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Dependent Resources

The University of Rochester welcomes you to our campus and community. There are many resources available to help you get settled and feel more at home during your stay here. Please contact the ISO or visit our office any time you need assistance, more information, or just a friendly face!


ISO Dependent Check-In & Orientation

When you arrive in Rochester, please come to the International Services Office (ISO) to complete an Immigration Check-In. Please bring your documents with you, including your passport and any documents issued to you by our office. We will photocopy them and make sure there were no problems when you entered the country. If you provide an email address, we will also include you on our mailing list for our Dependent Newsletter.

Although not mandatory, we strongly encourage all dependents to attend an orientation session held by the International Services Office. These sessions are intended to assist dependents in adjusting to life in Rochester by providing useful information and resources in an informal and welcoming environment.


University Identification Card

As a dependent you are eligible to receive a University ID for a small fee. You will receive a letter when you check into the ISO so that you can obtain photo card from the University ID Office. Some of the advantages of having an ID include access to the University shuttle system, use of all the University libraries, and the River Campus media center. If you choose to purchase a membership at one of the University’s athletic complexes, your ID will also permit you access to those facilities.


Social Activities for Dependents

Sometimes the hardest part of meeting new people is knowing where to go. These social opportunities may be helpful to you as you start to get settled in Rochester.

  • Rochester Global Connections (RGC) is a community-based volunteer organization that provides services to international students & Department of State visitors in the Rochester area. RGC offers social programming throughout the year and the International Wives Group is designed just for dependents! We hope you will contact them to become more involved.
  • The ISO English Conversation Skills program will allow you to meet other UR community members and practice your English in an informal, relaxed setting.  Classes sessions are held several times during the year and typically run for 10 weeks each time.  Look for more information in our newsletters or contact us to learn more.
  • University of Rochester groups & associations: Depending on where you live or your relationship with the school, you may want to participate in other community activities available at the University, such as:
       -  University Neighborhood Associations, for residents of University housing at Whipple Park, University Park, or Goler House
       -  Simon Partners, available to dependents of Simon School students