International Student Orientation


Fall 2024 Orientation: 

Please note, our plans for mandatory International Student Orientation may be subject to change as needed, based on unforeseen circumstances.

  • The MANDATORY Fall 2024 International Student Orientation will take place Wednesday, August 21st.  All new international students are required to arrive to the Bowling Green State University campus no later than Tuesday, August 20th.
  • 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 spring 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

Orientation Topics

Topics Covered During Orientation

  • 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 and Exchange Students should be currently registered for classes. Please contact us with any questions regarding your schedule.
  • Passport
  • Visa
  • I-94 (may be printed from this website)
  • 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 and 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.

Updated: 05/13/2024 04:00PM