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International Student Orientation

Welcome New International Students

Congratulations on your acceptance to University of Houston-Clear Lake! The Orientation and New Student Programs (ONSP) Office is excited to welcome you to campus and to the United States. You will be joining a vibrant and diverse community of students from across Texas and around the world. ONSP hosts various orientation and welcome programs to help you adjust to life in the U.S., learn how to navigate campus, and make connections with your fellow Hawks.

Attendance at New International Student Orientation (NISO) is mandatory for all undergraduate international students and all F-1 and J-1 graduate international students.

Students who fail to attend the entire required program will have a hold placed on their accounts, will not be able to enroll in classes the following semester, and may have their visa status impacted.

During NISO, you will join other international students and will receive valuable information to assist with your transition to UHCL and life in the United States. Additionally, you will be able to connect with your fellow students, learn from UHCL staff administrators, and understand what it means to be a UHCL Hawk.

Sign Up for New International Student Orientation (NISO)

You must be an admitted incoming international student to register for NISO. Depending on which academic semester you are admitted for, we offer a specific NISO Session for you. You will be notified to your UHCL student email when the orientation registration is open for your admitted semester.

Remember, all undergraduate international students and all F-1 and J-1 graduate international students must sign up for and complete the NISO program to fulfill the university orientation requirement.

When orientation registration opens for your admit semester, log in to E-Services (your UHCL student portal) using your Student ID number and password. Select the "Orientation" tile to sign up for NISO. You will receive your Student ID number and log-in information in your acceptance package shorty after admittance. If you need assistance logging in, please contact the Office of Information Technology at 281-283-2828 or supportcenter@uhcl.edu.


Orientation Program Dates by Admitted Semester

You will not be able to sign up until the orientation for your admitted semester is open. Once registration is open, we will send instructions to your UHCL student email.

All orientation programs will be held in-person on UHCL's Main Campus.

Spring 2023

Registration now open via E-Services

  • Monday, January 9, 2023, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. CST

Summer 2023

Registration opens April 2023

  • June 2023 (Dates TBA)

Fall 2023

Registration opens April 2023

  • August 2023 (Dates TBA)

Special Accommodations

Any individual requiring an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact Orientation and New Student Programs at 281-283-2420 or orientation@uhcl.edu at least one week prior to the event.

Questions?

Please contact the Orientation and New Student Programs Office at 281-283-2420 or orientation@uhcl.edu for questions about:

  • New International Student Orientation (NISO) Requirements.
  • NISO Registration and Event Details.
  • New International Student Welcome and Support Programs.

Please contact the Office of International Admissions and Programs at 281-283-2740 or oiap@uhcl.edu for questions about:

  • New International Student Application Process.
  • Required Immigration or Admissions Documents.
  • Deferring International Admission.
  • Immigration Status & Visa Information.
  • Pre-Arrival Information.

Contact

  • Orientation and New Student Programs

    Phone: 281-283-2420
    Fax: 281-283-2425
    Email: orientation@uhcl.edu

    SSCB 1202
    2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 257
    Houston, TX 77058-1002

    Office hours:
    Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Please call ahead during holidays and semester breaks.