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International Student Orientation

New International Student Orientation Fall 2022

Coming to a new country can be a challenging experience, but with the right preparation it can be exciting and full of opportunities! To assist you with the transition from your home country to Loyola, the Center for International Education requires that all new international students complete the mandatory International Student Orientation.

The orientation covers information that you, as an international student, need to know, whether this is your first time in the U.S. or you have studied here already. The orientation also provides a wonderful opportunity for you to meet other international students. It’s a great way for you to begin your Loyola experience!

IMPORTANT: Orientation for Fall 2022 will be held both in-person and online. In the event that you cannot attend our scheduled in-person events, all components are available to be accessed online in the section below entitled "Topics Covered in Orientation".

In-person orientations for new international students are scheduled for different dates, depending on your visa type:

  • F-1 Students: Wednesday, August 17. A tentative program schedule can be located here.
  • J-1 Students: Friday, August 19. A tentative program schedule can be located here.

In addition to our orientation, which is specifically designed by CIE for international students, there is an also the general student orientation called Wolf Pack Welcome, scheduled for August 18 - 20. Attendance for Wolf Pack Welcome is mandatory for all students. More information can be found on the Student Affairs website.

As you prepare for your journey, we invite you to join our Facebook pages for the Center for International Education, the International Student Association and the Cultural Connections program. You can ask questions and exchange your thoughts with current international students at Loyola.

You will also find the International Student section of our website helpful with information on the visa application processpre-departure information and much more.

If you have any questions, please send us an email to cie@loyno.edu.

Because orientation is mandatory for all new international students, all orientation materials are available online, should you be unable to attend our in-person sessions. 

Videos that are hosted on Kaltura can be accessed using your student Single Sign On (SSO) credentials. Additional links in each topic are meant to provide more information and resources regarding all aspects about living at Loyola and living in the U.S.

For videos and quizzes about SEVIS/Immigration Regulations, students are only required to complete the material related to their own visa type. Completion of these quizzes is mandatory and constitutes proof that you have understood and will abide by the information covered in your orientation.

 

ORIENTATION TOPICS - WELCOME TO LOYOLA!

The CIE Orientation will be hosted in-person and online in Fall 2022. Both J-1 and F-1 students are required to complete this orientation.

In-person orientations for new international students are scheduled for different dates, depending on your visa type:

  • F-1 Students: Wednesday, August 17. A tentative program schedule can be located here.
  • J-1 Students: Friday, August 19. A tentative program schedule can be located here.

In the event that you cannot attend our in-person events, all components are available to be accessed online. The online version of our orientation will be accompanied by Google Forms to capture your online attendance.

Please note that there are two parts to New Student Orientation: a general Loyola University Orientation that is accessed through SSO and a specific CIE Orientation that contains additional information from our office. 

Remember, the orientation program is mandatory. You must complete it or you will not be allowed to register.

  1. Gain information about your visa type and how to remain in legal immigration status.
  2. Learn about working on campus and in the U.S.
  3. Receive information on classes, how to open a bank account, get a SSN, cell phone and much, much more!
  4. Find out how to adjust to life in the U.S.
  5. Meet and become friends with other international students and American students.
  6. Explore the differences and similarities between the academic systems of the United States and the academic system of your home country and gain helpful skills that can help you navigate the U.S. academic system more effectively.
  7. Become acquainted with places and services on campus.
  8. Learn about how to get involved with student life at Loyola.
  9. Discover what makes New Orleans unique, including its culture, music and food.
  10. Have your questions and concerns answered by people you can trust including current international students at Loyola.