International Pre-Orientation (IPO) provides a platform for students from around the world to ease into their transition into the University of Chicago. This five-day event allows incoming students the opportunity to explore campus, the neighborhood of Hyde Park, and the city of Chicago while making friends and getting to know upperclass students in the College, all before Orientation even begins
IPO is an opportunity for international students to meet faculty members, staff, and students who are here to help orient them to Chicago and the College. The program focuses on life in college and getting to know the campus and city of Chicago, while also providing students with some time to recover from travels and relax in preparation for Orientation.
- Monday, May 9: Applications open
- Friday, June 10 (now extended through June 17!): Applications close
- End of June: Decision emails sent out
- Friday, July 8: Last day to accept spot in program
- Monday, July 22: Last day for participant forms
- Thursday, September 15: Program begins (Students move in to temporary housing)
- Monday, September 19: Program Ends (Students move in to term-time housing)
- Tuesday, September 20: Orientation move-in day
Dates: September 15-19, 2022
Spaces Available: 150
Program Fee: $400. Housing, meals, transportation, and any applicable admissions fees are included in the cost of the program. Students are responsible for incidental/personal expenses and transportation to campus before the start of the program.
IPO is a need-blind program—financial assistance is available and there is a place to request financial aid on the program application.
Please note that students may apply for multiple Pre-Orientation or Summer Experience programs, but can only participate in a total of one Pre-Orientation program.
All students participating in a Pre-Orientation program will stay in one residence hall for the duration of their program. Upon arriving on campus, students will be given a chance to briefly put their term-time items into their permanent room before checking in for their program at the Pre-Orientation residence hall.
If you are participating in a Pre-O program, you may bring all of your belongings for the academic year with you, though you will be responsible for getting those items into your term-time rooms upon arrival, so we recommend limiting how much you bring with you. All items you bring should be labeled with your name and phone number. Students should pack a separate bag for the week to bring to the Pre-Orientation residence hall.