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 schedule designed by ISS.  Please check the official Welcome Week page for the final copy in early July.

international welcome

Schedule for International Orientation

Welcome Week 2016

Friday - Saturday, September 2-3

International arrivals and informal programming at International House

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


Sunday, September 4

Breakfast on your own

Andrew Commons (Warch Campus Center) opens at 7:15 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 and other admissions and student affairs staff

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


Monday, September 5 

7:30 a.m.

Informal breakfast with upperclass students

Andrew Commons (Warch Campus Center)


8:15 a.m. – 10:30 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).


10:45 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.

Diversity in the United States
A discussion around diversity including history, definitions, and data with a group activity to break down stereotypes and build community.

Presenters: Diversity Center Staff


3:00 p.m.

Bridging borders

Esch Room (Warch Campus Center)

Session led by upperclass 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


Tuesday, September 6


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.

Discussion of banking and personal finances

Cinema (Warch Campus Center)


10 a.m.
Health and wellness tour

Departing from Cinema (Warch Campus Center)

Information about 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


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

            Last name A-M – 12:30

            Last name N-Z – 2:00

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 2016 booklet for campus-wide activities starting after lunch on Tuesday, September 6, 2016.


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, we would like to welcome them at the Global Parent Dinner on Sunday, September 4.  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 upperclass 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 June 15th so we can make the best match possible!  Matches will be released via e-mail in early July.

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