OISS Check-In & Orientation Programs

OISS is excited to welcome you to Yale and New Haven!

During the OISS check-in and orientation (which is about 75 minutes) we will go over your immigration status and responsibilities, and provide you resources for a smooth transition to your life in the U.S. and at Yale. This will also be an opportunity for you to meet other international students and scholars, and the OISS staff. As new students and scholars, you also might be invited to participate in an orientation program associated with your school, department, or unit. Please make sure to attend those programs as well.

When to check in at OISS?


Faculty, Researchers, and Non-degree Students

If you are a newly-arrived faculty, researcher, or non-degree student, please come to a check-in and orientation session at OISS at 9 am on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday of the week you arrive on campus. Please bring all of the documents listed on the right side menu.

Yale College Students

OISS organizes a five-day long pre-orientation program called OIS (Orientation for Yale College International Students). If you choose to participate in OIS, immigration check-in and orientation will happen on Old Campus during the regular schedule of events. If you will not attend OIS, you will receive an email invitation from your designated school adviser to attend a check-in and orientation session either on Friday, August 25th or Monday, August 28th at OISS. Please bring all of the documents listed on the right side menu to check-in.

Graduate & Professional School Students

All degree seeking graduate and professional students will receive an email invitation from their designated school 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. Please bring all of the documents listed on the right side menu to the orientation. If you have any questions, please contact your school adviser.

Summer 2017 Schedule

July 31st 11:00am PhD Math Camp
August 1st 11:00am PhD ELP
August 1st 2:00pm PhD ELP
August 3rd 12:30pm School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
August 8 4:00pm School of Medicine
August 9 10:30am School of Management: MBA
August 9 2:30pm School of Management: MAM
August 10 10:30am School of Management: MAM
August 10 2:30pm School of Management: MBA
August 11 10:30am School of Management: MBA
August 11 2:30pm School of Management: MBA
August 17 10:00am Law School: LLM/JSD
August 18 10:30am Drama School
August 18 1:00pm Graduate School: PhD
August 21 11:45am School of Management: make-up
Augsut 22 9:00am Graduate School: PhD
Augsut 22 3:30pm Graduate School: Master's
August 23 11:00am Graduate School: PhD
August 23 1:00pm Law School: JD
August 23 3:00pm Divinity School
August 24 9:00am Fox Fellows
August 24 12:00pm Graduate School: Master's
August 24 3:00pm School of Public Health
August 28 11:45am School of Management: Exchange Students
August 28 1:00pm Graduate School: PhD
August 28 3:00pm School of Art
August 29 10:00am School of Architecture
August 29 12:00pm Graduate School: PhD
August 29 2:30pm Graduate School: Master's
September 1 2:00pm School of Music
September 8 4:00pm School of Music

Spouses & Partners of Yale International Students and Scholars

Spouses, partners, and family members are welcome to join the orientation session for scholars that happens every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 9 am at OISS. 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

If you are a student attending the Yale Summer Session or the ELI Program, please check in at OISS at the designated times below. Please bring all of the documents listed on the right side menu.

  • ELI: June 26 - June 28, 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm at OISS
  • Summer Session B: July 3 and July 5, 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm at OISS
  • ELI U Prep: July 17 - July 19, 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm at OISS