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Mandatory Academic Orientation Program (AOP) For Undergraduate International Students

Undergraduate Students Admitted for Fall 2015

Welcome to Michigan State University! international student information

As a new undergraduate international student at Michigan State University, you must attend an Academic Orientation Program (AOP). Michigan State University is committed to providing all new students with information that will help them achieve their goals and be successful at MSU.

See the "Attendance Requirement" section below to determine when you will attend your AOP.

It is important that you check your MSU email account at least once a day. Messages about orientation, your classes, your immigration status, and other important MSU related topics are sent to your MSU email account.

Detailed prearrival and orientation information can be found at http://oiss.isp.msu.edu/students/orientation/.

Attendance Requirement

When you attend AOP depends on your visa status.

No Orientation = No Enrollment = No Classes = No Legal Immigration Status

Students with a F-1 or J-1 Visa

You are required to attend the International Academic Orientation Program (IAOP) August 24-28. Students who do not attend the mandatory sessions must complete make up sessions in order to enroll for classes; course enrollment, therefore, is delayed. Note that students who are not enrolled in classes can lose their immigration status.

Attendance will be taken at all mandatory sessions.

View last year's IAOP schedule to get an idea about what you will do during your week of orientation here.

Students With Visas Other Than F-1 or J-1

International undergraduate students with visa types other than F-1 or J-1 (e.g., H-4, L-2, E-2, etc.) will attend their required Academic Orientation Program (AOP) in June/July or on Sunday, August 30.

For detailed information about your AOP including the orientation schedule you will follow, go to orientation.msu.edu (click on either Freshman June/July, Transfer June/July, or August Student Orientation)

Residence Hall Move In Date- if you attend an Academic Orientation Program (AOP) in June/July: August 30

Residence Hall Move In Date- if you attend the Academic Orientation Program (AOP) on August 30: August 29

Important Dates Regarding IAOP

*Saturday, August 22, 2015: Residence Hall Move-In

*Sunday, August 23, 2015: MSU English Language Test (MSUELT) for provisionally admitted undergraduate students

*Monday-Friday, August 24-28, 2015: Mandatory International Academic Orientation Program (IAOP)

Extended AOP During Fall Semester

All new international undergraduate students with a F-1 or J-1 visa are also required to attend the Extended Academic Orientation Program which takes place during the fall semester. More information will be provided during IAOP.

Important IAOP To Dos

  • You must log into the Admissions Portal "Be A Spartan" Admissions Status page regularly. Students must complete all tasks on the pre-arrival "Next Steps" Checklist. https://admissions.msu.edu/portal/default.aspx
  • You must also check your MSU email account daily in order to receive important university messages.
  • You must upload before August 1 a photo for your Spartan ID Card at http://idoffice.msu.edu/online-photo/. Be sure to review the requirements. ID cards will be available for pick up during IAOP. Students who do not submit a picture for their ID card will have an opportunity to have their picture taken and their ID card processed during the week of IAOP at the ID Office. A government issued photo ID such as a US driver’s license, state ID or passport is REQUIRED to pick up your ID.

Enrolling in Courses

Undergraduate international students who have met the English proficiency requirements will meet with academic advisors during their orientation program. Academic advisors will give students information about course selection, graduation requirements, and registration.


Optional Writing Test

Regularly admitted undergraduate international students (who did not take the ACT or SAT) may take an optional writing placement exam. For information about this exam go to:
http://wrac.msu.edu/first-year-writing/first-year-writing/

Provisionally Admitted Students

International students with Provisional Admission to MSU for English language will take the MSU English Language Test (MSUELT) upon arrival to campus to determine eligibility to enroll in academic courses. The results of the MSUELT determine academic course eligibility.

Undergraduate International Students Admitted for January or May 2015

Mandatory Academic Orientation Program Dates and Overview

January 8 and 9, 2015
(For students who begin classes in January)

Residence Hall Move In Date- if you attend the Academic Orientation Program (AOP) on January 8 and 9: January 7

January 8, 2015

You will attend sessions that address the following topics. You will receive correspondance from the Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) which includes detailed information about these sessions.

  • Government Check In
  • Immigration Basics
  • Health Care and Health Insurance
  • Laws and Safety

January 9, 2015

Academic Advising and Enrollment

7:00am Check-In Second Floor Wells Hall A-Wing
   
  Making Changes in Your Declared Major
   
  Placement Testing
   
8:00am-8:30am Leave Your Spartan Footprint
   
8:30am-9:00am Ways to Ensure Your Success
   
8:30am-9:00am Reapplying for Admission to the College of Business and the College of Engineering
   
8:30am-9:00am Gaining Admission to the College of Education
   
8:30am-9:00am For Secondary Education Majors and Child Development Majors
   
8:30am-9:30am Major Change
   
9:15am- 4:00pm

College Session: Planning My Learning Experience

Meet with An Academic Advisor

Enroll for Classes

Parking on Campus Presentation

On-Campus Housing Questions and Answers

Lunch

Obtain your Spartan ID Card

Check-Out

 

May 15, 2015
(For students who begin classes in May)

Residence Hall Move In Date- if you attend the Academic Orientation Program (AOP) on May 15:

7:00am Check-In Second Floor A-Wing Wells Hall
   
  Making Changes in Your Declared Major
   
  Placement Testing
   
8:00am-8:45am Leave Your Spartan Footprint
   
8:45am-9:15am Degree Navigator and Transfer Credit (special session)
   
8:45am-9:15am Make a Successful Transition
   
9:20am-9:50am Academics at MSU: A College Professor Speaks
   
9:20am-9:50am Reapplying for Admission to the College of Business and the College of Engineering
   
10:00am-10:30am Parking on Campus
   
10:00am-10:30am On-Campus Housing Presentation
   
10:00am-10:20am and 10:35am-10:55am Online Resources Presentation
   
11:00am-11:20am Secondary Education and Child Development Majors Meeting (special session)
   
11:00am-11:50pm On Campus Housing Questions and Answers (special session)
   
11:00am-11:20am Gaining Admission to the College of Education
   
11:00am-11:50am Making Changes in Your Declared Major
   
11:00am-5:00pm Financial Aid Questions and Answers (252 Student Services)
   
11:00am-11:50am Lunch
   
12:00pm

College Presentation- Orientation to Your Major

Academic Advising

Enroll for Classes

Check-Out

Meals

Meals are available at the International Center Food Court, located next to Wells Hall. There is a Starbucks and vending machines in Wells Hall.

Remember to bring a snack if you know that you will be hungry!

International Academic Orientation Program E-Tutorial Powerpoints and Videos

Immigration Basics

Laws and Safety in the U.S.

Laws and Safety in the U.S. Video

US College Culture

The Road to Academic Success

The Road to Academic Success Video

Health Care and Health Insurance

Online Resources