Orientation for International Students is a program intended to welcome and introduce new students to UMass Dartmouth and often the United States itself.
Fall Orientation starts Wednesday, August 28, 2013
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 will be announced at a later date. They will include:
- All-graduate student orientation
- New undergraduate student orientation
- New Navitas student orientation
- All new undergraduate and Navitas students will have Undergraduate Placement Testing (Accuplacer). Accuplacer is a math and writing test that determines what classes a student should take.
Details regarding the location, start time, different sessions, and activities will be announced at a later date. Please check your email or our website often to receive the updated information!
Before You Leave: 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.