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All new international students will engage in an international orientation session. This session is to assist you in understanding the immigration guidelines to which you must adhere to. Following are important times and reminders specific to International Students - you should consult your program orientation for other events and activities.

Orientation for the new incoming students for the spring term is generally must smaller in size - however - we will still provide with information for a successfull transition to life at Clarkson University!

International Student Orientation 2014

All new international students enrolled in the MBA program should plan to arrive by Friday, January 3, 2014. Your program will provide you details upon arrival for further activities.

All other newly arriving international students should plan to arrive by noon on Tuesday, January 7, 2014. This will ensure you will have time to participate in ALL orientation activies throughout Tuesday & Wednesday January 7 & 8th.

Graduate Students - please plan to arrive by Monday, January 6, 2014.

Undergraduate Students - all new undergraduate students are expected to arrive by Monday, January 6, 2014. 

Exchange Students - all new gradaute students should arrive by the date for the program and all new undergraduate students will arrive by noon on Tuesday, January 7, 2014.

Lending Cupboard Schedule - TBD

 What is the Lending Cupboard? The Lending Cupboard is a special interest group dedicated to helping international students, scholars and their families. The Lending Cupboard is a place where you can borrow items you may need to complete your dorm room or apartment. These items are loaned to you at no cost and when you are done you simply return them to the Cupboard. There are a wide range of items - from furniture to clothing and everything in between. Please note - this facility is run by members of The Clarkson Club.

International Orientation 
New International Student Check-In - all new international students must 'check-in' with the ISSO to validate your immigration status within the SEVIS (Student & Exchange Visitor Information System). Please be sure to bring the following with you:
I20/DS-2019 - Certificate of Eligibility
I-94 - Arrival/Departure Cxard - new electronic I-94 in place unless you are entering the U.S. from Canada. Please visit
Address where you are living in Potsdam
Friday, January 3
MBA Arrival - 
Monday, January 6
All international student arrival - late arrivals must be approved
MBA classes begin
Tuesday, January 7
7 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast on your own
9 - 11:30 a.m.  English Placement Test: For students for whom English is a second language.  This test will focus primarily on academic writing for University level courses or professional use.  Exchange students are exempt.  169 Bertrand H. Snell Hall.
11:30 - 1 p.m. Lunch on your own: Lunch will be served at both Java City and Ross-Brooks Cafeteria (cash, credit or declining balance accepted).
1 - 4 p.m. Shopping Trip: If you are an international or exchange student, you can either purchase or borrow many of the essential items you will need for living at Clarkson. We will run trips to the Lending Cupboard and Walmart. Meet at Student Center, Multipurpose Rooms, 2nd floor
4:45 - 6:30 p.m. New Student Mixer (Mandatory): Come meet and get to know fellow new students– pizza will be provided!  New freshmen, transfer, international, graduate and exchange students are all welcome!  Student Center, Multipurpose Rooms, 2nd floor
Wednesday, January 8
Breakfast will be served at Java City starting at 7:30 a.m. and at Ross-Brooks Cafeteria starting at 7 a.m. (cash, credit or declining balance accepted). Lunch will be served at both Java City and Ross-Brooks Cafeteria (cash, credit or declining balance accepted).
8 - 11:30 a.m. Complete course selection - ISSO check-in - SAS check-in - pay balances - get your student I.D.
12:30 - 1 p.m. Graduate Student Information Session: Meet your graduate coordinators, and get important information about starting classes as a Clarkson graduate student.  We will review important forms, communication information, enrollment, and more.  Mandatory for all new graduate students.  Student Center, Multipurpose Rooms.
1 - 3 p.m. International/Exchange Student Orientation: Meet your international student advisor from the International Students & Scholars Office (ISSO) and Exchange Staff from the International Education Office. It is mandatory that all international students attend.  This session introduces you to other new international students and gives you valuable information to assist you in making correct choices to maintain your immigration status. This orientation includes specifics on your new culture at Clarkson, the area, and what you should be aware of as you become acclimated to this new environment. Student Center, Multipurpose Rooms, 2nd floor. 
3 - 4 p.m. Overview of Student Services (Mandatory): For new freshmen, transfer, international, graduate and exchange students—University staff and students will welcome you to Clarkson.  Find out how to make a smooth academic and social transition and meet new people.  New students can ask questions of current student leaders during a question-and-answer session. Family members are welcome to attend. Student Center, Multipurpose Rooms, 2nd floor. 
4 - 5 p.m. Career Center Overview (Mandatory):  Whether you are seeking a part-time or full-time job or looking for leads on possible internships, the Career  Center is the place to go. Learn how to access the resources needed for a successful search. Mandatory for new and transfer students. Graduate and Exchange students welcome. Student Center, Multipurpose Rooms. 
5 p.m. Dinner on your own: Meal plan begins. Dinner will be served at the Student Center Servery and Ross-Brooks Cafeteria
Thursday, January 9