Welcome New Global Falcons!

Fall 2022 Orientation: Mandatory International Student Orientation will be offered in-person for the Fall 2022 semester.  Please note, our plans for mandatory International Student Orientation may be subject to change as needed, based on unforeseen circumstances.

  • Orientation is mandatory for all students who have not previously attended BGSU.
  • The International Programs and Partnerships staff will continue to send you information about the Fall Semester, it is important that you continue to watch your BGSU email account for information.  
  • There is a $100 Orientation Fee for all students even if you fail to complete the mandatory orientation
  • If English is not your first language, you may be required to complete an English placement assessment and/or take ESOL courses based on your TOEFL/IELTS scores.  These assessments and classes ensure that you have the English language support to be successful as you start your studies at BGSU.  Learn more at www.bgsu.edu/esolplacement.  

Your Next Steps to Prepare for Arrival to BGSU!

1. Register Now for Orientation

    Once you have paid your I-901 SEVIS Fee, take a moment to reserve your post for International Student Orientation!

Undergraduate Student Orientation Registration

Graduate & Exchange Student Orientation Registration

2. Sign-up for the Airport Shuttle Services

    Registration for the free airport shuttle services is now over.  Please visit here for information on how to make your own transportation arrangements. 

3. Sign-up for Temporary Housing (if needed)

    Registration for Temporary Housing is now closed.  Please review information on Temporary Housing here.  

4. Complete your Falcon Health Documents

    As a new international student you are required to enroll in student health insurance and complete an initial health screening.  Take the time now to complete these forms.  We ask you to please complete these forms prior to your arrival to the BGSU campus.

5. Complete the Immigration Basics online course

    Prior to your arrival to campus you will need to complete an online course covering Immigration Basics.  This course will take you about 1 hour to complete and can be accessed here!  This course is NOW available, the deadline to complete will is Friday, August 12th.

6. Submit Your Immigration Documents Electronically

    Upon arrival to campus you will need to upload copies of your signed I-20, visa, passport, and I-94.  All forms can be uploaded here!

7. Complete the F-1 or J-1 Responsibility Form

    In order for International Programs & Partnerships to register your SEVIS record, students need to complete either the F-1 Responsibility Form or the J-1 Responsibility Form (for guest/exchange students only)

Undergraduate F-1 Responsibility Form

Graduate F-1 Responsibility Form

Guest & Exchange Stuent J-1 Responsibility Form

8. Sign-up for for GA Contract Onboarding Appointment (Graduate Students with an Assistantship contract ONLY)

    All new international students who have a contract to work as a Graduate Assistant (GA) are required to meet with BGSU’s Student Employment Services for an onboarding appointment to complete new hire paperwork.  You may sign up for an appointment by visiting this website.

Orientation Schedule Overview

Tuesday, August 16

Undergraduate Students check-in at 9:00am in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union, Ballroom (202B)

Graduate & Guest/Exchange Students check-in at 2:30pm in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union, Ballroom (202B)

  • Official check-in with BGSU’s International Programs & Partnerships
  • Registration for your first semester of classes
  • Meet with the Student Insurance office
  • Resource Fair
  • Picnic Dinner with BGSU administration

Wednesday, August 17

Undergraduate Students 

  • Learn about Bowling Green State University services and connect with current students and staff
  • Meet with your Connections Ambassador who will lead you through orientation and continue as a resource
  • Complete important “to-do” items

Graduate Students

  • Meet with your academic departments

Exchange Students

  • Free this day to get settled and explore your new home!

Thursday, August 18

ALL Students Check-in at 10:00am at the Bowen-Thompson Student Union, Ballroom (room 202)

  • Important information regarding your requirements and responsibilities as an F1 student
  • Meet with fellow new and current Global Falcons
  • Preparation for academic readiness for your first semester
  • Food, games and prizes!

Orientation Topics

  • Visa and immigration information
  • Navigating campus technology
  • Campus safety and resources
  • Getting involved at BGSU
  • Paying your bill

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.

  • Undergraduate Students will be provided instructions for course registration upon arrival to campus.
  • Graduate Students register for classes with their respective Graduate Coordinator.
  • Guest & Exchange Students should be currently registered for classes.  Please contact us international@bgsu.edu with any questions regarding your schedule.
  • 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
  • Financial funds to assist with covering initial living expenses.  More information can be found at Tuition, Fees & Living Costs

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.

Updated: 08/17/2022 04:18PM