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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.

Spring 2021 "You at KU - International" orientation will be held primarily online.
For more information, see our Spring 2021 Orientation FAQs.

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.
  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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