Michigan State University Academic Orientation Program
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August Student Orientation
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Parent Orientation
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International Orientation
January and May Orientation

Mandatory Orientation For International Students

Undergraduate Students Admitted for Fall 2014

Welcome to Michigan State University! international student information

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

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

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

A detailed IAOP schedule can be found here.

Important Dates Regarding AOP for International Students

*Saturday, August 16, 2014: Residence Hall Move-In

*Sunday, August 17, 2014: MSU English Language Test (MSUELT) for provisionally admitted undergraduate students

*Monday-Friday, August 18-23, 2014: Mandatory Academic Orientation Program

AOP Attendance Requirements

Because AOP is very important and will help you transition to MSU, you must attend the mandatory IAOP. If you do not attend, you will not be able to enroll in classes. Students who do not attend the required sessions must complete make up sessions in order to enroll for classes. Note that students who are not enrolled in classes could lose their immigration status.

Attendance will be taken at all mandatory sessions.

International undergraduate students with an F-1 or J-1 visa must complete all mandatory International Academic Orientation Program (IAOP) sessions in August and all requirements of the Extended IAOP during the fall semester.



International undergraduate students with Visa types other than F-1 or J-1 (e.g. H-4, L-2, E-2) who attend their scheduled Academic Orientation Program (AOP) are not required to attend the mandatory International Academic Orientation Program (IAOP) sessions in August and the Extended AOP during the fall semester. Important Note: All MSU international students are required to carry health insurance and will be automatically enrolled in Aetna Student Health. When you register for classes, the insurance premium cost is added to your Student Account along with your tuition bill. You may qualify for a refund of the Aetna Student Health premium if your own policy meets the newly updated MSU waiver criteria for 2014-2015. For more information, please visit: http://oiss.isp.msu.edu/students/health/.

Students Who Attended a US High School

International students who are regularly admitted students and who have attended a high school in the US are eligible to attend an Academic Orientation Program in June or July in place of attending the International Academic Orientation Program in August. For additional information about this option, click on: Freshman June/July, Transfer June/July at the top of this page.

Residence Hall Move In if you attend an Academic Orientation Program (AOP) in June/July: August 24.

Extended AOP During Fall Semester

All new international undergraduate students are also required to attend the Extended Academic Orientation Program which takes place during the fall semester. More information will be provided during AOP.

International students who choose to attend an Academic Orientation Program in June/July must attend the Extended Academic Orientation Program.

Important To Dos

  • All students 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 AOP. 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 orientation 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

Advising on course selection, graduation requirements, and registration is done by academic advisors. Undergraduate international students who have met the English proficiency requirements will meet with academic advisors during the mandatory Academic Orientation Program (AOP). No registration is necessary because all international students attend on this date.

Optional Writing Test

Regularly admitted undergraduate international students (who did not take the ACT or SAT) may take an optional writing placement exam from 10 a.m. - 12 noon in 108 Bessey Hall, on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014. A few seats will also be available for the late test from 1- 3 pm on Monday, August 25, 2014 in Rm. 108 Bessey Hall.

This test will determine whether you belong in WRA 1004/0102 Preparation for College Writing (where you would normally be placed) or in one of the required Tier One writing courses (WRA 110-150), for which WRA 1004/0102 is the prerequisite. If you are interested in taking this test, please notify Marsha Edington (edington@msu.edu) by Friday, August 15th, 2014. Undergraduate students with regular admission may take advantage of this opportunity to write a placement essay for writing class placement.

Provisionally Admitted Students

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

Undergraduate Students Admitted for January or May 2014

Academic Orientation Dates and Overview

January 9, 2015
(for students who begin classes in January)

May 9, 2014
(for students who begin classes in May)

7:00am-8:00am Check-In Second Floor A-wing Wells Hall
7:00am-8:00am Making Changes in Your Declared Major
8:00am-8:35am Welcome and Overview of the Academic Orientation Program
8:35am-9:10am Degree Navigator and Transfer Credit (special session)
8:35am-9:10am Make a Successful Transition
9:15am-9:45am Academics at MSU: A Professor Speaks
9:15am-9:45am Reapplying for Admission to the College of Business and the College of Engineering
9:50am Placement Testing (Math and Foreign Language)
9:50am-10:20am Parking on Campus
9:50am-10:20am On-Campus Housing Presentation
10:25am-10:45am Enrollment Presentation
10:50am-11:10am Secondary Education and Child Development Majors Meeting (special session)
10:50am-11:20am College Achievement Admissions Program (CAAP) Meeting (special session)
10:50am-11:50pm On Campus Housing Q and A (special session)
11:10am-11:30am Gaining Admission to the College of Education
10:50am-11:50am Making Changes in Your Declared Major (special session)
10:50am-5:00pm Financial Aid Questions and Answers (252 Student Services)
10:50am-11:50am Lunch

College Presentation- Orientation to Your Major

Academic Advising




Meals are available at the International Center food court, located next to Wells Hall. There is a Starbucks and vending machines throughout Wells Hall.

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

International Student Orientation e-tutorial Powerpoints

Preparing for Advising

Preparing for Advising Video

Immigration Basics

Immigration Basics Video

Successful Student Panel

Successful Student Panel Video Part 1

Successful Student Panel Video Part 2

Laws and Safety in the U.S.

Laws and Safety in the U.S. Video

Online Resources

Online Resources Video

Healthcare and Health Insurance

Healthcare and Health Insurance Video

An MSU Professor's Perspective

An MSU Professor's Perspective Video