What is International Student Orientation?
The University of Minnesota, Morris’s International Student Orientation (ISO) is held prior to New Student Orientation in order for international students to recover from travel, often from across the globe. International Student Orientation also offers sessions that address health and medical insurance issues, programs about cultural adaptation, weather adjustment, and liberal arts education, as well as informational sessions about U.S. systems that many international students are not familiar with or are very different from their home country. This program prepares international students to successfully transition to being a student at Morris. Students will be introduced to the rigorous academic experience that awaits them through meetings with their faculty adviser and registering for classes. You will learn about Morris’s array of co-curricular opportunities, resources, and services for students will be highlighted. During ISO, Students will build relationships with other students, faculty, and administrators.
All new international students are expected to attend and participate in International Student Orientation.
What are the dates of the program?
For students beginning their time at Morris in Fall 2016, the International Student Orientation program begins on Wednesday, August 16, and ends on Friday, August 20, 2016. Please plan on arriving on International Student Arrival Days, August 14 or 15, 2016. If you arrive prior to the 14th, housing and/or meals may not be available.
All International Student Orientation students are expected to participate in New Student Orientation. The Office of Student Activities will provide all students with information about orientation activities.
What kinds of activities are planned? What can I look forward to?
The program differs from year to year. However, International Student Orientation generally offers sessions that address health and medical insurance issues, programs about cultural adaptation, weather adjustment, and liberal arts education, as well as informational sessions about U.S. systems that many international students are not familiar with or are very different from their home country. Community building and social events are held throughout so that new students get to know each other and Morris faculty and staff. Students also have a chance to go shopping and take care of banking needs.
How can I register for the program?
You are expected to attend, but in order for us to account for everyone during their travel and for emergency purposes, you must complete the Arrival and International Student Orientation Registration form.
Do I have to pay for International Student Orientation?
The orientation program is free of charge, but you will have an additional charge on your meal plan to allow you to eat in the dining hall during orientation. Additionally, there will be some optional fee based activities that you may want to participate in. Some examples may be movies, shopping or field trips.
Who can attend International Student Orientation?
- All international students on an F-1 visa
- All international exchange students on an F-1 visa
I’m arriving at Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) International Airport on arrival days for international students, how do I get to Morris?
If you arrive on August 16 or 17, 2013, International Student Orientation schedules a free shuttle to Morris! Current students will be at the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport (MSP) to greet and welcome you to Minnesota and to Morris.
How can I join the free shuttle service to Morris for International Student Orientation?
- Register for International Student Orientation »
- Arrive on International Student Arrival Days, August 16 or 17, 2013 (there is no pick up at the airport on other days).
- Arrive at the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport (MSP).
What if I cannot arrive on the International Arrival Days
If you arrive on another day, you can arrange transportation »
Will my room or dorm be open for me when I arrive for International Student Orientation?
As an International Student Orientation participant, special arrangements will be made for your keys to be given to you on International Students Arrival Days, August 16 or 17, 2013. You will be allowed to stay in your room!
What if I’m arriving earlier? Can I get into my room?
No. Your room will only be ready on International Student Arrival Day. Please plan to arrive on campus on August 16 or 17, 2013, otherwise you can make private lodging arrangements in town and come to campus on International Student Arrival day.
“The orientation was awesome. It was helpful to meet new friends, learn about the Morris campus and the U.S.A. I especially thought the ELS program was effective. We were able to practice participation in classes before starting real semester began. It reduced my fear to be active in class. Without orientation, it might be hard to adapt to school life. It was the most helpful part of being in Morris.”
—Ji Youn Lee ’11, English major
Exchange Student from Yonsei University in Korea
“I thought orientation, was great because, I got to know a lot of friends from different countries and made lasting friendships also orientation taught me about the history of the school and it helped me get to know my professors and school officials better. ”
—Anu Dissanayake ’10, chemistry major