Fall Orientation and activities will be held the week of August 31, 2020. 

Fall Orientation and Activities: 

OISS is looking forward to welcoming you to our campus community. Our team is ready to walk you through the process of starting your life at St. Thomas and making sure you are ready for success! All our programs in the Fall will adhere to strict social distancing regulations to protect your safety. 

The first step is to explore our Fall 2020 Orientation Checklist. You will find in any plenty of information on how to be ready!

Orientation Week is August 31st till September 4th. That is the week our staff will be on-campus to welcome you. Explore the full schedule in the Fall 2020 Schedule V2.(This schedule may be updated later come back to this webpage to check for the latest update)

Here is what you can expect at orientation:

  • Immigration Check-in with OISS (Online/In-Person): You will meet with an OISS advisor for immigration purposes as well as discuss any specific questions you have. We will also be able to meet us in person every morning of that orientation week! (
  • Placement Exams (Online): Certain undergraduate students will need to take placement exams. Communicate with your academic advisors to see if you need to take one.
  • Course Registration(Online): Meet your academic advisor and finalize your course schedule.
  • Campus Tour & ID Card: Provides the opportunity to learn more about the campus and receive your St. Thomas ID Card.
  • Orientation Program (Online): Learn about campus resources, health services, academic expectations, immigration regulations, and life at St. Thomas.
  • Social Events: Your International Orientation Leaders will plan special events throughout the week to help you meet others!



Use the Graduate Academic Department Contacts list to connect with your academic department.

Parents, guardians, family, and loved ones of graduate students are welcome and encouraged to attend orientation. We realize the transition to a university can be a big change for the entire family. If you plan on attending orientation please let us know by emailing oiss@stthomas.edu.

The Parent Resource website contains a great deal of additional information for parents and family of St. Thomas students.

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