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Orientation is a fantastic time to get to know your fellow international students and learn more about life at UK. After arriving on campus, you will participate in social gatherings and information sessions that will help you be successful as a student at the University of Kentucky.

Orientation

Orientation Schedules

Undergraduate Orientation Schedule

  • Sunday, August 18  
    • ARRIVAL DATE – residence halls open for international students 
    • Dorm supplies shopping trip 
    • Welcome dinner 
  • Monday, August 19  
    • Campus tour  
    • Placement testing (if needed) 
    • Wildcat Cup 
  • Tuesday, August 20  
    • International Big Blue Nation Orientation (BBNO) Day 1, 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
    • Ice cream social 
  • Wednesday, August 21  
  • Thursday, August 22  
    • Exchange Student Orientation with Laurence Tuccori  
    • K Week activities  
  • Friday, August 23 
    • K Week activities 
  • Saturday  
    • K Week activities 
  • Sunday, August 25 
    • K Week activities 
  • Monday, August 26 
    • First day of classes 
  • *Pre-Arrival Zoom Calls TBD 

 

Graduate Orientation Schedule

  • Monday, August 12
    • 8:30 am: New International Graduate Student Orientation - Gatton Student Center, Harris Ballroom
    • 1:30 - 4:30 pm: New International Graduate Student Orientation Part 2 - Gatton Student Center, Harris Ballroom
  • Wednesday, August 14
    • 11:30 am - 1:30 pm: New Graduate Student Resource Fair - Gatton Student Center, Ballrooms 212 AB 
  • Sunday, August 18
    • Welcome Dinner
  • Monday, August 26: First Day of Classes 

CESL Students

Information about upcoming CESL orientation events can be found here. Additionally, all F-1 and J-1 students admitted to the CESL Summer 2024 session must attend the following mandatory ISSS immigration orientation:

  • Friday, June 14th 
    • ISSS Immigration Orientation, 9-10:30am - Lucille Caudill Little Fine Arts Library, Office of China Initiatives *Look for the red pillars outside! Map: https://international.uky.edu/oci 
      • Learn important immigration and university rules to maintain your visa status.