Orientation is an important step towards successfully beginning your life and program of study at NC State University. New International student orientation is a program that is required for all incoming International students. We hope this information will be helpful and answer many of your questions, but we encourage you to contact our office, make an appointment or stop by during our afternoon walk in times if you have any additional questions. The Office of International Services is delighted to welcome you to Raleigh and we wish you the best of luck during your time at NC State!

Fall 2020 Orientation

The Office of International Services (OIS) is so excited to welcome you to the Wolfpack! We have already started preparing for your arrival with Small Pack/Small PackU and International Orientation planning underway. New this August, Orientation will take place virtually due to COVID-19 precautions. We will continue updating this page as details are confirmed, but since we know you’re already working on your plans, we want to give you some idea of what to expect.

International Orientation is designed to support all new and transfer international students as they transition to life at NC State. Organized and run by OIS and student leaders (Small Pack/Small Pack U), this program highlights information not covered by other orientation programs on campus. International Orientation focuses on topics unique to the international student experience, ranging from cultural adjustment and academic resources to local transit options and Raleigh highlights. Including both mandatory and optional sessions, International Orientation gives new international students the flexibility to engage with the information that feels most relevant to their individual circumstances. International Orientation is also a unique opportunity to connect with fellow students from all over the world, as well as faculty and staff here at NC State who are here to support you! More details, as well as the program schedule, will be posted here in early July. Should you have questions before then, please contact us at ois@ncsu.edu.



For those students living on-campus, move-in will take place by appointment between July 31 and August 9.  OIS encourages you to request your appointment as early as possible to allow time for you to self-quarantine as needed, recover from any jet lag, and otherwise get settled and prepared for the Fall semester.  Appointment sign ups will begin July 6 – continue checking your NCSU email account for further details.  If you will be arriving in Raleigh before your move-in appointment, or if you will be living off-campus, please arrange for temporary housing in advance. 


The Raleigh-Durham (RDU) International Airport is located about 15 miles away from NC State University. Please review OIS’ website for information about transportation from RDU to campus.  Once on campus, the Wolfline buses will be operating on an abbreviated schedule until the semester begins on August 10. Anyone can ride the Wolfline for free, no ID is needed to get on the bus. You may find your bus and the most up to date route information at ncsu.transloc.com.  

International Orientation Fee

All new international students are charged a one time International Orientation Fee, which will be automatically added to your  Student Account.  This mandatory fee covers the costs of developing and facilitating International Orientation, as well as programs and events for international students throughout the year.

Small Packs

OIS and new students alike rely heavily on Small Pack and Small Pack U (undergrad) leaders.  These leaders are current NC State students who volunteer their time to help welcome new international graduate students (SP) and undergraduate students (SPU) to campus. We encourage new students to connect with SP/SPU Leaders this summer through logging in to one of our Virtual Welcome Desks. Additionally, graduate students will hear from Small Pack leaders over the summer and undergraduate students are welcome to reach out to Small Pack U leaders directly.  All students will engage with a Small Pack of fellow new students, facilitated by SP/SPU Leaders, at International Orientation in August.

Spring 2021 Orientation

Spring 2021 Orientation details we be posted mid-late Fall. No registration is required – students will receive an email with additional details.