Before Your Arrival
Logistics of Getting Set Up on Campus
The Graduate School, Graduate Student Government, international student organizations and the Division of Student Affairs coordinates an airport pickup from Dulles. The service is available over multiple dates and is open to graduate students only. Please visit the Graduate Student Government webpage for more information about the airport pick-up program.
Get Plugged Into a Student Group
- Chinese Student Association
- ISCAA (International Student Career Assistance Alliance)
- International Student Union (also has a Linkedin group)
Offices That Provide Support
International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)
The Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) should be one of your first points of contact. ISSS assists international students with transitioning to the U.S., advising on immigration requirements, and making the most of their academic experience here. ISSS also assists the campus community involved with international educational exchange in the process of bringing international visitors to campus, or in sending Maryland faculty and students abroad. ISSS has published a Checklist for new international students that can be found on their website.
The Graduate School
As a premier public research university and land grant institution, the University of Maryland excels in all areas of graduate education, offering its students highly selective research doctoral programs, robust academic and professional master's degrees, and flexible and responsive graduate certificates. The Graduate School leads, directs, supports, and advocates for this critical university mission, partnering with campus colleges and schools to expand the boundaries of intellectual discovery and ensure student success. More information: gradschool.umd.edu
Located on the second floor of the Lee Building, anyone dropping off a transcript can do so here.
Office of the Registrar
The Office of the Registrar supports teaching and learning at the University of Maryland by maintaining the integrity of academic policies and the student information system. We are the perpetual stewards of our students’ records from application to degree conferral. The operations conducted in the Registrar’s Office are compiled into four large categories: the coordination of course and classroom scheduling, and registration; the maintenance of students’ permanent academic records; the administration and application of academic policies; and, information management, and data analysis and reporting. More information: https://www.registrar.umd.edu/
University Health Center
The University Health Center is proud to be nationally accredited for over 30 years by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, an independent organization that only places its seal of approval on medical facilities that meet the highest standards of quality. Less than 15% of all college health centers in the U.S. are accredited! The center offers mental health support, self-care and other student support services. More information: https://health.umd.edu/
You should build a line of communication with your degree program as soon as possible. Contact information for your individual program can be found at the Graduate School’s website: https://academiccatalog.umd.edu/graduate/programs/