International Student Orientation
International Student Orientation


UW-Platteville will provide bus transportation for the 3-hour trip from Chicago O’Hare airport to Platteville, Wisconsin on the day before orientation.  To use this transportation, you need to arrive at Chicago O’Hare airport by 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. The bus will stop only at the International Terminal (#5) at O’Hare airport. UW-Platteville staff will meet you in the arrival hall (lower level just outside of baggage claim) of the International Terminal (#5) near the McDonalds around 12:30 p.m.; we will be carrying a “Welcome to UW-Platteville” sign. You must complete the flight itinerary questionnaire on your ISSS Online Account by December 15.

If you cannot arrange a flight that arrives at O’Hare Airport in Chicago before 11 a.m. on Tuesday, January 15, you should plan on arriving in Chicago on Monday, January 14, stay overnight in a hotel in Chicago, and meet us at the airport in Terminal #5 on Tuesday, January 15, at 12:30 p.m. Please click here for a list of hotels near O’Hare Airport.

Students who will be utilizing UW-Platteville's bus from Chicago to Platteville are required to complete the Travel Arrangements Questionnaire and provide a copy of your travel itinerary on your ISSS Online Account by December 15.

If you miss the January 15 bus to Platteville, you will be responsible for arranging alternative transportation to UW-Platteville. We will send more information about this to you through email.

If you will not be taking the bus with us from O’Hare in Chicago on January 15, you need to make plans to arrive in Platteville, Wisconsin, by Tuesday, January 15,. If you have signed up to live on campus in the residence halls, you will need to email to arrange a time to move in to the residence halls.

You may arrive in the United States up to 30 days before the start date on your I-20. For most of you, the start date on your I-20 is January 15, 2019. See below for instructions in planning your arrival:


All new international students are required to attend International Student Orientation from January 16-18, 2019. Orientation is a fun, informative program designed to prepare you for success during your time at UW-Platteville.  At International Student Orientation, you will have the opportunity to obtain your Student ID card, get your UW-Platteville e-mail address and password, sign up for your meal plan, take the English and Math placement tests (F-1 degree-seeking undergraduate students only), meet with your academic advisor, buy your textbooks, learn about the various aspects of the University of Platteville campus and resources, adjust to the U.S. culture and language, meet current students, and much more.

The total non-refundable deposit for arrival/orientation, including lodging and food costs, is $300. This deposit will be charged to your UW-Platteville student account.

If you are living in the Residence Halls, an International Student Orientation leader will meet you outside the main entrance of your residence hall on the first day of orientation. If you will be living off campus, you will need to meet us for the first day of International Student Orientation. Please see the orientation schedule linked to this webpage for the start time and room location of the first day of International Student Orientation.

Important Dates

Important Dates



Arrival to Chicago O'Hare Airport (Optional)
Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 11 a.m.

International Student Orientation (Required)
Wednesday-Saturday, January 16-18, 2019

Trip to Madison, Wisconsin
Saturday, January 19, 2019


Spring Classes Begin
Monday, January 22, 2019

Spring Break (No class)
March 16 - 24, 2019

International Night Dinner
Saturday, April 6, 2019

International Farewell Reception
Thursday, May 9, 2019

Spring Commencement (Graduation)
Friday and Saturday, May 10-11, 2019

Final Exam Week
Monday-Friday, May 13-17, 2019


FALL 2018


Arrival to Chicago O'Hare Airport (Optional)
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

International Student Orientation (Required)
Wednesday-Friday, August 29 - August 31, 2018

Trip to Madison, Wisconsin
Saturday, September 8, 2018


Welcome Weekend
Saturday-Sunday, September 1-2, 2018

Labor Day (No Class)
Monday, September 3, 2018

Fall Classes Begin
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

International Bread Tasting

Fall Break (No class)
Friday, October 26, 2018

Thanksgiving Break (No class)
November 22-25, 2018

International Farewell Reception

Fall Commencement
Saturday, December 15, 2018

Final Exam Week
Monday-Friday, December 17-21, 2018

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