Undergraduate International Students 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! Confirm your commitment to BGSU by registering for International Student Orientation now!
(Guest and Exchange Students need to register here.)

Register Now!

2. Sign-up for the Airport Shuttle Services

Shuttles will be provided Monday, August 19 and Tuesday, August 20, 2024. Registration for the free airport shuttle services is now open. The deadline to register for this FREE airport shuttle service is 5 p.m. (EST) Wednesday, August 14, 2024.

Register now!

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. These forms will be available soon. Please complete these forms prior to your arrival to the BGSU campus. The deadline to complete these forms is Wedneday, August 14, 2024.

Coming Soon

4. Complete ESOL and Math Placement Requirements

All students (U.S. and international) must demonstrate English proficiency in Writing and Listening/Speaking before taking university coursework. 

English Proficiency Assessment Overview:

  1. Writing Proficiency:

a.     Placement Test: All new undergraduates are required to take the University Writing Program's (UWP) placement test. This includes international students, who may need to complete additional ESOL writing courses before starting UWP's WRIT courses. Visit the UWP website for detailed placement testing instructions.

b.     Automatic Placement: Students who do not complete the writing placement will be placed in classes based on existing test scores. International students without scores will be enrolled in the lowest-level class. The reassessment option is available at the beginning of each semester for enrolled students.

  1. Listening/Speaking Proficiency:

a.     ESOL Courses: Non-native English speakers may need to enroll in ESOL Listening/Speaking courses.

b.     Course Placement: More information about Speaking/Listening placement is coming soon.

Additional information about placement and test scores can be found on the ESOL website.

Note: you must create your BGSU email account in order to complete placement. Learn more about the ESOL Program, and contact our office with any questions at esolprog@bgsu.edu.

  • New undergraduate international students may also be required to take a math placement test.
    • We determine your math placement by assigning a math placement code to each undergraduate student to ensure you do not enroll in a math class before you are ready. Many math, science and business courses require a minimum math placement code, and even if you don't have to take these courses now, you may need a placement code in the future. So, having an accurate placement code on file is very important. Regardless of your current major, having a math placement code on record will help us guide you as you design your BGSU academic journey.
    • International students who need to take a course that requires a math placement or prerequisite course for enrollment may need to take the math placement test if they do not have both an ACT/SAT math score and a high school GPA on file. You will not receive an automated math placement code without both.
    • You must create your BGSU email account in order to complete the Math placement test.

5. Complete the Immigration Basics online course

Prior to your arrival to campus, you will need to complete the "Immigration Basics" online course. This course will take you about one hour to complete. The deadline to complete the course is Friday, August 23, 2024.

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.  Failure to upload immigration documents by the deadline, may result in a delay in your SEVIS registration.  Deadline to complete this form is Friday, August 23, 2024.

Immigration Document Submission

7. Update your local address and phone number on your BGSU Student Portal. Please follow these steps:

·    Login to MyBGSU

·    Click on Student Center

·    Click your Profile

·    Click on "Addresses"

·    Update or Create an Address

International Student Orientation August 21, 2024

Get the full schedule and all details

Updated: 05/14/2024 02:37PM