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Fall 2019 International Student Orientation

Congratulations on your admission to Vanderbilt University! The following information is designed to assist you as you begin your journey here.  Additional details will be posted throughout the summer. Please check back regularly for updates.

International Student Orientation | Fall 2019

The following outlines the required new student orientation program for all incoming undergraduate students.  This orientation is free for all attendees.  Undergraduate students will be able to move in to their residence halls early at no charge on Tuesday, August 13. Please make sure that your travel arrangements will allow you to participate in orientation.

Tuesday, August 13: New International Undergraduate Student Move-In Day, 8 am – Midnight

Wednesday, August 14 – Saturday, August 17: International Orientation Week

Saturday, August 17 – Sunday, August 25: CommonVU Orientation (for all first-year undergraduates)

Graduate students will have a immigration check-in on August 12th, as well as a session with ISSS scheduled at their program’s orientation. Both check-in and the ISSS orientation are mandatory. Graduate students should consult with their individual programs and departments for a complete orientation schedule.

International Orientation Week

The following offers an abbreviated schedule for 2019.  The complete schedule will be made available digitally later in the summer.

Wednesday, August 14

  • Welcome to Vanderbilt
  • Maintaining Your F-1/J-1 Status
  • Healthcare and Health Insurance

Thursday, August 15

  • Resource and Vendor Fair
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Residence Life
  • Working in the U.S.

Friday, August 16

  • Academics in the U.S.
  • Wellness as a Student
  • Safety on Campus
  • Academic Integrity

iLEAD Groups

All incoming international undergraduate students will be assigned to iLEAD groups. iLEAD stands for International Learning, Empowering, Advising, and Developing. iLEAD is a mentorship organization that pairs incoming international undergraduates with current students, offering support and guidance throughout International Orientation.  Over the summer, you will be assigned an iLEAD Mentor who will reach out and offer support as you prepare to come to campus.  You will also spend time with your group and your mentor during orientation.  To learn more about the iLEAD organization, visit the organization page on Anchor Link.

Campus Housing, Early Move-In, and Dining 

On Tuesday, August 13, between 8 am and midnight, staff will be on hand to greet you at the airport and ensure that you are warmly welcomed when you arrive on campus.  A Vanderbilt staff member will provide you with a Lyft code at the airport so that you can be transported directly to The Commons Center to pick up an arrival packet and room key; there will also be staff on-hand when you reach campus to assist with your move-in.  The Commons Center is located at:

230 Appleton Place

Nashville, TN 37203

If you need to arrive in Nashville earlier, please refer to the Temporary Housing listing.

Dining halls will be closed during International Orientation; however, Vanderbilt will provide most of your meals throughout the week.  Meal money will be available for usage during this time, though students are encouraged to bring funds to cover some meals to use at local restaurants around the area, if needed.  The first full meal available to all incoming undergraduate students will be dinner on Tuesday, August 13, from 6:30 – 8 pm in The Commons Center. The university meal plan begins on Sunday, August 18.

Parent & Family Programs

While International Student Orientation is primarily designed for your student, resource information will be provided to parents and families who choose to accompany their student to campus.  More information on these activities will be available later in the summer.  Parents and families are also encouraged to connect with the Vanderbilt Parents and Family Programs Office for additional support.

Have Questions?

  • For questions about move-in and orientation for undergraduate students, call the New Student Hotline at (615) 322-4948 or email commons@vanderbilt.edu.
  • For questions about immigration status or about orientation for graduate students, contact International Student and Scholar Services at (615) 322-2753 or isss@vanderbilt.edu.