International Orientation Sign Up

June 15 is the deadline to sign up for an Orientation program.

  • AUGUST ORIENTATION PROGRAMS:  There will be two Orientation programs in August for International students studying on an F1 visa. One program will be held on Monday, August 21 to Tuesday, August 22. The second program will be held on Wednesday, August 23 to Thursday, August 24.  International students must attend one of these two-day programs if they did not attend an Orientation program that was offered from mid-May through mid-July.
  • ENGLISH PLACEMENT TEST - OFFERED ONE TIME ONLY: ALL international students must take an English Placement test to be administered on Monday, August 21st, 2017 on the UConn, Storrs campus.  Students who will be attending the August 21-22 Orientation program will take the English Placement test during their session.  Students who will be attending the August 23-24 Orientation program will take the English Placement Test on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. (Connecticut time) in Laurel Hall, Room 101.
  • TIME ORIENTATION BEGINS: Check-in for freshman Orientation is from7:15 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. on the first day of the program.  The Orientation program officially begins at 8:45 a.m. on the first day.   Students are expected to stay with their Orientation group at all times and attend all sessions during the two-day program.
  • BOTH DAYS REQUIRED: Attendance is required on both days of Orientation (August 21 to 22 or August 23 to 24) because sessions conducted on the first day serve as pre-requisites for the sessions conducted on the second day. NO ONE CAN ATTEND ONLY ONE DAY OF THE TWO-DAY PROGRAM.
  • ENDING TIME OF ORIENTATION: Orientation officially ends at 5:00 p.m. on the second day of the program. Students who choose to leave before the official end of the two-day Orientation program will have the classes that they registered for at Orientation dropped from their schedules.  Students can re-register for classes starting Monday, August 28, 2017 which is the first day of classes.
  • This Orientation program is for undergraduate UConn degree-seeking International students studying in the United States on an F1 Visa.
  • There is no Parent Orientation Program offered in August during International Orientation. The Parent Orientation program is only offered during the Mid-May though Mid-July Orientation period.
  •  Parents/Guardians CANNOT accompany their students through the two-day Orientation program
  • In order to access the Orientation reservation system you must have received an email inviting you to sign up for orientation.  (Emails will begin to be sent in mid-April.)
  • Review the key dates below and submit your Orientation reservation &  payment no later then June 15, 2017.

Schedule for Fall 2017 Admitted International Students

  • New undergraduate international students can move into their university residence hall rooms on Saturday, August 19 or Sunday, August 20th.  Please make sure that you arrive on campus in time to take the English Placement Test which will be given on Monday, August 21, 2017.
  • New undergraduate International students CANNOT move into their residence hall room before Saturday, August 19, 2017.  If you arrive on campus before August 19 you will have to make arrangements to stay in an area hotel.
  • Orientation is mandatory for ALL first time degree seeking students who will be attending the Storrs campus.  New students cannot register for classes without attending an Orientation program.  There are no exceptions to this.

When Can I Move Into my Residence Hall Room for International Orientation?

Undergraduate International students who will be attending Orientation need to be on campus for their two-day Orientation program. Students can start to move into their UConn residence hall rooms on Saturday, August 19, 2017 and Sunday, August 20, 2017.  In August, 2017 UConn's Department of Residential Life will send emails to students living on campus with their residence hall assignment and the location on where to check-in and pick up their room key.   New students CANNOT move into their residence halls earlier than Saturday, August 19th.  Students who arrive on campus before August 19th will have to make their own arrangements to stay in an area motel or hotel.
Airport Shuttle Arrangements:  Students can arrange for airport shuttle transportation from Bradley to the University at the Department of Transportation Services.  Bradley International Airport is a 60 minute drive to the university and the closest airport to campus.
Meals:  Student meals will be provided during the two-day Orientation program only. Students are responsible for purchasing their own meals when they are not attending Orientation.   That means students attending the Monday/Tuesday, August 21 to 22 Orientation program need to purchase their own meals on the weekend (August 19 & 20) and on August 23 and 24.  Students attending the Wednesday/Thursday, August 23-24 Orientation program need to purchase their own meals on the weekend (August 19 & 20) and on August 21 and 22.  The university meal plan begins with lunch on Friday, August 25th.


Saturday, August 19 & Sunday August 20, 2017


Check-in is between 9:00  a.m. to 9:00 p.m. each day

(Connecticut Eastern Standard Time)


**Students will be moving into their residence hall rooms and staying in their rooms all week no matter what Orientation session they select.

Undergraduate International Orientation Program Dates

New students need to register for one of the two-day International Orientation sessions that are offered.  Each session can accommodate a limited number of students. Sessions fill on a first received, first reserved basis.  Students need to arrive on campus prior to their Orientation session so they do not miss any part of the two-days.

August 21-22, 2017


August 23-24, 2017

(Attend one session)

English Placement Test for ALL Undergraduate International Students - Monday, August 21, 2017

Students attending the August 21 to 22 Orientation session will take the English Placement test during the Orientation program itself.  Students attending the August 23-24 Orientation session  will take the English Placement test on Monday, August 21 at 11:00 a.m. in room 101 of Laurel Hall on the Storrs Campus.


August 21, 2017


UConn’s Husky WOW (Week of Welcome) Program for New Students

Husky WOW is a continuation of your Orientation program.  New students will be put into WOW groups by the area of campus they live in.  During Husky WOW you will get to know more students, find the locations of your classes and attend special presentations that will help in your transition to the university.  In July you can check out the Husky WOW schedule at

August 25-27, 2017

First day of classes

Monday, August 28, 2017

Sign-up for Summer Orientation 2017 Starts Mid-April.

The International Orientation Program for Fall Admits

Orientation is Mandatory – If this is your first time as a degree seeking student at UConn Storrs you are required to attend Orientation in order to register for classes.

There are TWO options for International undergraduate students to select from in terms of attending an Orientation program at UConn Storrs:

  • ORIENTATION OPTION 1:  You may attend one of the two-day undergraduate International Orientation programs which runs the week before the Fall semester begins (August 21-22, 2017 or August 23-24, 2017). A sample orientation schedule for the August 2017 two-Day Orientation program will be available in June at this site. This orientation program is tailored to international students and provides yointernat_logou with an opportunity to arrive on campus a week before all new students arrive. You will be placed in an Orientation group with other new international students. An experienced Orientation leader will take you to all Orientation program sessions during the two-day program. You will meet with an academic advisor, register for classes, get your UConn student ID card, go through health screening, and attend sessions that will help in your transition to the University of Connecticut.
  • ORIENTATiON OPTION 2:  If you happen to be in the United States in May, June or July you may choose to attend a  Freshman or Transfer Orientation program that runs between Mid-May through Mid-July.  If you attend one of these programs, you must also attend a mandatory F-1/J-1 Student Visa Regulations session that will occur during the first two weeks of the fall semester. More information about the F-1/J-1 session will be sent by email in August. Please visit the Freshman and Transfer program Orientation pages for more details about this option.
  • Parent/Guardian Orientation ProgramThere is no Parent/Guardian Orientation program offered during the August International Orientation programs. Parents/Guardians CANNOT accompany students to International Orientation in August.  Parent/Guardian Orientation is offered during the Mid-May through Mid-July new student Orientation period only.
  • Graduate students can visit the International Students & Scholar Services for more information about Graduate International Orientation.
  • Exchange/Study Abroad students can visit the Education Abroad website for more information about the Exchange Program’s International Orientation.

Cost to Attend Orientation

If you are living on-campus in a university residence hall during the academic year the cost is  $305 (Freshmen and Transfer Students)  This payment covers the cost of your early-arrival housing, meals during the 2-day Orientation program, program materials, staffing, administrative costs and some of the expenses of Husky WOW.

The Orientation charge of $305 is nonrefundable.  For information about why there is a charge for Orientation please access the FAQ section.

If you are living off-campus in a house or non-university  owned apartment during the academic year  the cost is $230 (Freshmen and Transfer Students) This payment covers the cost of meals during the 2-Day Orientation program, program materials, staffing. administrative costs and some of the expenses of Husky WOWThe Orientation charge of $230 is nonrefundable.  For information about why there is a charge for Orientation please access the FAQ section.

Payment Options:

Credit Card, Check or Money Orders must be from a United States affiliated bank.

There are three options for payment:

  1. Credit Card – online – through the orientation portal. Orientation Services accepts: Mastercard, Visa, Discover, American Express, Diners Club. This is the only way you can immediately confirm an Orientation session after making your reservation.
  2. Check or money order – mailed/postal service – all checks and money orders need to be made out to the “University of Connecticut.” For our mailing address, please visit our Contact Us page.
    Please note that your orientation reservation is not confirmed until the check is received by the Orientation Office.  In the meantime your Orientation session can be taken away by another student who pays by credit card for that spot.  A $25 fee will be charged for any check that is returned for insufficient funds.
  3. Western Union – To use Western Union as your payment option please visit our Western Union page.


HOW TO CONFIRM YOUR ORIENTATION SESSION – Payment at the time the reservation is made confirms your reservation for the desired date.

WHAT HAPPENS IF PAYMENT IS NOT MADE WHEN THE RESERVATION IS MADE – If payment is not made at the time the online reservation form is completed the date is still open for other students to reserve. That means you can lose your Orientation date because another student who pays for the session can take it away from you.

Sign Up – Starts mid-April

Visit the International Orientation Sign Up page to review the session schedule and sign up.  Students who paid the $300 enrollment deposit will receive an email sent to their personal email address inviting them to sign up for an Orientation session.  These emails will begin to be sent in mid-April.

Mandatory Review of F-1/J-1 Regulations

Students who attend International Orientation must also attend the Mandatory Review of F-1/J-1 Student Visa Regulations session, which will be included in the  August orientation program.

Healthcare, Health Insurance & Immunizations


The University of Connecticut requires all full time students to have health insurance.  The Health Insurance plan that the University of Connecticut offers its students is known as “CHP Cigna.”  This health insurance plan provides comprehensive medical coverage locally and nationally (through the Cigna provider network); and internationally (through FrontierMEDEX ACCESS services). The CHP Cigna plan complies with ALL J-1 and F-1 VISA requirements (including repatriation).  Also, for CHP Cigna insured members at the Storrs campus, the services provided at the Student Health Services (SHS) facility on campus are fully covered, with no cost to the patient.

It is strongly recommended that you enroll in the CHP Cigna health insurance plan to provide your health insurance coverage.  If you shop for other health insurance coverage (which results in declining or waiving out of the CHP Cigna plan) please make sure that you fully understand the alternative health insurance plan that you are enrolling into.  Important things to consider are;

  • Does the non-UCONN health insurance plan meet all of your VISA requirements?
  • Does the non-UCONN health insurance plan provide comprehensive medical benefits? Most health insurance travel plans cover only emergency medical care such as hospitalization or care at a hospital emergency room.  These plans typically do not provide coverage for doctor’s office visits, immunizations or routine medical care.  Alternative health insurance travel plans may be less expensive to purchase but may result in costing you more money because not all medical care is covered by them.

Medical services in the United States of America can be extremely costly.  If you select a health insurance plan other than the CHP Cigna health insurance plan please be aware that, for services provided to you at the Student Health Services facility on the Storrs campus, you would personally be responsible for the payment of all services provided to you.  In addition, you would be responsible for filing a claim to seek potential reimbursement from your non-UCONN health insurance plan.  U.S. doctor’s offices and medical providers may also bill you directly and not participate with your non-UCONN health insurance plan.

*NOTE – Upon your campus arrival, if you need vaccinations or immunizations in order to be compliant with state/university requirements, these vaccinations or immunizations can be very costly.  In most cases they would not be covered under other health insurance/travel type plans.  The CHP Cigna plan would cover any required vaccinations or immunizations, with no patient cost.

You can find more information on health insurance and SHS billing practices can be found on the SHS website at

For more information on immunization and healthcare requirements please visit Student Health Services immunization page.

The Student Health History Form

The Student Health History form is sent to each newly admitted student after the $300 enrollment deposit is received.  It is also sent as an attachment with the Orientation email confirmation.  If you did not receive the form please access it  here.    The Student Health History form includes both Form A & Form B  and is required to be submitted for each student at the university.

Deadlines for submitting the Student Health History form is July 1 for the Fall semester and January 1 for the Spring semester.

We will take students for Health Screening during the August Orientation programs (August 21 to 22 and August 23 to 24).  If you have submitted your Student Health History form by the July 1st deadline or have the form completed with the dates of your immunizations at Orientation, it will take a short time for you to go through Health Screening.  If you did not submit your Student Health History form by the July 1st deadline or have an  incomplete form with you, it will take a long time for you to go through Health Screening.  Get your completed Health History Form to the university by the July 1, 2017 deadline so you do not have any difficulty.

  • Connecticut state law requires that your healthcare provider completes/verifies your immunization information in writing (Form A)
  • For more information on immunization requirements, click here.
  • Failure to submit your immunization history by the 10th day of classes will result in your inability to register for classes.

UNDER THE AGE OF 18?  If a student is under the age of 18 please make sure a parent signs the Student Health History under the “Consent for Treatment” section before either submitting or taking  it to the university.

Traveling to Storrs

Students attending International Orientation should fly into Bradley International Airport (airport code: BDL). You can arrange for airport shuttle transportation from Bradley to the University at Department of Transportation Services.  There is a charge for using the UConn Bradley airport shuttle.

For more information on traveling to the University of Connecticut at Storrs from other airports in New York City or Boston, please visit International Students & Scholar Services. If you do not land at Bradley International Airport, you are responsible for finding your own  transportation to the University.


Early Arrival information for Fall 2017 international undergraduate students will be sent  by email in late July.

Confirming Your Session

An email confirmation will be sent almost immediately after you submit your orientation reservation. This email indicates you are “confirmed” for the session you selected. Emails are sent to the personal email address that the University has on file and your UConn email account.

Contact the Office of Orientation Services at (860) 486-4866 or at if you haven’t received your email confirmation within 24 hours of submitting your online Orientation reservation.

Do not make any travel arrangements if you choose to attend the Orientation program between mid-May to mid-July until you receive an email from the Office of Orientation Services confirming your assigned Orientation session.

If you choose to attend the August 21-22 or August 23-24th Orientation session you need to move into your residence hall room, if you are living in on-campus housing, on either Saturday, August 19 or Sunday, August 20th.