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Orientation Schedule

Please read carefully, attend all your mandatory sessions, and arrive on time. Prioritize this time to focus on essential learning specific to your international student status.

 

Fall 2024
International Student Orientation
Tentative Schedule of Events

DATE EVENT TIME LOCATION DESCRIPTION
Monday
8/12/2024

AE/
PATHWAY STUDENTS ONLY
Check-In/Breakfast
8:00-9:00am Atrium
State Farm Hall of Business
Make sure to arrive on time. OIE staff will be there to welcome you.

 

AE/
PATHWAY STUDENTS ONLY
IT Activation

9:00-10:00am

Room 016 C/D
State Farm Hall of Business

Get your University Log-in Identification, and learn how to set up WIFI and log into your e-mail and MY Portal.

 

AE/
PATHWAY STUDENTS ONLY
English Language Testing

10:00-11:00am

Room 016 C/D
State Farm Hall of Business

AE and Pathway Students will take their English diagnostic test. This is required to attend classes.

 

AE
STUDENTS ONLY
English Speaking Assessment

1:00-2:00pm

Room 016 C/D
State Farm Hall of Business
AE students will take their English language placement examinations.

 

STUDENTS WITH ON-CAMPUS JOBS ONLY
Human Resources (HR) I-9 Processing

2:00-4:00pm

OIE Lobby
Second Floor, Fell Hall

HR will be available to process I-9s for international students who have already accepted on-campus positions. Don’t forget to bring your original immigration documents with you (Passport, Visa, and I-94)!

 

Get your Redbird Card

3:00-4:00pm

OIE Lobby,
Second Floor, Fell Hall

We will take you to the Redbird Card Office to receive your Redbird Student ID Card.

 

Shopping Trip

5:00pm-7:00pm

OIE Lobby
Second Floor, Fell Hall

We will gather in the OIE lobby to shop for clothing and supplies.  Transportation will be provided.

Tuesday
8/13/2024

Check-In and Breakfast

8:00-8:40am

Prairie Room
Bone Student Center

OIE staff will check you in and make sure you are prepared for the week's activities.
 

Welcome from the OIE Executive Director and University President

8:40-9:00am

Prairie Room
Bone Student Center

Dr. Roopa Rawjee, a former international student herself, will welcome new international students and introduce President Aondover Tarhule to share his remarks.

 

Understanding Your Responsibilities as an F-1/J-1 Visa Student

9:00-10:30am

Prairie Room
Bone Student Center

Join ISSS for this interactive event! Students will learn about their immigration status, and how to stay in good standing!

 

On-Time, Engaged, and Successful at ISU

10:30-12:00pm

Prairie Room
Bone Student Center

Learn about academic expectations, strategies for success, and support services.
 

Welcome Lunch with International Student Panel

12:00-1:30pm

Prairie Room
Bone Student Center

International students and alumni will share helpful tips and advice.  Bring your questions to learn from your peers!

 

Maintaining Your Health & Wellness

1:30-2:30pm

Prairie Room
Bone Student Center

Learn about health resources available to students at Illinois State and discuss how to navigate the health insurance process.

 

Campus Safety and
Emergency Preparedness

2:30-3:30pm

Prairie Room
Bone Student Center

Tornado! Fires! Local Laws? How do campus police support the ISU community?  Get prepared to deal with emergencies and safety matters.

 

Welcome Reception

3:30-5:00pm

Prairie Room
Bone Student Center

Spend the afternoon getting to know faculty, staff, and academic advisors over casual conversations in an informal setting.

Wednesday
8/14/2024

Breakfast/Admissions/Follow-Up Questions

8:00-9:00am

Prairie Room
Bone Student Center

Submit transcripts. Have your questions answered. Start making friends!
  Managing Your Student Account and Finances

9:00-10:00am

Prairie Room
Bone Student Center

Navigate your student account.  Understand your responsibilities.  Learn about payment options. 
  Exploring On-Campus Employment

10:00-11:00am

Prairie Room
Bone Student Center

Review immigration rules about employment, discover ISU Career Services, and learn how to find an on-campus job.

 

Introduction to Social Security and Taxes

11:00-12:00pm

Prairie Room
Bone Student Center

Understand the Social Security Number (SSN) application process and review your responsibilities to the U.S. tax system.

 

Lunch 12:00-1:00pm

Prairie Room
Bone Student Center

Learn about ISU, your fellow redbirds, and win prizes!

 

Conduct and Community Expectations 1:00-1:30pm Prairie Room
Bone Student Center
Make sure you understand the Code of Student Conduct, community rights, and how to become a respectful member of the ISU community.

 

Student Attorney Services 1:30-2:00pm

Prairie Room
Bone Student Center

The ISU Student Attorney will present on legal advising services and available support.
  Student Activities and Engagement 2:00-3:00pm

Prairie Room
Bone Student Center

Discover all of the different co-curricular learning and leadership opportunities available to students at ISU.
 

Campus Tour

3:00-4:30pm Prairie Room
Bone Student Center/
Campus Quad
Join us for a walking tour of campus. Please make sure to wear weather appropriate clothing and shoes!
Thursday
8/15/2024
AE/
PATHWAY STUDENTS ONLY
Academic Presentation
10:00am-12:00pm Room 212
Fell Hall
Learn about your about academic requirements, classes, and textbooks.
 

EXCHANGE STUDENTS ONLY
ISSS Meeting

10:00am-12:00pm

Room 22 H
State Farm Hall of Business

Exchange Students will discuss course registration, bill payment, and academic matters.
Friday
8/16/2024
Assistance with Questions 9:00am-3:00pm Room 202
Fell Hall

Come meet with members of the OIE staff team to answer any individual or case-specific questions.

 

PATHWAY MBA STUDENTS ONLY
Pre-MBA Module

10:00-11:00am

Room 207
Fell Hall

Pathway MBA students will be provided with information on academic support and services and the Pre-MBA module.