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OIE serves students, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders with a hybrid approach that includes both virtual and in-person services.  While most services are provided virtually, some matters require in-person meetings. When meeting in-person is required, an OIE staff member will contact you directly to schedule a mutually agreeable day and time for the meeting. OIE is respecting social distancing and cleaning protocols as described in “Tech Moving Forward”. 

International Students and Scholars: Drop-in AdvisingMake an AppointmentAdvising Information info@oie.gatech.edu
Education Abroad: Make an Appointment  education.abroad@oie.gatech.edu
Global Research & Internship Program: Make an Appointment  education.abroad@oie.gatech.edu
International Plan Undergraduate Designation Program: Make an Appointment internationalplan@oie.gatech.edu
On-Campus Internationalization : Information Contact Page
For all other inquiries:  Refer to our staff list


Spring '21 Virtual Pre-Arrival & Orientation


Spring 2021 Orientation

Expand the accordions below for the Spring '21 orientation schedule, resources, videos, and more! Please check back regularly for updates.

Orientation Schedule

Pre-Arrival, Check-In, and New Student Q&A

Wed, Dec 9th 2020 - 07:00 PM To 08:30 PM EST

This session will primarily feature information about the OIE required Check-in process and important pre-arrival information for new students and scholars. ISSS staff will also answer some new student frequently asked questions and more Q&As will be available in the OIE Info Sessions every Friday. 



How to Succeed for F-1/J-1 Visa Holders

Tue, Jan 5th 2021 - 08:30 AM To 10:00 AM EST

In this session, we will focus on the federal regulations for F-1 and J-1 visa holders and review how to maintain visa status while at Georgia Tech. We will also briefly review pre-arrival and check-in information. All new international students and scholars need to plan to attend this very important session. 



Health, Safety, and Wellness

Thu, Jan 7th 2021 - 08:30 AM To 10:30 AM EST

This session will feature presentations from Health Initiatives, Student Health Services, GTPD, and the Counseling Center. Topics covered will include health and medical services at GT, health insurance for students, safety on-campus, scam awareness, and wellness services/resources.



GT Traditions and GT 101

Mon, Jan 11th 2021 08:30 AM To 10:00 AM EST

This session is a "crash course" on the U.S. and Georgia Tech. Topics covered include academics at GT and tips for navigating life in Atlanta. The Student Alumni Association (SAA) will be in attendance to teach students about GA Tech’s history and traditions. The Student Government Association (SGA) will also attend to share more about their role at GT.



Ask Me Anything Panel

Wed, Jan 13th 2021 - 07:00 PM To 08:00 PM EST

Have questions unrelated to immigration? Need help navigating life at GT? Join us for a student panel where you can ask your peers all of your non-immigration questions about the international student experience. We look forward to this session every semester as we always get lots of fun and interesting questions! Topics covered previously include food, TV shows, research experiences, immunizations, taking the bus, emailing professors, U.S. Southern slang, and more!



Make-Up Session: How to Succeed for F-1/J-1 Visa Holders

Fri, Jan 15th 2021 - 11:00 AM To 12:30 PM EST

This session is for any new international students and scholars who were unable to attend the January 5th presentation of How to Succeed as an F-1/J-1 Visa Holder. In this session, we will focus on the federal regulations for F-1 and J-1 visa holders and review how to maintain visa status while at Georgia Tech.  


Spring '21 Slides & Resources

Campus Compass

Spring 2021 Pre-Arrival Webinar Slides

Spring 2021 Pre-Arrival Webinar Recording

Spring 2021 How to Succeed for International Students Session Recording

Spring 2021 How to Succeed for International Students Slides

Spring 2021 Health, Safety, and Wellness Session Recording

Spring 2021 GTPD Campus Safety & Awareness Slides

Spring 2021 Counseling Center Mental Health and Well-Being at GT Slides

Spring 2021 Health Initiatives Virtual Programs

Spring 2021 GT Traditions and GT 101 Session Recording

Spring 2021 GT 101 Slides

Spring 2021 Student Government Association Slides

Spring 2021 Student Alumni Association Slides

Spring 2021 Ask Me Anything Student Panel Session Recording

Information Sessions & Advising

Weekly OIE Information Sessions

Fridays at 9:00 AM EST

These sessions help both new and continuing students prepare for Spring 2021 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

For up to date information about upcoming OIE Information Sessions as well as recordings of past sessions, please visit our ISSS webpage: https://oie.gatech.edu/isss/home 


International Student Drop-In Advising Hours

Mondays 9:00AM - 11:30AM EST

Tuesdays 1:30PM - 4:00PM EST

Thursdays 9:00AM - 11:30AM EST

Beat the email lines. Drop-in for support in real time. No appointments required.

Speak 1:1 with an OIE adviser in a confidential virtual environment on Bluejeans.

Click here to see specific advising dates and links to join the sessions. Please check the page regularly for updates.

Pre-Arrival Communication


Spring 2021 Pre-Arrival Campaign 1 11/20/2020

Spring 2021 Pre-Arrival Campaign 2 12/4/2020

Spring 2021 Pre-Arrival Campaign 3 12/31/2020

Spring 2021 Pre-Arrival Campaign 4 1/6/2021

Spring 2021 Pre-Arrival Campaign 5 1/13/2021

Spring 2021 Orientation Closeout 1/22/2021



OIE Check-In

All F-1 and J-1 students are required by the U.S. government to complete their immigration check-in with the Office of International Education by the end of Phase II registration.  New students begin the check-in process by completing the Arrival Confirmation e-form in iStart. Students arriving in the U.S. will finalize the check-in process after arriving in the U.S. and receiving the I-94 Arrival Form at the U.S. port of entry. For more information on Check-In, visit OIE's Check-In page.

Useful Webpages for New & Continuing Students

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iBuzz is a bi-weekly newsletter for Georgia Tech's International Population from the Office of International Education (OIE). It is the main way OIE communicates with students regarding changes in immigration law and policies, important reminders, and upcoming programs.

To subscribe or review past issues, please visit our iBuzz page

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