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One to three months before your arrival date at KU, you will receive an email from ISS with instructions to log in to iHawk. In iHawk, you will complete the required e-forms to register for the “YOU at KU - International” Orientation and begin uploading documents for your ISS Check-in process.

Register for the "YOU at KU - International" Orientation

All undergraduate students, regardless of their immigration status, are required to register and participate in the "YOU at KU - International" Orientation. All graduate students in F-1 or J-1 status must register and participate in "YOU at KU - International" Orientation.

  1. After receiving the registration email from ISS, go to iHawk.
  2. Click on the blue LOGIN button.
  3. Log in with your KU Online ID.
  4. Start with "Getting Started".
  5. Once your "Basic Information" e-form is complete, proceed to the "Orientation" tab.
  6. Submit the "Orientation Registration" e-form. You should do this as soon as possible. Select your start term above for more detailed information about your registration options and benefits.
  7. Complete the e-forms on the ISS Check-in tab.

The Summer 2020 “YOU at KU - International” Orientation is a multiple-day program designed to ease your transition to the U.S. and KU. All undergraduate students, regardless of their immigration status, and all graduate students in F-1 or J-1 status are required to participate in the "You at KU - International" Orientation.

Important Summer 2020 dates:

Registration Deadline Start Date Registration Day Classes Begin
Sunday, May 17, 2020 Tuesday, May 26, 2020
*If in F-1 or J-1 status you must enter the U.S. by this date
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
*The day "YOU at KU - International" begins
Tuesday, June 2, 2020
*You must complete all of your Check-Ins before you can enroll in your classes!
Orientation Housing Options

There are no official orientation housing options during the Summer “YOU at KU - International” Orientation.

More information about other permanent housing options for the Summer Academic Term can be found here. For information about off-campus housing options, please see our housing webpage.

The below hotel has rooms starting at $45 + tax* and offers a 15% discount for all KU students.

Super 8 (+1-785-842-5100)
801 Iowa St, Lawrence, KS 66049

You must identify yourself as an international student coming for orientation in order to receive the discount.

*Rates subject to change


"YOU at KU - International" Registration Details

What is Registration Day?

Registration and Check-In is the first day of your “YOU at KU - International” Orientation. You will pick up your name tag, welcome packet, and KU ID Card, as well as complete your ISS Check-In. Please bring all of your immigration documents with you.

You must register for Orientation prior to arrival. Please go to the "How to Register" tab above to register for our Summer 2020 "YOU at KU - International" Orientation.

When is it?

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Where is it?

Anschutz Library, 1301 Hoch Auditoria Dr, Lawrence, KS 66045*

*You will receive a specific appointment time via email after you register. This email with include more specific details about registration and check-in day and important pre-arrival information.

Plan to arrive in Lawrence in time to attend registration. If delayed, report immediately to the International Support Services Office, Strong Hall, Rm 2 (open Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm).


Orientation includes 4 meals for participants who register by Sunday, May 17, 2020. After this date, you are not guaranteed these meals.

Meals not provided by orientation will be your responsibility. However, you will have access to a variety of campus food courts and residential dining centers, local grocery stores, and restaurants.

Transportation & Parking

Visit our transportation page for transportation options from the Kansas City International Airport to Lawrence.

Campus Parking

  • Yellow (not gold) lots on the parking map are free from May 18 until June 1.
  • Purchase a permit to park on campus starting June 2.
  • Park in the Mississippi Street parking garage next to the Kansas Union for $1.75 for the first hour and $1.50 for each additional hour. Pay right after you park.
  • There is often campus construction during the summer. Please be aware that some campus roads may be closed.

Print your orientation brochure and arrival guide!
  1. Activate your KU Online ID
  2. Log into iHawk with your KU Online ID
  3. Tabs, e-forms, Checklists

    Tabs : After you login to iHawk, you will automatically be on the tab where you need to begin. For most students, you will start on the ‘Get Started’ tab. After you finish with ‘Get Started’ you will complete the tabs ‘Orientation’ and ‘ISS Check-In’. The ‘Completed’ tab will show you your progress.

    e-forms: e-forms are the electronic forms that you must complete to provide ISS with your information or requests. Some forms are required. Some forms are optional. Some forms will only open after you complete other forms. Look at the icon next to the form to see if it is required for you.

    Checklist : A checklist is a group of e-forms. You must complete all of the e-forms in a checklist that are required for you, and any optional e-form(s) that may apply to your situation. You must complete all forms that are required for you before you will be able to enroll in classes.

What is "YOU at KU - International" Orientation?

"YOU at KU - International" is a multiple-day orientation program that takes place each August (Fall semester), January (Spring semester), and May/June (Summer semester). It is designed to ease your transition to the United States and the University of Kansas. Participants complete all required check-ins, enjoy fun social events, and become better acquainted with the University of Kansas.

From making friends to enrolling in classes, learn more about everything you will do during “You at KU - International”!
Students Exempt from Orientation

Students who are exempt from the "YOU at KU - International" orientation are still required to attend the mandatory check-ins. Please review Arrival and Check-in instructions corresponding to your exemption category below.

Readmitted Students
Graduate Students not in F-1 or J-1 Status

A Sneak Peek of Orientation


Email issorientation@ku.edu for assistance.

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