Check-In & Orientation


Any Texas A&M University student who is not a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident is considered to be an international student. All newly admitted international students are blocked from course registration through an ISS Check-In registration hold. The ISS Check-In registration hold is removed by ISS once the student has been officially admitted by the University and once they have completed specific requirements as outlined on the New International Student Check-In webpage.
 
All F-1 and J-1 international students are required to complete an online New F-1/J-1 Student Check-In program with ISS through Terra Dotta software. The purpose of the New F-1/J-1 Student Check-In is to confirm that F-1 and J-1 international students have arrived in the U.S. and are complying with federal regulations. F-1 and J-1 students must complete the New F-1/J-1 Student Check-In through Terra Dotta in order to have the ISS Check-In registration hold removed. Visit the New International Student Check-In webpage to learn more about this process. Visit the ISS Registration Holds webpage for information about how to have other common registration holds removed.

Students who will be attending a Texas A&M University campus that is located outside of College Station, TX should visit the Campuses section of the ISS website for additional resources and information, including the contact information for your campus liaison to ISS. Students participating in one of the Engineering Academy programs or TEAM will not be required to do the full ISS Check-In process when first admitted to the University. Please visit the International Student Participation in Texas A&M University Co-Enrollment Partnerships webpage for further details.
 
Students who are in the process of applying for U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident status but have not yet been approved are considered to be international students and must follow the instructions on this page that apply to their current immigration status. Newly admitted students who already have U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident Status are not considered international students. These students should provide evidence of their Lawful Permanent Resident status to the Texas A&M University Office of Admissions so that their University record is updated accurately. If necessary, the Office of Admissions can remove the ISS Check-In registration hold if the student is already a U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident.
All international students are initially blocked from course registration through the student information system through the use of “registration holds.” Visit the ISS Registration Holds webpage for more information about how to have these registration holds removed so you can enroll in classes.
ISS hosts an International Student Conference each semester for international students! The conference features informational sessions and a resource fair including on and off campus services applicable to international student needs. Refreshments are provided! You will not want to miss the event! Visit the International Student Conference web page for more details.
All new international students are required to complete the Online Orientation before enrolling for their first semester. Students who do not complete the Online Orientation prior to the 15th class day of their starting semester will receive a registration hold preventing them from course registration for the following semester. Certain groups of current international students are also required to complete the Online Orientation. Visit the Online Orientation webpage for more information about who is required to complete it and for access to the content. 
Note: If you have trouble viewing this online workshop, please refer to the links below to verify that your browser is set up to allow you to view all of the features of this workshop. If you will be enrolling as a Distance Learning student from outside the U.S., you are not required to complete the ISS Online Orientation.