Orientation

The Center for International Services hosts the International Students Orientation for incoming matriculated Undergraduate and Graduate International Students.

Fall 2021 International student Orientation dates: 

All international students that are coming to the SU campus for the first time are required to attend International Student Orientation and Syracuse Welcome.

Complete: International students should register for International Student Orientation activities by completing this form.

Complete: International students should navigate the Required Tasks section of the First-Year and Transfer Programs page.

Orientation Schedule:

  • Friday, August 20 - Sunday, August 22
    • International student move-in (No move-in pass needed)
  • Saturday, August 21
    • 11am-12pm: Immigration Essentials Group 1* (Physics Stolkin Auditorium)
    • 12pm-5pm: Shopping shuttle service (College Place bus stop to Destiny and Target)
    • 6pm-8pm: Campus tour & activities (Meet at the Quad)
  • Sunday, August 22
    • 11am-12pm: Immigration Essentials Group 2* (Physics Stolkin Auditorium)
    • 1pm-5pm: Shopping shuttle service (College Place bus stop to Destiny and Walmart)
    • 6pm: Pre-Welcome BBQ (Quad/Goldstein Auditorium)
    • 8pm-10pm: International Student Talent Show (Goldstein Auditorium in Schine Student Center)
  • Monday, August 23
    • 10am-11am: International Student Welcome Session (Goldstein Auditorium in Schine Student Center)
    • 11am-12pm: Immigration Essentials Group 3* (Physics Stolkin Auditorium)
    • 2pm-4pm: Public and Personal Safety (HBC Gifford Auditorium)
    • 8pm: Pre-Orientation Grocery Bingo (HBC Gifford Auditorium)
  • Tuesday, August 24
    • 11am-12pm: Immigration Essentials Group 4* (Physics Stolkin Auditorium)
    • 1pm-2pm: Health and Wellness Resources (HBC Gifford Auditorium, Physics Stolkin Auditorium)
    • 3pm-4pm: Counseling and Healthy Relationships (HBC Gifford Auditorium, Physics Stolkin Auditorium)
    • 5pm-7:30pm: International Student Welcome Dinner (Stadium)
    • 9pm: Outdoor Movie (Quad/HBC Auditorium)
  • Wednesday, August 25
    • 10am-12pm: International Student Success Tips (Goldstein Auditorium in Schine Student Center)
    • 8:30pm: Ice Cream Social (Hendricks Chapel)
    • 9:30pm: Slice is Right Game Show (Stadium)
  • Thursday, August 26 - Sunday, August 29

Please continue to check this page for future updates and schedule details.

*Students will be assigned into groups for Immigration Essentials sessions. Students should go to the Immigration Essentials session for their group only.

Fall 2021 International Graduate Student Orientation dates: 

Thursday, August 19

  • 8:15pm-10pm: Game Night in the Barnes Center
    • An opportunity to socialize with fellow Graduate/Law international students, and to watch or participate in various activities including: eSports, basketball, volleyball, indoor soccer, table tennis, and badminton. Students should bring their SU ID card if they have it

Friday, August 20

  • 8:30am-9:30am: Health and Wellness (Goldstein Auditorium in Schine Student Center)
  • 9:45am-10:45am: Personal and Public Safety (Goldstein Auditorium in Schine Student Center)
  • 11am-12pm: Resources and Tips for International Students (Goldstein Auditorium in Schine Student Center)
  • 12pm-1:30pm: Lunch
  • 1:30pm-3pm: Info Fair (Goldstein Auditorium in Schine Student Center)

Saturday, August 21

Sunday, August 22

Thursday, August 26

Summer 2021 International Graduate Student Orientation dates: 

This Orientation took place in July 2021. New international Graduate students who started classes in July 2021 are invited to participate in the August 2021 Orientation sessions for new Graduate/Law international students.

The Airport Pick-Up pre-registration has been closed for Fall 2021. There are some limited seats from New York city JFK and EWR. Please reach out to Wei Gao at: wgao01@syr.edu on how to sign up.

Available dates with open seats are:

  • August 17: Departure from JFK at: 5:30pm
  • August 20: Departure from JFK at: 7:30am
  • August 20: Departure from EWR at: 9:30am
  • August 21: Departure from JFK at: 7:30am and 10:30pm
  • August 22: Departure from JFK at: 4:30pm
  • August 23: Departure from JFK at: 10:30am
  • August 23: Deaparture from EWR at: 11:30am
  • August 24: Departure from JFK at 10:00am
  • August 24: Departure from EWR at 11:00am
  • August 25: Departure from JFK at 10:30am
  • August 26: Departure from JFK midnight at 12:25am