International Students Orientation & Registration

Pre-departure orientation Details

The University of Akron has created an pre-departure orientation for ALL our incoming international students.

  • Shortly after you have completed your “intent to enroll” form you will receive an email with instructions of how to access our pre-departure orientation.
  • You need to activate your UA email address before you can access this pre-departure orientation.
  • The pre-departure orientation has five levels, and focuses on the logistical information you need to move to the USA. There are checklists throughout.
  • The first two levels are MANDATORY, and we will check that you have completed them before you arrive.
    • We highly recommend you check out the other levels too.
  • You can access the levels in any order and as many times as you wish – including after you arrive.

How the pre-departure orientation Works

  1. Level 1 – You will meet the International Center team and get to know our campus.
  2. Level 2 – We provide more information on the visa application process, including tips on how to prepare for your interview. We also cover what you can expect when you enter the USA, how to register for classes, how to find somewhere to live, what to bring with you – and what you should purchase once you arrive.
  3. Level 3 – You will learn about the academic support that is available, about safety and security on our campus, also about the services available to help you take care of yourself and stay healthy.
  4. Level 4 – We explain some of the activities you can explore after classes have begun. This section includes information about finding a job, some important laws that may be different from those at home, and some tips for enjoying your time in Akron. There is plenty to do here!
  5. Level 5 – This is a BONUS level where we provide tips for classroom success and also how to adapt to a new culture. Plus you’ll meet Zippy, the UA mascot!

How to access pre-departure orientation

  1. Go to
  2. The website will redirect you to the UA login page.
  3. Log in using your My Akron account, using your UANet ID and password. (You must have activated your UA email account AND be enrolled in the course: Zips International pre-departure orientation Course).
  4. This will then log you into the Brightspace homepage.
  5. Click on name of the course Zips International pre-departure orientation Course to log in.

If you have any problems or trouble accessing the pre-departure orientation, contact the International Center as soon as possible.

Mandatory On-Campus Orientation

Spring 2023 international student orientation will be held in-person.

  • Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – You are expected to attend for the full day.
  • When: Friday, January 6, 2023.
  • Location: Student Union room 335

This orientation is mandatory for:

  • ALL new and transfer F-1 and J-1 international students 
  • Global nomads
  • Students who are new to Akron even if you were previously taking Akron classes online from home or at another institution in the USA, including transfer students

Orientation is optional for students with other visa types.

Orientation is important as it serves as an introduction to the support and services offered at The University of Akron. It also provides a great opportunity for you to make friends. Plus, we will have prizes!

See orientation schedule from fall 2022 — Please note, all details are subject to change.

Registering For Your Classes

  • Information about course registration for new students can be found on the Return to Campus
  • We recommend that you register for classes before you travel to Akron, if possible. We will not have time to register you for classes during orientation. 
  • If you plan to take classes outside the United States be sure to let us know.  This will help us ensure you are billed correctly.
  • Please remember: 
    • Not all courses or programs of study are available online or in all countries.
    • Starting your degree program from home does not guarantee that you will receive a visa to study in the USA in the future. All visas are issued at the discretion of the US Department of State.
    • It is highly unlikely that you will be able to complete a full degree program online from home, so we hope you can get a visa and you should expect to join us in Akron in the future.

Placement Tests

Undergraduate students:

  • You may need to take placement tests before you are able to register for classes.
  • Contact your Academic Advisor soon (before you come to Akron) so you can take these tests and register for classes, and to avoid unnecessary late fees.
    • Be sure your Advisor knows you are an international student.
    • You will be able to discuss your academic plans with your Advisor by long distance before you arrive in Akron.
    • If you do not contact your advisor before you arrive, we may sign you up for classes for your first semester without your input.
  • Akron Experience classes are designed to help students transition from high school to college, and to become aware of various support resources. There are several Akron Experience classes offered each fall, including one designed just for international students and taught by the International Center team. Several colleges have Akron Experience classes as well.
    • We highly recommend that all new international students take one of these classes.
    • You can choose one that is right for you.
    • Note: Currently Akron Experience classes are only offered in the fall semester, although if there is demand we may add a section in the spring.
  • You will find much more information in the online orientation, including how to determine your Academic Advisor.

Graduate students:

  • Contact your academic department for instructions on how to register for classes. 
  • Some departments require you to be on campus to register.
  • You will need to register and pay for your classes before the first day of the semester. Plan ahead to avoid unnecessary late fees.

Law students: 


COVID-19 vaccine information and updates can be found on the Return to Campus page.

This includes information about:

  • Quarantine and isolation
  • Scenarios (what to do if…)
  • COVID vaccine requirements for the University
  • How to report your vaccination status
  • COVID testing on campus
  • Mask policies
  • And more!

Other vaccinations: View information you need to know about other vaccinations.

Tuberculosis Screening & Testing

Fill out this questionnaire form

All newly enrolled international students and global nomads* are required to be screened for Tuberculosis (TB). Tuberculosis (TB) is a serious illness that most commonly affects the lungs, but can involve any major organ system. The cause is a bacterium, Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

* ALL students who are studying at The University of Akron and are on a non-immigrant visa are required by University policy to be screened. This includes, but is not limited to: F-1, F-2, J-1, H-1B, H-4. Global nomads (who have US citizenship and have spent significant time living overseas) are also required to complete the screening.

What you need to do?

  • Read the section in the online orientation about tuberculosis (TB) screening. It’s in Level 2 (the mandatory portion of the online orientation).
  • This section will explain the screening process, and gives you more information about WHY we do this.
  • All newly enrolled international students need to complete the questionnaire (at the top of this section). We will contact you as necessary when we have received the form.

What will it cost?

  • The cost of any treatment will vary.
  • The skin testing (if required) will be free
    • However, if you do not return to have the results of your skin test read in a timely manner and you need to retake the test, there will be a $20 charge to cover the cost of the test.
  • If you are required to have a blood test there will be no cost at the time of testing. The cost of the laboratory work will be submitted to your health insurance for consideration. (See the online orientation and our website for more information about health insurance).
  • If your blood testing is positive, you will be required to have a chest X-Ray completed to determine if the TB is latent or active.
    • The cost of a chest X-Ray will also be submitted to your health insurance at the time of service.
  • You will be responsible for any costs not covered by your insurance. The cost of any additional required treatment will vary.


  • TB screening is NOT an implication that you have the disease, but is a tool used by healthcare professionals to promote and protect public health.
  • Individuals who have received the BCG vaccine may show a false positive.
  • While personal medical information will remain confidential, individuals who do not complete testing as required will be identified by Student Health Services and will be reported to the International Center.
  • Issues of non-compliance will result in a hold being placed on your ability to schedule classes the following semester.