Orientation for International Students is a program intended to welcome and introduce new students to UMass Dartmouth and often the United States itself.
Spring Orientation is Thursday, January 23, 2014
The University requires all new international students to attend the International Student Orientation, in addition to the more general Orientation events for all students.
Additional events for new international students include:
- All-graduate student orientation
- New Navitas student orientation
Additional information about Spring 2014 International Orientation will be posted here later in the Fall semester.
Watch for Fall 2014 Orientation information in early Spring.
Before You Leave Your Home Country: Pre-arrival
We have prepared comprehensive pre-arrival information which we strongly urge you to read, and we hope you will find very useful. In addition to this we have also prepared a comprehensive pre-arrival checklist which should help prepare for your departure to the United States.
What is Orientation?
The university requires all new international students, both F-1 and J-1 students, to attend a multi-day International Orientation program. Orientation provides information sessions about the university and life in the U.S. in general. One of the most important things we do at Orientation is review the regulations for maintaining your visa status.
More generally, Orientation is about welcoming new students; introducing them to the culture; showing them the particular services that the university offers; informing students on university policy; and ideally, making new friends.