Vaccine guidance for international students and scholars

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Getting Started

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International students and scholars face many challenges when beginning their studies in a new country. The Global Education Office staff offers assistance, guidance and support as they adjust to a different culture and pursue their educational goals.

Campus Orientations

The Undergraduate New Student Orientation will be held online in 2021. This is required for all new and transfer undergraduate students. Undergraduate students will complete a series of modules as part of the Ram Ready orientation program that include information specific to international students.

The Graduate New Student Orientation will be in person and will take place on Tuesday, August 17. Additionally, the Global Education Office is currently creating a module through Ram Ready specifically for international graduate students. This will be ready by late July and new graduate students will be asked to complete this module before the Graduate Student Orientation on Tuesday, August 17.

The Global Education Office is no longer holding an in-person International Student Orientation. Instead, we ask that all new students watch the short pre-arrival videos found below prior to your arrival. These pre-arrival videos provide incoming international students with information about:

  • local housing options, health insurance, banking and other essential needs
  • resources and practices to help you do well in your classes
  • opportunities for getting to know your classmates and professors, making new friends and exploring Richmond and the region

The Global Education Office will be facilitating additional workshops and programs for new international students in August and September. Please check back for information about these workshops in early August.

Additionally, we will be scheduling an in-person Welcome Reception for new international students to connect with one another and meet current international students in late August. Check back for more information and to register.

For more information, contact Nichole Dorton at


View all Pre-arrival Modules



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