International Student Orientation

August 22-31, 2016

The Center for International Education coordinates orientation for all incoming international students. This program provides new international students with tools to adjust to the American educational environment. New students will receive an email with orientation registration information. 

Orientation is mandatory and includes the following topics and activities: 


  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. United States education system:  introduction to US academic life, classroom culture, plagiarism, Salem State University Code of Conduct, and student social life
  3. Cross-cultural communication and relationships: culture shock, American values, stereotypes, and intercultural communications
  4. Campus resources:  tour the campus and meet representatives from many university departments
  5. Health insurance and immunizations: sign up for required health insurance and meet with Salem State Counseling and Health Services
  6. Account set-up: open email and university student portal account, receive student ID card (ClipperCard), open bank account
  7. Class registration and tuition payment plans
  8. Off-campus activities: shopping trips, tours of Salem and Boston, and other excursions


New international undergraduate and graduate students 

In addition to attending the international student orientation, matriculated undergraduate and graduate students must also attend the orientation related to their specific academic programs. 

Undergraduate freshman orientation

Transfer orientation 



Graduate student orientation

International Student Fees


Option 1: Orientation fee for commuter-- $250 (includes lunch every day for two weeks and program expenses including trips to Salem and Boston)

Option 2 - Orientation fee - $400  (includes one week campus housing, all meals for week one; lunch only for week two, and program expenses including trips to Salem and Boston) 

 Option 3 - Orientation fee for residential student-- $500 (includes on-campus housing, all meals, and program expenses including trips to Salem and Boston, this option is for students who will live in residents hall through the academic year) 


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