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 International Student Orientation


Welcome to EIU, Charleston, and The United States!


Eastern Illinois University hosts an International Student Orientation (ISO) and several welcome events for incoming international students. These fun, informative, and interactive programs cover a variety of topics that will help you meet new friends and learn about EIU!


Orientation Spring 2019


Program Information 

Plan to arrive in the United States on Monday, January 6, 2020.


The required International Student Orientation for all new international students will be Tuesday, January 7 - Thursday, January 9, 2020. 


Classes begin Monday, January 13, 2020. 

Free Temporary Housing

If you have requested campus housing, you will stay at Lawson Hall (2151 4th Street) during Orientation before you move in to your assigned residence hall. This temporary housing is free!

If you are taking the shuttle from O'Hare to EIU on January 6, the driver will arrive at Lawson between 9:00 pm and 11:00 pm where food and a room will be waiting for you.

If you are not taking the shuttle and will need housing, please arrive at Lawson Hall on January 6 between 9:00 pm and 11:00 pm. OISS staff will be ready to assist you.

If you are arriving before January 6, you will need to arrange your own housing in Charleston. You must have permanent housing reserved after January 10.



International Student Orientation

 Here is a sample of the Orientation schedule. Details are subject to change.


ISO is designed for you to get settled and to take care of important items such as: 

  • Finalizing your class schedule 
  • Opening a US bank account - W8
  • Finalizing your housing 
  • Buying school supplies to set up your residence hall room or apartment 
  • Get your Panther Card 
  • Complete immunization documentation 
  • SEVIS Check-in with International Students & Scholars


Learn more about Prowl activities happening around campus. 

All F-1 and J-1 visa holders, including new students and those returning to EIU after a leave of absence, are required to attend International Student Orientation. All other U.S. visa holders, permanent residents, U.S. citizens who grew up abroad, parents, and spouses are also invited to attend Orientation, but they will need to contact for more information. 


Visit MyEIU for more required tasks prior to the start of classes.

 Here is a map of popular locations on campus.

Immigration Check-In 

All F-1 and J-1 students are REQUIRED to check in at the International Students & Scholars office within five days of your arrival on campus or at your predetermined check-in session (International Student Orientation). This is required by US federal law. 

All incoming international students will have a registration hold placed on their records - this means you will not be able to register for classes until you check-in. Further instructions will be provided for check-in. 

Check-in requirements: 

  • I-20 or DS-2019 
  • Biographical page of passport 
  • I-94 
  • F-1 or J-1 visa stamp 
  • Be ready to provide a complete US address.



If you have any questions, you may contact us at or at 1 (217) 581-2321. 

We look forward to seeing you soon! 

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Contact Information

Office of International Students and Scholars

1170 Blair Hall
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, Illinois
61920-3099 USA

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