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International Student Orientation

Welcome New Students! 

Get Ready to Make Your Mark at FDU
Register for Orientation - January 19, 2022
We are excited to welcome you to FDU! 

All international students must check-in with ISS no later than 10 days from their official start of academic activities. Check-in provides the ISS the opportunity to:
  • Review your immigration documents
  • Report the arrival of FDU sponsored F-1 and J-1 students invalid status to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, thus activating your SEVIS record;
  • Help you get settled on campus and answer your questions as you begin your activities at FDU; and
  • Ensure that all students are added to email lists that provide valuable immigration-related information, including travel advisories, workshops, tax information, and events, throughout the year.
We are excited that you will be joining FDU this semester. New International Student Orientation will take you through the next steps beginning your journey at FDU. Confirm your attendance at Orientation by registering at the link above.  All new F-1 and J-1 status students are required to attend. The program will be approximately 5 hours in length and will include a live Q&A with International Student Advisors. 

Please complete your initial check-in to avoid jeopardizing your legal immigration status in the U.S., and contact us with any questions concerning your immigration status or your adjustment to FDU. 

Who Must Check In

You must report to the ISS for check-in if you are:
  • a new international student (F-1 & J-1 immigration status)
  • a continuing international student beginning a new program of study or returning from a leave of absence   

When to Check In

  • After you have arrived in the U.S. to begin your program
  • No later than 10 days from your academic program start date
  • We will send you an email prior to the start of class with instructions on how to complete the Initial ISS Check-in.  

What immigration documents will you need?

  • All relevant immigration documents (i.e. passport, Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record, Form I-20, Form DS-2019, etc.)
  • Any documents issued to you upon your entry to the U.S
  • Any other immigration status-related documents, if applicable (e.g. I-797 Approval Notice) 

► Check-In Now



► Register for International Student Orientation -  Spring 2022 

ISS staff collaborates with campus partners to welcome you to campus and provide information to international students regarding their transition to the US and to FDU. 

Due to the COVID pandemic and our temporary shift to remote employment, we have expanded information in our online pre-arrival orientation that is required for all new students.  These essential sessions feature tips for academic success and critical visa and immigration information.

In addition, there are several ISS modules including:
  • Introduction to the ISS Staff and Services
  • Maintaining your Student Immigration Status
  • Employment in the US
  • Visa documentation is required to travel during your program 


Undergraduate and Graduate Student for Metropolitan Campus
  • Wednesday, January 19, 2022 10:00 am est - 3:30 pm est
Undergraduate and Graduate student for Florham Campus
  • Wednesday, January 19, 2022 10:00 am est - 3:30pm est


Orientation Schedule

10:00am- 10:30am
Welcome from the Office of International Student Services
Office of Graduate & International Admissions 
10:35am – 11:15am
Immigration Information Session – Maintaining Status
J-1, Melissa Mendoza, Assistant Director of ISS
F-1, Maria Arenas, International Student Advisor/DSO
11:20am – 12:00pm
International Student Office and International Student Portal
Overview of International Student Services
12:00pm – 12:30pm
12:30pm– 2:30pm
*Small Group Session
2:35pm – 3:30pm
**Academic Advising Session
Meet with an academic advisor

During New International Student Orientation we will review:  
  • International Student Status Requirements 
  • Course Placement Testing 
  • Academic Next Steps
  • Medical Clearance & Medical Insurance 
  • Campus Resources 
Have Questions? Please submit your Orientation Questions here or contact us at