OISS Check-In & Orientation Programs

OISS is excited to welcome you to the Yale community!  The OISS check-in and orientation program (which takes 60-90 minutes) is intended to provide you with a quick overview of your immigration responsibilities and the services of this office.  In addition, you will have an opportunity to meet other new international students and scholars and the OISS staff working with your school, as well as learn about a few of the many campus resources that will be important during your stay here. If at any time you have a question, just ask!  And of course, as new students, post-docs, faculty and staff, you will invited to participate in the orientation program associated with your school, department or unit. Be sure to attend those programs as well.

Documents Required for OISS Check-In

Newly arrived students and scholars must check in with OISS.  For check-in, you must bring the following documents:

Your Passport

Your immigration document (I-20 or DS-2019)

A printed copy of your I-94 record

Download and Print your I-94 here.  If there is any problem with your entry, OISS will try and help you resolve it.
  

When to check in at OISS


Graduate and Professional School Students

New graduate and professional school students will check in at OISS by school.  Please see the Fall 2015 schedule below.  The OISS check-in includes a short orientation program conducted by an OISS adviser.  Covered in this session is a review of the rights and responsibilities of your immigration status, as well as an introduction to Yale and New Haven resources.  This is also an opportunity to ask your questions about settling in to this new community.  The check-in and orientation session can take up to one hour to complete. Where multiple check-in times are listed, you will be asked by email to choose and register for a time. Please be mindful of other orientation events and obligations that may be required of your school or program when selecting your check-in time. 

Orientation Schedule

School / Program Date & Time
Architecture

July 17, 1:30 pm

August 31, 12:00 pm

Art August 31, 2:30 pm
Divinity August 26, 12:30 pm
Drama

August 24, 10:00 am

Forestry & Environmental Studies August 6, 12:00 pm
Fox Fellows August 27, 10:30 am
Graduate School Masters Degrees

August 20, 1:00 pm

August 24, 3:00 pm

Graduate School PhD Degrees

ELP: August 3, 2:00 pm

Math Camp: August 4, 4:30 pm

August 21, 1:00 pm

August 25, 10:30 am

August 26, 10:30 am

Law

LLM & JSD: August 20, 10:30 am

JD: August 25, 2:30 pm

Management: MBA Program

August 12, 10:00 am

August 13, 3:00 pm

August 14, 10:00 am

August 14, 3:00 pm

Management: MAM Program

August 12, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

August 13, 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Management: Exchange Students September 4, 11:45 am
Medicine August 11, 2:30 pm
Music September 11, 4:00 pm
Public Health

AP-MPH: June 30, 2:00 pm

MPH: August 31, 4:00 pm

Faculty, Research Scholars and Other Academic Visitors

Newly arrived scholars are asked to check in with OISS at 9 am on Monday, Wednesday or Friday of the week you arrive on campus.  Please bring your passport, immigration document (DS-2019 or I-20) and a copy of your I-94 arrival document. When you check-in at OISS, you will attend a short information session.  Included in this session, conducted by an OISS adviser, is a review of the rights and responsibilities of your immigration status, as well as an introduction to Yale and New Haven resources.  This is also an opportunity to ask your questions about settling in to this new community.  The check-in and orientation session can take up to one hour to complete.

Yale College Students

Most new Yale College students will check during the Orientation for International Students.  If you are not participating in OIS, you will to check-in with  at 12 noon on Friday, August 28th.  Additional details will be sent you by email in early August.

Spouses & Partners of Yale International Students and Scholars

OISS and the International Spouses & Partners at Yale (ISPY) organizes two extensive orientation for spouses, one in September and the second in January. If you arrive before or after one of these events, please feel free to come to the new scholar orientation or drop in at OISS to talk with an adviser if you have questions about settling into this new community.

Summer Session & ELI Students

  • Summer Session A:
    Monday June 1, Tuesday June 2, and Wednesday June 3
      
  • ELI 6 week program:
    Monday June 19, Tuesday June 30, Wednesday July 1
      
  • Summer Session B:
    Monday June 6, Tuesday June 7, Wednesday June 8
      
  • ELI 3 week program:
    Monday July 20, Tuesday July 21, Wednesday June 22
    Time: Between 12:00pm (noon) and 4:00pm
    Location: 421 Temple Street, New Haven, CT