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.
ABOUT INTERNATIONAL ORIENTATION
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 email@example.com.
All new graduate students (including those transferring from other US institutions) are required to participate in International Orientation. International orientation will include pre-recorded video content, as well as a live virtual orientation session that will take place on August 5, 2020. Additional optional sessions to introduce campus resources and cultural adjustment content will be offered as well.
All new undergraduate students (including transfer students and those matriculating from IEP) should register for Orientation at https://wolfpaw.ncsu.edu/orientation/. The required components of your orientation include the following:
- Online Orientation PLATFORM. Informational videos and presentations will be available for you to review throughout the summer on various topics.
- Online Orientation SESSION. Your orientation session will take place between August 5 – 7, 2020 and differs from the platform in that you’ll be participating at the same time with other new students. This orientation session includes the OIS program specifically for new international students, plus the New Student Programs session for all new undergrads. All components of the Orientation Session will be held online, so if you are unable to be physically present in Raleigh by August 5, you can still participate.
In addition to these required orientation components, there are a number of optional programs throughout the summer that you are welcome to attend:
- Transition Talks. Campus offices and student leaders will be hosting various Transition Talks in order to meet with new students, answer any questions you might have and point you to relevant resources. View the schedule and register to attend here: https://newstudents.dasa.ncsu.edu/transition-talks/ Note that in addition to all the great subjects, one of the Transition Talks will be held especially for new International Students, hosted by OIS. We’ll look forward to meeting you and talking about any questions you might have about your visa status, travel, adjustment, etc.
- International Student Welcome Desk. Our Small Pack and Small Pack U Leaders are so excited to welcome you to campus, they want to start early! Log in to our Virtual Welcome Desk throughout the summer just to say hi or to ask questions/get advice from your senior student peers. Virtual Welcome Desk is very informal, no agenda or registration required, just a chance to meet and share information. Details will be posted here when the Virtual Welcome Desk begins!
For more information about Orientation for new undergraduate students, please review New Student Programs’ website here. Additionally, we encourage you to use this New Student Checklist as a guide as you continue with your preparations for joining NCSU this August.
- HOUSING. 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.
- TRANSPORTATION. 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.
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.