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Orientation update #2: International Student Orientation program

Posted By: OISS    Published: Monday, 18 Jun 2012

Information for New International Students:

Dear Future MSU Spartan,

We cannot wait to meet you at International Student Orientation (ISO)! Please read the following information about what to expect. Detailed information can be found at ( Please make sure to arrive by August 19th at the very latest so that you will not miss any of the important or fun activities that are planned.

International Student Orientation
On August 20, 2012 at 9:00am, you will register for the required International Student Orientation at the Breslin Center. Check out why you do not want to miss this fantastic program:

Highlighted Orientation Activities include:
Small group time with your peer mentor
Government Check-in
TB screening
Campus tours
Resource and Student Organization fair
Ice cream social and IM Sports
Family festival
Social Security Administration session
Secretary of State Session

Topics you will learn about during orientation include:
Maintaining immigration status
Employment authorization
Travel outside the U.S.
Health insurance and healthcare
What U.S. professors expect
What to expect at the Academic Orientation Program (AOP)
Cultural transitions
Money Issues
Social Security Numbers, Michigan I.D. cards and Driver's Licenses
Having fun in East Lansing

Enrolling in Courses
Eligible undergraduate students
Advising on course selection, graduation requirements, and registration is done by academic advisors. International undergraduate students who have met the English proficiency requirements will meet with academic advisors during the mandatory Academic Orientation Program (AOP) on Wednesday, August 22, 2012. No registration is necessary.

Optional Writing Test
Regularly admitted international students (who did not take the ACT or SAT) may take an optional writing placement exam from 10 a.m. - 12 noon in 108 Bessey Hall, on Saturday, August 18th, 2012. The test will determine whether you belong in WRA 1004/102 Preparation for College Writing (where you would normally be placed) or in one of the required Tier One writing courses (WRA 110-150), for which WRA 1004/102 is the prerequisite. If you are interested in taking this test, please notify Marsha Edington ( by Friday, August 10th, 2012.Undergraduate students with regular admission may take advantage of this opportunity to write a placement essay for writing class placement.

Graduate Students
Graduate students will select courses and meet with an advisor during their department orientation. Contact your department for further information.

Provisionally admitted students
If you are a provisionally admitted student, you will need to take an English Language Proficiency exam upon arrival on campus to determine if you are eligible to enroll in academic courses and attend the Academic Orientation Program (AOP). For answers to common questions regarding provisional admission, please contact
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See you at International Student Orientation on August 20th at 9 am at the Breslin Center! Visit the orientation webpage for more information at: (


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