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

Check-in for newly-arrived faculty, researchers, or non-degree students is held at 9:00 am on Mondays and Wednesdays at OISS, 421 Temple Street.   Plan to visit OISS the week you arrive on campus and bring all of the documents listed on the right side menu.

Yale College Students

OISS organizes a five-day long pre-orientation program - Orientation for International Students or OIS. If you participate in OIS, immigration check-in and orientation will happen on Old Campus during the regular schedule of events. If you do not attend OIS, you will receive instructions from your OISS adviser.  Details for the fall of 2019 will be posted in May.

Graduate & Professional School Students

All degree seeking graduate and professional students will receive an email invitation in the late spring of 2019  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.

Spouses & Partners of Yale International Students and Scholars

Spouses, partners, and family members are welcome to join the orientation session for scholars that happens on Mondays and Wednesdays 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 2019 Yale Summer Session or the ELI Program, visit this site in the spring of 2019 for check-in information.