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International Student Orientation

Announcement: In light of Vanderbilt’s phased approach to re-opening on-campus operations and activities, information on this webpage has been updated to reflect the new timelines for enrollment and orientation processes.  Please note that all International Student Orientation activities will take place virtually through the Brightspace learning management system. For more information and updates, please visit or call the Fall 2020 Helpline at (615) 322- 4357.

Fall 2020 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 semester and the summer.  Please check back regularly for updates.

International Student Orientation (ISO) is required for all international first-year undergraduates and optional for all incoming domestic students who have been living abroad. This year, the ISO program will take place virtually through the Brightspace management system. Through ISO, incoming international students will have the opportunity to connect with first-year and upper-division international students, including their international orientation leader (IOL).  Some of the important topics discussed in International Student Orientation include academic integrity in the U.S. education system, maintaining immigration status, and wellness and self-care. After International Student Orientation, first-year international students will also participate in the required CommonVU Orientation.

*International Student Orientation is required for all incoming first-year international students. International transfer students and domestic students currently living abroad are also welcome to attend, but it is not required. New international graduate students should consult with their individual programs and departments for a complete orientation schedule.

International Student Move-In, Housing, and Dining

Check your Vanderbilt email address and the Fall 2020 website for all updates regarding your arrival to campus. Before you come to campus, please make sure to complete the International Student Pre-Arrival Form. If you need to arrive in Nashville earlier than your assigned move-in day, you may consider exploring these hotel options. With questions about your housing assignment, please contact the Office of Housing Assignments.

Parent & Family Programs

For more information about move-in policies pertaining to parents and families, visit Parents and families are also encouraged to connect with the Vanderbilt Parents and Family Programs Office for additional support. Parents can also find support by calling the Parent Helpline at (877) 887-2736 or emailing

iLEAD: International Orientation Leaders

iLEAD is a student organization composed of International Orientation Leaders (IOLs). IOLs provide support, guidance, and fun to incoming international undergraduate students during International Student Orientation. Over the summer, you will be assigned an IOL who will reach out and offer support as you prepare to come to campus. To learn more about the iLEAD organization, visit their organization page. You can also follow iLEAD on Instagram @vu_ilead.

To assist you with making this transition, all incoming international students will be assigned to one of eight to ten International Orientation Groups.  These groups – each of which is comprised of approximately 10 international students – meets throughout International Student Orientation.  International Orientation Groups help you form connections and support networks as you establish and navigate your new life at Vanderbilt.

Each International Orientation Group is led by one IOL.  IOLs work collaboratively with Transfer Student Leaders and VUceptors to welcome all new undergraduate students to campus each year.

Applications to be a 2020 IOL are open until February 9.

Have Questions?

For questions about move-in and orientation, call the Fall 2020 Helpline at (615) 322-4357 or email You can also visit the First-Year Housing Move-In Guide for more information about housing and what to bring to campus.

For questions about immigration status and the mandatory check-in process, contact International Student and Scholar Services at (615) 322-2753 or