Starting this week, KU International Support Services will host a series of orientations to welcome several hundred international students to the Lawrence campus.
International students from about 70 countries will attend “You at KU – International,” a multi-day orientation program that is offered before KU’s campus-wide Hawk Week welcome. The international orientation is an opportunity for students to learn more about American culture and education and become familiar with KU.
On Tuesday, Aug. 6, about 150 graduate students will begin orientation. About 250 undergraduate students will start orientation the following week, with some moving into campus housing on Monday, Aug. 12.
ISS Director Charles Olcese said international students arriving in the next two weeks would appreciate a kind word or help with directions when community members encounter them on campus or around town.
“Moving half way around the world to begin your study program would be a daunting task for anyone. Often when new international students arrive, they are a bit disoriented in dealing with all the changes and different expectations,” Olcese said. “They may have just arrived from the airport and need help finding their residence hall; or they may have been here for a few days, but need help finding a building on campus or a place to get something to eat.”
Olcese encourages the KU community to be as helpful as they can, but if they feel an international student needs help with something they can’t assist with, he encourages them to contact International Support Services at 785-864-3617 during business hours or at 785-380-8937 on evenings or weekends.
“Thank you for helping us make KU a welcoming place for international students,” Olcese said.
During orientation, students will move in to campus housing, tour campus and attend social activities and small group gatherings. Orientation also provides an opportunity for international students to enroll in classes, have health screenings, process immigration paperwork and be introduced to regulations that govern their stay in the US. Some students will take math placement exams and English proficiency tests.
On Thursday, Aug. 22, first-year students across campus, including international ones, will begin KU’s Hawk Week. The first day of class is Monday, Aug. 26.