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Exchange Orientation

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Friday, August 19

All new exchange students that will be enrolled in the MBA program will arrive by this date.

Wednesday, August 24

All new undergraduate/exchange students arrive to campus by noon Thursday, August 25, 2016. Please use this day to settle into rooms and/or apartments and rest from your journey!

NOTE - Canadian students can arrive by Thursday, August 25, 2016

8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. - International Student Check-In (Location: ERC 2300)

Upon arrival you will be required to 'check-in' with the International Students & Scholars Office. This is to confirm your arrival to Clarkson within SEVIS (Student & Exchange Visitor Information System). Please be sure to bring the following items with you... 

  • I-20/DS-2019 - Certificate of Eligibility
  • Passport
  • Visa
  • I-94 - Arrival/Departure Card – new electronic I-94 in place unless crossing from Canada. Please visit https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/request.html
  • Address where you are living in Potsdam

Thursday, August 25

8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. - International Student Check-In (Location: ERC 2300)

Upon arrival you will be required to 'check-in' with the International Students & Scholars Office. This is to confirm your arrival to Clarkson within SEVIS (Student & Exchange Visitor Information System). Please be sure to bring the following items with you... 

  • I-20/DS-2019 - Certificate of Eligibility
  • Passport
  • Visa
  • I-94 - Arrival/Departure Card – new electronic I-94 in place unless crossing from Canada. Please visit https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/request.html
  • Address where you are living in Potsdam

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – International Center Welcome Lunch (Location: Dining Room - Student Center)

Come enjoy some lunch before you begin orientation activities this afternoon. Meet other international students studying at Clarkson University.

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - ESL Testing for new undergraduate students (Location: Snell Hall 177)

Testing is mandatory for all incoming matriculated undergraduate students for whom English is a second language. For student who are transferring to Clarkson University from another U.S. institution must show grade of ‘C’ or better in applicable English course – please see Judy Simon (164 Snell Hall) for details.

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. – ESL Writing Placement for new exchange students (Location: Snell Hall 177)

NOTE - Some exchange students may need this testing for EAP placement – please see your academic advisor if needed.

1 - 4 p.m. - Shopping Bus (Location: Meet in the Student Center/ERC Parking Lot)

We will provide a bus that will take you to Wal-Mart and/or the Lending Cupboard

4:15 p.m.  Campus Tour (Location: Meet in Student Center Forum - Ground Floor)

Take a tour of the campus and see where your classes will be...

Note - we will have some cell phone providers on campus in the Student Center. Stop by there table anytime this afternoon or on Friday for more information.

Dinner on your own in the Student Center Servery or Java City

7:30 - 9:30 p.m. - Evening Group Activity - TBA

Friday, August 26

8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. - International Student Check-In (Location: ERC 2300)

8:30 a.m. - New Undergraduate & Exchange Student Continental Breakfast (Location: Student Center MPR A/B/C)

9:00 a.m. – 10 a.m. – Undergraduate & Exchange International Student Session – this session is mandatory to review your immigration status responsibilities – employment benefits – and – student life at Clarkson. (Location: Student Center MPR A/B) MUST ATTEND!

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. – Academic Integrity Session – this session is mandatory for all international undergraduate/exchange students (Location: Student Center MPR A/B) MUST ATTEND!

11:30 a.m. - Book Bus (Location: Meet in front of Cheel Campus Center)

We will provide transportation downtown to the University Bookstore. The last bus returns at 5 p.m.

7:00 p.m. – University Orientation Begins!