International Student Orientation
Coming to a new country can be a challenging experience, but with the right preparation it can be exciting and full of opportunities! To assist you with the transition from your home country to Loyola, the Center for International Education requires that all new international students attend the mandatory International Student Orientation.
As you prepare for your journey, we invite you to join our Facebook pages for the Center for International Education, the International Student Association and the International Buddies (inbus) program. You can ask questions and exchange your thoughts with current international students at Loyola.
The orientation covers information that you, as an international student, need to know whether this is your first time in the U.S. or you have studied here already. The orientation also provides a wonderful opportunity for you to meet other international students and it’s a great way for you to begin your Loyola experience.
Monday, August 18, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Mercy Hall Room 301
Tuesday, August 19, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Mercy Hall Room 301 (subject to change)
J-1 Exchange Students:
Thursday, August 21, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Mercy Hall Room 301
Friday, August 22, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Mercy Hall Room 301
Click on the links below to learn more about orientation:
- Introduction to U.S. Academic Life
- Working on campus and in the U.S.
- SEVIS and Immigration - Everything you need to know to stay in-status
- Living in New Orleans
- International Student Association and campus life
- Adjusting to life in the U.S.
- Student Panel: A Practical Guide to living in New Orleans: International students tell you everything you need to know!
- Gain information about your visa type and how to remain in legal immigration status.
- Learn about working on campus and in the U.S.
- Receive information on classes, how to open a bank account, get a SSN, cell phone and much, much more!
- Find out how to adjust to life in the U.S.
- Meet and become friends with other international students and American students.
- Explore the differences and similarities between the academic systems of the United States and the academic system of your home country and gain helpful skills that can help you navigate the U.S. academic system more effectively.
- Become acquainted with places and services on campus.
- Learn about how to get involved with student life at Loyola.
- Discover what makes New Orleans unique, including its culture, music and food.
- Have your questions and concerns answered by people you can trust including current international students at Loyola.
- Diversity awareness and intercultural understanding and appreciation.
- Awareness of the power of prejudice and stereotypes and their impact on teaching and learning and develop some strategies for dealing with this problem.
- To identify from one’s experience behaviors that build trust or break trust across cultures and identify strategies for building trust between cultures on this campus.
Remember, the orientation program is mandatory and you must attend or you will not be allowed to register. For specific times and locations, please check back in June when a detailed schedule will be posted.
Friday, January 3, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Mercy Hall Room 301
All new F-1 degree-seeking students are also required to attend New Student Orientation. You are welcome to attend any of the sessions being held throughout the month of June.
However, if you cannot attend a June session because you live abroad, there will be an orientation in August. Please send an email to Heather Roundtree to reserve a spot at the August orientation.
NOTE: J-1 exchange students and LIEP students are not required to attend New Student Orientation.
The Multicultural Orientation is a free event held for incoming freshman of any racial or ethnic background.
Through a variety of activities, students will have the opportunity to unite, interact, form bonds with one another, explore their similarities as well as their differences, and learn about opportunities to get involved on-campus.
Participants will learn: