An online orientation is mandatory and must be completed prior to your departure.
The goal of this orientation is to provide you with all the information relative to your program and walk you through the steps of your travel and your stay. Some of the subjects covered are: your arrival at the airport and getting through customs, registering for your American Social Security card, your job and salary, taxes, SEVIS registration, insurance, etc..
You will receive an email on how to sign up for this orientation as soon as your DS-2019 is printed. All you have to do is follow the instructions.