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 virtual walk-in advising hours 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!
Spring 2021 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 Pack U, and International Orientation planning underway. Orientation will take place virtually due to COVID-19 precautions.
International Orientation is designed to support all new and transfer international students as they transition to life at NC State University. 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 December. Should you have questions before then, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Orientation Fee
All new international students studying at NC State on a F-1 or J-1 visa will automatically be assessed an international orientation fee payable through your Student Account in MyPack Portal. This fee is mandatory and covers all orientation activities as well as events, programs, workshops, etc. organized by OIS during your time at NC State. Please note that this fee is separate from other orientation fees assessed by the Graduate School (for all new graduate students) or by New Student Programs (all new undergraduate students).
If you will not be physically attending NC State for the Spring 2021 semester (and thus not yet in F-1 or J-1 status) but you still see the international orientation fee on your account, the fee will be removed or refunded when we run an audit to confirm who is physically here after the start of the Spring 2021 semester. The fee will be added to your account again prior to the semester you physically come to NC State.
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 through logging in to one of our Virtual Welcome Desks, though you can also expect to hear from Small Pack leaders over the winter break. All students will engage with a Small Pack of fellow new students, facilitated by SP/SPU Leaders, at International Orientation in January.
All new undergraduate students (including transfer students and those matriculating from IEP) are required to attend the New Student Orientation through New Student Programs as well as International Student Orientation through the Office of International Services. The required components of your orientation include the following:
- Online Orientation PLATFORM. Informational videos and presentations on various topics will be available for you to review before the start of classes.
- Online Orientation SESSION. Your live Zoom orientation will take place on Friday, January 8th from 9am to 4pm EST. It differs from the platform as you will be in a live session at the same time with other new students. All components of the Orientation Session will be held virtually, so if you are unable to be physically present in Raleigh by orientation date, you can still participate.
- International Orientation. International orientation will take place live on Zoom on Wednesday, January 13th and Thursday, January 14th, 2021. For students unable to participate on these days, recordings will be made available.
For more information about Orientation for new undergraduate students, please review New Student Programs’ website. Additionally, we encourage you to use this New Student Checklist as a guide as you continue with your preparations for joining NC State in January.
All new graduate students (including those transferring from other US institutions) are required to participate in International Orientation. International orientation will take place on Wednesday, January 13th and Thursday, January 14th, 2021, 1pm to 3:30pm each day. Additional optional sessions to introduce campus resources and cultural adjustment content will be offered as well.