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MSU International Student Orientation Pre-arrival Information

Posted By: OISS    Published: Saturday, 01 Jun 2013

Dear Future MSU Spartan,

Congratulations on your admission! We look forward to seeing you at International Student Orientation. Please read the important tips below to help plan your arrival to Michigan State University in August. You can find a helpful pre-arrival checklist on the admissions portal by logging in at
Also, the OISS orientation webpage has answers to commonly asked questions at

Immigration Matters
If you have paid your MSU Advanced Enrollment Deposit (AED), please be assured that your Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or DS-2019) is being created or is in international mail. 

Make sure you have taken steps to apply for your student visa. It is best to check the website of the U.S. consulate nearest you to verify what is required for a visa stamp: 

When you travel, make sure that you are carrying your passport, including your U.S. visa stamp (except for Canadians), and MSU Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or DS-2019) with you. 

Please make your travel plans and flight arrangements according to the start date listed on your immigration document. As an international student, you can enter the U.S. only 30 days prior to the program start date printed on your Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or DS-2019).

Move in to your residence hall or university apartment

August 17, 2013, is the first day that you will be able to move into your residence hall. August 1st is the first day that you can move in Spartan Village and August 19th to University Village. For more housing information visit: A hostel will be available in Mason and Abbot Halls starting August 15, 2013, for new international students arriving to East Lansing early. The cost for the hostel will be $16 per night, which will be charged directly to each student's account. Students will be assigned to rooms as they arrive, and reservations will not be necessary. Dining will be available in The Gallery at Snyder Phillips for purchase at the door. No meal plan will be available during those two days. For more information about the hostel, please contact 517-355-6437.

Please refrain from arriving prior to the opening of the hostel if possible. If you must arrive before August 15th, you will need to book a hotel at your own cost. Also, note that only students can stay in the hostel and residence hall. Family members must reserve a hotel room. For early move-in information, visit:

August 18-23, 2013 - REQUIRED International Student Orientation (ISO)

International Student Orientation (ISO) is where you will be officially welcomed to the university, learn important details at mandatory presentations on a variety of topics (immigration, healthcare, laws and safety, campus and online resources, how to enroll in courses, etc.), complete government check-in as well as tuberculosis (TB) screening, and meet the staff from several campus offices, including the Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS). You will also meet domestic and international peer mentors who were recently in your shoes and are eager to share their knowledge of MSU and the Greater Lansing Area with you. Attendance will be taken at all required events and there will be consequences for missing any part of mandatory orientation for undergraduate students.
Regularly admitted undergraduate students are required to attend at 8:30 am on August 19 at the Breslin Center. Provisionally admitted undergraduates are required to take the MSU English Language Test (MSUELT) and must arrive at 8 am on August 18 in Wells Hall.

Details about orientation are available at

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