International Student Orientation

Fall 2021 Arrival to Campus

IU South Bend will no longer offer an on-campus orientation. However, you should still plan to arrive from abroad by the first day of classes on August 23, 2021.

  • If you are outside the U.S., you should plan to arrive in the U.S. no later than August 13 in order to begin your classes and allow for a ten-day period of quarantine after arriving.
  • If you are transferring from inside the U.S., you should plan to arrive in South Bend early enough to arrange for housing before classes begin.
  • If you are planning to live on campus, you will receive additional arrival guidelines from IU South Bend's Office of Residence Life. You may need to plan for a place to live temporarily between your arrival in South Bend and the move-in date for on-campus housing.

Orientation Schedule and Activities

International Student Orientation will be offered as online modules that you will be able to access from your IU Canvas account. Please look for an email message from the Office of International Student Services with links to the modules.

You will learn about:

  • Expectations, strategies and resources for academic success
  • Your rights and responsibilities as a student with F-1 visa status
  • Indiana University health insurance and health care in the U.S.; how to stay safe and healthy
  • Indiana driver’s license, auto insurance, and the role of a Social Security Number
  • Managing your administrative and financial accounts; access to scholarships
  • Policies and laws that govern student conduct

If you have any questions about International Student Orientation, please contact the Office of International Student Services at