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.

This year, International Pre-Orientation will run from Sunday, September 16th through Friday, September 21st.  It 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. For more information, our Frequently Asked Questions page. To apply, please complete our online application form.

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Program Overview

Dates: September 16-21
Spaces Available: 125
Program Fee: $450 (Financial assistance may be available to qualifying students. Please complete our Request for Financial Assistance Form 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 2018 Application Timeline

Application Available: April 13th, 2018
Application Due: June 15th, 2018
Decision Announcements Begin: July 6th, 2018
Student Confirmations Due: July 13th, 2018
Program Move-in Date: Sunday, September 16, 2018

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