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International Student Orientation is mandatory for all new students in F-1 and J-1 student status. This includes transfer students.
International Student Orientation will be held Monday, August 15 - Saturday, August 20.
Canadian Student Orientation will be held Monday, August 22.
Orientation will help you to:
- Become familiar with UND and the Grand Forks Community.
- Learn about important academic issues.
- Access necessary campus resources.
- Learn about immigration regulations.
- Learn about health insurance.
- Learn about employment in the U.S.
- Meet other new and returning UND students.
- Experience new cultures.
- Get acquainted with the Office of International Programs and our staff.
What to do BEFORE Orientation
Step 1: Confirm Your Enrollment
To confirm your enrollment, you must pay a $200 non-refundable deposit (undergraduates only) that's applied to your UND bill by the May 1 priority deadline. You must claim your account before you can pay your deposit, and you must pay the full deposit before you can sign up for Orientation, register for classes and receive your housing assignment. Make sure you pay your deposit as soon as possible! Visit the Admitted Students page for more information on paying your deposit. Find step-by-step instructions on how to pay your deposit on Campus Connection here.
Step 2: Register for Orientation
To register for Orientation you must first pay your deposit of $200 (undergraduates only). This deposit will be credited towards your tuition and fees. You can make your reservations online. When registering online you MUST select the Wednesday, August 17th Orientation Date.
Step 3: Register for Early Arrival Housing
Register for Early Arrival Housing online prior to your arrival to UND. Early Arrival Housing allows you to live in your residence hall room assignment when you arrive before school starts to attend Orientation. The Early Move-In Application is available on the Housing website. Please note it is at an additional cost.
Step 4: Submit your Mandatory Immunizations and TB Screening Form
Bring the Mandatory Immunizations and TB Screening Form with you to Orientation! There will be an opportunity for you to turn your form in to a Student Health Services professional at Orientation. If you're unable to turn the form in at Orientation, please send to the address on the form.
What to BRING WITH YOU to Orientation
Make sure you bring the following items to Orientation:
- Your government-issued passport.
- Your Form I-20.
- Your Student ID (EMPLID) card. (If you don't have your Student ID card yet, you'll need to know your Student ID number. This number was provided in your official acceptance letter.)
- If you haven't submitted your completed Mandatory Health Immunizations and TB Screening Form to UND Student Health Services, you need to bring it with you to Orientation. It's highly recommended that you submit it in advance so it can be verified.
- If you plan to transfer college credits or enroll in upper level coursework during your time at UND, you must bring a copy of your college transcript(s) to Orientation to help with your registration for classes.
International Student Orientation
International Student Orientation is mandatory for all students holding F or J student visas (except Canadians: see below). This orientation will address immigration and employment issues and introduce you to U.S. culture and university life. Fall 2016 International Student Orientation is scheduled Monday, August 15th - Saturday, August 20th. You must be present for the whole week. Plan to arrive to UND by Sunday, August 14th at the latest.
Canadian Student Orientation
Canadian Students, like all other international students, must check-in with the Office of International Programs. As Canadian students often don't face as much cultural adjustment as other international students, you only need to attend a short Canadian Student Orientation with the Office of International Programs on the first Monday of the semester (for Fall 2016 this will be Monday, August 22nd from 9 am - 12 pm) to go over your immigration documents, maintaining your status, working in the US, legal considerations, academic success and completing your check-in. Completing a check-in with an International Student Advisor is mandatory.
Graduate School Orientation
The School of Graduate Studies holds orientations for all new graduate students and a special orientation for new Graduate Assistants. The schedule for this orientation is available from the School of Graduate Studies.
New Student Undergraduate Orientation
The New Student Undergraduate Orientation program offers new undergraduate students a chance to get information about classes, faculty and campus, and meet other new students. It's designed to help both incoming freshmen and transfer students make a successful transition to University life.
Fall Welcome Weekend
Welcome Weekend is for all new students in the fall. You're expected to participate in this final step of your orientation before the semester begins. You can move into your residence hall, meet your neighbors, enjoy excellent programming (for families and students) and participate in the fun social activities that will settle you into your new campus home. Admitted students will get more information late in the summer.