International Students


Before you arrive:

You've been admitted, have accepted the offer and are wondering what you need to do next. This section is designed to help you prepare for your adventure as a graduate student in the U.S.

The International Education Services website has an excellent arrival guide that provides information on:

  • Academics
  • Campus activities
  • Child care and schools
  • Healthcare
  • Housing
  • Banking
  • Restaurants
  • Religious activities
  • Public transportation



Your first few weeks: 

Once you arrive on campus, you will attend the following:

  • International Orientation
  • International TA Evaluation Testing
  • BISI orientation (usually held in August)

Orientation is usually held early- to mid-August and attendance is mandatory for International Students.  In addition to the required sessions, be sure to attend the Payroll and Health Care sessions as they will help make your transition into the University easier!

If you have a Teaching Assistantship (TA), then you are required to attend the International Teaching Assistant evaluation through the Maryland English Institute.  The fees for this are waived for students appointed as TAs.

Prior to being evaluated, you must attend a special registration and orientation.  You will need to bring your appointment letter from the BISI office and a photo ID to the evaluation.