International Orientation Dates for spring 2015:
Arrival Dates: January 12 and 13, 2015
Orientation: January 14 - 16, 2015
First Day of Classes: January 20, 2015
Once the student cofirms their flight arrival information with the ISSS office, a staff member is assigned to meet the students at the International Airport in Rochester, New York.
Upon arrival, students are driven to the Geneseo Campus and move into their residence halls. There will be volunteers to help students find their assiged room and help them move in. The ISSS office has limited supply of bed linens for students to borrow for the first few days when they arrive. During the first day of orientation, students are taken shopping where they are able to purchase linens, room supplies and decorations of their choice.
Service of orientation
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., to assist students with the pratical steps involved in applying for a visa and to advise students what to pack to come live in Geneseo.
Orientation does not end when classes begin. Throughout the semester, the ISSS office and ESOL department together offer special programs and workships designed to ease the adjustment into Geneseo. Upon arrival, the "formal" orientation program inludes presentations on the American classroom and American culture. Other topics include legal information and availability of ESOL courses. Part of orientation is dedicated to shopping for room and study necessities. Geneseo student and staff members escort new international students to the shopping malls to explain the pricing schemes used in the U.S. and suggest the best purchase students can make.