International Orientation

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The Center for International Education coordinates and implements orientation for all incoming international students. This program provides new foreign students with tools to assimilate into the U.S. environment.

This orientation is in addition to your freshman or transfer orientation that you must attend to assist you in registering your courses. To sign up for your freshman or transfer orientation, please visit Navigator.

International Student Orientation will be held on Thursday, August 28 to Friday, August 29.

This two-day orientation is mandatory for all international students who will be taking credit classes. The following topics are discussed:

Day One:

1. Immigration: new regulations, working on and off campus, getting social security numbers and a driver’s license, and how to maintain your immigration status.

2. American Classroom: discussion with faculty members about the U.S. educational system, discussion of faculty/student relations, faculty expectations of students, and other faculty and classroom issues and how to get good grades.

3. Cross-cultural communication and relationships: culture shock, American values, stereotypes, and intercultural communications.

Day Two:

  1. Campus Resources – you will meet representatives from many departments on campus, learn about the functions of these departments and learn how these departments can ease your transition to the university: health and health insurance information, safety/campus parking information, financial, tuition payment systems,
  2. Email set up, campus tours, ClipperCard (student ID)
  3. Staff/host families will help you to open a bank account, and can also assist you with shopping for items you need upon arrival.

For more information, contact the Center for International Education at 978.542.6351 or by email at cie@salemstate.edu