Orientation

All new international students are required to attend the mandatory orientation programs. Classes will begin August 20, 2019. Orientation programs start one week prior, while schedules vary based on students’ programs.

GSSP Students

New GSSP students should arrive to VCU for the Fall 2019 term no later than Sunday, August 11, 2019. Fall 2019 VCU GSSP Orientation will take place on Monday, August 12, followed by International Student & Scholar Orientation (ISSO)* and New Student Orientation in the rest of the week. Only Undergraduate GSSP students are required to attend the New Student Orientation, which will be automatically added to your agenda when registering for the ISSO orientation. Please be aware that there is a $150 fee for New Student Orientation, which will be added to your bill. Graduate GSSP students will not attend VCU Graduate School Orientation or departmental sessions until completing the GSSP program.

Direct Entry Students

New Direct Entry students should arrive to VCU for the Fall 2019 term no later than Monday, August 12, 2019. Fall 2019 VCU International Student & Scholar Orientation (ISSO)* will take place on Tuesday, August 13. The ISSO orientation is mandatory for both Undergraduate and Graduate Direct Entry students. Undergraduate Direct Entry students are also required to attend the New Student Orientation, which will be automatically added to your agenda when registering for the ISSO orientation. Please be aware that there is a $150 fee for New Student Orientation. Graduate Direct Entry students are also required to attend Graduate School Orientation on August 13 and a separate departmental session before beginning classes. More information about Graduate School Orientation, the schedule for departmental sessions, and the registration link can be found here: graduate.vcu.edu/student/orientation.

*To register for ISSO, please submit the ISSO Registration online. You may also read more about orientation for international students here: global.vcu.edu/students/started

Sample Orientation Activities

  • Check in with immigration advisors and learn about important immigration rules and regulations
  • Learn about local housing options, health insurance, banking, and other essential needs
  • Learn about registration information and resources to help you in your classes
  • Learn about opportunities for getting to know your classmates and professors, making new friends, and exploring Richmond and the region