University of Houston-Victoria

International Programs

Mandatory Orientation

All approved transfer and new international students (F-1/J-1) are required to attend mandatory orientation. Make sure your travel plans are made accordingly so you do not miss orientation. Failing to attend mandatory orientation may result in difficulties for you when acclimating to the new culture and environment and will result in the cancellation of your Cultural Scholarship.

Separate orientation sessions are available for Houston/Katy Area Students and Victoria Area students. Please bring your immigration documents so we may make copies of them for your student records. Please remember to read all of the relevant Pre-Arrival Information prior to your arrival to the U.S. and UHV.  

Depending on COVID-19 status, our scheduled dates are as follows:

Fall 2020 Orientation

Virtual Mandatory Orientation (Part 1)
Saturday, August 8th 9am-12pm U.S.  Central Standard Time.

Mandatory Orientation(Part II) - If Face-2-Face option is available. 
UHV Katy Students - Tuesday, August 18th 2020
12:00pm (noon) to 5:00pm (UHV Campus Katy)

Mandatory Orientation (Part II) - If Face-2-Face option is available. 
UHV (Victoria) students - Wednesday, August 19 2020
10am - 3pm (Victoria Campus)

Mandatory Orientation (Part II) - If Face-2-Face option is not available due COVID-19
Wednesday, August 19th at 10am U.S. central standard time. 

The orientation will be through Microsoft Teams. All new students MUST activate their UHV email to receive the Microsoft Teams invitation. If you miss Orientation part 1 and Orientation part II, you will not be awarded the scholarships and waivers. To convert your timezone visit Timezone Converter

Spring 2021 Orientation  

Katy Students - Thursday, January 14th, 2021
10:00 am - 2:00 pm, Room 3-10

Victoria Students - Friday, January 15th, 2021 
9:00 am - 2:00 pm,
 Room 216 Center Building

Summer Orientation
By individual appointment only

*Dates and additional information are emailed to students upon their acceptance.


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  1. Every Thursday starting April 9th at 10am-11am at   OR
  2. Second Saturday sessions at 5am-6am Central U.S. Standard Time
    1. April 11th at 5am CST
    2. May 9th at 5am CST
    3. June 13th at 5am CST
    4. July 11th at 5am CST
    5. August 8th at 5am CST

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