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Frequently Asked Orientation Questions

When should I arrive to campus?
New international students who have confirmed residence hall reservations may move into their halls as early as 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 7, 2015 for 24 hours a day.  Please refer to the following link for more information on early arrival housing: Early Arrival Housing Schedule. REQUIRED International Academic Orientation Program (IAOP) is January 8-9, 2015. Please see the schedule and other helpful pre-arrival information on our website and plan accordingly: IAOP

Do you have an online pre-departure checklist?
All undergraduate students should frequently check the list of required steps before arrival on the Admissions Portal Application Status log in page at http://beaspartan.msu.edu Other information including orientation updates on various topics can be found at http://oiss.isp.msu.edu/students/orientation/

Can I move into my room before January 7, 2015?
No, your assigned room will not be available until January 7, 2015. You may refer to the list of local hotels, if you require housing prior to January 7, 2015.

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: liveon@msu.edu 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?
There are no direct international flights to the Greater Lansing area. The closest airport to MSU is the Lansing Capital City airport (LAN). Taxi service is available from the Lansing airport to the university. If your final flight arrives in Detroit, make sure you book a Michigan Flyer bus to East Lansing in advance at http://www.michiganflyer.com. For more information about getting to campus, see our transportation page.

Does OISS provide rides from airport to residence halls?
OISS is unable to provide transportation from airport. However, MSU campus is a quick and affordable taxi ride from the Lansing airport, and taxis are available outside the baggage claim area.

I have already booked my flight to arrive after International Academic Orientation Program (IAOP). What should I do?
International Academic Orientation Program (IAOP) is REQUIRED for undergraduate students. Graduate students must consult with their departments about requirements. If you absolutely CANNOT arrive by the start of IAOP, you must email OISS in advance and ask for a “late arrival letter.”¬† You will be asked to complete a form explaining your reason for being late and your arrival date. Once you arrive, 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 and Certificate of Eligibility I-20/DS2019 to complete your government check-in. You will receive orientation information and instructions on where to go next.

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 8:00 a.m. January 7, 2015.

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). Undergraduate students should upload their ID photo in advance in the Admissions Portal http://beaspartan.msu.edu

When can I sign up to take the MSU English Language Test?
Provisionally admitted undergraduate students should sign up for an English test date and time when creating your personal orientation schedule in the Admissions Portal: http://beaspartan.msu.edu. Bring a printed copy of your schedule to your test time. 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 elc@msu.edu 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 oiss@msu.edu.