New International Students

International student mentors

Welcome to Portland State University!

Each term, International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) provide an in-depth International Student Orientation program to international students who are just beginning their studies at Portland State. 

The program includes presentations on F-1 and J-1 immigration regulations, cultural adjustment, resources both on and off campus, and practical information on topics such as paying fees.  International students are expected to register for courses prior to our international student orientation.

As an international student with an F-1 or J-1 visa, immigration regulations allow you to arrive no more than 30 days before the start date listed on your I-20 or DS-2019.  Due to COVID-19, we recommend that you arrive in Portland at least a few weeks before International Orientation.

Winter 2021 Orientation

Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Winter 2021 International Student Orientation will be offered virtually via Zoom Meeting Technology.

To sign-up for orientation, visit the New Student Checklist below.


IELP students and Undergraduate students with ESL Restriction: Contact to receive information about attending the IELP orientation.