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Orientation

New International Graduate Students Fall 2014

Thursday, August 14, 2014

  • Mandatory new student check in to Suite 219 University Hall from 9:00am-5:00pm

Friday, August 15, 2014

  • Mandatory international student orientation from 8:00am-5:00pm

New International Undergraduate Students Fall 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014

  • Mandatory new student check in to Suite 219 University Hall from 9:00am-5:00pm

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • Mandatory international student orientation from 9:30am-5:00pm

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • Mandatory international student orientation from 8:00am-5:00pm

Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Mandatory Orientation
  • Freshman and Transfer Degree seeking students must attend SOAR from 7:30am-5:00pm
  • Guest and Exchange Students must attend SOAR from 7:30am-11:00am
  • Guest and Exchange Students must attend afternoon programming from 1:00pm-3:00pm

ALL New International and International Transfer Students Spring 2015

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

  • Mandatory new student check in to Suite 219 University Hall from 9:00am – 5:00pm

Thursday, January 8, 2015

  • Mandatory international student orientation from 8:00am -5:00pm

Friday, January 9, 2015

  • Mandatory international student orientation from 8:00am – 5:00pm
  • Course Registration for Undergraduates
  • Graduates Meet with Departments as required

Orientation is mandatory for all students that have not attended BGSU.
There is a $100 Orientation Fee for all students even if you have not attended mandatory orientation.

ALL New International and International Transfer Students Summer 2015

June 2015 TBA

  • Mandatory new student check in to Suite 219 University Hall from 9:00am-5:00pm

June 2015 TBA

  • Mandatory International student orientation from 8:00am-5:00pm

June 2015 TBA

  • Mandatory international student orientation from 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Course registration for undergraduates
  • Graduates meet with departments as required

Please bring your passport, Form I-20, visa, and I-94 with you to the orientation all three days. We are looking forward to having you with us!

For more information about orientation, please check our website:

Topics covered during orientation:

Visa and immigration information
Navigating campus technology
Campus safety and resources
Getting involved at BGSU

Note:
International student orientation is mandatory
Therefore, all students will be charged the $100 orientation fee regardless of attendance to cover the costs of initial processing and registration of your immigration documents and compliance with Federal regulations.

What to do before you arrive:

  1. Pay your I-901 fee, if needed
    1. After you receive your Form I-20, check it carefully for accuracy.  If there is any inaccuracy, please contact iss@bgsu.edu immediately with your concerns.
    2. Pay your I-901 fee before your visa appointment.  Check the USCIS website here for how to make this payment.
  2. Activate your BGSU Email Account and Portal
    1. Activate your BGSU email account at this link.
    2. If you have any questions about your MyBGSU account or portal, please check our website for more information here.
  3. Health information:
    1. Please bring any copies of immunization records that you may have with you.
    2. You will meet our Health Professionals during Orientation for Health screening and clearance as required by Federal Law.
  4. Arrange for Housing and Airport Pickup

Temporary Housing for FALL 2014 Notice

Students that are required to live on campus may check in to the residence hall beginning August 12, 2014.  You must sign up for temporary housing prior to arrival.  Please contact reslife@bgsu.edu to sign up for temporary housing with your full name and BGSU ID number in the email.

All temporary housing is $25 per day.

No linens are provided in temporary housing.

Students will move in to their permanent assignments on August 17, 2014.

Arrival and housing:
  • Airport Arrival Form
  • Undergraduate Housing Information
  • Graduate Housing Information - Off Campus (on campus graduate housing is filled for Fall 2014)
For directions to Bowling Green:
  • Detroit Metropolitan Airport
  • Toledo Express Airport
  • Toledo Greyhound Station
  • Toledo Amtrak Station
  • Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport
What to bring to Orientation:
  • Passport
  • Visa
  • I-94 (may be printed from this website: (Here)
  • I-20 (may be stamped) or DS-2019 (may be stamped)
  • Insurance information if you have any
  • Any transcripts, syllabi, and course descriptions if you are transferring
Paying your Tuition and Fees

It is easy to pay your tuition and fees online, be prepared to pay your bill when you register for class. Please make sure that you have enough cash or money order to pay some initial expenses when you arrive to BGSU. Graduate students that receive stipends should expect to have at least some funds available upon your arrival for housing and utility deposits and basic expenses for living. You will not receive your first stipend payment until approximately the middle of the first month of the semester.

Check the BGSU Bursar website for information about how much you will pay for tuition and fees.

There are several options for paying your BGSU bill listed on this website.

Banking information:

PNC Bank at BGSU