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International Student Orientation

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Fall 2021 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. 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

International undergraduate move-in for fall 2021 will be on Wednesday, August 18, 8:00 a.m. to midnight, in The Commons Center Atrium. Students who move in early must participate in International Student Orientation.

Check your Vanderbilt email address and the Health and Safety Protocols 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 the Health and Safety Protocols. 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 first-year 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 – meet throughout International Student Orientation.  International Orientation Groups help you form connections and support networks as you establish and navigate your new life at Vanderbilt.

If you are a domestic student living abroad who plans to attend ISO, and you would like to be assigned to an International Orientation Group, please email by July 15.

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.

Have Questions?

For questions about move-in and orientation, call the New Student Hotline at (615) 322-4948 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

For the latest updates on the fall semester, please visit the Health and Safety Protocols or call the Return to Campus Helpline at (615) 322-4357.