Schedule as of March 31, 2014
Location: Interdisciplinary Resource Center (IRC 134)
(Schedule is subject to change)
Orientation is considered mandatory unless it is marked as "optional." All absences must be approved prior to event. If you miss orientation, you will be charged an additional $85 USD orientation fee to cover costs of providing a make-up orientation session for you.
For any questions or concerns contact:
• Toni Dye, International Student Advisor, email@example.com
Travel Arrangement Notification:
Please complete the travel form to notify us of your arrival plans.
Monday, May 12
10:00 am and 7:00 pm
Tuesday, May 13
10:00 am, 6:00 pm, and 11:00 pm
Wednesday, May 14
10:00 am, 2:00 pm, and 11pm
Please visit our orientation page to submit your Travel Arrangement Notification form.
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.
Information Desk, Gerald R. Ford International Airport
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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 and options.
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Lunch Provided (mandatory)
Stay with your group and student leaders
Interdisciplinary Resource Center (IRC)
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Group Break-Out Sessions (mandatory)
Interdisciplinary Resource Center (IRC)
Times and locations will be assigned at check-inFriday, May 16
Math/English Placement Testing for regularly admitted students (not for IEP students)
This testing is for students with no SAT scores and those who intend to enter their majors immediately. If you are not sure if you need to take the test, check with tOffice of International Education staff. IEP student may choose to take this test if they feel that they will pass the Intensive English Language test on Thursday (test out of the IEP program). Please report early to this test as no
make-up is offered and testing is required for course placement.
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Immigration and Cultural Adjustment (mandatory)
This session is very important. We will teach you about U.S. immigration laws, driving laws, and employment options. We will also teach you how to understand and cope with adjusting to life in a new country.
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
To Be Determined
2:00 to 5:00 pm
English Placement Testing (IEP Program)
Testing for student with no real proof of proficiency in English.
2:00 to 7:00 pm
Banking and Shopping Shuttles in Big Rapids area
Pickup at IRC 134. Drop off at Quality Inn.Saturday, May 17
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Trip to Silver Lake in Mears, Michigan and Macwoods Dune Rides
Enjoy Lake Michigan and the dunes!
Bus leaves from Quality InnSunday, May 18
Residence Halls are open at 8 am 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).
Shuttles pick up at Quality Inn starting at 8 am and run all day.Monday, May 19
Meet with individual College Academic Advisors
Location - To Be Determined1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Intensive English Program Orientation
New Students who are enrolling in the Intensive English Program must attend this orientation.
IRC 1042:30 pm
Academic Success at Ferris! (Mandatory)
Groups will find and learn about important offices and resources on campus to help them succeed. This is a "scavenger hunt' where groups will walk around campus finding offices and campus icons. Individuals who complete the hunt will be entered into a drawing for gift cards and other prizes!
Meet at IRC 122Tuesday, May 20
Traveling and the I-20
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