International Student Orientation: Spring 2015
Summer 2014 Orientation Schedule
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agenda here.

Schedule as of October 29, 2014
Location: Interdisciplinary Resource Center (IRC 134)
(Schedule is subject to change)

Orientation is considered mandatory unless it is marked as "optional." All absences must be approved prior to event. If you miss orientation, you will be charged an additional $85 USD orientation fee to cover costs of providing a make-up orientation session for you.

For any questions or concerns contact: International Student Services,

Travel Arrangement Notification:
Please complete the travel form to notify us of your arrival plans.

Arrival Dates: Friday, January 02 - Monday, January 5, 2015


Friday, January 2
2 pm and 11 pm

Saturday, January 3
10 am, 7 pm, and 11 pm

Sunday, January 4
10 am, 7 pm, and 11 pm

Monday, January 5
10 am, 7 pm, and 11 pm

Please visit our orientation page to submit your Travel Arrangement Notification form.

Student Shuttle Services
Students will be picked up by Office of International Education Student Assistants at the Information Desk at the Grand Rapids Airport, bus station or train station and be taken to a hotel in Big Rapids.

  • Please remember that you must let our office know your arrival information as soon as possible.
  • Shuttles will only be offered during these designated times. Please wait until the next shuttle arrives if possible.
  • If your flight comes in on a day other than listed above, contact International Student Services ( to see if we can arrange a shuttle for you at a fee of $150. If a shuttle is not available, or you choose alternate transportation, you are responsible for your own transportation to Big Rapids, as well as any cost (approximately $150 for taxi).
  • A block of rooms have been reserved at Quality Inn & Suites, just a few minutes walking distance from campus. Call (231)592-5150 to reserve a room. Rate is $59 plus tax per night. If you share a room, the price will be $29.50/night per person. Includes breakfast. If you want a roommate, Quality Inn can assign you a roommate, if one is available, when you check-in.

Departure Location:
Information Desk, Gerald R. Ford International Airport
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Tuesday, January 6

8 am

Student Check-In (mandatory)
Please arrive on time with all of your immigration documents. The following items will be addressed throughout the day:

  • Submission of immigration documents
  • Computer sign-in information
  • Ferris ID
  • Housing on campus - a $200 deposit must be made and a contract signed for residence halls and $400 deposit for apartments or East Campus Suites.
  • Tuition deposit of at least $3500 (25%) - Ferris accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express (transaction subject to 2.75% convenience fee) in addition to cash, money orders, cashier's checks, and traveler's checks, which have no fees.
  • Wire transfers are also available through PeerTransfer. Log-into MyFSU to pay your bill through PeerTransfer.

Interdisciplinary Resource Center (IRC)

9 am

Welcome to Ferris State University Presentation (mandatory)

  • Introduction to Office of International Education staff and faculty
  • Overview of orientation schedule
  • Breakout into groups with student leaders

Interdisciplinary Resource Center (IRC) Room 120

10 am - 11:30 am

Housing, Dining and Tuition Overview (mandatory)
Introduction to housing, dining, and tuition costs and options.

Interdisciplinary Resource Center (IRC) Room 120

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Lunch Provided (mandatory)
Stay with your group and student leaders

Interdisciplinary Resource Center (IRC) 122

12:30 pm to 5 pm

Group Break-Out Sessions (mandatory)

  • Housing and MyFSU login
  • Ferris ID, tuition and housing deposits (Timme)
  • Immigration documents submission
  • Admissions
  • Huntington Bank (optional). Submit an application to open an account and sign up for an appointment with at the bank. Appointments will be assigned for Thursday, Jan. 8 between 11 am - 4 pm.

Interdisciplinary Resource Center (IRC)

Times and locations will be assigned at check-in

6 pm to 8 pm

Bowling and Pizza

Join the OIE for bowling and pizza - do not worry about your level of experience with bowling, anyone can play. Shuttles will be available for transport to The Gate and Quality Inn.

The Gate

Shuttles will leave from the IRC parking lot starting from 5:45 pm and drop students at The Quality Inn after 8 pm.

Wednesday, January 7

8 am

Late Check-In
For students who missed activities on Tuesday, January 6th due to delayed flights or other avoidable issues. Must be approved ahead of time for late check-in by contacting International Student Services, This session will only cover immigration document check-in. Students will be responsible for obtaining Ferris IDs, housing, and paying tuition on their own.

Interdisciplinary Resource Center (IRC) Room 134

8:30 am

Math/English Placement Testing for regularly admitted students (not for IEP students)
This testing is for students with no SAT scores and those who intend to enter their majors immediately. If you are not sure if you need to take the test, check with theInternational Education staff. IEP student may choose to take this test if they feel that they will pass the Intensive English Language test on Thursday (test out of the IEP program). Please report early to this test as no make-up is offered and testing is required for course placement.


9 am - 11 am

Graduate Student Session (Mandatory for Graduate Students)
All incoming graduate students will receive important academic information, review credit requirements, and tips for success.

Pharmacy (PHR) 201

11:30 am - 12:45 pm

Lunch at The Rock Café Provided

The Rock Café

We will leave from the IRC at 11:20 am to walk over to The Rock Café

1 pm - 2:30 pm

Immigration and Cultural Adjustment (mandatory)
This session is very important. We
will teach you about U.S. immigration laws, and talk about how to get a driver's license and social security number. We will also teach you how to understand and cope with adjusting to life in a new country.

PHR 201

2:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Department of Public Safety (mandatory)
Meet our campus police officers and learn about staying safe, obeying U.S. laws, and driving in Michigan. You will also learn about what activities to avoid, how to report crimes, and your rights as an individual in the United States.

PHR 201

4 pm - 8 pm

Move In and Shopping Shuttles
Move into your on campus residence hall or off campus apartment. Shuttles will be available to assist you with moving luggage from Quality Inn to your residence hall or apartment (Big Rapids area only).

Take our free shuttle to stores in Big Rapids to purchase food, clothing or household items you may need. The shuttles will pick up at the IRC, take you to stores, and then drop you off at your hall, apartment or the IRC after you are finished shopping.

Shuttles will leave from the IRC parking lot

Thursday, January 8

11 am - 3:30 pm

FSU New Student Orientation (Non-IEP Students)
Non-IEP students will attend the general FSU Orientation for new students. At this time students will meet other FSU students in their program of study, meet advisors and schedule classes for the semester.

Interdisciplinary Resource Center (IRC) Room 134

Come to the Office of International Education to pick up your name tag and join the other students.

9 am

Intensive English Language Testing (IEP students only)
This testing is for IEP students who have not provided official proof of English language proficiency. Please report early to this test as no make-up is offered and testing is required for course placement.

Pharmacy 303

11 am - 5 pm

Banking Shuttles Provided
Shuttles will take students to local banks to open bank accounts. Area banks include Huntington, Chemical Bank, Isabella Bank and Fifth Third.

Interdisciplinary Resource Center (IRC)

Meet at IRC to get on a shuttle. Shuttles will run continuously from 11 am - 5 pm.

Friday, January 9
1 pm - 2:50 pm

Intensive English Program Orientation (IEP students only)
New students who are enrolling in the Intensive English Program must attend this orientation.

Interdisciplinary Resource Center (IRC) Room 107

3 pm - 5 pm

Student Life and Academic Success Photo Hunt (Mandatory)
Groups will find and learn about important offices and resources on campus to help them succeed. This is a "Scavenger Hunt" where groups will walk around campus finding offices and campus icons. Individuals who complete the hunt will be entered into a drawing for gift cards and other prizes!

The groups will begin and end in the IRC corridor

Saturday, January 10
11 am - 4 pm

Shopping Shuttles

Take our fee shuttles to stores in Big Rapids to purchase food, clothing or household items you may need.

Meet at the IRC parking lot for shuttle pick up.

Sunday, January 11
2 pm - 3:50 pm

Public Skating at the FSU Ice Arena (Optional)

Ice skate with Big Rapids community members. Admission for students is $4.00 (with student ID) and $2.00 for skate rental.

Ewigleben Ice Arena

Students purchase their own admission


REST and PREPARE for classes to begin!

Monday, January 12

Classes Begin!
Check out your FerrisConnect (Blackboard) course: International Student Exploration for updates and other helpful information.

Tuesday, January 13
11 am - 11:50 am Make-up Immigration Orientation- Seek approval from an International Student Advisor ( for any late arrivals. Interdisciplinary Resource Center (IRC) Room 134





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