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Fall 2019 New International Student Orientation

Congratulations on your admission to Vanderbilt University! International Student and Scholar Services has prepared some information that we hope will be useful for a successful time at Vanderbilt. We look forward to your arrival! Additional details will be posted throughout the semester and the summer. Please check back for more information!

New International Student Orientation | Fall 2019

Welcome to Vanderbilt University! As you prepare for the Fall 2019 semester, please keep the following important dates in mind:


Tuesday, August 13th: New International Undergraduate Student Move-In Day

Wednesday, August 14–Saturday, August 17: Orientation Week

Please make sure your travel arrangements will allow you to participate in your respective Orientation program. 

Program Highlights

  • Scheduled time to complete the required ISSS Welcome Check-In
  • Small groups led by your iLEAD Mentor (a current Vanderbilt student)
  • Get your Commodore student ID Card
  • Campus Tours
  • Student panels
  • Interactive workshops and presentations
  • Information resource Fair
  • Free lunches, dinners and breakfast

Overview of the Orientation Program

Each fall, International Student and Scholar Services collaborates with various campus departments and offices to host New International Student Orientation in August. There are separate orientation days for graduate/professional and undergraduate students, including programming meant to assist you with acclimation to Vanderbilt’s campus and culture and to provide opportunities to learn about the U.S. with other students.

All incoming students (with the exception of those from the Law School and Owen School of Management) will be assigned to iLEAD groups with  other new international students that are led by an iLEAD Mentor. iLEAD Mentors have been recruited and trained to assist you before arrival, during orientation week and throughout the first academic year!

Orientation Session Highlights

  • Welcome Check-In: Meet Your iLEAD Groups
  • Maintaining Your F-1/J-1 Status
  • Resource and Vendor Fair
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Academics in the U.S. Classroom
  • And much more!

Orientation Social Events

  • Pizza and Game Night
  • New Student and Community Dinner
  • Restaurant Hops
  • And more!

Campus Housing & Early Move-In

New International Student Orientation is free for all attendees. Undergraduate students will be able to move into their residence halls early at no charge on Tuesday, August 13th at The Commons from 9 am to midnight. Dining halls will be closed during Orientation; however, ISSS will provide most meals throughout the day. Meal money will also be available for usage during this time. Please bring funds to cover some meals to use at local restaurants around the area, if needed.

If you need to arrive in Nashville earlier, please refer to our Temporary Housing listing.

Parent & Family Programs

New International Student Orientation is primarily designed for your student.  Please refer to the Vanderbilt Parent & Family Programs Office for more information and what is available for families.

For questions and additional information about orientation, please contact Andrea Pietrzyk. More information and updates will be available in the next few weeks.