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Undergraduate F-1/J-1 Visa Student Orientations

International Undergraduate students are required to attend TWO orientations: UWM's New Student Orientation AND International F-1/J-1 Student Orientation. You must complete both orientations. 

All undergraduate (bachelor's degree) new freshmen and transfer students must participate in the New Student Orientation. 

UWM's New Student Orientation covers such topics as: ​
  • Campus resources
  • Community resources
  • Academic expectations
  • Prepare to meet an academic advisor
  • Connect with other new students
More information on UWM's New Student Orientation is available at the following UWM website:  
The Fall 2023 International F-1/J-1 Student Orientation will be held in two parts, both as an online course and an in-person meeting. This orientation is for F-1 and J-1 degree-seeking students who will be joining UWM in-person for the fall 2023 semester.

You are expected to complete both parts of this orientation.

F-1/J-1 Student Orientation Part 1: Online Course
  • The course is being held through Canvas, which is UWM’s online course system.
  • The online course is self-paced and must be completed by September 18, 2023.
  • You will be automatically enrolled in the online course after you have completed your Arrival Check-In.

F-1/J-1 Student Orientation Part 2: In-Person Meeting
  • Date: Thursday, August 31, 2023
  • Time: Exact times will be communicated closer to the event date.
  • Location: Exact location will be communicated closer to the event date.
  • Lunch will be provided.
  • Registration will open in early August and will be available in your ISSS Connect portal.
    • Once registration is open, you will need to login to your ISSS Connect portal and navigate to the DOCUMENTS & REQUESTS tab; you will find the request as an icon on the right side of the page.
  • REGISTRATION is required.

Information for J-1 Exchange Students: J-1 Exchange Students should email Sue Conway ( for information on your J-1 Exchange Student Orientation.