Welcome New Global Falcons!

Spring 2023 Orientation: Mandatory International Student Orientation will be offered in-person for the Spring 2023 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 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

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!   NOW OPEN!  (Undergraduate Exchange students should complete the Graduate & Exchange Student Orientation Registration form)

Undergraduate Student Orientation Registration

Graduate & Exchange Student Orientation Registration

2. Sign-up for the Airport Shuttle Services

    Shuttles will be provided Monday, January 2, 2023- Wednesday, January 4, 2023.  Registration for the free airport shuttle services is NOW OPEN.  (Undergraduate Exchange students should complete the Graduate & Exchange Student Orientation Registration form)  The deadline to register for this FREE airport shuttle service is 5:00p.m. (EST) Wednesday, December 21, 2022.

Undergraduate International Student Airport Shuttle Registration

Graduate & Exchange Intenational Student Airport Registration

3. 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.  The deadline to complete these forms is Monday, January 2, 2023.

4.  Complete ESOL Placement Requirements:

  •     Undergraduate students are required to complete a writing placement assessment by December 15, 2022.  Detailed instructions and the link to start this online assessment can be found on the University Writing Program's website.  
  • Undergraduate students are also required to complete a speaking/listening placement assessment by December 15, 2022.  Detailed instructions are available on Canvas in your mybgsu account.

  • Graduate college minimum requirements are available on the graduate tab of the placement testing website.      
  • Additional classes and/or screening might be required for international graduate students with instructional duties.  Please visit this website for more details.  

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 will be available begining December 3, 2022.  The deadline to complete will is Friday, January 6, 2023.

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 hereThe deadline to complete this form is Friday, January 6, 2023.  

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 Student 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 can register for an onboarding appointment on this website.

Students with assistantships that started on January 3rd, should NOT register for one of these appointments.  You will be contacted to complete this process during the first week of classes.

Orientation Schedule Overview

Wednesday, January 4

All New International Students!

Final Airport Shuttle

Pizza Dinner & Shopping Trip 5:00 PM in 305 University Hall

  • Meet fellow new Falcons
  • Enjoy a FREE pizza dinner
  • a FREE shuttle will transport students to local stores to purchase necessary items

Thursday, January 5
This is a mandatory orientation day for ALL new International Students.  Please plan to be in attendance until 5:30pm.  

Undergraduate Students Check-in at 8:15am at the Bowen-Thompson Student Union, Multipurpose Room (Room 228)

  • Students will officially check-in for International Student Orientation
  • Attend a registration and advising appointment with an academic advisor
  • Complete important “to-do” items

Exchange Students Check-in at 8:15am at the Bowen-Thompson Student Union, Multipurpose Room (Room 228)

  • Students will attend Meet & Greet with Education Abroad Office

Graduate Students Check-in at 8:45am at the Bowen-Thompson Student Union, Multipurpose Room (Room 228)

Friday, January 6

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!

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: 01/04/2023 10:55AM