Friday–Saturday, September 2–3

International student arrival and informal programming at International House

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!


1–5:30 p.m.

Bus trip to Walmart and Fox River Mall to purchase necessary items

Departing from International House

Busses will return to campus for drop-offs at 3 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; Curt Lauderdale, dean of students; Leah McSorley, director of international student services; Cecile Despres-Berry, TSA Waseda program director; and other student affairs and admissions staff.

Following dinner, dessert will be served in the Hurvis Room (Warch Campus Center), hosted by Vice President Truesdell and Dean Lauderdale.

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 with Office of International Student Services staff


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
  • 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




Esch Room (Warch Campus Center)

Student ID photos for students who have not already had them taken—ID office (behind Warch Campus Center information desk)


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

Esch Hurvis Room (Warch Campus Center)

  • A history and discussion about the current experience of diverse populations in the U.S.
  • A range of human experiences will be discussed, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, physical abilities, religious and other individual identities

Presenters: Diversity Center staff



3 p.m.

Bridging Borders

Esch Hurvis Room (Warch Campus Center)

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


4 p.m.

Think About It Training

Designated computer labs

Students must complete the online Think About It training that provides educational information to navigate college life.Topics include maintaining healthy relationships, safety and tools for making difficult decisions while on campus.


6:30 p.m.

Dinner on your own


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 online “Think About It” training on Monday night.

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 materials from the previous day
  • Return of immigration paperwork


9 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 p.m.

Trip to U.S. Social Security Administration

Meet at Wriston Turnaround

Last name A–M: 12:30 p.m.
Last name N–Z: 2 p.m.
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.


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