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
- 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
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.
Previous Semesters Slides & Resources
- Archived Resources
Though they are from previous semesters, there are still plenty of useful resources in these archives. Take a look!
- Fall '20