International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS)

Orientation Dates and Schedule

Mandatory International Student Orientation (ISO)

For All New International Students

All new international students will be assessed a $100 ISO fee regardless of attendance. The US Department of Homeland Security requires that all new international students and scholars check-in and register at their new school. You will be complying with this law by attending the mandatory International Student Orientation (ISO). All new international students on the F-1 or J-1 visas joining Xavier as an Exchange, Graduate, Transfer, or Undergraduate student should plan to arrive early to attend the ISO.


Wednesday, August 17, 2022, Smith Hall

9:00 am Continental Breakfast & Check-In

Smith Hall Atrium

9:30 am Registration and Orientation

All presentations will take place in Smith Hall, G28

9:30am Welcome by Mr. Aaron Meis, Vice President, Enrollment Management & Student Success

9:40am: Understanding Your Visa Status

Overview of F and J visa regulations, and CIE programs and services

10:30: International Student Panel

Current international students will share their experience at Xavier University and answer questions

11:00: XU Classroom and Tips for academic success

12:00 pm Lunch Reception – Smith Hall, Ground Floor Atrium

· Welcome Remarks

· Introduction of CIE staff & campus partners

1:00pm Bursar Office

How to review your bill; Payment methods for paying from abroad

1:30pm Xavier Health and Wellness & Health Insurance

Learn about the Student Health Insurance Plan; Learn What to Do When You Get Sick, Learn about the Required Vaccinations and How to upload your Medical History forms. 

2:30pm XU Police Department

Safety on campus; Safety around town

3:00 pm End of ISO

Optional: Campus Tour

5:00pm Optional Activity – Shopping & Dinner with IPM

Meet at the CIE, GSC 230 to depart together. We will visit Target store at Oakley Station to buy room necessities and groceries. Bring your own money for shopping.


Optional Activities

Thursday, August 18, 2022 ($10 fee)

Meet at the CIE, GSC Room 230 @ 8:30am for breakfast, 9:00am for departure 

8:30am – 9:00am Light breakfast

9:00 am – 2:30 pm Tour of Cincinnati

We will start at Washington Park in Over The Rhine (OTR), take the Connector (streetcar) to Findlay Market and spend some time exploring. Then we will take the Connector down to Smale Riverfront Park (on the Ohio river) and The Banks area where we will eat lunch. Final stop will be Fountain Square where we will enjoy some Graeter’s Ice Cream and tour the Contemporary Arts Center. We will take the Connector back to Washington Park and depart for campus.  

*All first-year students must attend Manresa Kick Off at 3pm in Cintas Center*


“On your own” activity ideas for Exchange and Graduate Students:

6:00pm - 9:00pm Summer Music Fest at Ault Park

The band is Floyd and the Walkmen. Admission is FREE. Local food available for purchase.

6:00pm - 10:00pm Rockin’ the Roebling at Smale Riverfront Park

Admission is FREE.

Schmidlapp Event Lawn, Mehring Way & Main St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

7:00pm - 9:00pm Roots Revival (free music concert) at Washington Park

Dead Man String Band & Ray Vietti

1230 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

7:00pm - 10:00pm Salsa on the Square with AL SON DEL IYA at Fountain Square

Mazunte Foodtruck available for purchase

520 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202


Optional Activities for Exchange and Graduate Students

Friday, August 19, 2022

Meet at the CIE, GSC Room 230 @ 10am

10:30 am – 12:00 pm Brunch at Bronte Bistro

Located inside the Joseph Beth Bookstore

12pm – 2pm Shopping at Rookwood Commons & Pavilion

Shop at stores such as TJ Maxx, Home Goods, Nordstrom Rack, Banana Republic, GAP and more. Get a local sim card / cell phone – Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint.

2:30pm – 4:30pm Cincinnati Art Museum & Eden Park Overlook

Brief visit to the art museum to learn about Cincinnati art history. We will walk around the park and enjoy the beautiful view of the river and the city at the overlook.

5:00pm Return to campus

Dinner on your own at Hoff Dining Hall



“On your own” activity ideas for Exchange and Graduate Students:

6:00pm – 8:00pm Music at the Market at Findlay Market

Strings Attached at Jane's

Admission is FREE.

1801 Race Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

7:00pm - 10:00pm Fifth and Vine Live at Fountain Square

Michigander, Darity with Leland Blue

Admission is FREE

520 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Activities and Fun Ideas for the Weekend

Recreational Spaces

  • Fountain Square (Downtown)
  • Over-The-Rhine (OTR)
    • Findlay Market
    • Cincinnati Art Murals
  • Newport
    • Newport on the Levee
    • Gameworks
    • Newport Aquarium
  • The Cincinnati Zoo
  • Hyde Park Farmer's Market
    • Sundays - 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Newport Aquarium
Newport on the Levee
Findlay Market


  • Cincinnati Art Museum (CAM)
  • Contemporary Art Center (CAC)
  • Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC)
  • American Sign Museum
  • Taft Museum of Art
  • 21C Museum Hotel
  • The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center 
    • Or visit Cincinnati Museums for more!

Cincinnati Art Museum
Contemporary Arts Center
Cincinnati Museum Center

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