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: 

  • Fall Admits: Fall 2015 International Orientation was held on August 19 & 20, 2015. All new international students must make up any days that were missed with the Center for International Education.
  • Spring Admits: Spring 2016 International Orientation will take place the week of January 11, 2016. Please plan accordingly.

If you will be arriving from abroad, please arrive at least one full day before the first day of International Orientation to allow for any unexpected travel delays and to adjust to the time differences and fatigue caused by travel and jet-lag.

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, which immediately follows the second 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 Social 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!