Schedule as of April, 2016
Location: Interdisciplinary Resource Center (IRC 134)
(Schedule is subject to change)
All events are mandatory. All absences must be approved by Lisa vonReichbauer PRIOR to the event.
For any questions or concerns contact: Lisa vonReichbauer, Asst. Director, LisavonReichbauer@ferris.edu | mobile: 231-287-7483
Travel Arrangement Notification:
Please complete the travel form to notify us of your arrival plans.
Monday, May 9
10:00 am and 7:00pm
Tuesday, May 10
10:00 am and 7:00pm
Wednesday, May 11
10:00 am and 7:00pm
Please visit our orientation webpage to submit your travel arrangements and visa confirmation at http://ferris.edu/international/currentstudents/travelform.htm
Student Shuttle Services Students will be picked up by Office of International Education Student Assistants at the Information Desk at the Grand Rapids Airport, bus station or train station and be taken to a hotel in Big Rapids.
Departure Location: Information Desk, Gerald R. Ford International Airport Grand Rapids, MichiganThursday, May 12
Shuttle Pick Up from The Quality Inn & Suites
We will pick you up at Quality Inn and drive you to Campus for orientation.
Quality Inn & Suites
Student Check-In (mandatory)
Please arrive on time with all of your immigration documents. The following items will be addressed throughout the day:
(Interdisciplinary Resource Center)
Welcome to Ferris State University Presentation (mandatory)
11:15 am – 12:00 pm
Housing, Dining and Tuition Overview (mandatory)
Introduction to housing, dining, and tuition costs. This session will prepare students to choose an on-campus housing and dining option, calculate their semester tuition bill and understand the total amount due today (50%) and total amount due for the entire semester. Students are not required to live on-campus but it is strongly recommended by the Office of International Education. On-campus housing and dining contracts are legally binding for two semesters (Fall + Spring).
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Stay with your group and student leaders
Interdisciplinary Resource Center (IRC)
Group Break-out Sessions (mandatory)
Times and locations will be assigned at check-in.Friday, May 13
Shuttles from Quality Inn to CampusWe will pick you up at Quality Inn and drive you to Campus for orientation. Quality Inn
Late Student Check-In
Required if you missed Check-In on ThursdayIRC 134
Math/Reading Placement Testing for regularly admitted students (not for IEP students)
This testing is for students with no SAT scores who intend to enter their majors immediately. Please check with International Student Services if this is required for college placement in math classes. Please report early to this test as no make-up is offered and testing is required for course placement. Please bring your immigration documents with you.
FLITE 112 (library)
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Immigration and Cultural Adjustment (Mandatory)
Bring your immigration documents. This session is very important. We will teach you about U.S. immigration laws and talk about how to get a driver’s license and social security number. We teach you how to understand and cope with adjusting to life in a new country, including academic (teaching and learning) culture.IRC 120
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Lunch at The Rock Provided
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
English Placement Testing (IEP Program)
Testing for student with no proof of proficiency in English.
IRC 1092:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Banking and Shopping shuttles in Big Rapids area
Pickup at IRC 134. Drop off at Quality Inn.Saturday, May 14
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Hemlock Park Picnic
Bus leaves from IRC Parking lot.Sunday, May 15
Residence Halls are open at 10am and you may start moving in once you receive your room assignment and pay $200.00 deposit. Shuttles will be available to assist you with moving luggage from Quality Inn to your residence hall or apartment (Big Rapids area only).
Ferris ID and Housing Deposit – You must have a Ferris ID, sign the housing contract, and pay $200.00 before you can receive a housing assignment.
Shuttles will run starting at 10am and run all day.Monday, May 16
Meet with individual College Academic Advisors
1:00 - 2:00 pm
New students who are enrolling in the Intensive English Program must attend this orientation.IRC 104
Meet at IRC 122Tuesday, May 17
Classes Start - Best of luck with your studies!Thursday, May 19th
Make-up Immigration Orientation – Seek approval from Lisa vonReichbauer (LisavonReichbauer@ferris.edu) for any late arrivals.IRC 122
Programs & Services
Office of International Education
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