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Welcome Check-In

Welcome Check-In Requirements

What is Welcome Check-In?

All new international students and scholars are required to report to ISSS for Welcome Check-In upon arrival at Vanderbilt. The Check-in procedures consists of: 
  • Updating your immigration documents with ISSS. Please bring your I-20 or DS-2019, passport, visa, and I-94 printout. If you have dependents with you, bring their documents also. Retrieve your I-94 number online
  • Completing the Contact Information Form with updated information. You may also complete this form prior to arriving for check-in. This address should be your current address in the U.S. (temporary addresses such as hotels or hostels are acceptable). Once permanent address has been established, please submit the form again.
  • Attending a presentation that will provide useful information on how to get settled to campus and to Nashville.
  • Visiting hot spots on campus to complete your Arrival Checklist if you have not yet already.
NOTE: If you decide not to attend Vanderbilt, you must return the I-20 or DS-2019 to ISSS immediately.

Welcome Check-In Hours for F-1/J-1 Students Only

Welcome Check-In is required during New International Student Orientation on the following days and is built into your schedule. No RSVP is required.

  • For Graduate/Professional Students (not Law or Owen students): Monday, August 14th
  • For Undergraduate Students: Wednesday, August 16th
  • Law Students: Thursday and Friday, July 13-14th
  • Owen Students: Friday, July 7th

If you are arriving to campus BEFORE August 14th, you must attend Welcome Check-in during the following scheduled times. Please RSVP to reserve your spot.

  • View the schedule: Welcome Check-In Schedule 2017
  • Reserve your spot HERE
  • Note: You must RSVP for your desired time. Welcome Check-In lasts up to 2 hours. Please arrive 5-10 minutes to the set location before the scheduled session time. Bring your immigration documents with you (e.g. I-20/DS-2019, Passport, Visa, I-94 for you and for any dependents).
  • Department-specific check-in dates are not available to RSVP.

If you are arriving to campus AFTER August 18th, please RSVP for an available time or schedule an appointment by emailing isss@vanderbilt.edu.

Don’t forget about mandatory Orientation!

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Walk-In & Office Hours

Office Hours
Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm

Walk-In Hours
Monday – Friday 1:30pm-3:30pm

To meet with an adviser out of walk-in hours, please email isss@vanderbilt.edu to make appointments.
**Appointments must be made at least 24 hours in advance.

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