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International Student Arrival

Welcome to the University of Dayton!

Transitioning to the United States from your home country can be both exciting and challenging. We’re here to help make the process go as easily as possible for you and your families.

New international students must report to campus before the program start date on the I-20 or DS-2019. On the program start date, required activities will begin such as Bridges (required for academic students) and IEP Placement Testing (required for those studying English first). Missing these activities could seriously jeopardize your immigration and academic statuses.

COVID-19 Update:

The University of Dayton has announced a number of measures to protect the health and safety of our community from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The ISSS office will hold Bridges International Orientation for Summer 2021 in an online format. Attendance at Bridges is required for all newly enrolled international students.  Based on CDC guidance, we hope to include more face to face components to Fall 2021’s orientation program.

To learn more about the university's COVID procedural updates, please view the Path Forward Return to Campus - Students Plan.


Getting Started: 
  • Checklist. Start here with important actions required for all new students.
  • Accommodations. Learn about on and off campus housing options.
  • Transportation & Shopping. Find out which airports serve Dayton, register for transportation options from Dayton International Airport to campus, and how to buy a cellphone, establish a bank account, and more.
  • Important Dates. Schedule of important activities and events.
  • Health Requirements. Students must submit proof of immunization and purchase health insurance that meets university guidelines. *Updated with COVID-19 additional health requirements.*
  • Immigration. How to obtain a visa, prepare for inspection at the port--of-entry, and relevant immigration regulations.
  • Bridges, IEP Placement Testing, and IEP Orientation. Learn about these required orientation programs.

Contact International Student and Scholar Services at for additional assistance.


Center for International Programs

Rike Center
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1701
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