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Fall 2020 International Student Orientation

Congratulations on your admission to Vanderbilt University! All incoming students who will be studying on an F-1 or J-1 student visa are required to complete a SEVIS check-in with ISSS and attend a mandatory orientation.

Additional details will be posted throughout the summer. Please check back regularly for updates.

SEVIS Check-In

Upon arrival to Vanderbilt, all incoming international students (including students returning from a leave of absence) must complete a mandatory SEVIS check-in with ISSS. This process collects copies of your F-1 or J-1 status documents and the information ISSS needs to report your arrival in SEVIS. Check-in is mandatory. You must also check-in before you will be able to apply for a driver’s license or social security number.


Orientation Sessions

All incoming international students who are attending Vanderbilt for the first time must attend  orientation. More information, including dates and times, will be provided in the coming weeks.

  • Undergraduate students will participate in a mandatory orientation through CommonVU. If you have questions about this orientation, please contact
  • Graduate and professional students will have an orientation directly with their academic program. For more information, please contact your program directly.