Orientation for International Students in the
Graduate and Professional Schools

Welcome newcomers!  We are excited that you will be joining our community, and want to introduce you to your new campus and life at Yale and in New Haven.

Check in with OISS

All new G&P students are required by law to report to the Office of International Students and Scholars upon their arrival in New Haven. Failure to check in could result in loss of your legal status in the U.S.

exclaimPlease Note: The OISS orientation can take up to an hour and a half to complete, so please plan your schedule accordingly.

Please be certain to have the following documents (for yourself and each of your accompanying dependents):

checkbox Passport
checkbox Your immigration document (I-20 or DS-2019)
checkbox I-94 number (print your I-94 number to your phone or other portable device or bring a hard copy printout)

Depending on your status you may need to complete some forms. The orientation session will review important information about your immigration documents as well as introduce you to some valuable resources at Yale. This is also an opportunity for you to get answers to any settling-in questions you might have.

When to Check-In at OISS

New graduate and professional school students will check in at OISS by school.  Please see the Fall 2015 schedule below.  The OISS check-in includes a short orientation program conducted by an OISS adviser.  Covered in this session is a review of the rights and responsibilities of your immigration status, as well as an introduction to Yale and New Haven resources.  This is also an opportunity to ask your questions about settling in to this new community.  The check-in and orientation session can take up to one hour to complete. Where multiple check-in times are listed, you will be asked by email to choose and register for a time. Please be mindful of other orientation events and obligations that may be required of your school or program when selecting your check-in time. 

School / Program Date & Time

July 17, 1:30 pm

August 31, 12:00 pm

Art August 31, 2:30 pm
Divinity August 26, 12:30 pm

August 24, 10:00 am

Forestry & Environmental Studies August 6, 12:00 pm
Fox Fellows August 27, 10:30 am
Graduate School Masters Degrees

August 20, 1:00 pm

August 24, 3:00 pm

Graduate School PhD Degrees

ELP: August 3, 2:00 pm

Math Camp: August 4, 4:30 pm

August 21, 1:00 pm

August 25, 10:30 am

August 26, 10:30 am


LLM & JSD: August 20, 10:30 am

JD: August 25, 2:30 pm

Management: MBA Program

August 12, 10:00 am

August 13, 3:00 pm

August 14, 10:00 am

August 14, 3:00 pm

Management: MAM Program

August 12, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

August 13, 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Management: Exchange Students August 24, 11:45 am
Medicine August 11, 2:30 pm
Music September 11, 4:00 pm
Public Health

AP-MPH: June 30, 2:00 pm

MPH: August 31, 4:00 pm



Graduate & Professional Schools Orientation Programs



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Review transcripts from our series of pre-arrival online chats:

EducationUSA pre-departure orientations