Frequently Asked Orientation Questions
When should I arrive to campus?
New International Students can move in to their assigned residence hall 24 hours a day starting January 2, 2013. Please refer to the following link for more information on early arrival housing: Early Arrival Housing Schedule. International Student Orientation (ISO) begins at 10 am on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at the Delia Koo International Center Room 115. Please see the schedule and other helpful pre-arrival information on our website and plan accordingly: International Student Orientation: International Student Orientation
Do you have an online pre-departure checklist?
Please read our Pre-Arrival Information document (PDF)* for information on a wide array of topics that should answer most of your questions regarding housing, orientation, English language requirements, visa issues, etc.
Can I move into my room before January 2, 2013?
No, your assigned room will not be available until January 2, 2013. You can also refer to the list of local hotels.
Housing Assignment Questions?
Please make sure you have paid your Advanced Enrollment Deposit (AED) and requested a housing assignment before departing your home country. Please refer to this link for more information on early arrival housing: Early Arrival Housing Schedule.
Then, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org if you have housing questions
University Apartments Questions?
You will need to contact your apartment manager to arrange early move-in if possible.
Spartan Village Apartments: 517-355-9550
University Village Apartments: 517-355-7480
I want to book my flight or make travel plans. What is the best way to get to MSU?
Because there are no direct international flights to the Greater Lansing area, you are encouraged to arrange a connecting flight from a major airport such as Detroit or Chicago to the Lansing Capital City airport (LAN). Taxi service is available from the Lansing airport to the university. For more information about getting to campus, see our transportation page.
Does OISS provide rides from the airport to residence halls?
OISS is exploring options for providing transportation from the Lansing Capital City Airport (LAN) and the Michigan Flyer East Lansing Marriott Hotel Destination to local hotels and the MSU campus. Please check your MSU email in the following weeks for more details. Greeters will be at the airport to meet you and help you if you have any problems. Campus is a quick and affordable taxi ride from the Lansing airport, and taxis are available from the baggage claim area.
I have already booked my flight to arrive after International Student Orientation (ISO). What should I do?
Please make every effort to attend the International Student Orientation (ISO). If you absolutely cannot attend, then you must come to the OISS office (105 International Center) during our office hours (Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm) as soon as possible. You will need to bring your original passport, Certificate of Eligibility I-20/DS2019, and I-94 card to complete your government check-in. You will receive orientation information and instructions on where to go next. You may also want to email OISS at email@example.com and request that we email you a "late arrival letter" to assist you with your visa application and/or arrival into the U.S.
Will someone be available to check me into my residence hall late at night?
Yes. Front desk staff at your residence hall will be available 24 hours a day to check you in and help you get settled into your room from January 2, 2013.
How do I get an MSU ID?
In order to obtain your MSU ID at the ID office (International Center Room 170), you will need to bring your Acceptance Letter with your PID number (starts with the letter A), and your passport (original copy).
When can I sign up to take the MSU English Language Test?
You have or will receive a link by which to sign up for the MSU English Language Test (MSUELT). After you log onto this link, you will get a test ticket, which you must print out and bring with you to the MSUELT. You should also bring two forms of photo identification (your passport and student ID are the common forms of ID). You cannot bring coats, jackets, backpacks, cell phones, or other devices into the test with you.
The test is a paper and pencil test with sections in Listening, Reading and essay writing.
For information on minimum English proficiency requirements, see link: http://admissions.msu.edu/admission/international_requirements.asp
Students who do not meet these requirements should expect to enroll in English language classes for 1-3 semesters. For more information, please see Frequently Asked Questions for Provisionally Undergraduate Students or email firstname.lastname@example.org the English Language Center if you have further questions.
How and when must I pay tuition?
Please see the Controller’s Office webpage for information on tuition/billing and other related questions: http://www.ctlr.msu.edu/COStudentAccounts/ebillQuestions.aspx
If you do not find the answer to your questions after reading all of the above information, email email@example.com.
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