Welcome, new international students!

Fall 2019 Orientation: Wednesday, August 14th - Friday, August 16th

  • Orientation is mandatory for all students who have not previously attended BGSU.
  • There is a $100 Orientation Fee for all students even if you fail to attend the mandatory orientation.
  • Confirm your arrival and orientation plans as early as possible by completing this form.
  • If English is not your first language, you will be required to complete an English placement assessment before you will be permitted to register for classes. This test will determine if you need additional English language support to be successful as you start your studies at BGSU. Learn more about the English Placement Assessment by visit this website.


Check-in must be completed prior to the orientation program on Wednesday, August 14th, and you must bring your passport, Form I-20/DS 2019, electronic I-94 record, official academic documents and any other items previously requested to check-in.


All students must report to the Orientation programming starting Thursday, August 15th in the Bowen Thompson Student Union. Undergraduate and graduate students will have different programming and some activities may continue through Sunday, August 26th, 2019, and these are typically held from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.


Students who receive their visa late and are unable to arrive in time to complete check-in on the last available date of Thursday, August 15th, 2019, must complete the Petition for Late Arrival form for consideration. The details on what is considered for late arrivals are included on this form. Both Undergraduate and Graduate students will also need approval from their respective academic advisor or graduate college in order to arrive late to campus.


For students living on-campus, housing will be available starting on Thursday, August 15th, 2019.  For students living off-campus, there will be temporary housing available until Saturday, August 17th at 10:00 AM (extension requests will not be accepted). You must register for Orientation first, using the link above, before you can register for temporary housing. For a list of different hotels in the Bowling Green area please click here.


Dining options on campus are limited prior to the first day of classes on Monday, August 26th, 2019. Fortunately, there are a variety of dining options off-campus available to students at their own cost. For more information on dining at BGSU, please click here.


BGSU provides a shuttle from Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) for new students at no additional charge. The shuttle for the Fall 2019 semester will be on Sunday, August 11th through Wednesday, August 14th. The registration for shuttle transportation is done as part of the confirmation of arrival and orientation plans and will open soon.


As an additional resource, please see our Welcome Packet for new students. This provides information on obtaining your F-1 and J-1 student visa, as well as what to expect as a new BGSU student.

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.
  • 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

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.