International Student Orientation

New international students: please complete your Arrival Form HERE.

While it is permissible for our international students to begin some of our programs in the spring semester, it is highly recommended that students who are new in the United States of America (USA) start their initial enrollment at Regent in the spring term. There is far more time for students to arrive and acclimate to Regent and the USA before the spring semester than there is before the spring semester.

On-campus housing is very limited in the spring semester, so new students may have to find housing off-campus. Off-campus housing can be difficult for international students to obtain because the process often requires the students to have a Social Security Number (SSN) that is issued by the U.S. Social Security Administration. International students are not eligible to apply for a U.S. SSN unless they can show proof of employment in the USA. A U.S. SSN is usually needed to secure many services you would need for an off-campus apartment, such as electricity, cable, and gasoline. Living off-campus will also create transportation concerns because we do not have a reliable public transportation system in our area. Most businesses require you to have a U.S. SSN in order to buy or lease an automobile. Therefore, new international students who are unable to obtain a furnished on-campus housing assignment will be required to submit documentation to show they have secured alternate housing arrangements and reliable means of transportation before an I-20 can be issued. Furnished on-campus housing is generally easier to obtain in the spring semester.

Students who are transferring from another U.S. institution who are admitted to Regent for the summer term are required by immigration regulations to be enrolled full-time in that first summer term, and must attend the mandatory SEVIS/International Student Orientation before the spring semester. Summer admission is not permitted for students who are new in the USA. F-1 students should not book their flights to the USA until they have received their student visas and have confirmed the dates of the International Student Orientation for the semester they were admitted to Regent.

Spring 2018 MANDATORY International Student Orientation

Please contact International Admissions (, 1-757-352-4846) OR, 757-352-4130/ or texting at 434-996-9358, Mary Laughton.

The comprehensive Spring International Student Orientation Program includes:

  • Special assistance with getting settled, such as trips to local stores, banks, and cell phone providers; a campus tour; and a library tour;
  • Information Sessions on "F-1 Immigration Rules, Responsibilities, & Benefits," "Campus Security & U.S. Laws," "Academic Expectations," "The Writing Center," "Cultural Adjustment," and more;
  • The opportunity to get acquainted with other students and with people and places on campus;
  • Information and materials on programs and services available on campus and in the community.

The Spring 2018 International Student/SEVIS Orientation will be held January 8-11, 2018. These are all day sessions running from 8:30 AM to 5 PM each day and are MANDATORY; YOU MUST ATTEND. Please go to the Student Center, room 252 each day and you MUST BE ON TIME!

All F-1 students must arrive at Regent no later than Sunday, January 7, 2018.

Here are some important details:

Designated Arrival Airport Pickup Dates

Saturday and Sunday, January 6 and 7, 2018. Please email Mary at with ALL flight details and we will do our very best to try and pick you up. You may also contact Founder's Inn and ask for their shuttle information at 757-424-5511 and let them know that you are with Regent University for the best discount rate. And there are taxi cabs, etc.

Immigration Registration

All new international students are required to register their immigration documents with the Office of International Student Services (OISS). Please bring your passport, I-20, and the phone number and e-mail address of at least one emergency contact person. You will take care of this the first day of Orientation with Amanda Leffel of International Admissions.

Getting Settled*

Students who would like assistance with local banks, cell providers, and shopping for necessities should notify Mary Ohaneson-Laughton ( so that appropriate planning can be done. We will have some bankers at Orientation for you to begin the checking/banking process and we will also have shuttle buses for shopping.

Orientation Fee

An International Student Orientation fee will be posted to each new student's account before the semester begins and must be paid along with tuition and fees by the first day of classes. The current fee for the Orientation is $300 with an added charge of $100 per guest. The fee covers the costs of the airport pick-ups, orientation meals, Getting Settled transportation, orientation materials, a social event, some welcome gifts, and the local tour.

*Special Note to Residency Students Regarding Immigration Registration with the OISS:

F-1 international students coming to Regent for residency only will not attend an International Student Orientation but they are required to make an appointment with the OISS within 2 days of their arrival for immigration registration purposes. Do not neglect this registration, as this may result in serious consequences to any future entries to the U.S. or attempts to obtain a U.S. visa. For the immigration registration you will need to bring the following items: Your passport, I-20 (if you have one), local U.S. address and phone number, and emergency contact information.


Please contact International Admissions (, 1-757-352-4846).