Orientation allows you to get acquainted with the campus, facilities, and services on campus. All international students will go through:

  1. Orientation for their respective program of study
  2. Immigration Orientation

The information below provides details on how you will receive orientation information.

Undergraduate Students

Attendance is required for ALL new students, international students included. International undergraduate students may opt to participate in a pre-arrival program that would allow for early move-in, but ultimately all students must go through regular new student orientation.

In addition, the International Student & Scholar Services division will host a MANDATORY IMMIGRATION session for all new undergraduate students on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 from 5-7 pm in The Sutton Center (gym) on the WFU campus. This session will review pertinent immigration regulations and provide information on settling into Winston-Salem. Parents are welcome to attend. Dinner will be provided.

Details on new student orientation for undergraduate students can be found by visiting:

New Student Orientation

Graduate & Professional Students

Graduate and professional students will be sent information regarding orientations by their respective schools.

For Graduate & Professional programs beginning in August, the International Students & Scholars division will host a MANDATORY IMMIGRATION session on Friday, August 23, 2019 from 5-7pm in in The Sutton Center (gym) on the WFU campus. This session will review pertinent immigration regulations and provide information on settling into Winston-Salem, such as getting a driver’s license or state ID card, employment eligibility, and much more. Dinner will be provided.

I’m in town early and need DMV, employment, and other information early, what can I do?

Please review the Global Guidebook, a comprehensive source of information regarding visas, immigration, travel and re-entry, and settling into Winston Salem and the Wake Forest communities. You can also download the book for easier reading and to print out/transport.

Please note, if you are in town early, before you can proceed to the Division of Motor Vehicles, you must complete the SEVIS Registration with ISSS first. Once your SEVIS record is activated, you may then proceed to the DMV.

ALL students that begin a new program of study (including those that are returning WFU alumni who will begin a new program of study), must complete the SEVIS registration process (see below).



    • Passport
    • F or J Visa Stamp
    • Form I-94
      • Go to cbp.gov/i94
      • Click “Get I-94 Number Now” in the top right corner of the page
      • Click “Yes” to agree with the terms and conditions of the website
      • Fill in your passport information
      • Click “Get Most Recent I-94”
      • Print
    • Form I-20 or Form DS-2019

    Bring the above documents to the ISSS on your appointed check-in day. Check your WFU email for further details.

    You will be asked to fill out a brief form, while a member of the staff takes copies of your documentation.


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    Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5pm