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International Student Orientation and Check-in

International Student Orientation is a series of programs designed specifically to welcome international students to campus and to prepare students for a successful transition to life in the US.

International Student Online Orientation

International Student Online Orientation comprises modules that cover essential information about immigration regulations, taxes, health insurance, transportation, registering for classes, and other topics. The Online Orientation should be completed before attending the Check-in Session.

International Student Check-in Sessions

As part of International Student Orientation, you must attend one of the International Student Check-in sessions. Please log in to iVols to sign up for your check-in session and gain access to the Online Orientation.

Summer Entry (Students Beginning in Summer 2021) Check-in Dates: 

  • Thursday, May 13th
  • Friday, May 28th

Fall Entry (Students Beginning in Fall 2021) Check-in Dates: 

F-1 and J-1 Graduate Degree Seeking Students:

  • Wednesday, July 28 – SESSION FULL
  • Friday, July 30 – SESSION FULL
  • Wednesday, August 4 – SESSION FULL
  • Monday, August 9th
  • Wednesday, August 11th
  • Thursday, August 12th

J-1 Undergraduate Exchange Students

  • Friday, August 13th

Attending and completing an International Student Check-in session is required before you will be able to complete on-campus employment authorization procedures, apply for a Social Security number and Tennessee driver’s license, or complete SEVIS registration/validation. Immigration regulations require that all F-1 or J-1 students must have their SEVIS record registered/validated after arrival at the University of Tennessee. International Student and Scholar Services can complete this process only for students who have completed one of the International Student Check-in sessions.

*If you need to reschedule your check-in session or will not be able to attend any of the published check-in sessions, email