Welcome, new international students!

Fall 2017 Orientation: Sunday, August 13 – Sunday, August 20, 2017

  • 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.


Check-in must be completed prior to the orientation program on one of the following days, and you must bring your passport, Form I-20, electronic I-94 record, and any other items previously requested to check-in:


All students must report to the Orientation Welcome on Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 8:00 AM in the Ballroom of the Bowen Thompson Student Union. Undergraduate and graduate students will have different programming throughout the week, but in general, activities will continue through Sunday, August 20, 2017, 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 Friday, August 11, 2017, must complete the Petition for Late Arrival form for consideration. The details on what is considered for late arrivals are included on this form. Graduate students will also need approval from their respective graduate college in order to arrive late to campus.


For students living on-campus, housing will be available on Saturday, August 12, 2017.  Temporary housing is available on campus beginning at 8:00 AM on Saturday, August 5th and ending at 10:00 AM on Saturday, August 12th. Temporary housing costs $25 per day and includes linens. Students must register for temporary housing at here.


Dining options on campus are limited prior to the first day of classes on Monday, August 21, 2017. 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 is once per day beginning on Saturday, August 5th and ending on Friday, August 11th. Registration for shuttle transportation is done as part of the confirmation of arrival and orientation plans here.


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
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.