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6. Arrive

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 Spring 2020 “YOU at KU - International” orientation is a multiple day program designed to ease your transition to the U.S. and KU.

Important Spring 2020 dates:

Registration Deadline Program Start Date Registration Day Classes Begin
Sunday, December 15, 2019 Wednesday, January 08, 2020
*If in F-1 or J-1 status you must enter the U.S. by this date
Thursday, January 09, 2020
*the day "YOU at KU - International" begins
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
*You must complete all of your Check-Ins before you can enroll in your classes!
Orientation Housing Options

Option 1: Early Move in to On-Campus Housing

Students who have secured a Spring 2020 contract to live on campus through the KU Department of Student Housing by Sunday, December 15 may move in early to your assignments beginning January 8 until the official start of your contract on January 18. Additional nightly fees of $22 will be billed to your KU account. If you would like to sign a contract for the 2020 Spring semester, visit KU Housing and click "Contract" at the top.

NOTE: You must have secured a housing contract AND registered for this option in iHawk by December 15.

Option 2: Temporary Housing at Naismith Hall

Temporary housing for orientation is available at Naismith Hall (1800 Naismith Drive), an off-campus residence hall next to the KU campus. More information about Naismith Hall can be found at http://naismithhall.com/internationalprogram/.

Accommodations in Naismith Hall are double-occupancy rooms with a roommate in a two-room, single-gender suite with a shared bathroom. The cost is $223, which covers room rent, the use of towels, bed sheets, pillow with case, and a blanket for the nights of January 8-16, including continental breakfasts. The price is the same whether you stay for all or only a portion of the nights. The $223 cost is in addition to the orientation and check-in fee. It will be billed to your KU student account and is your responsibility to pay. Orientation staff may be available to help students move from Naismith to their permanent residence on the morning of January 17.

Note: You must have registered for this option in iHawk by December 15. Once you register, there are no cancellations or refunds if you decide not to stay in Naismith Hall.

Option 3: No Orientation Housing

Secure your own housing. For information about off-campus housing options and local hotels, visit our housing webpage. Keep in mind, orientation transportation is not provided for locations other than on-campus residence halls.

The below hotel has agreed to a special rate for our international student orientation participants.

Super 8 (+001-785-842-5100)
801 Iowa St, Lawrence, KS 66049

  • Single Room: $54.95 + tax per night*
  • You must identify yourself as an international student coming for orientation

*Rates subject to change

"YOU at KU - International" Registration Details

What is Registration Day?

Registration Day is the first day of your “YOU at KU - International” Orientation. You will pick up your name tag, schedule, welcome packet and KU ID Card.

When is it?

Thursday, January 9, 2020 from 9:30 am-12:00 pm*

Where is it?

To Be Announced*

*You will receive your specific registration day appointment time and location though email by approximately January 5, 2020. You should expect this email to include more specific details about registration day and important pre-arrival information.

Plan to arrive to 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 6 meals for participants who register by December 15. After this date, you are not guaranteed access to these included orientation meals.

Meals not provided by orientation will be your responsibility. However, you will have access to campus food courts and residential dining centers, local grocery stores, and restaurants. If you have an on-campus meal plan, it will begin Saturday, January 18, 2020.

Transportation & Parking

Airport Transportation

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

Campus Parking

  • Yellow (not gold) lots on the parking map are free from December 23 until January 20.
  • Purchase a permit to park on campus starting January 21.
  • 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. Take a picture of your license plate, or write your plate information down, and proceed to the pay station within 15 minutes of entering the garage to pre-pay for parking. Payment can be made at pay stations located on each floor of the Union with a Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover card or with cash. Pay stations are unable to give change, so be sure to have exact change if paying cash.

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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