Search

Information


New Students

Orientation


Our New International Student Orientation (NISO) is broken up into 4 sections so students receive specific information and guidance for their student type.  Find out your student type below:

Exchange Students

Students who are attending one our UIW Sister Schools and plan to study at UIW for one or two semesters but plan to go back home and finish their degree..  Students who study at Cento Incarnate Word, our Mexico campus are also considered Exchange students.  If you are an exchange student you will have a J-1 visa and have a "cultural requirement" as part of your immigration which you will learn more about at orientation.

You will also attend the UIW Campus Orientation with U.S. students after our International Orientation.

Undergraduate Students

Students who are studying a bachelor level degree and plan to graduate from UIW.  Some students come straight from abroad while others come from High School in the U.S. or English language schools in the U.S.  Usually on an F-1 visa, you will have special rules and benefits covered in orientation.

You will also attend the UIW Campus Orientation with U.S. students after our International Orientation.

Transfer Students

Students who are studying a bachelor level degree and plan to graduate from UIW, but have been studying at another U.S. university or college directly before transferring to UIW.  Usually on an F-1 visa, you already have experience in the U.S. and feel comfortable in a U.S. environment, but now need to learn about UIW rules and opportunities in orientation.

You have the option but are not required to attend the UIW Campus Orientation with U.S. students after our International Orientation.

Graduate Students

Students who are studying at a Master or Doctoral level and plan to graduate from UIW.  Orientation will help you learn about immigration rules and 

You will also need to attend the Graduate Orientation (Masters students) or the PhD Orientation (Doctoral Students), or the Professional School Orientation (Optometry or Pharmacy)


orientation

What is covered in Arrival Week & Orientation Week?

 

Arrival Week

  • Campus Tour & Studnet ID
  • MyWord & Student accounts
  • Dorm living & Move-In
  • Immigration Document Check-In
  • Class Schedule & Books
  • Shuttle Service- Shopping
  • Social Night - Meet new friends
  • Ambassador Night - Meet U.S. Students
  • Get to Know Your Neighborhood
  • Public Transportation
  • Fiesta Texas- Six Flags
  • The Shops at La Cantera

 

Orientation Week

  • University Mission
  • Civic Leadership at UIW
  • U.S. Classroom Expectations
  • Academic Success & Graduate Support Center
  • Safety in the U.S.
  • Banking, Mobile Service, Transportation and San Antonio community
  • Know Your Rights in the U.S.
  • Immigration Briefing for F-1, J-1 and other visa types
  • Acculturation & Homesickness Workshop
  • University Events & Campus Activities
  • Student Organization & Greek Organization
  • Campus Safety & UIW Student Conduct
  • Health Insurance, Health & Counseling Services
  • Tuition & Payments
  • Study Abroad opportunities
  • Wellness Center & Sport facilities
  • Sharing your Culture 
  • Meet UIW Alumni
  • San Antonio City Tour
  • Dinner with UIW President
  • iRetreat
  • ........and much more