Fall – International Students

Click here to register for Orientation!

NOTE: The Orientation Registration deadline for students starting in Fall 2022 is 4 p.m. on 8/29 – please act soon!

Please note the information below applies to students entering UWM in the Fall Semester of 2022. If you have questions on completing TASO and are interested in attending UWM in the Fall of 2022, please email us at orientation@uwm.edu.

Congratulations on the achievements that have led you to this step in your journey. New Student Orientation marks your entrance into the UWM community. This program will introduce you to the UWM campus as well as to other new and current students.

All F1 and J1 students are also required to attend F1/J1 Student Orientation provided by International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), information on that program here!

International Welcome Packet

Orientation Registration Steps

Step 1: Get Admitted

Follow UWM’s International Admissions application process – all steps found here!

After you receive official notification of your admission from isss@uwm.edu, and you have decided to attend UWM, you will be ready to register for New Student Orientation!

Step 2: Register for Orientation

Follow this link to register for New Student Orientation!

After you register, you’ll receive a confirmation email with program details and directions on completing the required Orientation Course.

Step 3: Complete the Required Course & Enroll in Classes

Once registered for Orientation, follow these steps:

  1. The confirmation email you receive will have instructions on logging into the Orientation Course – Log in using your ePanther ID and password!
  2. Complete the course; it typically takes about an hour. Once you’ve completed the course, we’ll release the Orientation Hold on your PAWS account that prevents you from enrolling in classes.
  3. Complete your “Credit Agreement” in the Finances Section of your PAWS account – just click on “Credit Agreement” and follow the steps.
  4. Enroll in classes!
    • New Freshmen students: You are required to meet with your Academic Advisor before enrolling in classes. You can schedule a meeting using Navigate. Your Advisor will also reach out to you proactively, but it’s best not to wait – reach out and get enrolled!
    • New Transfer students: You are able to enroll in classes without a meeting with your Academic Advisor. We do encourage you to set a meeting or have some email communication to make sure you’re choosing the right classes.
  5. Follow the steps below!
Step 4: Your Summer Checklist

Below are a number of other items you should take care of or consider before the start of classes this Fall!

Credit Agreement
Before being able to register for classes, you must complete your credit agreement. If you have not done it yet, you can complete it through your PAWS account. Log in to PAWS, click the Credit Agreement link on your “To Do List” and complete your Credit Agreement there.

Submit Your ID Photo
You will receive your PantherCard, your official UWM student ID, at Orientation. Prior to Orientation, you will submit the photo you would like to appear on your PantherCard. All you have to do is take a photo of yourself and upload it through GET UWM, PantherCard’s online management system. Go to the PantherCard Office website for detailed instructions and requirements for your photo. Be sure to upload your photo ASAP so you can pick it up this Fall when you’re on campus.

Learning Communities and Living Learning Communities
You can also look into the different Learning Communities UWM has to offer. Here is the complete list of Learning Communities.

Academic Plans
One of the most important things you will do at Orientation is register for your first semester of classes. An advisor will be there to guide you on requirements for your major, but it’s a good idea to explore classes that fit your interests if you have room in your schedule. You can look at the schedule of classes for some ideas.

EAP Holds
Students who have an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) hold in their PAWS account must participate the information session for EAP hold. You will not be eligible to register for courses and the hold will not be lifted until you attend. For further information or questions, contact ELA at el-academy@uwm.edu or 414-229-5757.

Join for the optional International Student Orientation Program this August
You will get email communication to sign up for this program later in the summer!

Campus Map
Click here for a map of the UWM campus.

Note: There is a $150 Orientation fee that all new students are required to pay for participating in New Student Orientation. This fee is used to fund our Orientation programs and bring students an unforgettable experience! The $150 Orientation fee is due along with your tuition on the first day of classes and is nonrefundable if you attend Orientation, complete the Orientation Course, or if you do not cancel your Orientation registration at least 10 days prior to the program.

Step 5: Stay Connected After Orientation
Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to do before I come to UWM this Fall?  

  • Take a photo of yourself for your student ID and submit it through “Get UWM,” PantherCard’s online management system. Go to the PantherCard Office website for detailed instructions and requirements for your photo. Be sure to upload your photo ASAP – you can pick up your card this Fall when you get to campus!
  • Complete the University Credit Agreement (paws.uwm.edu) In the Finances section click “Credit Agreement”). This must be completed to enroll in classes for the upcoming semester.  
  • Pay outstanding balances on your PAWS account (in the Finances section). If you have overdue charges and a Bursar’s Hold is placed on your account, this may impact your ability to register for classes. 
  • Review the schedule of classes online: uwm.edu/schedule. 
  • Check out the website for newly admitted international students.

Can family and guests attend NSO with me? 

  • International Student Orientation does not have programming for family and guests for international students. However, we encourage family and guests to visit Panther Families to stay updated on UWM news.

What should I bring with me to NSO?  

  • International Student Orientation is a fully virtual experience
  • E-panther ID and password (you will need this to enroll in classes) – bring this to any and every meeting you have with your academic advisor!

Will meals be provided for me? 

  • International Student Orientation is a fully virtual experience.
  • You’ll be contacted via email closer to the start of Fall semester with the opportunity to participate in a half-day on-campus program that will help you learn about campus. No meals will be served.

When will I get my placement tests results and be able to sign up for classes? 

  • New Freshmen are required to complete course placement for math and English. Instructions are in your PAWS To Do list as well as found here on the course placement website.
  • You will sign up for classes after completing the required Orientation Course – please consult with your academic advisor on what classes to take (1-1 meeting required for freshmen), you can schedule that meeting through Navigate. If you’re a New Freshman, make sure you’ve completed your course placement steps more than a week prior to your meeting with your advisor – if you don’t, it’s likely you won’t be able to enroll in math or English classes!
  • Advisors will be meeting with students to help select the appropriate courses to take. All students will leave the program with a course schedule! 

I have an EAP hold on my PAWS account? 

Students who have an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) hold in their PAWS account must participate the information session for EAP hold. You will not be eligible to register for courses and the hold will not be lifted until you attend. For further information or questions, contact ELA at el-academy@uwm.edu or 414-229-5757.

I want to change my major. How do I do that?  

  • If you want to change your major, you are required to contact your International Admissions counselor at isss@uwm.edu.

The Orientation Requirement

Orientation is an exciting opportunity for you to get familiar with your new community. We’ll show you all the ways you can be a part of the UWM community, find a group of friends, and get help during your time at UWM. Orientation will help you: 

  • Be able to make informed choices regarding academic, personal, and social issues.  
  • Take personal responsibility for your own success.  
  • Feel welcome, comfortable, engaged, and excited to be a member of the UWM community.   
  • Grow in your understanding and respect for others in a diverse community. 

Orientation is required program because navigating the transition to college can be challenging. We want you to have access to all the tools, knowledge, and support that you can to make your transition to UWM as seamless as possible. We’re committed to your success and can’t wait to welcome you to your new community!