International Orientation Dates for Spring 2014:
Arrival Dates: January 13th and 14th.
Orientation: January 15th and 16th.
First Day of Classes: January 21st.
Spring 2014 Applications are due by November 1st.
Fall 2013 International Orientation Photos...
Once students confirm their flight arrival information, a member of the International Students & Scholar Services Office is assigned to meet the student at the International Airport in Rochester, New York.
Upon arrival, students are driven to the Geneseo Campus and move into their residence halls. The ISSS Office furnishes each new student with the options of using sheets, a blanket, and towels for the first few days on campus. During orientation students are able to purchase the bed linens and room decorations of their choice.
SERVICES OF ORIENTATION
Orientation begins long before students arrive on-campus. Once a student confirms his/her intention of coming to Geneseo, information packets are mailed with:
The goal of these information packets is to provide a description of American values and behaviors to set students' expectations about life in the U.S.A., and to assist students with the practical steps involved in applying for a visa and packing to come to live at Geneseo.
- instructions on applying for a visa
- readings on American culture
- checklists of things to do before leaving home
- checklists of items to hand carry to the U.S.
Upon arrival the "formal" orientation program includes presentations on the American classroom and American culture.
Part of orientation is dedicated to shopping for room and study necessities. Experienced Geneseo students and staff escort new international students to the shopping malls to explain the pricing schemes used in the U.S. and suggest the best purchases students can make.
Orientation does not end with the start of the semester. Special programs, designed to ease the adjustment to Geneseo, are offered throughout the semester.