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Orientation prepares new students for many aspects of life in the United States, in Carbondale, and at SIU. During orientation, we will provide valuable information including required immunizations, health insurance, tips for adjusting to your new cultural and academic environments, opening a bank account, U.S. income taxes, housing, and many other issues. In addition, we have planned events that will provide you with the opportunity to have fun, get familiar with your new environment, and make new friends.

See links to the left for more information; see below for next orientation schedules.

Join us for the next Fall 2024 orientation.

Fall 2024 New International Student Orientation will be in person from August 12th through August 16th at the Center for International Education in Woody Hall.

Attending orientation is mandatory for new international students. Watch this website for additional details.

 Spring 2024 Orientation Schedule

(download PDF schedule)

Event Time Location

Monday, January 8 (Available to All International Students)

New Student Check-in 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m CIE Office
Loan Closet 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m CIE Office
Information tables CIE Office

Tuesday, January 9 (Available to All International Students)

New Student Check-in 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m CIE Office
Loan Closet 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m CIE Office
Information tables CIE Office

Wednesday, January 10 (Available to All International Students)

Immigration, Registration, Orientation Sessions 9 a.m.-3:00 p.m CIE Office
Lunch 11:30 a.m.— 1:00 p.m. CIE Office
Campus/Carbondale Tours 1:30—2:30 p.m. Meet at CIE Office
Banking/Shopping Trips 2:30 p.m. Meet at CIE Office
World of Welcome (MANDATORY)
Pizza Party immediately following
4:45 p.m. CIE Office

Thursday, January 11

Immunization Check-in (All new international students who have not uploaded their information) 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Student Health Center
Graduate School New Student Orientation
(Graduate Students)
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Morris Library - Guyon Auditorium

Friday, January 12

Resource fair (Undergraduate students)                            *See all New Students Program Activities 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Student Center

Tuesday, January 16

Classes Begin

Friday, January 19

Welcome International Coffee Hour 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. CIE Lobby



 Friday, January 12th

1:00 p.m. -1:30pm:  Check In Student Center (Hot Chocolate Bar & Engagement Activities with NSP Leaders)

1:30pm: Welcome Program (Includes welcome from Dr. Burgin, Staff Panel and enrollment step review)

2:15 p.m. -3:15pm:  Academic/College Welcome

3:30 p.m. -4:30pm:  Resource Fair

4:30 p.m. -6:00p.m. : Bowling and Billiards, Pizza with NSP Leaders



 Saturday, January 13th

Campus Tours: Need assistance locating buildings on campus? New Student Program Leaders are available to ensure that you know your way around campus and which buildings your classes are in. Bring your schedule and wear comfortable shoes! 

Scheuled Time: 11a.m.-12p.m./ 1:30 p.m. -2:30pm 

Sunday, January 14th 

Sweat and the Rec Center (2pm-4pm): Come dressed in comfortable clothes and shoes and learn more about the many features of the Student Recreation Center! Play pickle ball, lift weights, walk the track or use the pool, it’s all available to our students! Bring your ID and meet at the Information Desk at 2pm. 

Thursday, January 18th (5 p.m. - 7 p.m.)

 Involvement Fair