Graduate Division

International Graduate Welcome and Orientation

International Graduate Welcome and Orientation

You are going to travel quite a distance and we want to be sure you are prepared for your new adventure at UCI. This event will focus specifically on topics that impact international graduate students and building community with fellow international students and Peer Mentors. The program will cover a variety of topics including cultural adaptation, academic expectations, professional development, and immigration. International graduate students will also attend Campuswide Graduate Welcome and Orientation (Day 2). 

Thursday, September 20, 2018

10:45am - 5:00pm
University of California, Irvine
Bren Events Center
100 Mesa Rd.
Irvine, CA 92697

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Registration

Please check your UCI email at the end of July for your registration email from gradorientation@uci.edu.

Registration for this FREE event is required. 

Contact

Have a question? Need more information? Send an e-mail to the Graduate Welcome and Orientation Planning Team.

New Student Checklist

In order to help prepare for your arrival, we strongly encourage you to use the new international student checklists. 

How to Prepare for the Day

Q: How do I dress for the day?
A: The Graduate Welcome and Orientation is a casual event. We encourage incoming students to dress comfortably. Students should expect a fair amount of walking as the event is held at various locations in the Bren Events Center. 

Q: What do I bring? 
A: Since the day will be packed with useful information, we suggest you bring note-taking materials. We will be providing every student with a welcome folder that includes information about valuable resources on campus, so bringing something to carry it in might come in handy. Also, as it will be the height of summer in Southern California, we suggest you bring water, sunscreen, hats, and anything else that might keep you comfortable. As lunch will be provided you do not need to bring a packed lunch. The Graduate Welcome and Orientation Planning Team also strongly suggests that you leave all valuable materials at home (i.e., passports, large sums of money, etc.).  

Special Accommodations

We would like to make sure that all of our incoming graduate students, including students with disabilities, have an equal opportunity to participate in the Graduate Welcome and Orientation. If you require specific accommodations, we ask that you contact the Graduate Welcome and Orientation Planning Team as soon as possible via email at gradorientation@uci.edu so that we may prepare accordingly.

Additionally, we encourage all students with a qualifying disability to register with UCI’s Disability Services Center so that the school may continue to support you throughout your graduate career. If you have any questions about eligibility or available support, we encourage you to contact the Disability Services Center as soon as possible.

Students requiring special meal accommodations should indicate it on the online registration form. However, if you made a mistake or forgot to specify a dietary restriction, please contact the Graduate Welcome and Orientation Planning Team with an update.

FAQs for Incoming International Students

FOR INCOMING STUDENTS

Q: Will incoming international students attend both the International and the Campuswide Graduate Welcome and Orientation?  
A: Yes, international students will attend both events. The International Graduate Welcome and Orientation (Day 1) is designed to provide information unique to incoming international students, while the Campuswide event (Day 2) will pertain to all incoming graduate students.  

Q: Where will International Graduate Welcome and Orientation take place?  
A: The event will occur in the Bren Events Center. 

Q: What kinds of information will be provided during Orientation? 
A: The Campuswide Graduate Welcome and Orientation is intended to give incoming graduate students a breadth of information regarding their success while at UCI.  Topics will include graduate support services, professional development, health and wellness, and ways to prepare you for academic success.  

Q: If I am already participating in TAPDP, should I still come to Orientation? 
A: Yes. The Teaching Assistant Professional Development Program (TAPDP) focuses on how to be a Teaching Assistant, while Campuswide Graduate Welcome and Orientation will provide you with information and resources as a student.  These events cover very different information and we strongly encourage you to attend Orientation. 

Q: Will I see my Graduate InterConnect Peer Mentor during International Graduate Welcome and Orientation?
A. Yes. Your GIC Peer Mentor will experience the day with you. In addition, they will host a welcome event prior to Orientation. Be sure to stay in touch with your GIC Peer Mentor throughout the summer.

Q: What should I wear to International Graduate Welcome and Orientation? 
A: International Orientation is a half-day event during which you will be moving between rooms to attend sessions. We encourage you to wear comfortable attire and footwear to move easily throughout the day.  

Q: Do I need to do anything to prepare for Orientation? 
A: You do not need to do anything to prepare for Orientation except register for the event.  Registration is free and includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day. There will be plenty of information given out at the event, so we encourage you to bring a pen and paper. Please avoid bringing any valuable items that may be lost or misplaced (e.g. passports, large sums of money, etc.). 

Q: Can I bring my family? 
A: Unfortunately, family members cannot attend this event. We understand that some of our incoming international graduate students have spouses and children that might like to attend, however the programming of the event is tailored specifically to incoming graduate students.  

Q: Where do I register for Orientation?  
A: All incoming students can expect to receive an email invitation with information on registration instructions from gradorientation@uci.edu.  

Q: How can I be sure I am registered for Orientation?  
A: Once you have completed the registration process, you will receive a confirmation email. As the event approaches, you will also receive communications from gradorientation@uci.edu with further event information. 

FAQs for Faculty, Staff, and Departments

FOR DEPARTMENTS

Q: If our department is already having a department orientation, should our students still come to the Campuswide Graduate Welcome and Orientation? 
A: Yes, we strongly encourage students to attend both the Campuswide Graduate Welcome and Orientation and their department/school-based orientation. This event provides essential information that applies to all graduate students at UCI. Furthermore, this is the first major opportunity the graduate students from the various schools and departments will have to meet and mingle. 

Photos from 2017 Orientation

Curious? Take a look at some pictures from last year's orientation in our Flickr Album.