Check-In and Orientation

When you enter the United States, you will need to report to the Office of International Student Services & Study Abroad (OISS&SA) for the mandatory New Student Check-in. The New Student Check-in is organized alphabetically by the first letter of student’s Family Name. See the schedule below for your assigned date and time.  It is important that you attend on one of your designated days.

We are located at:

3100 Main St.
Houston, Texas 77002 (first floor of the garage)

When reporting for check-in, please bring the following:

  1. Completed student Check-in Form
  2. SEVIS Form I-20 (original and a copy)
  3. Passport and Visa
  4. I-94 card (front and back) - you can print your I-94
  5. Receipt of the $50.00 orientation fee – you can pay this with a credit card online through the PeopleSoft / Student Account sign-in or in person at any campus cashier’s office. You may also bring a check or money order with you to the OISS&SA check-in.

New Student Check-In Schedule

Fall 2014 Check-In Dates

The check-in period runs from July 10th through August 7th. There are multiple days scheduled for the new student check-in; please come to only one. Please do not wait until the last day! Classes fill up quickly. You must report to our office prior to the Orientation date. Fall classes begin August 25, 2014.

Check-in Schedule

DatesTimeStudent Family Name
July 11 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. A-Z
July 15 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. A-Z
July 17 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. A-Z
July 18 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. A-Z
July 22 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. A-Z
July 24 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. A-M
July 25 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. N-Z
July 29 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. A-M
July 31 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. N-Z
August 01 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. A-Z
August 04 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. A-Z
August 05 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. A-Z
August 06 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. A-Z
August 07 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. A-Z


Mandatory New Student Orientation is August 8, 2014

Please Note: If you are Transfer student, you do not need to check in, however you must attend the Mandatory New Student Orientation.

Mandatory New Student Orientation

Fall 2014 Orientation

New Student Orientation is mandatory for all incoming New, Transfer and Change of Status international students. You are required to attend the entire orientation. If you do not attend or leave early, a hold will be put on your student account that will prevent you from enrolling in classes.

Topics to be covered:

  • Maintaining your F-1 Visa Status
  • Obtaining your Driver’s License
  • Employment
  • Cultural Adjustment
  • Safety and Security
  • Immigration Laws
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Tax Information
  • Social Security
  • Academic Requirements
  • Questions and Answers

Date & Time:  

August 8, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

J. W. Marriott
Room: Liberty Hall
5051 Westheimer Rd.
Houston TX 77056

Parking: Complimentary Self Parking in the J. W. Marriott Garage - entrance on Sage Rd. Parking validations will be handed out at the end of orientation.

Parking Information and Map
NOTE: do not park in the adjacent Walgreens, your car will be towed.