International Orientation – August 2020 Dates

WHEN IS INTERNATIONAL ORIENTATION?

International Orientation for undergraduate students attending the Storrs campus is a 4-Day program that will be held from Sunday, August 23 through Thursday, August 27, 2020.  This program is for students on an F1 visa who did not attend the Mid-May through Mid-July new student Orientation program.  New International students MUST attend all four days of the International Orientation program to fulfill their Orientation requirement.

There will be a lot of important information communicated to you during your Orientation program.  It will be to your advantage to take notes.

During Orientation new students will tour campus, register for classes, attend special presentations that are important for their transition to the university and to the United States,  get to know the support services at the university and meet other students including their Orientation Leader and their International Orientation Ambassador (IOA).

Orientation is MANDATORY for all first-time degree seeking students at the University of Connecticut.  New students who do not attend Orientation will not register for classes and will lose their admission to the university.

**June 15, 2020 is the deadline to sign up for the 4-Day International Orientation Program.**  The Orientation Reservation System will open in mid-April, 2020.

Students will receive an email starting mid April directing them to sign up for International Orientation.  The link to enter the online Orientation Reservation system will be included in that email invitation.   This email will be sent to students who paid the $300 Admissions enrollment deposit.

  • STUDENTS WHO WILL BE LIVING IN A CAMPUS RESIDENCE HALL need to move in to their residence hall room on Saturday, August 22, 2020 between the hours of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (U.S. Eastern Standard time.) if they will be attending Orientation from August 23-27.
  • The Orientation Office will make the arrangements for all international students who live on campus to move in on Saturday, August 22.  Students CANNOT move into their residence hall room before August 22.  If you arrive on campus before August 22 you will need to stay in an area hotel or motel at your own expense.
  • ORIENTATION BEGINS with a formal check-in on Sunday, August 23, 2020.  Check-in on August 23 will take place in McHugh Hall, 1st floor from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. At check-in students will be given their personalized schedule for the Orientation program which will contain their Health Screening date and time, English Placement Test time and location, the dates for their class registration session, and the dates and times of the other mandatory sessions that all students must attend during the 4- day program.  At check-in students will also receive their Orientation meal card for the 4-day program.
  • ENGLISH PLACEMENT TEST - Will be administered to ALL Storrs international undergraduate degree-seeking students on Monday, August 24, 2020. Your test time and location will be on the personalized schedule that you will receive at check-in on Sunday, August 23, 2020
  • ENDING TIME OF ORIENTATION: Orientation will end between 5:00 - 5:30 p.m. on each day of the program, Monday through Thursday. International students are expected to attend all Orientation days from Sunday, August 23 through Thursday, August 27.  Students who miss any part of International Orientation can lose their admission to the university because all parts of Orientation are mandatory.
  • There is NO International Parent Orientation Program offered in August during International Orientation. The Parent Orientation program is offered only during the Mid-May though Mid-July Orientation period.
  •  Parents/Guardians CANNOT accompany their students through the four-day Orientation program.  Students can meet their parents after Orientation ends each day between 5:00 - 5:30 p.m.
  • In order to access the Orientation reservation system  and make a reservation for the program, students must receive the email invitation to sign up for Orientation.  Email invitations will begin to be sent starting mid-April to all students who paid the $300 enrollment deposit.
  • The deadline to register for an International Orientation program is June 15, 2020.  Students who do not register for the 4-day Orientation program by June 15 will be considered as not interested in taking their admissions offer which will be cancelled.

International Orientation Schedule for Fall 2020 Admitted International Students

When Can I Move Into my Residence Hall Room for International Orientation? 

 

WHERE TO CHECK-IN TO GET THE KEY TO YOUR RESIDENCE HALL (DORM) ROOM?

Please read the information found at the Department of Residential Life's website on arriving early:  https://reslife.uconn.edu/early-arrivals/

 

Undergraduate International students who will be attending August Orientation need to move into to their residence hall room for their Orientation program. Students can move into their UConn residence hall rooms on Saturday, August 22, 2020.   In August, 2020 UConn's Department of Residential Life will send emails to students living on campus with their residence hall assignment and the location of residence hall check-in to pick up their room key.   New students CANNOT move into their residence halls earlier than Saturday, August 22.  Students who arrive on campus before August 22 will have to make their own arrangements to stay in an area motel or hotel.

 

Meals:  International undergraduate degree-seeking students will be provided with an Orientation meal plan that begins with dinner on Sunday, August 23 and ends with breakfast on Friday, August 28.  For students who will be living in an on campus residence hall the official residence hall meal plan begins with lunch on Friday, August 28, 2020.

Saturday, August 22, 2020
Check-in is between 9:00  a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  for students attending the August International Orientation program

English Placement Test for ALL Undergraduate International Students - Monday, August 24, 2020 - PLAN TO BE THERE!

All international undergraduate degree-seeking students attending the August Orientation program will take the English Placement Test on Monday, August 24, 2020.  The time that you will take your test will be printed on the schedule that you will receive at Orientation check-in on Sunday, August 23.

English Placement Test

Monday, August 24, 2020

UConn’s Husky WOW (Week of Welcome) Program for New Students

Husky WOW is a continuation of your Orientation program.  New students will be put into WOW groups by the area of campus they live in on Friday, August 28.  During Husky WOW you will get to know more students, find the locations of your classes and attend special presentations that will help in your transition to the university.  In July you can check out the Husky WOW schedule at HuskyWOW.UConn.edu.

Husky Week of Welcome (WOW) Events

August 28-30, 2020

First day of classes

First Day of Classes

Monday, August 31, 2020

Sign-up for International Orientation Will Begin in Mid-April 2020

The International Orientation Program for Fall Admits

Orientation is Mandatory – If this is your first time as a degree seeking student at UConn Storrs you are required to attend Orientation in order to register for classes.

There are TWO options for International undergraduate degree-seeking students to select from in terms of attending an Orientation program at UConn Storrs:

  • ORIENTATION OPTION 1:  You may attend the 4-day Orientation program offered from August 22 thorugh 27 with Orientation check-in on Sunday, August 23, 2020.   This Orientation program is designed for international students and provides them with an opportunity to arrive on campus a week before all new students arrive. Students will be placed in an Orientation group with other new international students. An experienced Orientation leader will take you to all Orientation program sessions during parts of your program. You will meet with an academic advisor, register for classes, get your UConn student ID card, go through health screening, take the English placement test, and attend sessions that will help in your transition to the University of Connecticut.  This Orientation program has sessions that are specifically for international students.  You will also attend a session presented by the International Student and Scholar Services office (ISSS) on immigration regulations for students studying on an F1 visa in the United States.
  • ORIENTATION OPTION 2:  If you happen to be in the United States in May, June or July you may choose to attend a  First-Year Student or Transfer Orientation program that runs between Mid-May through Mid-July.  These Orientation programs DO NOT have specific sessions that are for international students like the August Orientation program.   If you attend one of the May to July two-day programs, you must also attend a mandatory "F-1 Student Visa Regulations" session that will occur during the first two weeks of the fall semester. More information about the mandatory F-1 session will be sent to all international students on an F1 visa who attend Orientation between mid-May through mid-July by email during the summer. This mandatory session is presented by the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)office.  Please visit the First-Year Student and Transfer program Orientation pages for more details about the mid-May through mid-July Orientation program option.
  • Graduate students have a separate Orientation program and can visit the International Students & Scholar Services for more information about Graduate International Orientation.
  • Exchange/Study Abroad students have a separate Orientation program and can visit the Education Abroad website for more information about the Exchange Program’s International Orientation.

Cost to Attend Orientation

Mid-May through Mid-July Orientation Programs

  • FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS:  The cost to attend the two-day mid-May through mid-July First-Year Student Orientation program is $230 which is nonrefundable. 
  • TRANSFER STUDENTS:  The cost to attend the one-day mid-May through mid-July transfer Orientation program is $115.00 which is nonrefundable.

August International Orientation Program for Degree-Seeking Undergraduate Students

  • INTERNATIONAL ORIENTATION IN AUGUST:  The cost to attend the August 22 - 27,  4-day International Orientation program is $300 for all first-year students and transfer students whether you will live on or off-campus and includes the Orientation meal plan.  This charge is nonrefundable. For information about why there is a charge for Orientation please access the FAQ section.

Payment Options:

Credit Card, Check or Money Orders must be from a United States affiliated bank.

There are three options for payment:

  1. Credit/Debit Card – online – through the orientation portal. Orientation Services accepts: Mastercard, Visa, Discover, American Express, Diners Club. This is the only way you can immediately confirm an Orientation session after making your reservation.
  2. Check or money order – mailed/postal service – all checks and money orders need to be made out to the “University of Connecticut.” For our mailing address, please visit our Contact Us page.
    Please note that your orientation reservation is not confirmed until the check is received by the Orientation Office.  In the meantime your Orientation session can be taken away by another student who pays by credit card for that spot.  A $25 fee will be charged for any check that is returned for insufficient funds.
  3. Western Union – To use Western Union as your payment option please visit our Western Union page.  Western Union is the best payment method for International students if you do not have a credit card associated with a bank in the United States.

HOW TO CONFIRM YOUR ORIENTATION SESSION – Payment at the time the reservation is made confirms your reservation for the desired date.

WHAT HAPPENS IF PAYMENT IS NOT MADE WHEN THE RESERVATION IS MADE – If payment is not made at the time the online reservation form is completed the date is still open for other students to reserve. That means you can lose your Orientation date because another student who pays for the session can take it away from you.

Reservations will Begin in Mid-April

Students who paid the $300 Admissions enrollment deposit will receive an email sent to their personal email address inviting them to sign up for an Orientation session.  These emails will begin to be sent in mid-April.

Mandatory Review of F-1 Regulations

International students on an F1 visa who attend the mid-May to mid-July International Orientation program will also need to attend the "Mandatory Review of F-1 Student Visa Regulations" session presented by the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office which will be held during the fall semester.  The Orientation office will notify international  students who attend the mid-May through mid-July Orientation program when this session will occur.  Notification will be sent by email during the month of August.  Students who will be attending the August multi-day Orientation program will have the "F1 Student Visa Regulations" session included within their multi-day program.

Healthcare, Health Insurance & Immunizations  - ALL INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS NEED TO BE COVERED BY A HEALTH CARE PLAN!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT HEALTH  INSURANCE

The University of Connecticut requires all full time students to have health insurance.  The Health Insurance plan that the University of Connecticut offers its students is known as “CHP Cigna.”  This health insurance plan provides comprehensive medical coverage locally and nationally (through the Cigna provider network); and internationally (through FrontierMEDEX ACCESS services). The CHP Cigna plan complies with ALL J-1 and F-1 VISA requirements (including repatriation).  Also, for CHP Cigna insured members at the Storrs campus, the services provided at the Student Health Services (SHS) facility on campus are fully covered, with no cost to the patient.

It is strongly recommended that you enroll in the CHP Cigna health insurance plan to provide your health insurance coverage.  If you shop for other health insurance coverage (which results in declining or waiving out of the CHP Cigna plan) please make sure that you fully understand the alternative health insurance plan that you are enrolling into.  Important things to consider are;

  • Does the non-UCONN health insurance plan meet all of your VISA requirements?
  • Does the non-UCONN health insurance plan provide comprehensive medical benefits? Most health insurance travel plans cover only emergency medical care such as hospitalization or care at a hospital emergency room.  These plans typically do not provide coverage for doctor’s office visits, immunizations or routine medical care.  Alternative health insurance travel plans may be less expensive to purchase but may result in costing you more money because not all medical care is covered by them.

Medical services in the United States of America can be extremely costly.  If you select a health insurance plan other than the CHP Cigna health insurance plan please be aware that, for services provided to you at the Student Health Services facility on the Storrs campus, you would personally be responsible for the payment of all services provided to you.  In addition, you would be responsible for filing a claim to seek potential reimbursement from your non-UCONN health insurance plan.  U.S. doctor’s offices and medical providers may also bill you directly and not participate with your non-UCONN health insurance plan.

*NOTE – Upon your campus arrival, if you need vaccinations or immunizations in order to be compliant with state/university requirements, these vaccinations or immunizations can be very costly.  In most cases they would not be covered under other health insurance/travel type plans.  The CHP Cigna plan would cover any required vaccinations or immunizations, with no patient cost.

You can find more information on health insurance and SHS billing practices can be found on the SHS website at www.shs.uconn.edu.

For more information on immunization and healthcare requirements please visit Student Health Services immunization page.

The Student Health History Form

The  link to access the Student Health History form is sent to each newly admitted student after the $300 enrollment deposit is received.  It is also sent with the Orientation email confirmation.  If you did not receive the form please access it  here.    The Student Health History form is required to be submitted for each student at the university. The form, along with more information, can be accessed through the Student Health Services Website.

Deadlines for submitting the Student Health History form is July 1, 2020 for the Fall semester and January 1, 2020 for the Spring semester.

Health Screening will be conducted during the four-day Orientation program.  Your time for Health Screening will be on the schedule that you will receive when you check-in for Orientation on Sunday, August 18, 2019.  If you have submitted your Student Health History form by the July 1st deadline or have the form completed with the dates of your immunizations at Orientation, it will take a short time for you to go through Health Screening.  If you did not submit your Student Health History form by the July 1st deadline or have an  incomplete form with you, it will take a long time for you to go through Health Screening.  Get your completed Health History Form to the university by the July 1, 2020 deadline if you can so you do not have any difficulty.  Bring all your medical documents with you to Health Screening.

  • Connecticut state law requires that your healthcare provider completes/verifies your immunization information in writing (Form A)
  • For more information on immunization requirements, click here.
  • Failure to submit your immunization history by the 10th day of classes will result in your inability to register for classes.

UNDER THE AGE OF 18?  If a student is under the age of 18 please make sure a parent signs the Student Health History under the “Consent for Treatment” section before either submitting or taking  it to the university.

Traveling to Storrs

Students attending International Orientation should fly into Bradley International Airport (airport code: BDL). From Bradley airport you can get to the university by bus, Uber or taxi service.  The university DOES NOT have a pick up service from any airport.

For more information on traveling to the University of Connecticut at Storrs from other airports in New York City or Boston, please visit International Students & Scholar Services. If you do not land at Bradley International Airport, you are responsible for finding your own  transportation to the University.

EARLY ARRIVAL INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS ATTENDING AUGUST ORIENTATION

Early Arrival information for Fall 2019 international undergraduate students will be sent by email in early August.

Confirming Your Session after you make a Reservation for Orientation

An email confirmation will be sent almost immediately after you submit your Orientation reservation. This email indicates you are “confirmed” for international Orientation and it will contain the dates of your registration session. Emails are sent to the personal email address that the University has on file and your UConn email account.

Contact the Office of Orientation Services at (860) 486-4866 or at orientation@uconn.edu if you haven’t received your email confirmation within 24 hours of submitting your online Orientation reservation.

Do not make any travel arrangements if you choose to attend the Orientation program between mid-May to mid-July until you receive an email from the Office of Orientation Services confirming your assigned Orientation session.

If you choose to attend the August 23 - 27 Orientation program you need to move into your residence hall room, if you are living in on-campus housing, on Saturday, August 22, 2020.