Completing ISO and ISS Check-in

International Student Orientation (ISO)

You will complete ISO online on Canvas, the University’s online learning platform.

To access the Fall 2021 ISO course in Canvas:

  1. Enroll in the ISO by using this link: This will automatically enroll you in the course once you have logged in with your NetID.
  2. You should see a Dashboard for courses. If the ISO course do not automatically appear, click the Courses icon on the left menu and a list of courses should appear.
  3. Find the course titled “International Student Orientation” and click on it.
  4. Click and read “Introduction” and continue by clicking the “Next” button on the bottom right corner. Follow the instructions to complete units.

How to Know When You Are Done

To check if you have completed your ISO, make sure that you have finished all four units. Go to the “Grades” section and print a pdf of your grades. Submit this pdf in Terra Dotta as part of the ISS Check-in.

ISS Check-in

ISS check-in requires you to scan and upload your immigration documents to your Terra Dotta

  • You will upload a copy of your form I-20 or DS-2019, passport, F-1 or J-1 visa and I-94 arrival record
As an F-1/J-1 student at UW-Madison, Terra Dotta is your student immigration portal where you can submit I-20/DS-2019 record updates and requests.To access Terra Dotta, please review the steps below:
  • Log in to MyUW using your NetID and password.
  • Search for “Terra Dotta”. Add Terra Dotta to home.
  • Open Terra Dotta. If you are prompted to log in to Terra Dotta, use your NetID and password.

Please note that in order to submit your ISO & ISS Check-in, you must upload copies of your immigration documents including yourI-94, which you will only have after entering the U.S. 

To complete required ISS-Check-in in Terra Dotta:

  • Log in to your Terra Dotta portal using your NetID and password
  • Click on “Search Forms by Category”
  • Click on “Incoming Students”
  • Select the term that matches your I-20 or DS-2019 program start date. For example, 08 September 2021 is Fall, 2021.
  • Complete all action items in the Instructions.