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Orientation & Immigration Check-in

International Student Orientation(ISO)

International Student Orientation 

Welcome to Eastern Kentucky University! The International Student Orientation program is MANDATORY for all new international students (undergraduate, graduate and exchange students) attending the University in F or J visa statuses, including students who are transferring from other U.S educational institutions.

During the International Student Orientation, you will learn about immigration regulations, services available to students, American educational system and much more. You will also get the opportunity to meet and make friends with other new international students from around the world.

Accompanying family members are welcome to attend the orientation, even though most activities are designed explicitly for students.

Immigration Check-in 

All new international students in F-1 or J-1 non-immigrant statuses are required to check in with the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (OISSS) upon their arrival in Richmond. Failure to check in with OISSS may result in the loss of your legal immigration status in the United States.

Please bring the following documents and information to the International Student Orientation or to the Office of International Student and Scholar Services to check-in:

  • Form I-20 or Form DS-2019
  • Passport
  • Form I-94. Click here to retrieve your I-94 record (Can only be printed AFTER your arrival in the United States).
  • Address and Emergency Contact Information

Placement Testing

All first-time undergraduate international students (or freshmen) who have not taken the ACT test or taken, but scored below EKU requirement are required to take EKU placement tests before they can enroll for classes. Students take EKU placement tests to:

  • Show proficiency in basic skills (developmental skills) in English, mathematics, or reading.
  • Demonstrate skills needed for Algebra with Applications (MAT 112) or College Algebra (MAT 114). If your program requires you to take MAT 112 or MAT 114 and your ACT Math score is less than 22, or you have not taken the ACT test, then you will need to take the MAT 112 or MAT 114 placement test.

Placement testing time is set up as part of International Student Orientation.

Fall 2017 International Student Orientation Schedule

Fall Semester 2017

International Student Orientation begins on Wednesday, August 16, 2017. All new undergraduate, graduate, and exchange students, including transfer students are required to attend the mandatory International Student Orientation. Here is the International Student Orientation schedule:


Monday & Tuesday,  August 14-15

All Day:  Airport Pick-ups and Dorm Move-in

We expect you to arrive on August 14 or August 15 to get free airport pick-up and early dorm move-in. Therefore, please make your travel plans and other arrangements accordingly.


Wednesday,  August 16

8:00 AM-9:00 AM:  Welcome & Immigration Check-in - Powell Building - Jaggers Room 

Come meet your fellow new students, International Student & Scholar Services staff, and the International Ambassadors! Please bring your passport as well as your I-20 or DS-2019 to complete your immigration check-in with us.

9:00 AM-12:00 PM:  Placement Testing & Academic Advising - Whitlock 347 & at Various Locations

Some of you will need to take placement testing before starting classes. This was determined during your admission process. If you are unsure if you need to take placement testing, contact a staff member to confirm. During this time you can also meet with your academic advisor to register for classes. Contact a staff member or International Ambassador to find out where your academic department is located.

12:00 PM-1:00 PM:  Lunch & Campus Safety, Powell Building - Jaggers Room

Enjoy lunch with fellow students, staff, and the International Ambassadors while learning about EKU Police and what services they provide students.

1:00 PM-1:30 PM:  Student Counseling,  Powell Building - Jaggers Room

Meet staff and learn about specialized resources made available to international students.

1:30 PM-2:00 PM:  Housing & Residence Life,  Powell Building - Jaggers Room

Over 4,000 students live on campus! Learn about important policies as well as the wide range of activities residents can become involved with on campus.

2:00 PM-2:30 PM:  Ice Cream Social, Powell Plaza

Enjoy a break outside with some ice cream! Chat with your fellow students, staff, and faculty. Get your picture taken with the Colonel mascot!

2:30 PM-4:00 PM:  Student Health Services, Powell Building - Jaggers Room

Learn about the American healthcare system, take a required tuberculosis screening, and learn about the services provided to EKU students by Student Health.

6:00 PM:  Meet Your Colonel Crew Member - Big E Welcome Starts!


Friday, August 18

9:30 AM-10:45 AM:  Colonels In The Classroom, Combs Building - Multiple Locations

Hear from EKU professors to find out what they are looking for in their students. You will also learn about what you can expect in the classroom and how to stay on top of assignments.

10:45 AM-11:45 AM:  International Student Special Population, Combs Building - Multiple Locations

Learn about programming events and unique opportunities that are made available for international students.

12:00 PM -1:00 PM:  Lunch, Powell Building-Dining Hall

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM:  Immigration Regulations, Powell Building - Kennamer Room

Learn important information about your student visa and what your responsibilities are in order to maintain your status.

2:15 PM-2:30 PM:  Student Success Center, Powell Building - Kennamer Room

Learn about important FREE academic resources available to you that will help ensure your success while at EKU.

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM:  Student Panel & Tech Support, Powell Building - Kennamer Room

This is your chance to ask questions to experienced students! The International Ambassadors will be happy to answer questions and offer tips to make your transition to EKU pleasant and stress free!

3:15 PM-4:30 PM:  Open House, Whitlock Lobby - 4th Floor

Visit the Office of International Student & Scholar Services, hang out with staff while enjoying snacks and drinks. Also, receive your TB test results from Student Health.


Thursday, August 24

5:00 PM-7:00 PM:  International Student Welcome Party, Whitlock Lobby - 1st Floor

Meet current international students, faculty, staff, and enjoy delicious American foods!