International Students

International students with F-1 and J-1 visa types, complete their orientation process through International Student and Scholar Services. 

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Sign Up for Orientation

The orientation reservation system opens on March 4. Students who have accepted admission and paid the $325 acceptance fee are eligible to sign up for orientation program dates.

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The SOAR page will open on April 22 in MyUI, for students who have selected their orientation program weeks. New students must complete this page at least 1 week prior to their selected SOAR appointment date.

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Becoming a Hawkeye

This encouraged 1-day orientation program on campus will include an Information Fair, presentations from campus offices, student small groups with Orientation Leaders and other new students, lunch, and a chance to get to know campus resources. Available only in June and July for summer and fall session start.

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Student Online Advising & Registration

Once the SOAR page is completed, one week prior to your chosen date, you will sign up for your Student Online Advising & Registration (SOAR) appointment (approximately 45- 60 minutes) during your selected week. The meeting will be online with your academic advisor who will help you select and register for classes.

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Placement Tests

New students may be required to complete placement tests prior to registering for classes. The University of Iowa offers placement exams in mathematics, chemistry, and some world languages.

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New Student Checklist

We've created a checklist of items to complete prior to the first day of classes. These items were designed to simplify all the steps when transitioning to your new college life.