International Student Orientation

J-1 Exchange Student Orientation

 Spring 2020

Thursday, January 9 

Airport Pickup

J-1 exchange students are recommended to arrive on Thursday, January 9. Shuttles from ILM to UNCW campus will run from 9 am until 9 pm on Thursday, January 9.

Airport Shuttle Schedule

Thursday, January 9  9:00am - 9:00pm (shuttle runs on the hour, every hour)

Friday, January 10 

J-1 Exchange Student Orientation - 9:30 am - 12 pm (mandatory)

The International Student Orientation for J-1 exchange students will be held on Friday, January 10 from 9:30 am to 12 pm at Wrightsville Beach room, Fisher Student Center. International Student Orientation is mandatory for all students on UNCW's J-1 visa sponsorship. Please bring your passport and DS-2019.

During orientation we will review visa regulations, health and safety concerns, cultural adaptation, expectations about academic life and introduce you to life in Wilmington! Please make sure to review the international exchange academic calendar here

Please click here to register. 

**If you are a degree-seeking F-1 student, you would attend regular orientation. For more information, click here.

Orientation Schedule

10 am - 10:15 am        Welcome-Resources
10:15 am - 11 am Icebreaker
11 am - 11:30 Dean of Students
11:30 am - 12 pm Immigration
12 pm - 1 pm  Lunch
1 pm - 1:15 pm          Group Photo
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Advising and Immigration check-in
3 pm - 4:30 pm International Orientation Fair & Ice Cream Bar
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Welcome Dinner


International Student Orientation Fair - 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm (Required)

Location: Town Square, Fisher University Union (across from the post office).  

Students will be introduced to a number of resources such as

  • Advising on courses in Tech Nest
  • Campus Dining
  • OneCard
  • Student Health Center
  • University Learning Center
  • Student Accounts
  • Transportation options
  • Banking options 
  • Phone providers

Students will have the opportunity to meet fellow international students who will share about their experience as Global Seahawks.

A student-led campus tour will follow. International students will get a feel for our campus and facilities, while discussing the University with current student mentors.

Welcome Dinner - 5 pm 

Our welcome event will take place at Islands Mexican Grill. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

-The Office of International Students and Scholars