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International Student Orientation


International Student Orientation

All incoming freshman and transfer international students are REQUIRED to attend the international student orientation program before their initial semester of enrollment begins. This program is available once every semester excluding summer (summer students should contact international admissions).

International Student Orientation allows you to become familiar with your new environment. Many international students are not only embarking on a new educational journey but also learning a brand new culture at the same time. The international student orientation program can assist with that process and make your introduction to the university and your new home a terrific experience.

Sample Schedule – International Student Orientation

Keep in mind that orientation is designed to prepare you for your semester of classes so when you are choosing a program date, please make sure you can stay the duration of the program. If you do not stay, you risk the chance of delaying class registration or losing the chance to transition to UHD smoothly.

International Student Orientation – Freshman and Transfer Students (no parent program)


Orientation Date


Registration Deadline

Session I

August 24, 2012

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

August 17, 2012


How to Register for International Student Orientation

Enrollment in each orientation program is on a first come first serve basis so be sure to register as early as possible. You must log in to the orientation online reservation system in order to sign up for an orientation program. Please remember that registration for all orientation programs close one week before each scheduled orientation date; and all reschedules and changes must be made by the designated registration deadline for preparation purposes. NO WALK-INS ARE ACCEPTED AT ANY TIME!

YOU MUST BE ACCEPTED TO UHD BEFORE REGISTERING FOR ORIENTATION. Only accepted students will be allowed to use the online reservation system. If you are not able to log in to the online reservation system, please make sure you are accepted by checking student e-services (MY UHD) ( or by contacting the Office of Admissions at 713-221-8522. If you are still having trouble logging in, contact Orientation & Special Events at 713-221-8022 for assistance.

Once you register online, you will receive an email confirmation immediately to the email address you indicated on your reservation form (please make sure to click the submit button or else your registration will not be completed). A second confirmation email with logistical and program information will be sent to you one week before your scheduled program. If you requested a temporary parking pass on your registration form, you will receive it by mail (no extra charge) 5 to 7 business days before your program.

Orientation Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

UHD takes pride in assisting students with disabilities as they pursue their academic programs. The Office of Disability Services also assists students with disabilities during orientation but you must make arrangements in advance. If you will need support services during your orientation, please contact the Office of Disability Services at 713-226-5227 or the orientation office. We need to hear from you at least one week prior to your visit in order to have needed support services available when you arrive.

Orientation Fees and Payments

All international students attending international student orientation must pay a $50.00 international student orientation fee (non-refundable) before attending a program. The fee covers meals and all orientation materials.


All orientation payments must be paid online through the online orientation reservation system. You may choose to pay online by credit card or check the "bill me later" option and we will charge your fee(s) to your UHD student account. Your orientation fee must be paid by the registration deadline of your scheduled orientation program or a cashier's hold for the fee will be placed on your student account that will require payment before you can make any other changes to your class schedule(s).


If you choose the "bill me later" option for payment purposes and no longer plan to attend orientation, you must contact us by phone or email ( by the registration deadline to cancel or the $50.00 international student orientation fee will still be applied to your UHD student account.

Reschedules and Reservation Updates

If you need to reschedule your orientation program, you must do so online by the registration deadline of your scheduled orientation program. All programs will close one week before each program for preparation purposes (see registration deadlines). If you have to make changes to your reservation after the registration deadline, you must contact the orientation office by phone or email for assistance (no changes can be made online after the program has closed). All reschedules made after the program deadline will pay a $20 rescheduling fee for all orientation programs changed.

Additional Testing & Academic Advising Information

Texas Success Initiative (TSI) and UHD Placement Testing

In order to enhance student success, this state-mandated program evaluates college readiness in math, reading, and writing. All students unless exempt entering UHD as undergraduates for the first time are required to take the ACCUPLACER, ASSET, COMPASS, or THEA exam for TSI purposes. International students should contact the Office of International Admissions or check the UHD Catalog online to determine exemptions. If you have completed the TSI requirement at another Texas public institution or were exempt from the TSI requirement, it will be noted on you official transcript(s).

In addition to the TSI requirement, UHD requires that international students show readiness or completion of College Algebra, one English Composition, and a reading intensive course(s). If you have not completed each of these courses, you may be required to take the ACCUPLACER exam before advising and registration.

Testing is not held during international student orientation. Testing referrals are distributed by the Office of International Admissions and you are responsible for contacting Testing Services to complete your testing before classes begin (testing fees will apply). Testing schedules and dates are available online on the Testing Services website.

Academic Advising & Class Registration

As an international student, there are a few things that you should do before your scheduled orientation program. It is important that you have submitted all your transcripts and supporting documents to the admissions office. This will help us help you as you move through the advising and registration process. You must also check in with the Office of International Admissions (Room 325N) before proceeding with the rest of the enrollment process. We offer academic college meetings during orientation programs.


Information on additional services and resources will be presented at International Student Orientation!


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Last updated or reviewed on 3/24/09

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