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International Student Orientation

International Student Orientation for First-Year and Transfer Undergraduate International Students 

Orientation includes various sessions and social activities to prepare you for life at Tulane University:

  • All new degree-seeking students with F-1 or J-1 immigration status are required to attend the two orientations (ISO and NSO) from August 21- August 25, including TU Advantage students as well as any students transferring to Tulane University from other U.S. schools. Please plan accordingly and make sure you attend all required orientation events.
  • Other international undergraduate students (non-F-1/J-1) are invited but not required  to attend OISS International Student Orientation on August 20 and 21 (See below.)
  • U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents who grew up abroad are invited to attend OISS International Student Orientation on August 20 and 21 (See below.)
  •  Parents/family members are encouraged to attend the specific family programs offered during the week.

2019 International Student Orientation Schedule



Move in Day for International Students 


International Family Orientation (Optional)

Time: 1:00- 2:30 pm

Location: TBD

Tulane University would like to welcome you as family members to the university community. Join us Tuesday afternoon for an information session with staff and faculty from across campus. The programs on Tuesday are designed to help you learn about your student's transition to Tulane and New Orleans. You will have the opportunity to meet staff and faculty from the Office of International Students and Scholars and other offices on campus, gain information about Tulane, immigration responsibilities, and other important aspects of life.  Families are invited to meet OISS staff, current Tulane University international students as well as other new students' families during breaks in the presentation.


Optional  Informational Workshops

Time: 1:00- 2:30 pm

Location: TBD

Attend additional workshops on a variety of orientation topics.  These workshops are a great place to meet other new students and to get all of your questions answered.  Schedule will be posted once available.


Connect Fest: On and Off-Campus Resource Fair and Roommate Meetup

Time: 2:45- 5:00 pm

Location: Richardson Memorial Hall (Bldg 4), Room 201

Come check out banks, cell phone providers, furniture rental companies as well as meet many of the offices and associations that support students on campus. Finally, if you are still looking for a roommate, you will have the chance to meet others who are in the same situation.  Snacks and festive environment included.  


International Student Orientation 

(For all new international undergraduate students)

Time: 9:30 am - 12:15 pm (Registration begins at 9:00 am.)

Location: Richardson Memorial Hall (Bldg 4), Room 201

OISS Orientation is a special program designed to cover all of the information that you, as an international student, need to know, whether this is your first time in the U.S. or you have studied here already. OISS and campus partners will provide you with information about health, safety emergency preparedness, OISS and the services we provide, transportation and cultural adjustment. The orientation also provides a wonderful opportunity for you to meet other international students and it is a great way for you to begin your Tulane experience. 


New Student Orientation takes place August 21- August 25.  All new undergraduate students are required to attend.
Classes begin on Monday, August 26. Programming for new and returning students continues throughout the first few weeks of classes with the Fall Welcome Program.    


International student success at Tulane University begins with orientation!  It is designed to help you:

  • Adjust to academic and social life at Tulane;
  • Comply with government regulations pertaining to your stay in the U.S;
  • Learning about on and off campus resources and support services;
  • Learn how to navigate the campus;
  • Become comfortable with the local community and U.S. culture; and
  • Meet people and make friends from around the world.    

Studies show the benefits of participating in orientation programs.  Faculty members and advisors see a marked difference in the preparedness and success of students who have participated in orientation.