Orientation

Welcome, new international students!

Spring 2019 Orientation: Wednesday, January 23rd - Friday, January 25th

  • 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

Check-in must be completed prior to the orientation program on Wednesday, January 23rd, and you must bring your passport, Form I-20, electronic I-94 record, official academic documents and any other items previously requested to check-in.

ORIENTATION

All students must report to the Orientation Welcome on Thursday, January 24th at 8 AM in room 207 of the Bowen Thompson Student Union. Undergraduate and graduate students will have different programming and some activities may continue through Sunday, January 27th, 2019, and these are typically held from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

LATE ARRIVALS

Students who receive their visa late and are unable to arrive in time to complete check-in on the last available date of Wednesday, January 23rd, 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.

HOUSING

For students living on-campus, housing will be available starting on Monday, January 21st, 2019.  For students living off-campus, there will be no temporary housing. For a list of different hotels in the BG area please click here.

MEALS

Dining options on campus are limited prior to the first day of classes on Monday, January 28th, 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.

TRANSPORTATION TO BGSU

BGSU provides a shuttle from Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) for new students at no additional charge. The shuttle for the Spring 2019 semester will be on Monday, January 21st and January 22nd. Registration for shuttle transportation is done as part of the confirmation of arrival and orientation plans here.

WELCOME PACKET

As an additional resource, please see our Welcome Packet for new students. This provides information on obtaining your F-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
*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.
  • 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.