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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 informative, fun, and interactive programs cover a variety of topics that will help you meet new friends and learn about EIU!


Orientation Spring 2019
New International Students Stand by EIU's Booth Library with International Student Ambassadors.

Spring 2022 Program Information (updates in progress)

This information is subject to change due to local COVID-19 regulations.

Plan to arrive in the United States on Tuesday, January 4, or Wednesday, January 5, 2022. OISS will help you get to EIU's campus for those who follow the directions in the Spring 2022 Arrival Assistance & Orientation Handbook (Updated November 2021). If you travel on your own, you are assuming the responsibility of arriving on campus on time. 

Orientation for Spring 2022 will be offered in two parts: 

  • Face-to-face orientation on January 6-7. Sign-ups for orientation will be emailed to students. 
  • Online Orientation through D2L (Learning Management System) - new, incoming students will be enrolled in the International Student Orientation D2L course.   

Spring 2022 classes will begin on Monday, January 10, 2022. 


Housing Upon Arrival

If you will be living on campus, you will be able to move right away into your assigned room/space upon arrival at Eastern Illinois University the week of January 4-7, 2022. 

At this time, we are able to provide some temporary accommodations to students who already have a visa - this is limited to a shared room (with a roommate) in a University residence hall. Please complete the following form:


To apply for campus housing, please visit the EIU Housing website at Note that freshmen under age 21 are required to live on campus in our residence halls. You can reserve residence hall housing by emailing Ms. Lindsey Partlow at Please inform Ms. Partlow of your arrival date.


To live off-campus, the information for several rental companies is listed on the Charleston, Illinois Chamber of Commerce website here: Click on "Membership," then "Member Directory," then use the pull-down menu that says “View All Businesses” to choose “Apartments/Rental Properties.”


Email if you need assistance.


Pre-Arrival & International Student Orientation

There are several tasks that you should complete before you arrive on campus. Once you arrive, however, OISS hosts International Student Orientation which helps you get settled and take care of important items before the academic year begins.


All F-1 and J-1 visa holders, including new students and those returning to EIU after a leave of absence, are required to complete 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 Office of International Students & Scholars during International Student Orientation or within 5 days of your arrival on campus. This is required by U.S. federal law. 

If you do not comply with U.S. immigration regulations, you will have a registration hold placed on your record, which means you will not be able to register for classes. Further instructions will be provided to you. 

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 will see you soon! 


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Office of International Students and Scholars

2138 Blair Hall
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, Illinois
61920-3099 USA

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