Student Life

International Pre-Orientation

September 13 - 16, 2021
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International Pre-Orientation (IPO) provides a way to ease the transition into the University of Chicago for students from around the world. Organized by the College Programming Office, this optional four-day virtual program allows incoming students the opportunity to learn more about campus, the neighborhood of Hyde Park, and the city of Chicago, all while making friends and getting to know upperclass students in the College.

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. In addition to the coverage of essential topics to ease your transition to UChicago, you will engage in small group discussions and other activities with your upperclass student leaders and fellow group members online.

Program Overview

Dates: September 13 - 16, 8-11:30am CST or 7:00-10:30pm CST

Application Timeline:
Applications open: April 23
Applications close: June 11
Decision Notification: June 25
Acceptance Deadline: July 12

Spaces Available: 150

Program Fee: Free

Please note that students may apply for and participate in multiple Pre-Orientation or Summer Experience programs, providing the dates of the program do not overlap.



    In past years, our schedule has included:

    - A writing workshop with current faculty member

    - A student panel Q&A

    - A presentation on navigating the city of Chicago

    - Information session on getting a new phone number and bank account

    - Conversations with offices around campus to understand resources available to students

    International Pre-Orientation was designed in consultation with current international students to address the specific needs of entering international students. The program focuses specifically on cultural and academic issues and will help students prepare for their first year in the College.

    You may still apply without your CNetID. However, you should ensure that you claim your CNet ID submit your UChicago Card ID photo before you come to campus for IPO. You will receive information on both of these processes over the summer.

    Students with questions regarding the International Pre-Orientation should contact College Programming and Orientation at 773.702.8616 or via email at

Resources for Incoming International Students

    The Office of International Affairs has many resources and support services available for international students. Feel free to stop by the OIA Virtual Office to explore more resources.

    Student visa-eligibility documents will be issued once international students have met the requirements detailed on the College Admissions website. If you are unable to find the information that you need or if you have more specific questions, please contact the International Admissions Team.

    For Autumn 2021, please visit the Housing and Residence Life website for more details. 

    If you unable to fly home over College breaks, students may have the opportunity to stay on campus in one designated residence hall which will remain open during the interim. In order to do so, students must fill out a request form with Housing & Residence Life. For more information, please contact Housing & Residence Life directly.