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International Student Orientation


Eastern Illinois University hosts a student orientation and a number of welcome events for incoming international students. These fun, informative and interactive programs offer an overview of a wide variety of topics that will help you meet new friends and learn about EIU. 

International Students

Program Information 

Fall 2018 International Student Orientation will be from August 15-17, 2018. Please plan to arrive in the U.S no later than Tuesday, August 14 to take part in International Student Orientation programs that week. Learn more about Fall 2018 Prowl activities happening around campus. Classes begin August 20, 2018. 

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 US visa holders, permanent residents, US citizens who grew up abroad, parents and spouses are also invited to attend Orientation, but they will need to reach out to for more information. 



International Student Orientation


International Student Orientation 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 - Application, 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

Visit MyEIU for more required tasks prior to the start of classes. View the tentative schedule for International Student Orientation - Fall 2018 here. A map of all ISO locations is available here.    

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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