International Student Orientation

Welcome new RIT Tigers! We are so glad you're here.

The International Student Services office will be communicating important information to you and assign you a Peer Advisor Leader (PAL). Your PAL will provide you with updates about important deadlines, documents, and resources by email so please check it often. Your PAL is a student volunteer and here to answer your questions. They will be a great resource to you as you transition to life as a Tiger.

Important Information

The International Student Services office will provide you with essential information on maintaining your valid F-1 or J-1 non-immigrant status while in the United States. Please complete your check-in and mandatory orientation session to keep yourself well informed on US immigration processes, as well as services and support available to you on campus. 

All initial status international students must complete their virtual check-in with the International Student Services office as soon as possible upon arrival in the United States. Once you check in, International Student Services can register your attendance in the SEVIS immigration system and provide you with a new I-20 or DS/2019 with an updated travel signature.

To complete your check-in, use your RIT user name and password to login to CampusGroups and submit the following:

  • Check-in form
  • I-20 (F-1 students)
  • DS-2019 (J-1 students)
  • Visa
  • Passport
  • I-94* (download)

*It may take up to a week after your arrival for your I-94 number to be available online.
Complete your mandatory virtual immigration check-in

Complete the mandatory orientation session with International Student Services. Link coming soon.

*Please have SEVIS ID Number ready for verification purposes. Please view on a laptop/desktop, or on your phone in landscape mode.

Undergraduate Orientation

Fall 2023 Students
In addition to having an assigned Peer Advisor Leader leading up to your arrival on campus, once you arrive on campus you will be participating in both mandatory and social events sponsored by the International Student Services office as well as New Student Orientation.
For more information, visit Fall 2023 Orientation

Graduate Orientation

For the most current information, visit our Graduate Education Orientation page.

Contact International Student Services

The best way to connect with an International Student Services staff member is through Open Advising.

Open Advising Hours by Zoom:
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 2-4 p.m.
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
We recommend using the Zoom app. If you join by phone, you cannot receive any waiting room updates.
Join Open Advising Hours