Welcome, new international students!

Spring 2020 Orientation: Tuesday, January 21st - Friday, January 24th

  • 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. (Form will be open soon.)
  • 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 Tuesday, January 21st, and you must bring your passport, Form I-20 or DS2019, 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 Wednesday, January 22nd in University Hall. Undergraduate and graduate students will have different programming and some activities may continue through Sunday, January 26th, 2020, 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 Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 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, after the start of classes.


For students living on-campus, housing will be available upon your arrival to campus.  For students living off-campus, there will NO be temporary housing available. 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, January 27, 2020. 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 Spring 2020 semester will be on Monday, January 20th and Tuesday, January 21st. 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.