Office of International Student & Scholar Services

Important Information for New International Students

Welcome to the University of Toledo! This webpage provides you with a guideline on all important things you need to do before starting your first semester. Please go through the information and make sure you check off all listed tasks. If you have questions, email us at

*Information on this website is subject to change. Please check back on this website regularly for updates.

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Before coming to U.S. When you arrive on campus Additional resources COVID-19 Information


Important Dates

  • Online Orientation Dates: 3/29, 4/26, 5/31, 6/21, 7/7, 7/19, 8/3, 8/10, 8/17, 8/23, 8/26, 9/12  (must attend one)
  • International Welcome Week: 8/15/2022 - 8/24/2022
  • Resource Fair: 8/22/2022
  • Last Day to Add Course: 9/2/2022 (Via Web), 9/12/2022 (In-person)
  • Last Day to Drop Course:  9/12/2022 
  • First Day of Class: 8/29/2022
  • Academic Calendar  

 Before coming to U.S.

1. Finish all steps in your International Admission Next Steps Guidebook.

2. Register online for orientation.

3. Order your Rocket ID (Only order if you are going to be on campus.)

4. Submit Immunization Requirements.

  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR):  Documentation of two MMR immunizations is required of all new undergraduate students.
  • Meningitis: Required of new undergraduate students under the age of 22.
  • To upload your documentation or to request an exemption, visit the UToledo vaccine registry.
  • NOTE: All incoming students with country of birth, country of citizenship, or application address indicating time spent in a country of high tuberculosis (TB) incidence per the World Health Organization (WHO) will be required to undergo onsite screening for active tuberculosis. View a list of affected countries.

5. Find housing.

6. Request for airport pick up (if needed).

  • Login on iRocket Portal.
  • Under the Orientation tab, click on “Airport Pickup Request.”
  • Fill out the form and submit.
  • You will get a confirmation email from OISSS.

7. Late arrivals (8/29/2022 for students are considered to be late arrivals)

  • Contact your success coach Doreann Vogel at (undergraduate students only).
  • Contact your academic advisor at your college (undergraduate and graduate students).
  • Contact your instructors for the classes you've registered (Undergraduate and graduate students).

8. Make sure you have enough money to travel and live for at least your first month in U.S.

9. Finish Placement Tests (Math, Chemistry and ESL writing, for Undergraduate students ONLY).

  • Most undergraduate students are required to take placement tests to be able to register for classes.
  • If you need to take a Math, Chemistry, or ESL Writing Placement Test, you MUST do this prior to meeting with your advisor.
  • Math and Chemistry Placement Test Information:  You can determine if you are required to take these at New Student Orientation Placement Tests.
  • The ESL Writing Placement Test (if required) will be offered online in the fall.  You will need to email the Testing Center at and ask for the ESL Writing Placement Test, they will reply with additional instructions. 

 When you arrive on campus

1. Attend as many International Welcome Week events as possible.

2. Attend orientation (if you have not done so when you are back home).

3. Finish your International Student Check In form.

  • Login on iRocket Portal.
  • Under the Orientation tab, click on “International Student Check in.”
  • Fill out the form and submit.

4. Attend in-person resource fair in the Student Union Auditorium.  

  • Meet with offices on campus and get familiar with all services available to you
  • Bring your passport
  • We will also organize a COVID vaccine clinic during the resource fair.
  • For Resource Fair date and time, see the International Welcome Week Schedule.

5. Contact your advisor and meet to register for classes.

  • Watch the video How to Find Your Advisor.
  • Email or call your advisor to set up a meeting (advisor meeting times will be provided at orientation). 

6. Purchase insurance.

7. Pay your bills after registering for classes.

8. Look up your textbooks after you register for classes.

9. Work on the I-9 paperwork through the iRocket portal (if you are a graduate student with an assistantship or working on campus).

  • Login on iRocket Portal. 
  • Under F-1 Student Services tab, select I-9 Application.
  • Fill out the form and upload as many files as possible. Once you submit the form, you will receive an email telling you the next steps.
  • Call OISSS 419.530.4229 and schedule an I-9 appointment.  

10. ITA Screening (graduate students who will become a Teaching Assistant)

11. Open a bank account

  • Hungtington Bank is located on campus in the Student Union on the second floor. It is a full-service branch that offers convenient access for faculty, staff, students, and the community with the ability to cash checks, open accounts, review account statements, and apply for loans.  To open a bank account, follow the instructions and fill out the Huntington Bank International Student Form.
  • Note:  If you are living on campus, look up your On Campus Mailing Address.

12. Get your new phone/sim card if needed.

  • Various plans are available. You can also use your own phone and choose T-Mobile. Bring your own device plan for $35/month. The plan itself is unlimited calls in the U.S., unlimited messaging and data, and 11GB of hotspot. The plan also includes free international texting while you are in the U.S. You can also travel to Canada and Mexico on this plan. For students that wish to call back home, there is a package you can add for $15/month that would reduce the rate per minute depending on the country you are calling.
  • Visit Rocket Wireless in person (located in Student Union 1560) or on their Rocket Wireless Plans page.
  • Mint Mobile is another popular company that international students use. You can stop by OISSS (Snyder Memorial Room 1000) to get a sim card for Mint Mobile.

13. Update your personal information in MyUT portal and iRocket Portal.

MyUT Portal

  • Log on to MyUT portal. 
  • Click the Student tab.
  • Click "Update Addresses & Phones" under the "My Other Resources" section.
  • Follow the instructions to update your information. You can put your cell phone number as both your local phone and permanent phone.

iRocket Portal

  • Login on iRocket Portal. 
  • Click on "Your Contact Information" under the "Biographical Information" tab
  • Update your Non-University Email and Cell Phone Number then click "Save."

 Additional resources

COVID-19 Information

The University of Toledo is strictly adhering to the CDC guidance related to isolation procedures for international travelers.  Travelers can upload their vaccination documentation via the iRocket Portal.

  • If you are fully vaccinated, please submitted your proof of vaccination documents.  You do not need to quarantine after arriving in U.S. The university of Toledo recognizes all types of vaccines around the world. 

*Quarantine requirements are subject to change day by day. Please check back on this website before traveling to U.S.

On October 25, 2021, President Biden announced a Presidential Proclamation titled “A Proclamation on Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic.”  This proclamation took effect on November 8, 2021, and will REQUIRE that all travelers to the United States be vaccinated. 

Please see the following list of acceptable vaccines to determine if the COVID vaccine you already received will be acceptable for entry into the United States. There are certain exceptions being provided to individuals who are unable to get vaccinated before entering the United States. For our international population, if you come from a country with limited vaccine availability, you may still be allowed to enter the United States and may need to get vaccinated once you enter the United States. More information about this global vaccination requirement is available at Non-U.S. citizen, Non-U.S. immigrants: Air Travel to the United States | CDC

University of Toledo COVID updates can be found at the Keeping Campus Safe page

Information about the CDC alert level assigned to each country can be found at the below links:

If you have recently traveled from outside of the United States, we are asking you to follow the CDC recommendations for after travel.  We recommend that all travelers be vaccinated prior to arrival.

Fully vaccinated travelers returning to the USA should self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.

People are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

If you feel sick with fever or cough or have difficulty breathing:

  • Take your temperature.
  • Seek medical advice. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Do not travel while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60%-95% alcohol immediately after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
Last Updated: 12/6/22