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2015 International Undergraduate Orientation


Orientation for international undergraduates, including members of the Class of 2019, international transfer students, and international exchange students, begins on Thursday afternoon, September 3rd, 2015, and ends on Tuesday, September 8th, 2015.  Orientation for all new undergraduates begins on Wednesday, September 9th, 2015. International students who choose to participate in DOC Trips should register in June.  They will receive their specific trip assignment & information by email in early July. International students assigned to trips prior to International Student Orientation will be arriving either August 28th or August 29th for DOC Trip "D" or "E" in order to return in time for International Student Orientation on Thursday, September 3rd.

2015 International Undergraduate Student Arrival Information

International undergraduate students planning to participate in DOC Trip "D" or DOC Trip "E" may arrive as early as Friday, August 28, or Saturday, August 29, 2015.  If you are not planning on doing a DOC Trip, you may arrive as early as Wednesday, September 2nd, for International Student Orientation that begins on Thursday, September 3rd. It is required that all new international undergraduates provide arrival details to the International Student Programs Office no later than Monday, August 17th, by completing this Undergraduate Arrival Information Form.

Arrival details must be previously provided by new students to the International Student Programs Office - OPAL in order for International Student Mentors to be on hand to:

  • Meet students arriving at Logan Airport (Boston, Massachusetts), on Friday or Saturday, August 28 or 29, 2015
  • Assist students arriving at Logan to locate the Dartmouth Coach bus service to Hanover, New Hampshire
  • Meet students arriving in Hanover at the Hanover Inn on August 28 through September 3rd
  • Assist students when they arrive in Hanover with their luggage, and escort them to their residence hall

Instructions for Obtaining Undergraduate Immigration Documentation

International students requiring a visa status to study in the U.S. will find the Office of Visa and Immigration Services (OVIS) to be of critical importance in addressing concerns or questions related to your immigration status.

Orientation Schedule

Important Notes for International Undergraduates:

The program of orientation for new international undergraduates will begin at 3pm on Wednesday, September 3rd. International Logan "Meet and Greet" service is August 28th and 29th only, to coincide with DOC Trips "D" and "E" to which international students will be assigned. All students will receive information via email about DOC First-Year Trips in early June.  Specific trip assignments will be available in early July.  International students participating in DOC Trips will be assigned to trip dates that allow them to return to campus by the start of International Student Orientation on September 3rd. Exchange Students: International Student Programs (ISP) - OPAL (Office of Pluralism and Leadership) will send exchange students the same orientation information as matriculating students and provide them with access to the arrival forms and mentor request forms.  Exchange students will notify International Student Programs-OPAL when they plan to arrive, and whether they will be involved in the orientation.  ISP International Student Mentors will help international exchange students get settled well before they arrive at the Off-Campus Programs office orientation.

Below is a tentative schedule of this year's International Student Orientation events and programsPrograms and events might be added or removed from the schedule, and days and times during which they are offered are subject to change.  The schedule will be updated as sessions and presenters are confirmed.

Day/Time   Title/Description Location
Thursday, 9/3    
3:00pm - 4:00pm Computing Session Kemeny 006, 007, 008
5:00pm – 9:00pm International Student Mentor BBQ/Ice Breakers Goldstein, Occom Commons
Friday, 9/4    
7:30am - 8:00am OVIS Breakfast complements of the Dickey Center Haldeman Russo Gallery, patio
8:00am – 9:00am OVIS Visa Check-In Session Haldeman Russo Gallery, patio
9:00am – 10:15am D-Plan Session with Marcia Calloway Haldeman 124, 125
10:15am - 11:00am Boston Immigration Attorney-Mentor Role Play: Ron Abramson Shares True Immigration Issues Haldeman 41
11:00am - 12:00pm International Student Course Placement & Selection, and General Academic Advising Rockefeller 003
12:15pm - 1:15pm Research Opportunities Luncheon with Upper Class Students and Faculty Hopkins Center, Alumni Hall
1:30pm - 2:30pm Writing Well at Dartmouth College Rockefeller 003
2:30pm - 3:30pm Dartmouth's Academic Honor Principle Rockefeller 003
3:30pm - 4:45pm interactive Library Tours You Won't Forget! Baker Library Corridor
6:00pm - 8:30pm International Student Banquet Collis Center, Common Ground
8:45pm - 10:00pm "International 19s, Transfers & Exchange Students Got Talent" Hopkins Center, Bentley Theater
10:00pm - 12:00am Let the Fun Begin Collis Center, One Wheelock
Saturday, 9/5    
9:30am - 10:15am Breakfast with Mentors Meet in 53 Commons
10:30am - 12:00pm Telling Our Dartmouth Stories: International Students Coping with Culture Shock Rockefeller 003
12:15pm - 1:15pm Banking in the U.S. Luncheon Hosted by Bank of America Alumni Hall
1:30pm - 3:00pm Special Opportunity at Bank of America ONLY for International Students who Would like to Open Bank Accounts at BOA BOA Main Street, Hanover
3:15pm - 6:00pm Get to Know Hanover - Photo Scavenger Hunt with Coupons from Local Stores! Meet on the Dartmouth Green
6:30pm - 9:00pm International Student Mentors Host a Trivia Night & Dinner - Dartmouth Fun Facts! Brace Commons
Sunday, 9/6    
9:00am - 9:45am Breakfast with International Student Mentors Meet in 53 Commons
10:00am - 11:30am Students Talk I: Keys to a Rewarding & Enjoyable Intellectual Journey Rockefeller 003
12:00pm - 1:15pm Lunch with International Student Mentors Meet in 53 Commons
1:30pm - 3:00pm Students Talk II: Life Beyond the Books Rockefeller 003
3:00pm - 6:00pm Break - Enjoy New Student Friends and New Student "Pre-O" Activities Around Campus  
6:00pm - 7:00pm FYSEP-ISO-NAP Dinner 53 Commons
7:00pm - 9:00pm New Student Pre-Orientation Program: "Desserts and Discussions" Collis Center, Common Ground & Collis Patio
Monday, 9/7    
8:30am - 9:15am Breakfast with International Student Mentors Meet in 53 Commons
9:30am - 12:00pm Break - Enjoy New Student Friends and New Student "Pre-O" Activities Around Campus  
12:00pm - 1:30pm Lunch with International Student Mentors Meet in 53 Commons
2:00pm - 6:00pm 12A Shopping Trip for Student Needs - Bus Transportation Provided Shuttle buses depart from Collis
6:30pm - 8:00pm Dinner with International Student Mentors Meet in 53 Commons
Tuesday, 9/8    
9:00am - 11:00am "Breakfast with Faculty" Program:  Expectations from Your Dartmouth Professors Moore Hall, Filene Auditorium
9:00am - 9:30am Continental Breakfast with Professors Moore Hall, Filene Lobby/Foyer
9:30am - 10:15am Panel of Professors Covers Classroom Benefits, Expectations & Challenges of a Dartmouth Education Moore Hall, Filene Auditorium
10:15am - 11:00am Academic Division Break-Out Sessions: Engineering, Humanities, Sciences, Social Sciences Moore Hall B03, 150, Filene Auditorium
11:15am - 1:15pm Your Health Matters Dick's House and Goldstein, Occom Commons
11:15am - 12:15pm Student Health Issues Role Playing Presentation Goldstein, Occom Commons
12:15pm - 1:15pm Lunch and tour of Dick's House offices and resources, led by Dick's House/Health Services staff Dick's House
1:30pm - 3:20pm Your Money Matters: FAO, SFS, SEO, OVIS, & Payroll - Understanding Your Aid, Paying Your Bills, Working, Getting Paid, & Paying Taxes  Moore Hall, Filene Auditorium
3:30pm - 4:30pm
A Healthy Body = A Healthy Mind Oberlander Alumni Gym, Pool View Room
8:00pm - 10:00pm Movie Night - A Fun Way to End ISO Silsby 28


Links to Important Information for International Students

The following are links to important information for international students who will be attending Dartmouth.  We hope these links will answer your most critical questions while you are still in your home country, and once you arrive at Dartmouth.  You will receive more detailed information after you arrive.  Feel free to write, e-mail, or fax us at International Student Programs-OPAL with any questions.  Once you are in Hanover, we can help you further with academic issues, personal and social adjustment, cultural opportunities, and programming information.

After Your Arrival

Additional Resources

International Student Mentors

The International Student Mentor program provides friendship and assistance to new international undergraduates during the fall and winter term of the first academic year.  To be assigned to a Mentor, students must fill out the request form.  To obtain an International Student Mentor request form, please click on the link above.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via email at

International Friendship Family Program

The International Student Programs Office sponsors the International Friendship Family Program, which matches students with host families in the Upper Valley.  Friendship Families can be a valuable resource as students adjust to college life and American culture.  Visit the link above to learn more about the program and how to sign up for it by submitting the request form available on the link.

We look forward to meeting you in late August!

Last Updated: 11/4/15