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. 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 2018 will be posted in May.

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.


August 28 at 9:00am


August 28 at 3:00pm


August 22 at 3:00pm


August 20 at 11:00am

Forestry & Environmental Studies

August 1 at 12:15pm

Fox Fellows

August 27 at 9:00am

Graduate School Masters Degrees (GSAS)

August 17 at 11:30am

August 21 at 9:00am

August 24 at 11:00am

Graduate School PhD Degrees

Math Camp: July 30 at 4:15pm

ELP: August 1 at 10:30am

ELP: August 1 at 2:30pm

August 16 at 1:00pm

August 20 at 2:00pm

August 21 at 1:00pm

August 27 at 3:30pm

August 28 at 1:00pm


LLM & JSD: August 17 at 2:00pm

JD: August 20 at 4:00pm (location at the Law School)

Management: MBA Program

August 9 at 10:30am (location at SOM)

August 9 at 2:30pm (location at SOM)

SOM Exchange Student: August 27 at 11:45am

Management: MAM/MMS Program

August 22 at 11:00am (location at SOM)

August 22 at 2:00pm (location at SOM)

Medicine (Medical School)

August 8 at 11:30am


August 31 at 2:00pm

September 7 at 4:00pm

Public Health

August 23 at 3:00pm

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 date below between noon and 4:00pm. Please bring all of the documents listed on the right side menu.

  • May 29th and May 30th: Session A and Session A & B
  • June 25th to June 27th: ELI Postgrad, ELI College Intensive, ELI 6 week, ELI Law/Business programs
  • July 2nd and July 3rd: Session B and Ivy Program
  • July 16th to July 18th: ELI UPrep 3 week