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 be invited to participate in the orientation program associated with your school, department or unit. Be sure to attend those programs as well.

When to check in at OISS

Newly-arrived international faculty, researchers and non-degree students are asked to check in with OISS (421 Temple Street, New Haven) at 9 am on Monday, Wednesday or Friday of the week you arrive on campus.  Please bring all of the documents listed above. When you check-in at OISS, you will also attend an orientation session which includes information on 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 questions about settling in to this new community.  The check-in and orientation session can take up to one hour to complete.

Graduate & Professional School Students

Your designated school adviser looks forward to welcoming you to Yale!  All students will receive an email invitation from their adviser to attend their school specific orientation.  In order to prepare for orientation, you should update your U.S. address and phone number if you already know it.  If you have any questions, please contact your school adviser..

Summer 2017 Schedule

August 8 4:00pm Medicine
August 9 10:30am MBA
August 9 2:30pm MAM
August 10 10:30am MAM
August 10 2:30pm MBA
August 11 10:30am MBA
August 11 2:30pm MBA
August 17 10:00am LLM/JSD
August 18 10:30am Drama
August 18 1:00pm PhD
August 21 11:45am SOM make-up
Augsut 22 9:00am PhD
Augsut 22 3:30pm GSAS Master's
August 23 11:00am PhD
August 23 1:00pm JD
August 23 3:00pm Divinity
August 24 9:00am Fox Fellows
August 24 12:00pm GSAS Master's
August 24 3:00pm Public Health
August 28 11:45am SOM - Exchange Student
August 28 1:00pm PhD
August 28 3:00pm Art
August 29 10:00am Architecture
August 29 12:00pm PhD
August 29 2:30pm GSAS Master's
September 1 2:00pm Music
September 8 4:00pm Music


Spouses & Partners of Yale International Students and Scholars

Spouses, partners and family members are welcome to join the orientation listed above. In addition OISS and the International Spouses & Partners at Yale (ISPY) organize two extensive orientations for spouses, one in September and the second in January. If you arrive before or after one of these events, please know that you can also make an appointment to meet with an OISS advisor if you have questions about your transition to the Yale community.

Summer Session & ELI Students - Bring your passport and I-20


June 26 - June 28, 12:00 noon - 4:00pm, OISS (421 Temple Street)

Summer Session B:

July 3 and July 5, 12:00 noon - 4:00pm, OISS (421 Temple Street)  OISS will be closed on Tuesday, july 4th

ELI U Prep:

July 17 - July 19m 12:00 noon - 4:00pm, OISS (421 Temple Street)