New International Student Guidebook Fall 2013

Step 7: Mandatory Orientation

All new international students are required to attend the International Orientation scheduled at the beginning of the their first term of attendance.

The new student two-day orientation for Fall 2013 will be Thursday August 15 and Friday August 16, 2013 from 9:30 AM to 5 PM on both days.

The orientation will be held in Salazar Hall 2025.

Time Activity Directors Location
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM Student Check-In & Breakfast International Services Staff & Student Assistants Salazar Hall Room 2025
10:00 AM – 4:30 PM Orientation Program Marisa Thigpen, Associate Director International Services

Billy Lo, International Admissions Specialist, Admissions & Records

International & Exchange Programs Advisor

NSE Program Assistant
Salazar Hall Room 2025

There will be special signs to guide you to the correct location on the day of the orientation.

During the orientation you have an opportunity to meet the International Student Advisor, Ms. Marisa Thigpen, and the other new international students, some of our returning students, and staff members. We will review with you all US legal requirements and begin immigration processing of your I-20's and DS-2019's. It is important that you bring the following items to this meeting: your passport, your I-20 or DS-2019, and your signed Insurance Signature Sheet (see Step #6).

The Orientation will cover topics such as life in the United States, adjusting to a new culture and an introduction to campus life. You will meet various professionals who will be available to help you throughout your stay at Sonoma State University. We will also discuss health care in the US including required health insurance and immunizations. You will have an opportunity to get your Sonoma State ID card, take a campus tour, learn to use the on-line resources and have an opportunity to meet with your academic advisor.