Congratulations on your admission to Dallas International!

If you have not completed your preregistration paperwork, please visit our Next Steps page. We look forward to seeing you on campus for Orientation!*

If you have any questions regarding Orientation, please contact our Admissions Office at (972)708-7415 or admissions@diu.edu.

*Students taking only distance education courses are not required to attend on-site Orientation.

All students are required to complete the online orientation before classes begin. On-campus students must also attend on-campus orientation. Below view specific dates:

  • Spring 2020 Orientation (view dates)
  • May 2020 Orientation (online only)
  • Summer 2020 Orientation (online only)
  • Fall 2020 Orientation (view dates)

Are you a returning student?

  • If you were last enrolled more than 2 years ago, you must complete the online Orientation. You may also attend the on-campus orientation if you would like. Returning students will be contacted closer to the time of orientation with more details.
  • If you were last enrolled less than 2 years ago, you are not required to complete or attend any Orientation.

If you have any questions about your Orientation requirements or options, please contact Meg Trihus at (972) 708-7379 or dean-students@diu.edu. Visit our Returning Student page for more information about re-entry.

Not starting classes next term? View the Orientation Calendar for more dates.

Below are listed the typical schedules for Dallas International Orientation programs. Please note that these are subject to change. Once admitted and registered, you will receive further details closer to the date(s) of your Orientation.

Two-day Orientations

Day 1:   9:30am – 5:00pm, with dinner following

Day 2:   9:00am – 12:00pm

One-day Orientations

9:00am – 5:00pm


See more details about the next upcoming Orientation program below.


Please be sure to bring the following information/items with you to Orientation:

  • Photo ID (passport or driver’s license)
  • Permanent and local address information
  • Telephone number
  • Emergency contact information
  • Any passwords you have already been using for Dallas Int’l business


Two Day Orientation Schedule (subject to change)

Day 1 (Event Center)

9:30 a.m.                        Orientation Welcome and Introduction

10:30 a.m.                      Group Rotations (tour, library, computer)

12:30 p.m.                      Lunch *The Dining Hall will be open for service until 1:00 p.m.

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.             Group Rotations (tour, library, computer)

3:45 p.m.                        Afternoon Gathering

5:15 – 6:30 p.m.             Dinner


Day 2

9:00 – 11:00 a.m.         Advisor Appointments (Mahler and CEWA)

9:00 – 11:00 a.m.         Wi-Fi Set-up (Computer Lab) *For personal devices; not mandatory

11:15 a.m.                    Student Panel (Event Center)

12:00 p.m.                    Lunch *The Dining Hall will be open for service until 1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.                      Guest House Orientation (Guest House Lounge) *Required for Guest House residents only

  • Government-approved I.D. (driver’s license or passport)
  • Comfortable walking shoes and drinking water for the Campus Tour
  • Orientation Packets (received on Day 1 of Orientation)
  • Password to log in to Campus Café
    You should have received this information for post-admission paperwork and registration. Please email online@diu.edu if you do not have your username or password for your account.
  • Permanent address & local address while at Dallas International
  • Emergency contact info
  • Payment for tuition
    E-check, cash, check, credit/debit (via PayPal), or money order accepted. Payment plans possible. Visit our How to Pay page for more information.
  • Packed lunch or cash for the Dining Hall
  • If you are with a sending agency: documentation of any training requirements (for when you meet with your academic advisor)

Dallas International is located on the International Linguistics Center (ILC) about 25 minutes south of downtown Dallas.  Visit our Location & Directions page.

When you arrive on campus, you will first notice the Mahler building with flags out front.  Park in front of Mahler and stop by the Welcome Desk just inside the glass doors.  At the Welcome Desk, pick up a map of the center, sign in as a visitor, and register your vehicle with the ILC.

Those living on campus should be sure to check in to their rooms before Orientation begins since the SIL Housing Office may close before Orientation concludes.

Housing should be arranged prior to your arrival on campus. Although Dallas International does not provide any housing, on-campus accommodations may be available through the SIL Housing Office. Visitors are always welcome to stay in on-campus housing as well. For more information or to make reservations, visit our Housing and Campus Services page for more information.

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