program Overview

It is very important that you review your Admission Letter for arrival information. Please refer to the specific information below to find the arrival information that best fits your situation. If you have questions, feel free to contact us at iadvisor@iupui.edu

  • This is my first time studying at any university and I hold an F-1 or J-1 visa stamp.

    If this description fits you, you may also be familiar with the term First Time Freshman or simply Freshman. This description means you are studying for a bachelor's degree at IUPUI. A Freshman is identified as an undergraduate student with 0-11 transfer credits .

    Quick Facts:
    Arrive in Indianapolis by: July 31, 2018
    Welcome Meeting with OIA staff: August 1, 2018
    English for Academic Purposes (EAP) testing: August 2, 2018
    Academic Orientation: August 3, 2018
    Mandatory Immigration Meeting: August 6, 2018
    First Day of Required Bridge Orientation August 7, 2018
    First Day of semester August 20, 2018

    For more detailed information, see our International Welcome Week page for First Time Freshman »

  • I am transferring to IUPUI to complete a bachelor's degree and I hold an F-1 or J-1 visa stamp.

    If this description fits you, you may also be familiar with the term Transfer Student, or upper classman. This description means you are transferring to IUPUI to complete a bachelar's degree and have already studied at another college or university, transferring in 12 or more credit hours. 

    Quick Facts:
    Arrive in Indianapolis by: August 12, 2018
    Mandatory Immigration Meeting: August 13, 2018
    English for Academic Purposes (EAP) testing: August 14, 2018
    Academic Orientation: August 15, 2018
    Various workshops and social activities August 13 - 17, 2018
    First Day of semester August 20, 2018

    For more detailed information, see our International Welcome Week page for Non-Freshman Undergraduates »

  • I am a graduate student studying in a Ph.D., Master's Degree, LLM, or SJD program. And, I hold an F-1 or J-1 visa stamp

    This description means you have been admitted to a graduate program. This can be earning a Ph.D., MS, MA, LLM, or SJD. 

    Quick Facts:
    Arrive in Indianapolis by: August 12, 2018
    Mandatory Immigration Meeting: August 13, 2018
    English for Academic Purposes (EAP) testing: August 14, 2018
    Academic Orientation: See your Department
    Various workshops and social activities August 13 - 17, 2018
    First Day of semester August 20, 2018

    Be sure to communicate with your department to see if there are departmental orientation requirements. Many departments plan for you to meet with them for course selection, programming, and meeting with faculty.

    For more detailed information, see our International Welcome Week page for Graduate Students »

  • I am a non-degree Exchange Student.

    This description means that you are coming for an exchange program. Most often, you will be a J-1 Student Visa holder and studying at IUPUI for either 1 or 2 semesters. 

    Quick Facts:
    Arrive in Indianapolis by: August 12, 2018
    Mandatory Immigration Meeting: August 13, 2018
    English for Academic Purposes (EAP) testing: August 14, 2018
    Various workshops and social activities August 13 - 17, 2018
    First Day of semester August 20, 2018

    Be sure to communicate with your department to see if there are departmental orientation requirements. Many departments plan for you to meet with them for course selection, programming, and meeting with faculty.

    For more detailed information, see our International Welcome Week page for Exchange Students »

  • I am an international student on a different visa type (H1-B, H4, L2, E2, E3, A1, etc)

    This describes a student who is planning to study at IUPUI but who is on a visa type other than F-1 and J-1. As an international student on a different visa, you are welcome to attend the majority of International Welcome Week. However, should not attend the mandatory immigration orientation for F-1/J-1 students. This session is specific to F-1 and J-1 visa regulations and does not apply to you.

    See additional details regarding arrival for non F-1/J-1 students »

Spring 2019 Arrivals:

See a January 2019 Program Overview

It is very important that you review your Admission Letter for arrival information. Please refer to the specific information below to find the arrival information that best fits your situation. If you have questions, feel free to contact us at iadvisor@iupui.edu

  • I will be studying in a bachelor's program on an F-1 or J-1 student visa.

    This description means you are studying a bachelor's degree at IUPUI. This can be anyone including both freshmen and transfer students.

    Arrive in Indianapolis by: January 1, 2019
    Mandatory Immigration Meeting: January 2, 2019
    English for Academic Purposes (EAP) testing: January 3, 2019
    Academic Orientation: January 4, 2018
    Various workshops and social activities January 2-5, 2019
    First Day of semester January 7, 2019

    For more detailed information, see our International Welcome Week page for Spring Undergraduates »

  • I am a graduate student studying in a Ph.D., Master's Degree, LLM, or SJD program. And, I hold an F-1 or J-1 visa stamp

    This description means you have been admitted to a graduate program. This can be earning a Ph.D., MS, MA, LLM, JD or SJD. 

    Quick Facts:
    Arrive in Indianapolis by: January 1, 2019
    Mandatory Immigration Meeting: January 2, 2019
    English for Academic Purposes (EAP) testing: January 3, 2019
    Academic Orientation: January 4, 2018
    Various workshops and social activities January 2-5, 2019
    First Day of semester January 7, 2019

    Be sure to communicate with your department to see if there are departmental orientation requirements. Many departments plan for you to meet with them for course selection, programming, and meeting with faculty.

    For more detailed information, see our International Welcome Week page for Graduate Students »

  • I am a non-degree Exchange Student.

    This description means that you are coming for an exchange program. Most often, you will be a J-1 Student Visa holder and studying at IUPUI for either 1 or 2 semesters. 

    Quick Facts:
    Arrive in Indianapolis by: January 1, 2019
    Mandatory Immigration Meeting: January 2, 2019
    English for Academic Purposes (EAP) testing: January 3, 2019
    Various workshops and social activities January 2-5, 2019
    First Day of semester January 7, 2019

    Be sure to communicate with your department to see if there are departmental orientation requirements. Many departments plan for you to meet with them for course selection, programming, and meeting with faculty.

    For more detailed information, see our International Welcome Week page for Exchange Students »

  • I am an international student on a different visa type (H1-B, H4, L2, E2, E3, A1, etc)

    This describes a student who is planning to study at IUPUI but who is on a visa type other than F-1 and J-1. As an international student on a different visa, you are welcome to attend the majority of International Welcome Week. However, should not attend the mandatory immigration orientation for F-1/J-1 students. This session is specific to F-1 and J-1 visa regulations and does not apply to you.

    See additional details regarding arrival for non F-1/J-1 students »