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International Student First Week Schedule

Aug. 14, 2024: On-Campus Housing Move-In Begins for International Students

  • Reserve housing prior to travel. If you need help, contact
  • There is a shuttle running between University of Idaho and the Moscow-Pullman Regional Airport (PUW). Check back for more shuttle details.
  • If you arrive before Aug. 14, 2024, the day that on-campus housing opens for move-in, plan carefully and communicate/make hotel reservations early.

International To-Do List

If you're an international student, you must review your to-do list with immigration check-in and other steps.

View To-Do List

Aug. 15, 2024: Campus Orientation Programming Begins

Find your student type below. Please attend all offered orientation programming to maximize your student experience.

  • ALCP: ALCP Placement Testing and ALCP Class Registration
    • American Language and Culture Students are required to attend this testing and registration session. For more details or to schedule your placement testing, email Christine Slater at
  • Undergraduate International Students: New Student Orientation
    • Sign up for New Student Orientation. See the schedule for more details on locations and times.
  • Graduate International Students:
    • College of Graduate Studies: Online orientation. All new graduate students will automatically be added to the orientation course. A notification will be sent prior to the beginning of the semester. View further details on the College of Graduate Studies website.
    • Departmental Specific Orientation: A notification will be sent prior to the beginning of the semester. You are also encouraged to email your academic program for more details. Please find contact information on the Graduate Admissions website.     

Aug. 16, 2024: International Student Orientation

All international students are required to attend the mandatory immigration check-in and international student orientation sessions below.

  • 1 p.m. — Check-In Begins
    Vandal Ballroom, Bruce Pitman Center
    Check in at the Vandal Ballroom on the 2nd floor of the Bruce Pitman Center
  • 1:30 p.m. — Welcome Remarks and Introductions
    Meet the International Services staff and student ambassadors
  • 1:45 p.m. — Games and Prizes
    Get ready to compete and win some U of I swag for your team of new friends!
  • 2:15 p.m. — U.S. Visa Rules, iVandal, U.S. Culture
    Meet your International Services advisor and learn about the rules and benefits of your F-1 or J-1 visa and how to complete your immigration check-in
  • 3 p.m. — Break
    Enjoy a cup of tea, stretch, and reenergize your brain
  • 3:15 p.m. — Next Steps: Navigating Campus
    Learn from current U of I students on a variety of topics to help you adjust to campus. Topics will include SSN and student jobs, transportation, housing, academics and more.
  • 3:45 p.m. — Healthcare in the U.S.
    A brief overview of how the U.S. healthcare system works
  • 4:30 p.m. — Closing Remarks, Event Reminders and Group Photo
    Let’s capture this special day with a photo!

Students attending U of I’s extension campuses (Boise, Idaho Falls, Coeur d’Alene, etc.) will be required to attend an Online International Student Orientation. Online orientation details will be emailed to students in the summer.

Aug. 19, 2024: Fall 2024 Semester Begins — First day of classes

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Bruce Pitman Center, 135G

Mailing Address:

875 Perimeter Dr. MS 4253
Moscow, ID 83844-4253

Phone: 208-885-6163

Fax: 208-885-4477