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Spring 2021 Orientation

International Student and Scholar Services welcomes you to Vanderbilt! All students on an F or a J visa must attend both a SEVIS check-in session and a session on maintaining your status. More information about both is listed below.

Pre-Arrival Form

All students who will be coming to campus from an international departure point should complete the Pre-Arrival Form for Students Coming from Abroad. The form will ask for information regarding your travel plans to Nashville. This information helps Vanderbilt know when students are arriving.

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 provides 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, and before you can complete the I-9 process (required for on-campus employment).

Check-in sessions will take place virtually throughout the month of January. Sessions are 30-minutes long and held virtually over Zoom.

To schedule a check-in session, please click here. After you sign-up for a session, you will receive an email confirming your appointment, as well as the link to the Zoom meeting.

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 should contact with questions related to Move-In and other mandatory orientation programming.
  • Graduate and professional students should contact their program directly.
    • To support you in your transition to Vanderbilt and to Nashville, we are also offering some optional sessions on a variety of topics helpful for new students. These sessions are open to graduate and professional students, whether they are studying remotely or in-person. Please click here to view the schedule of sessions and register for the ones you want to attend.

Maintenance of Status and Employment Session

Incoming students on an F-1 or J-1 visa are required to attend a session on maintenance of status and employment. This session goes important information about your visa, status maintenance, and employment options.

All Maintenance of Status sessions have concluded, but a recording will be available if you missed the session. To request the recording, please email