International Pre-Orientation (IPO)

International Pre-Orientation (IPO) provides a platform for students from around the world to ease into their transition into the University of Chicago. Organized by the College Programming Office, this six-day event allows incoming students the opportunity to explore campus, the neighborhood of Hyde Park, and the city of Chicago while making friends and getting to know upperclass students in the College.

IPO is an opportunity for international students to meet faculty members, staff, and students who are here to help orient them to Chicago and the College. The program focuses on life in college and getting to know the campus and city of Chicago, while also providing students with some time to recover from travels and relax in preparation for Orientation.

International Pre-Orientation is optional and space is limited. This program is for incoming undergraduate students only. Transportation from either O'Hare or Midway Airport, housing throughout the full duration of the program and meals are covered by the program fee paid by participants. 

To apply, please complete our online application. Please note that students may apply for and participate in multiple pre-orientation or summer experience programs, providing the dates of the program do not overlap.


Program Overview

Dates: September 15 - September 20, 2019
Spaces Available: 125
Program Fee: $450 - IPO is a need-blind program - financial assistance may be available to qualifying students. Please complete our Request for Financial Assistance Form (COMING SOON) to be considered for aid.
Inclusions: Housing, meals, transportation, and any applicable admissions fees are included in the cost of the program. Students are responsible for incidental/personal expenses. Students who arrive early and need housing will be charged an additional fee based on the nightly rate.

IPO 2019 Application Timeline

  • April 12: Application Available
  • June 14: Application Deadline
  • July 5: Decision Notification
  • July 12: Acceptance Deadline
  • September 15: Program Begins (Students move in to temporary housing)
  • September 20: Program Ends (Students move in to term-time housing)
  • September 21: Opening Day - Orientation Begins

Luggage Storage and Move-In

Students may bring all of their belongings for the academic year with them when they move in for International Pre-Orientation. Locked storage will be provided for the duration of the program, and all bags stored during the program will be moved for you over the course of the week into your permanent room. For this reason, it is highly recommended that students pack a seperate bag for the week and store everything else. You will find out more about move-in and luggage storage on the Orientation website.

Contact Information

If you have additional questions not answered here or in our Frequently Asked Questions, or if you need to make changes to a submitted application, please email the College Programming Office at or call us at 773.702.8616