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If you are an international student currently living in the United States, you are encouraged to attend Orientation. While not mandatory, Orientation gives you an important head start in preparing for your college career.

We understand, however, that visa and travel restrictions often prevent international students from being able to participate in a summer orientation session. If this is your situation, please continue reading below for information about fall course registration and mandatory training provided by the Office of International Students & Scholars (OISS). If you will not be in the U.S. during summer, you do not need to register on the Orientation reservation system.

Fall Course Registration

International freshman students who are not able to attend Orientation will be registered for their appropriate courses by a college advisor. You can sign in to GOLD after July 15 to see your fall course schedule. Please note that the schedule you receive has been approved by a college advisor and should not be changed or altered without first consulting the college.

International transfer students who are not able to attend Orientation should complete the online orientation course by Friday, August 4 to receive an earlier registration pass time. 

Mandatory CALI Training (Cultural Awareness, Laws, and Immigration Training)

All incoming international students are required to attend mandatory CALI Training (Cultural Awareness, Laws, and Immigration Training), hosted by the Office of International Students & Scholars on September 21 for freshmen and September 22 for transfer students. Please visit the Office of International Students & Scholars website for more information.

Freshman Summer Start Program (FSSP) and International Students

If you are an international student participating in FSSP, we strongly encourage you to attend the Orientation session on August 3-4, which takes place directly prior to the beginning of the program. You can sign up for this Orientation session beginning in mid-May. See the Reserve Your Space section of this website to access the online reservation system.