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Check-In for Orientation will take place on Wednesday, January 23 from 7:00am- 9:00am in the University Union Old Union Hall. You will receive your Orientation Packet at that time and the full Program for Orientation. Exchange students will receive separate instructions from the Office of International Programs regarding Check-in on Wednesday, January 23.

If you arrive after 9:00am but before 1:00 pm, you will want to go to the University Union Tillman Lobby, Information Desk, to check in.

If you arrive after 1:00pm and are uncertain of where to go, check with the University Police, G-35 Cooper Administration Building (entrance at the rear of building, ground floor), or call 607-777-2393. That office can give you a schedule of events for orientation and will direct you to where you need to go. Orientation events for undergraduate students end at 2:00pm on Friday, January 25.

If you will be a late arrival, you can also check in on Thursday morning, January 24 at the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS). Staff at the ISSS office will be able to direct you.


Spring 2013 Orientation, which includes International Student Orientation, will provide you with information that you won't easily obtain at any other time. International Student Orientation provides essential information on:

Staff from the Office of International Student and Scholar Services will review your immigration documents and sign them. New international students in F-1 or J-1 visa status are eligible for a Social Security Number if they have an on-campus job offer. If you do not have an on-campus job offer, you will be able to apply for a Letter of Ineligibility. We will provide information on where to apply for either a Social Security Number or a Letter of Ineligibility at Orientation. These opportunities are offered only during Spring 2013 International Student Orientation.

Because starting school without adequate preparation may be confusing, Orientation is a very important element in the transition that you will soon be making.

The three days of Spring 2013 International Student Orientation are devoted to your concerns as a new international student. Spring 2013 International Student Orientation provides ample opportunity to meet informally with "veteran" international and U.S. students, learn from their experiences and make new friends. Even if you have attended another U.S. university and participated in an orientation program there, you will find Spring 2013 International Student Orientation extremely useful - and a lot of fun. Each school has different policies and it is essential that you attend the necessary meetings to help you register for appropriate courses. It is much easier to meet people and get things done before everyone gets busy with classes in the Spring.


In addition to University staff and faculty, Orientation Advisers (OAs) and Leadership Volunteers (LVs) help throughout the program to introduce you to the University. The OAs and LVs are current students, international and US citizens, who have participated in extensive training and are valuable sources of information. They serve as your guides, answer your questions, take you on campus tours and lead small-group discussions. They provide friendly faces for you during Orientation. You will be introduced to the OAs and LVs on the first day of the program.

Who's Who in the ISSS Office


New international students are required to take a short English language proficiency examination during Orientation. The exam will be given on Wednesday, January 23, at 11:00am in University Union, Room 209. 

Who needs to take this exam:

1. All conditionally admitted students must take this diagnostic examination, no exceptions.

2. Diagnostic examinations are also required for students who scored:

3. International students who graduated from an American high school must take the writing portion of the exam.

4. International students graduating from an “International School” must take the writing portion of the exam.

5. International students transferring from an American University or College:

New students who have questions about the English Placement Exam should email the director of the English As A Second Language Program at

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Last Updated: 1/19/13