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Orientation Information

International Orientation Dates for Fall 2014:

Arrival Dates: August 18th and 19th

Orientation: August 20th, 21st, and 22nd

First Day of Classes: August 25th

Fall 2014 Applications are due by June 1st.

Spring 2014 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.


Orientation begins long before students arrive on-campus. Once a student confirms his/her intention of coming to Geneseo, information packets are mailed with:

  • 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
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. 

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.