International Student Orientation

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

The International Student Services office will be sending important information to you beginning in May 2024, and at that time you will be assigned to a Peer Advisor Leader (PAL) who will be in contact with you to offer support and guidance. 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 is available to answer your questions. They will be a great resource to you as you transition to life as a Tiger.

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. 

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 will register your attendance in the SEVIS immigration system. After completing this, please review the detailed information about maintaining your visa status.

Access the Spring 2024 check-in 

We are excited to have you join the RIT community and get started with your academic journey! Our Spring 2024 International Student Orientation session will be on Monday, Jan. 15, 2024, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Magic Studio Auditorium; Magic Spell Studios (071), Rooms 2180/2950).

Register for the Mandatory Immigration Orientation Session

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