First Year Experience Information

New Student To-Do List

Important reminder for new UConn students!

All international students on F-1 and J-1 visas must complete the New Student To Do list and Submit Arrival Documents online in the ISSS Portal:

    • after arriving in the United States,
    • when transferring to UConn from another school, or
    • when starting a new program at UConn. 

The deadline to submit arrival documents is January 17, 2023. Failure to submit may result in the termination of your SEVIS record and I-20/DS-2019. This is a requirement of your student visa.  

    • Transfer-in & Change Education Level students need to Submit Arrival Documents, even if you did not leave the U.S. this summer.
    • Graduate students approved for late arrival need to Submit Arrival Documents as soon as you arrive to campus.
    • Change of Status Students should wait to submit arrival documents until your change of status is approved.

In order to “Submit Arrival Documents”, you will need to save certain documents in electronic format (.pdf or .jpg). These documents are listed below:

    • Form I-20/DS-2019, signed by you at the bottom of page 1
    • Passport biographical page
    • Visa page in passport (unless you are from Canada/Bermuda)
    • Entry stamp in passport (where immigration stamped upon entry, if applicable*)
    • I-94 admission record.  Print or screenshot your I-94 – select “Get Most Recent I-94”. 
    • If you have accompanying family on F-2/J-2 visas, you must prepare the same files for them.

If you take a picture of your documents with your smart phone to upload in the ISSS Portal, this is OK, but you must be sure they are clear and easy to read. If your plans have changed and you will NOT study at UConn, please email to report your cancellation, and destroy the UConn Form I-20/DS-2019 (do not use it to enter the U.S.). If you will not arrive to UConn for this coming semester, but will come for a later term, do not Submit Arrival Documents. Instead, visit our website for additional information regarding CANCEL/DEFER procedures.******Remember - you must be enrolled full time!*******


Previous Webinars:

  • June 26th, 2022 (11am-12:30pm) - First Meet and Greet
  • July 12th, 2022 (9am-10am) - Things to do before coming to the USA
  • July 19th, 2022 (10am-11am) - Getting ready for studying in the USA
  • July 28th, 2022 (9am-10am) - Graduate Buddy Program
  • August 10th, 2022 (10am-11am) - GRAD FYE class, orientations, transportation
  • August 17th, 2022 (8:30am-10am) - Now at UConn, What do to first

CONTACT: Aida Ghiaei

Register for our First Year Experience Course for the Spring 2023 session -- Register for ENGR 5300-002

Additional Resources

Important Dates to Remember

ISSS New Student Webinars