International Student Orientation @ UConn

Which Orientation Do I Attend?

UConn offers many orientation programs to new students- you are required to attend some orientation programs, while others are optional.  Please use the chart below to find out more information about your orientation programs. This list does not include all orientations – for example, if you are a graduate student, your academic program or academic department may hold a separate orientation for you to attend.

 Campus/Degree Undergraduate Students All Graduate Students Graduate Students with  Teaching Assistantships Exchange Students
Storrs August 18-22

International Undergraduate Orientation


August 20

Graduate School Orientation


August 19

Storrs International Graduate Orientation

August 20

TA Orientation

August 12

ITAP Orientation

Incoming Exchange Orientation
GBLC Week of August 12

MSBAPM Orientation

MBA Orientation

August 19

MSFRM Orientation

Contact your program for orientation details.

Stamford August 14

MSBAPM Orientation

Contact your program for orientation details.

Law School  

LLM and Exchange Orientation

Hartford, Avery Point, Waterbury Various Dates

Regional Campus Orientation*

*Orientation may occur before new students may enter the U.S. with the Form I-20. ISSS will hold a meeting at the beginning of the semester to cover visa and other international student requirements.


Contact your ISSS Advisor to inquire about meeting date.


Orientation week at Storrs


New international students should be aware that many services at UConn maintain reduced hours in summer, and will not be fully operational until classes begin. While international students may move in early to attend orientation, most new UConn students do not move in until Friday, August 23rd. CAMPUS WILL SEEM VERY QUIET UNTIL EVERYONE MOVES IN AND CLASSES BEGIN. 

What to expect: UConn offices may close for staff training, and professors may or not be on campus . Your residential hall will be staffed with Resident Advisors, but your hall may seen very empty since most students will move in the following week.  Basic services on campus may run with limited service, or may not run at all (especially on Saturdays and Sundays).  The good news - this is all temporary! You can use this time to explore campus, catch up on sleep, visit Storrs downtown and participate in important and required orientation activities. You can practice doing laundry, and set up your side of your room. ISSS will be open Monday-Friday from 8 am to 5 pm, and we have a lounge where you can drink coffee, tea or hot water, watch t.v. or rest. Feel free to stop by and ask us any questions you have. 


UConn Dining Halls (with meal plan)

International undergraduate students enrolled in a degree program at UConn will begin their meal plan on Sunday, August 18th. They will receive their meal card at undergraduate Orientation check-in on Sunday, August 18 with all meals served in Putnam Dining Hall. For all other international students who need to purchase meals during Orientation week, South Dining Hall, located in Rome Commons, will be open through Friday August 23rd. Students can purchase meals at South Dining Hall.


On Campus Restaurants (no meal plan)

UConn dining locations maintain various hours during the summer for students who do not have a meal plan. During move in weekend (August 17th and 18th) no on-campus restaurants will be open, and students can get food from Storrs downtown. Monday through Friday, restaurants in the Student Union are open generally from 11 a.m. - 2:30 pm. Full summer hours can be viewed here.


On-Campus Transportation

On campus transportation is limited during the summer. Until August 23rd, a Husky Go shuttle will operate on campus Monday-Friday. Saturdays and Sundays, including move-in weekend (August 17th-18th), no campus shuttles run.


UConn Library

Until August 23rd, the library will be open Monday - Thursday: 8 am - 9 pm, Friday: 8 am to 5 pm, and Saturday and Sunday: 12 pm - 5 pm.


UConn Bookstore

Monday through Thursday: 7:30 am - 8 pm (Wednesday until 8:30 pm). Friday: 7:30 - 6 pm. Saturday: 10 am  - 6 pm. Sunday: 11 am -5 pm. Please plan accordingly if you are picking up pre-ordered items from the Bookstore.


Mail Services

If you live on campus, the mail room in your dorm will not open until the start of the semester. Therefore you will not be able to receive mail until classes begin. Large packages are not delivered to the dormitory mail rooms, and instead need to be picked up  at University Mail Services (UMS). UMS is open Monday - Friday, 8:30 -4:00 pm. UMS will be open during orientation week for large package pick-up, but not on the weekend.  Do not mail anything to yourself that you will need to access during move-in weekend.