Welcome international students, global nomads, U.S. citizens from abroad, Lawrentians!

International Summer Checklist

Following are the major items you should complete, as a student from abroad, prior to arrival:

International Orientation Schedule

Below is the tentative International Orientation schedule.  This orientation is required for all F-1 and J-1 students.  Dual citizens, permanent residents, and students with global backgrounds are also welcome!  Please check the official Welcome Week page for the final copy in early July.

international welcome

Schedule for International Orientation

Welcome Week 2019

Wednesday, September 4 - Thursday, September 5

International arrivals and informal programming at International House

See Lawrence International (LI) handout upon your arrival for details.

Friday, September 6

Breakfast on your own

Andrew Commons (Warch Campus Center) opens at 7:15-8:15 a.m.

Between 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
International bazaar
Sage Basement

A collection of items donated by graduating international students ranging from school supplies, clothes, and housewares to small electronics.  Stop by to see what treasures you can find!

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch on your own

1 – 5:30 p.m.
Bus trip to Wal-Mart and Fox River Mall to purchase necessary items
Departing from International House
Busses will return to campus for drop-offs at 3:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 5:30 p.m.

7 p.m.
Welcome dinner

Esch Hurvis Room (Warch Campus Center)
Enjoy dinner with Nancy Truesdell, Vice President for Student Affairs; Dean of Students, Curt Lauderdale, Cecile Despres-Berry, CS-L Waseda Program and other admissions and student affairs staff

Following dinner, dessert will also be served in the Hurvis Room (Warch Campus Center)

Saturday, September 7 

7:30 a.m.
Informal breakfast with upper class students
Andrew Commons (Warch Campus Center)

8:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Immigration presentation for F-1 and J-1 students
Briggs Hall Room 421/223

  • International student immigration forms
  • Regulations and procedures
  • Legal rights, responsibilities, and requirements in the United States

Learning at Lawrence
Briggs Hall Room 420

  • An overview of academic culture at Lawrence
  • Discussion about U.S. classroom expectations
  • Tour of academic success resources

Global nomad panel and discussion
Briggs Hall Room 422

A group discussion and networking opportunity for students with U.S. passports and global identities.  Global nomads include dual citizens, permanent residents, U.S. citizens who grew up abroad, and Third Culture Kids (TCKs).

11:00 a.m.
Student employment
Esch Room (Warch Campus Center)

  • Student employment, student payroll, and taxes with human resources and financial aid staff
  • Resources for finding an on campus job
  • Collection of immigration paperwork and documents (passports, forms I-20 or DS-2019) by Office of International Student Services

Andrew Commons (Warch Campus Center)

Student ID photos for students who have not already had them taken – ID office

1 p.m.
Life at Lawrence
Esch Room (Warch Campus Center)

  • An introduction to life at Lawrence including natural environment and social relationships
  • Strategies for adjustment, problem solving, and fun Wisconsin culture!
  • Spirituality and religious life on campus

2:15 p.m.

What You Need to Know about Title IX Cinema (Warch Campus Center)

Lawrence staff will breakdown the laws and policies within the Title IX anti-discrimination amendment and explain how it pertains to students with global backgrounds. The Lawrence University’s Sexual Misconduct Policy and process will also be described.

Presenters: Title IX Coordinator, Kim Jones and On-Campus Advocate, Cathy Kaye

3:00 p.m.

Bridging borders
Esch Room (Warch Campus Center)

Session led by upper class students discussing adjustment to life in the United States and Lawrence

4:00 p.m.
Think about It training
Designated computer labs

Students must complete the on-line “Think about It” training that provides educational information to navigate college life.  Topics include maintaining healthy relationships, safety, and tools for difficult decision-making while on campus.

6:30 p.m.
Dinner on your own
Andrew Commons (Warch Campus Center)

7:30 p.m.
Think about It training continued
Designated computer labs (optional) or on your own

Students are required to complete the remainder of the on-line “Think about It” training on Monday night.

Sunday, September 8 

Breakfast on your own
Andrew Commons (Warch Campus Center) opens at 7:15 a.m.

8:15 a.m.
Questions, review, and return!
Cinema (Warch Campus Center)

  • Opportunity for questions
  • Review of some materials from the previous day
  • Return of immigration paperwork

9:00 a.m.
Student Employment
Esch Room (Warch Campus Center)

  • Be prepared to complete important paperwork related to employment, payroll, and taxes in the U.S.
  • Verification of immigration documents (passports, forms I-20 or DS-2019)

10 a.m.
Health and Safety in the U.S.
Esch Room (Warch Campus Center)

Information about campus safety, medical insurance, student health and health services, counseling services, and wellness and intramural programs.

Erin Buenzli, Director of Wellness and Recreation
Jill Drier, Campus Nurse
Counseling Staff
Campus Safety Staff

11:30 a.m.
Lunch on your own
Andrew Commons (Warch Campus Center)

12:30 p.m. or 2:00 p.m.
Trip to U.S. Social Security Administration
Meet at Wriston Turnaround

Travel to U.S. Social Security Administration offices to begin the application process for a Social Security number.  Remember to bring immigration documents in your envelope.

Refer to Welcome Week 2019 schedule for campus-wide activities starting on Monday, September 9, 2019.

Arriving to Campus

Please arrive September 4 or September 5 (or August 17 for SIIS).  After your arrival plan is finalized, please complete the Arrival Form.  To learn more about the transportation options, consult our Transportation to Appleton page.

General Reminders

  • Check your Lawrence e-mail regularly.
  • Prepare to register for classes (mid-June).
  • Check the mail for your welcome packet (late July).
  • Submit your health forms (by August 1).

International House Welcome 2015


While it is not an expectation, sometimes parents from abroad will choose to accompany their student to campus.  If your parent(s) or family member(s) are planning to come, please complete the Global Parent Participation form, if your parent or family member will arrive during Welcome Week.

Dedicated parent orientation sessions do not start until Tuesday, September 6, but parents may attend any student sessions during international orientation.  

International Connections Program

international tour orientation 2015

All first year students from abroad will be matched with an upper class student over the summer.  This informal international connection will serve as a buddy and a resource to new students over the summer and as they adjust to campus.  Complete this short survey by mid-June so we can make the best match possible!  Matches will be released via e-mail in early July.