International Student and Scholar Services

New student orientation runs from Monday, August 12 - Thursday, August 15, 2013. Orientation is mandatory for all incoming international students. You must register and complete immigration check-in during the specified times on the first day of orientation.

Please bring:
-your I-20 or DS-2019
-passport and visa
-local St. Louis address
-all documents above for each dependent (spouse or children), if applicable

Please note: Session topics, times, and dates are subject to change.

Monday, August 12 – Thursday, August 15, 2013
*all activities are mandatory unless noted otherwise

 

Date

Time & Location

Session

Who attends?

Monday, August 12

8:30am-9:30am

Orientation Registration

Breakfast Buffet

MSC 3rd floor Century Rooms

All students

You must register at this time

9:30am-10am

Welcome to UMSL

MSC 3rd floor Century Rooms

All students

10am-10:20am

Immigration check-in

MSC 3rd floor Century Rooms

All students

You must check in at this time

10:20am-10:45am

Small group meetings

 Orientation leaders

MSC 3rd floor small rooms

All students

10:45am-12pm

American Classroom Culture

MSC 3rd floor Century Rooms

All students

12pm-1pm

Lunch Plenary

MSC 1st floor The Nosh

All students

1pm-3pm

 

English for Advanced Purposes Placement Test

Clark Hall 317

All students who are required to take the test

3pm-6pm

 

English Oral Assessment

15-minute interviews

Clark Hall 317

All students who are required to take the test

3pm-6pm

Campus Tours

Welcome Center Tour Guides

Depart every hour from MSC 3rd floor

All students

Family members also welcome

3pm-6pm

 

Conversation groups (optional)

MSC 3rd floor small rooms

Open to all students

7pm

 

Outings in St. Louis (optional)

Dinner & shopping in the Loop

Dinner & shopping at Galleria mall

*departing from MSC bookstore*

Open to all students

*sign up during sessions

 

Tuesday, August 13

9am-10am

Technology Working Session

MSC 3rd floor SGA Chamber

All students; bring your laptop and/or smartphone if you have one

10am-11am

Maintaining Your J-1 Legal Status

MSC 3rd floor SGA Chamber

All J-1 Students

Maintaining Your F-1 Legal Status

MSC 3rd floor Century Rooms

All F-1 and H-4 students

11am-12pm

UMSL Academics for Undergrads

MSC 3rd floor  Century Rooms

All undergraduate students

UMSL Academics for Grads

MSC 3rd floor SGA Chambers

All graduate students

12pm-1pm

Lunch

your choice; not provided

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1pm-5pm

Graduate Student Conference

MSC Century Rooms

All graduate students

Scavenger Hunt

Meet at MSC bookstore

All undergraduate students

evening

International House Welcome Party (optional)

Open to all students

Wednesday, August 14

 

 

 

 

9:00-10:30

Health and Wellness

MSC Century Rooms

All students

Life as an international spouse in the U.S. (optional)

MSC small rooms

Open to students’ spouses

*children are welcome but childcare is not provided

10:30-11:00

Meet & Greet Coffee Break (optional)

MSC 3rd floor Atrium

Open to all students and spouses

*children are welcome but childcare is not provided

11:00-12:30

Life on Campus and in St. Louis

MSC Century Rooms

All students

12:30pm -1:30pm

Lunch

your choice; not provided

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1:30pm -2:30pm

Your Rights and Responsibilities

MSC Century Rooms

All students

2:30pm -3:30pm

Money Matters

MSC Century Rooms

All students

3:30pm-4pm

Flash sessions – you choose

MSC 3rd floor small rooms

All students

Choosing a cell phone plan

 

Driver’s licenses

Wednesday, August 14

(continued)

Scholarship details

 

Honors College

Internships – OPT & CPT

 

Tips for academic success 

A comparison of Chinese and American cultures (in Chinese)

Writing emails to professors

Supporting your spouse and/or children

Getting an on-campus job

4pm-4:30pm

Flash sessions repeat – you choose

MSC 3rd floor small rooms

All students

4:30-5pm

Closing Remarks

MSC 3rd floor Century Rooms

Receive ID cards

Receive UMSL t-shirts

Receive Metrolink passes

Unveiling of photography project

All students

5-6pm

Oak Hall

Weeks of Welcome (WOW)

Kickoff Event and Dinner

Open to all undergraduate students

6:30pm

Oak Hall

WOW Kickoff

Open to all students

7pm-10pm

Mark Twain

Play Fair

Open to all students

Thursday, August 15

8am-11am /

4pm-6pm

Class registration appointments

All students