OIS is pleased to provide Orientation programming to newly-arrived international students, scholars, and employees, so that you feel welcome and have access to the information and resources you need in order to be successful at Pitt. Below is a general description of the various international orientation programs that take place. More detailed information is sent to incoming visitors at an appropriate time before your arrival.
New Undergraduate Students
As an incoming undergraduate student, you will begin your Orientation process during the weeks and months before you start classes. The University of Pittsburgh has created an Online Orientation that allows students to schedule classes and learn about various resources and services that Pitt has to offer. Completion of the Pitt Online Orientation is required before the start of class. Once students have arrived to the United States, they will attend orientation and check-in sessions given by the Office of International Services (OIS) and the International Programming Coordinator. Students are also expected to participate in Welcome Week, which is a week full of activities for all new students so that they can get acclimated to campus and prepare for the start of classes.
Information about Online Orientation, OIS Orientation, and Welcome Week will be sent to new students directly via your Pitt email. Please plan your travel accordingly, and keep in mind that there may be quarantine requirements for certain individuals before you are permitted to come to campus.
New Graduate Students
Graduate students will attend a required Office of International Services (OIS) Orientation and Check-In approximately 2 weeks before the start of class. You will then be given the opportunity to attend programming given by the Office of Graduate Studies, and also department-specific orientations.
Information about various orientations available to graduate students will be sent directly via your Pitt email. Please plan your travel accordingly, and keep in mind that there may be quarantine requirements for certain individuals before you are permitted to come to campus.
Visiting scholars will be asked to attend a required OIS Scholar Orientation session within 30 days after the start date on your immigration document. Attendance at Scholar Orientation is required so that we may register your arrival in the SEVIS system. Registration for Scholar Orientation is required; visit https://www.ois.pitt.edu/events to register.
Employees will be asked to review an online presentation to learn about requirements for your immigration status and how to access resources that may be helpful during their time at Pitt. Employees can also request an appointment with an Immigration Specialist to discuss any particular questions or concerns.