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You have made a wonderful choice to attend VCU and are well on your way to an exciting collegiate experience full of academic opportunity and personal growth. International students face many challenges when beginning their studies in a new country. The Global Education Office staff offers assistance, guidance and support to students as they adjust to a different culture and pursue their educational goals.

Below, you will find information about International Student Orientation, as well as several other new student activities that you won’t want to miss!

International Student Orientation Fall 2015

It is our pleasure to invite you to International Student Orientation at VCU. International Student Orientation serves as the Global Education Office’s formal welcome event for international students. It is a required program for all new and transfer undergraduate and graduate students with F or J visas who have been admitted to an academic degree program at VCU, including those students required to take the English Placement Test before beginning their academic program. While students with other visa types are not required to attend International Student Orientation, they are still welcome to attend if they wish to do so.

For orientation registration, please visit the ISO Registration page.


We encourage international students to arrive for the Fall 2015 semester by Monday, August 10, 2015, to allow time to get settled before orientation activities begin. Don't forget to read through GEO's pre-arrival checklist to make sure you are prepared for your first semester at VCU: For Admitted Students

ISO Date: Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Location: T. Edward Temple Building — 901 W. Main St., Room 1164

9 a.m. -2 p.m. - International Student Orientation 


Visit VCU Parking and Transportation website for details about visitor parking deck locations and rates.


View the Fall 2015 ISO Schedule for the itinerary

What to Expect at International Student Orientation

  • International Student and Scholar Programs will advise you on housing, health insurance and a variety of other opportunities available at VCU (monthly excursions, conversation partners, coffee hour, volunteer opportunities, etc.).
  • Immigration services will advise you on regulations you should be aware of in order to maintain your immigration status at VCU.
  • Current international students will provide the inside scoop on academics, campus involvement and social life at VCU.

Important Dates for New International Students

Please take note of the following activities for new students and direct any questions to or (804) 828-8471.

  • English Placement Test (for academically admitted students)
    August 11, 2015

    The ELP Placement Test and ELP Advising Day apply to students admitted to an academic program at VCU, whose acceptance letter indicates that their enrollment is tentative upon establishing proof of English language skills. The English Placement Test determines students' initial placement in English Language Program classes and how many academic classes they will be able to take, if any. Students must fill out and return the ELP Placement Test Reservation Form along with the $100 testing fee (or the online payment confirmation sheet) in order to reserve their spot on test day.

  • VCU New Student Orientation for Undergraduate Students
    August 13 and 14, 2015
    New Student Orientation is a required program for new undergraduate students accepted to academic programs, who are not required to take the English Placement Test. During sessions with your academic department and adviser, you will learn more about your area of study and finalize your course selection. Don't forget to email International Admissions Coordinator Alica Hodges at with your V-number indicating your intent to attend VCU so that you'll be eligible to register for NSO. 

  • VCU Graduate School Orientation
    August 14, 2015

    Each year, the Graduate School and the Graduate Student Association sponsor an orientation to introduce new graduate students to VCU and the city of Richmond. Departments also conduct individual orientation sessions with representatives available to talk with students and answer questions.

  • First day of academic classes
    Wednesday, August 19, 2015
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