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International Orientation

Attendance is Mandatory:
All new F-1 visa holding international students must attend International Orientation in order to fulfill the F-1 visa requirement of reporting to the educational institution. International Orientation is typically held approximately two weeks before the first day of the semester. The exact dates of International Orientation will be provided in your admission letter.

Upcoming International Orientation: 

  • Summer 2016 Admits: Summer 2016 International Orientation will take place on June 15, 2016 from 1:00-5:00pm. Please plan accordingly.

  • Fall 2016 Admits: Fall 2016 International Orientation will take place on both August 22 & 23, 2016. Please plan accordingly.
    • Monday, August 22: Arrive to the Truax campus promptly at 11:45am. A light lunch will be provided. The orientation events will end at 5:00pm. Room TBD.
    • Tuesday, August 23: Arrive to the Truax campus promptly at 11:45am. No lunch provided this day. The orientation events will end by 4:30pm. Room TBD.

If you will be arriving from abroad, please arrive by the weekend of August 19th to allow for any unexpected travel delays and to adjust to the time differences and fatigue caused by travel and jet-lag. 

Need to take the COMPASS Placement Test yet? The last available exam time starts promptly at 8:30am on August 22 with the exam ending shortly before International Orientation begins. You must register for the COMPASS test prior.

A $50 orientation fee will be charged upon admission. An additional $50 will be charged to any student who does not attend orientation without prior approval from the Center for International Education.

What to Expect:
International Orientation for Fall and Spring semesters takes place over the course of two days. Attendance is required on BOTH days, so plan to arrive promptly and stay for the entire program each day. The topics covered during International Orientation include, but are not limited to:

  • How to maintain legal F-1 visa status
  • How to be successful in a U.S. classroom
  • How to get involved in activities on campus
  • Aspects of U.S. culture and cultural adjustment
  • Campus resources such as tutoring, academic advising, cafeteria options, the bookstore, etc.
  • Class registration assistance from academic advisors
  • How to use the required F-1 student group health insurance plan

International Student Welcome Reception:
You are strongly encouraged to attend the International Welcome Reception on the first day of the international orientation program. In addition to refreshments and prizes, you will be greeted by current students, faculty, staff, and administrators of the college who are attending the Welcome Reception to meet you. This is a great opportunity to begin getting to know other people on campus.

Additional Orientation Events for All Students:
In addition to International Orientation, you are strongly encouraged to participate in both of the following new student events.

  1. Advising & Registration
    At an Advising and Registration session you will meet with your academic advisors, plan your academic career, receive personalized assistance with enrolling in classes, and begin to meet students and instructors in your program of study. For more information and to register to attend a session, visit the Advising & Registration page.
  2. Wolfpack Welcome
    This event will be held shortly before the semester begins. At WolfPack Welcome, new students will be able to learn about the college and how to access free services such as tutoring, the library, how to meet with your program faculty for final preparations, and to meet other staff members who are available to assist you during your program at Madison College. Register to attend WolfPack Welcome!