International Student Orientation

We’re looking forward to you starting your academic career at RIT! 

The International Student Services office will be communicating with you in the coming weeks with important information. They will also assign you a Peer Advisor Leader (PAL) to provide you with updates over the summer about important immigration deadlines, maintaining your status, documents, and resources to help you transition to life as a Tiger. Your PAL is a student volunteer and will be a great resource to you! 

Important Information

Check-In with the International Student Services Office

All initial status international students must complete their virtual check-in as soon as possible upon arrival in the United States. Once you check-in, the International Student Services Office 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. Use your RIT username and password to login to CampusGroups to submit your mandatory virtual immigration check-in form and copies of your immigration documents. Please have copies of your I-20 (F-1 students), DS-2019 (J-1 students), Visa, passport, and I-94* number which may be downloaded here. *It may take up to a week after your arrival for your I-94 number to be available online. 

Mandatory Orientation Session with International Student Services Office

Please complete this mandatory Orientation session. Please view on a laptop or desktop, or on your phone in landscape mode. 


Undergraduate Student Schedule

You will have access to the full Orientation schedule by downloading the RIT CampusGroups app (you can also access on a desktop). This application will be live after August 1, 2021. We will communicate with you at that time through email how to download and view your schedule.

Coming Soon: Access full schedule in CampusGroups  

Student Resources

Peer Advisor Leader (PAL) 
You will be assigned a Peer Advisor Leader (PAL), who is a current RIT student who volunteers to be a resource for you as you navigate starting at RIT. Your PAL will be communicating with you over the summer about important deadlines, documents, and resources to help you transition to life as a Tiger.

International Student Advisor 
If you'd like to speak with an International Student Advisor, you may do so in one of the following ways: 

  • Attend an open Zoom session (no appointment needed) - Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. or Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Email
  • Call 585-475-6943 and leave a voicemail so we can return the call 

Available resources