Check-In & Orientation


Any Texas A&M University student who is not a U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident is considered to be an international student. All F-1 and J-1 international students are required to attend the International Student Check-In with ISS. The purpose of the International Student Check-In is to confirm that students have arrived in the U.S. and are complying with federal regulations. Prior to their arrival, all international students are blocked from course registration. F-1 and J-1 students must attend Check-In in order to have the registration hold removed.

All new F-1 and J-1 international students are required to complete the Check-In process via Terra Dotta. Visit New Student Check-In in ISS - Terra Dotta to know more about how to apply.

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 Texas A&M University Co-Enrollment Partnerships webpage for further details.
 
All international students are initially blocked from registration. Visit Registration Holds for more information to remove holds
ISS holds one conference each semester for international students! The conference will feature informational sessions and a resource fair including on and off campus services applicable to international student needs. Refreshments will be provided, and AWESOME door prizes will be given away!
All new international students are required to complete the Online Orientation and an International Student Check-In 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. 
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For new students, the exact process you will need to follow is determined by where you will be physically located while completing your academic program.
 
If you will be physically located within the Bryan/College Station area:
  1. You must complete the Online Orientation in order to access the Check-In registration system. English Language Institute (ELI) students are not required to complete the Online Orientation.
  2. You will schedule a Check-In appointment through the Event Registration System (ERS).
  3. Your Check-In will take place in person with ISS on the College Station campus.
  4. Your ISS registration hold will be removed during your ISS Check-In appointment.
 
If you will be physically located at a Texas A&M campus that is OUTSIDE of the Bryan/College Station area:
  1. You must complete the Online Orientation before your registration hold will be removed.
  2. You will contact your campus liaison to arrange an in-person Check-In meeting on your campus. You are not required to travel to College Station or to use our online Check-In registration system.
  3. You will meet with your campus liaison to complete the Check-In.
  4. Your campus liaison will electronically submit your Check-In materials to ISS.
  5. Once your Check-In materials have been reviewed by ISS and you have completed the Online Orientation, then your ISS registration hold will be removed.
 
If you will be enrolling as a Distance Learning student from inside the U.S.:
  1. You must complete the Online Orientation before your registration hold will be removed.
  2. Visit the Distance Learners section of the ISS webpage for more information.
 
If you will be enrolling as a Distance Learning student from outside the U.S.:
  1. You are not required to complete the Online Orientation.
  2. Visit the Distance Learners section of the ISS webpage for more information.