All new international students are required to attend the mandatory International Student Orientation in August. The orientation is free and covers a wide range of topics. In addition to a thorough immigration information session, we discuss the following: the specifics of the US college classroom, the essential offices and services on campus, safety and security, health services and insurance, banking, employment, culture shock, and life in Ithaca. Parents and family members are invited to join International Orientation; there is a special session just for the parents.
After the International Orientation, the students will proceed with the August Academic Orientation Program and the Fall Welcome Program of the Office of New Student Programs. There are several summer orientation sessions in June and July – if your child/you are in the Ithaca area, you are welcome to sign up and attend one of them, but you are not required to. For our international students, we hold a special session in August (after the International Orientation). We have reserved slots for everyone in the August Academic Orientation program, there is no need to pre-register.