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International Student Orientation

As an international student under F-1 status, it is important that you are aware of the immigration regulations and responsibilities that may affect your academic status while you are in the United States. For this reason, our international student orientation is divided in two parts:

  1. Online Orientation through CANVAS
  2. Face-to-Face Check In with DSO

The following groups of international students are required to complete the Online Orientation:

  • All new international students under F-1 status. This applies if you are changing to a new academic level (e.g., Bachelor's to Master's).
  • Current or returning F-1 students who will go through a Reinstatement process or re-entry to regain lawful F-1 status.
  • Returning international students who have taken a leave of absence from Tarleton State University and wish to resume enrollment.

Online Orientation

The online orientation will be accessible through CANVAS once you have registered for classes under "My Communities."

Failure to satisfactorily complete the Online Orientation will result in a hold being placed on your account which will prevent you from registration next term.

Questions? Contact your DSO in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions-Immigration at

In-Person Check In

The second part of your orientation will be in an in-person capacity. The Department of Homeland Security of the U.S. requires Tarleton State University to report your arrival to campus. You are required to physically check-in with a Designated School Official (DSO) as soon as possible after arriving in the United States and no later than the start of classes. Please contact your DSO at to schedule a meeting.

Failure to report to a Designated School Official is considered a violation of your immigration status and could result in termination of your SEVIS record. Familiarize yourself with your responsibilities as an international student by completing the Online Orientation.

For questions regarding the check-in, please contact your DSO.