Orientation: Dates and Schedules

Orientation Dates

International Orientation leaders are made up of current international students who are trained to help guide new students.

Entry Semester Orientation Dates         Location
Fall 2018 Aug. 22 to Aug. 28 WMU Bernhard Center
Spring 2019 Jan. 3 to Jan. 4 WMU Bernhard Center
Summer 2019 May 2 to May 3 WMU Bernhard Center

We recommend that you arrive 1 to 2 days prior to the start of orientation to recover from travel fatigue. Please remember that many University offices close between academic terms and will not open until orientation begins. Arriving too early and expecting to take care of business prior to orientation is not always possible. 

Do you have questions beyond International Student Orientation? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)  section for admitted students!

Fall 2018 Schedules

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Orientation Overview

A new international student works to find is balance while ice-skating for the first time.

Additional orientation programming often includes a free trip to the on-campus Western Michigan University hockey arena where many international students experience ice-skating for the first time.

Daily Schedules from 8 to 5 p.m.

Daily programming includes:

  1. Meeting with academic advisors
  2. Getting your student identification card
  3. Connecting with resources on campus
  4. Learning about U.S. social and academic culture

Orientations include free breakfast and lunch for attending students.

Additional Optional Programs

Orientation offers additional optional programs that include a trip to the local grocery store and social activities like ice-skating at the on-campus WMU hockey arena.