Transition Programs

International Orientation

International Student Orientation

International Student Orientation covers important immigration, employment, cultural and academic information specifically of interest to all international students beginning at UNCW. Orientation will give you the chance to learn crucial information for your studies, as well as to meet your new U.S. classmates. Orientation is only required for students and is OPTIONAL for family members and guests.

The following international students are required to attend orientation:

  • F-1 visa, degree seeking students (both freshman and transfer students)
  • F-1 visa students enrolled in dual degree international student programs (including TABSA, NANJING and MARMARA)

J-1 visa students must attend the J-1 Exchange Student Orientation. They are only required to attend this orientation.

Orientation Dates, Fees & Deadlines

We offer many orientation sessions for both freshman and transfer students, but we recommend international students attend their orientation sessions in August.

All students must register for an Orientation session by August 2, 2019. Students will receive reminders to their UNCW e-mail consistently until they complete registration. No exceptions will be made after a deadline has passed. Below are the deadlines for students enrolling in the Fall 2019 semester.

Freshman Session

This table shows the registration deadlines for the orientation sessions.
Freshman Session Student Fee
Optional Guest Fee
August 18-19, 2019 $160 $85

Transfer Session

This table shows the registration deadlines for the orientation sessions.
Transfer Session Student Fee Optional Guest Fee
August 15, 2019 $100 $85

How to Register

  • Reservations for Orientation cannot be made until you have paid the $100 enrollment fee. You must wait 24 hours after paying the enrollment deposit to sign-up for orientation.
  • To register follow these instructions:
    • Log-in to your mySeaport with your UNCW username and password. If a student is logging in for the first time their password will be their 8 digit birthdate (i.e. 01011990)
    • Click on the Teal Ticket tab at the top
    • Click on Register for Your Required Orientation
    • You will be brought to the VisualZen Orientation Registration system
    • Follow the prompts, choose your session, and submit payment by the appropriate deadline
    • Immediate payment is not required. However, Orientation registration is not complete and your spot is not secured until payment is received
    • Reminder e-mails will be sent out periodically until payment is received
    • Once completely submitted, students and registered guests will receive a confirmation e-mail
  • We accept MasterCard or Visa

How to Add Guests

The family and guest Orientation program is optional. You can learn more about the program before registering here. Many family members and guests decide they want to attend Orientation after the student has already registered. Adding a family member or guest is easy!

To add a guest follow these instructions:

  • Log-in to your mySeaport with your UNCW username and password. If a student is logging in for the first time their password will be their 8 digit birthdate (i.e. 01011990).
  • Click on the Teal Ticket tab at the top.
  • Click on Register for Your Required Orientation.
  • You will be brought to the VisualZen Orientation Registration system.
  • Once in VisualZen Orientation, click on Guests on the left-hand navigation.
  • Click on the icon of a person with a green plus sign where it says "Add a Guest".
  • Fill out the necessary information for your guest.
  • All guests will receive their own registration confirmation to the e-mail that is provided.
  • Adding guests will generate additional fees so when you click "add", your balance will increase. All fees need to be paid by the stated deadline for registration to be complete.
  • If you wish to add more guests, click on the icon of a person with a green plus sign where it says "Add a Guest" and go through the same process again.