All newly arrived international students and scholars whose immigration status is sponsored by Catholic University are required to attend and orientation session with International Student and Scholar Services.

This orientation is separate from any orientation conducted by the academic department or School and focuses on issues surrounding:

  • the immigration status and applicable regulations and
  • the practical and cultural issues involved in establishing life in the U.S.

Under U.S. immigration law, foreign nationals are legally responsible for maintaining their immigration status. These orientation sessions are designed to ensure that they are informed of their responsibilities. Additionally, individuals in F or J status who do not check in with ISSS may jeopardize their immigration status since ISSS must confirm their arrival to the Department of Homeland Security. Failure to have their program participation validated will result in the cancellation of the immigration record in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) and put the individual on a look-out list for Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.

International Scholar Orientation: By appointment. To schedule, contact Rita Barriteau at (202) 318-5618 or via email at

Moving into the Residence Halls

International students who will be living on campus may be allowed to move into their residence halls early, provided appropriate arrangements have been made with Housing. If you have already contacted Housing to live in one of the University residence halls and will arrive before Orientation begins, please contact International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) ( to inform them of the date and time of your arrival.

The Orientation Schedule

The Orientation session will run from 9am to 4pm.
Orientation will be held in Caldwell Hall - Auditorium.
Schedule of sessions to be determined.
This page will be updated as more details become available. Additional information regarding international student orientation may be obtained by calling the International Student and Scholar Services office at 202.319.5618 or emailing Rita Barriteau at