Orientation Schedule

For a general overview of all OIS Orientation events please reference the calendar below.  Specific information on the series of events throughout OIS Orientation can be accessed through the links below.

A very special thank you goes out to our Orientation Team, Small Pack Leaders, and CCAP Ambassadors!  They are largely responsible for planning many of the events each semester and orientation would be impossible without them!

OIS Check-In

All new international students on F-1 or J-1 visas must check in with OIS as soon as possible after arriving in the U.S. OIS Check-in is mandatory for all new international students so that we may meet you in person and have a record of your arrival. At Check-in, OIS staff will scan your immigration documents and provide important information regarding your immigration status, as well as a checklist to help you accomplish important tasks upon your arrival to NC State.  Please visit the OIS Check-in webpage to register for a check-in session. An appointment is required.

Before attending OIS Check-in, you must also log into MyPack Portal to complete the OIS Compliance Verification form and submit all of the required contact information listed in these instructions.

**Former IEP students do not need to attend an OIS Check-in session, however they are required to attend OIS Orientation.**

International Student Orientation

Orientation Day is mandatory for all new international students on F-1 and J-1 visas, including former IEP students and transfer students.  Held before the start of classes each semester, International Student Orientation covers a wide variety of topics that are essential to success here at NC State. Students learn about campus resources, U.S. culture, academic expectations and more.  Orientation is also a great way to meet new students and begin making connects in the Wolfpack community.

The Fall 2019 International Student Graduate Student Orientation will be held on Wednesday, August 14 in the Talley Student Union. Orientation will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. No registration is required – international graduate students will receive an email from OIS with more details.

The Fall 2019 International Undergraduate Student Orientation will be held Wednesday, August 14 – Friday, August 16.  All undergraduate international students on F-1 or J-1 visas must attend all three days of orientation and are required to register on the New Student Programs’ website.  

  • First year students begin with the Office of International Services on Wednesday, August 14 and continue with New Student Programs on Thursday, August 15 and Friday, August 16.
  • Transfer students begin with the Office of International Services on Wednesday, August 14 and continue with New Student Programs on Friday, August 16.

Information Fair

New students are encouraged to attend to meet with several important campus offices, student organizations, and community groups. The Information Fair is a great place to discover many of the valuable resources NC State has to offer in one, easy-to-access location.  The Information Fair is optional, but recommended and is open to all new international students. The Fall 2019 Information Fair will take place on Thursday, August 15th from 9:30 -11:30 a.m. in the Talley Student Union ballroom.

Mini Sessions

OIS Mini-Sessions are short, conference-style sessions that will provide new students with more details about NC State and community resources. Topics will include: Getting Around Without a Car, Driving in North Carolina, Practical (Consumer) Matters, University Recreation and Intramural Sports, Student Legal Services, the City of Raleigh, and more! The sessions are optional, but recommended. Fall 2019 Mini Sessions will be held on Thursday, August 15th from 1-3 p.m. in Engineering Building II on Centennial Campus. 

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm 1:45pm – 2:15pm 2:30pm – 3:00pm
Room 1025 Getting Around without a Car Driving in the US Practical (Consumer) Matters
Room 1231 Welcome to Raleigh Professionalism in the US Professionalism in the US
Room 1021 Campus Enterprises – On-campus Jobs Student Health Services Student Success
Room 1228 English as a Second Language (ESL) Student Legal Services University Wellness and Recreation

Session Descriptions: 

Getting Around without a Car: 

How do you navigate Raleigh without a car?  In this session, tips for getting around Raleigh using the Wolfline, GoTriangle (regional buses), GoRaleigh (city buses),  and other transportation alternatives will be explained by University Transportation representatives.

Student Health Services: 

If you have questions about the services available at the Student Health Center or the health insurance requirements for international students at NC State, join this session to learn more.

Welcome to Raleigh: 

Raleigh consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in the entire United States!  Join this session to learn more about Raleigh and the great things going on every day in the “City of Oaks.” From world class restaurants, music venues, and sports teams, to parks and museums, Raleigh has it all!  This session is presented by a representative of the Raleigh Visitors Bureau.

Student Legal Services: 

Hoang Lam, J.D. from University Student Legal Services will discuss legal matters important to international students.  Topics covered are lease agreements, car insurance issues, and more.

Practical (Consumer) Matters: 

In this session, learn ideas for saving money when grocery shopping, furniture shopping, clothes shopping and learn about other ways to save money in the United States.

Campus Enterprises – On-Campus Jobs: 

Are you considering working while you are in school? Learn about the benefits of working on campus, tips for balancing work and studies, and how to seek on-campus employment. We will highlight opportunities within Campus Enterprises, the leading division for retail and hospitality services at NC State, but will also answer questions about other on-campus opportunities. Make money, get connected to campus, and build your resume with U.S. work experience!

Driving in the United States: 

This is a session for those who would like to learn how to apply for a North Carolina driver’s license or learn about driving laws for international students without an NC driver’s license.  This session will be presented by a representative of the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

English as a Second Language:

Learn about opportunities to improve your English both on and off campus. A representative from NC State’s English as a Second Language (ESL) department will give an overview of the English language resources available at NC State and in Raleigh.

Professionalism in the United States: 

Are you practicing good ethics when applying to and accepting jobs, both on- and off-campus? This session will cover various topics on professionalism in the U.S., ranging from communicating with your manager, accepting a job offer in good faith, to withdrawing from the recruiting process. Every interaction with a hiring company is a chaDrince for you to make a lasting impression and positively represent yourself and NC State.

University Wellness and Recreation:

If you’re interested in participating in intramural sports and recreation activities at NC State, you won’t want to miss this session! A representative from Wellness & Recreation will give an overview of the intramural sports offered at NC State. This session will also cover other fitness programs offered through University Recreation and the Carmichael Gym. Students will be able to sign up for intramural sports after the session.

Student Success: 

Tony Shurer, the Academic Coordinator for International Student Support, will discuss NC State standards regarding student academic behavior and personal behavior. Topics such as Academic Integrity and Maintaining your Status will be discussed during the presentation. Tony Shurer is an extension of OIS, who passionately works with International Students to ensure your academic career is successful at NC State.

Welcome Party

A great way to relax, have fun and meet new friends!  Enjoy games, desserts, and American line dancing with new students, OIS staff and volunteers. It’s a great way to end the orientation activities each semester. Welcome Party is only for new international students, orientation volunteers, and OIS-invited guests only. The Fall 2019 Welcome Party will be held on Friday, August 23rd from 6-8:30 p.m. in the McKimmon Center.

August 2019

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  • Check-in Sessions Available
  • Check-in Sessions Available
  • Check-in Sessions Available
  • Check-in Sessions Available
  • F-2/J-2 Dependent Check-in
  • Check-in Sessions Available
  • Check-in Sessions Available
  • Check-in Sessions Available
  • Check-in Sessions Available
  • New International Graduate Orientation
  • New International Undergraduate Orientation
  • Information Fair
  • Mini Sessions
  • New International Undergraduate Orientation
  • Check-in Sessions Available
  • New International Undergraduate Orientation
  • First Day of Classes
  • F-2/J-2 Dependent Check-in
  • Global Welcome Celebration
  • English Conversation Club (Main Campus)
  • Packapalooza!
  • International Tea Time
  • Social Security Campus Visit
  • English Conversation Club (Main Campus)