International Student Orientation: Spring 2017

Schedule as of October 31, 2016
Location: Interdisciplinary Resource Center (IRC 134)
(Schedule is subject to change)

All events are mandatory. All absences must be approved by Lisa vonReichbauer PRIOR to the event.

For any questions or concerns contact: Lisa vonReichbauer, Asst. Director, LisavonReichbauer@ferris.edu | mobile: 231-287-7483

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

  • Shuttles Student Shuttle Services Departure Location

    December 31

    10:00am, 7:00pm, & 11:00pm

    January 1

    10:00am, 7:00pm, & 11:00pm

    January 2

    10:00am, 7:00pm, & 11:00pm

    Please visit our orientation webpage to submit your travel arrangements and visa confirmation here.

    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 Lisa vonReichbauer (LisavonReichbauer@ferris.edu) to see if we can arrange a shuttle for you. 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 a 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. The cost is $59 + tax per night. If you share a room, the cost will be $29.50/night per person. This cost includes breakfast in the morning. If you want a roommate, Quality Inn can assign you a roommate if one is available when you check-in.

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

  • Time Event Location

    7:30 – 8:15am

    Shuttle Pick Up from The Quality Inn & Suites

    We will pick you up at Quality Inn and drive you to Campus for orientation.

    Quality Inn & Suites - meet in the hotel lobby

    8am

    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. When signing a contract, a $200 deposit must be made for residence halls or a $400 deposit for apartments or suites.
    • Tuition deposit of at least $3500 - Ferris accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express (transaction subject to 2.75% service 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 in to MyFSU to pay your bill through PeerTransfer: www.peertransfer.com

    IRC 134

    (Interdisciplinary Resource Center)

    9am

    Welcome to Ferris State University Presentation (mandatory)

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

    IRC 120

    10:00 - 11:30am

    Housing, Dining and Tuition Overview (mandatory)

    Introduction to housing, dining, and tuition costs. This session will prepare students to choose an on-campus housing and dining option, calculate their semester tuition bill and understand the total amount due today (25%) and total amount due for the entire semester. Students are not required to live on-campus but it is strongly recommended by the Office of International Education. On-campus housing and dining contracts are legally binding for two semesters (Fall + Spring).

    IRC 120

    11:30 – 12:30pm

    Lunch Provided

    Stay with your group and student leaders

    IRC 104

    12:30pm

    Group Break-out Sessions (mandatory)

    • Housing and MyFSU Login
    • Preparation for payment
    • Immigration document submission
    • Admissions
    • Huntington Bank – optional. Submit an application to open account and sign up for appointment to open your account. 

    Interdisciplinary Resource Center (IRC)

    Times and locations  will be assigned at check-in.

  • Time Event Location
    8:00am

    Late Check-In

    For students who missed activities on Tuesday, January 3rd, due to delayed flights or other unavoidable issues. Must be approved ahead of time for late check-in by contacting Lisa vonReichbauer (LisavonReichbauer@ferris.edu). 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 134)
    8:30am

    Math/English Placement Testing for regularly admitted students (not for Intensive English Program 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 the Office of International Education staff. Please report early to this test as no make-up is offered and testing is required for course placement.

    FLITE 110

    (Library)

    11:00 – 12:30pm

    Lunch at The Rock Provided

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

    Rock Café

    We will leave from IRC 134 at 11:00 AM to walk over to The Rock Café.

    12:30 – 3:00pm

    Student Life and Academic Success Tour (mandatory)

    Groups will find and learn about important offices and resources on campus to help them succeed. The student groups will be taken around the campus in Shuttles finding offices and campus icons. This is an event to help students get familiar with campus.

    IRC 120

    3:00 – 5:00 pm

    Immigration and Cultural Adjustment (mandatory)

    Bring your immigration documents. 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 teach you how to understand and cope with adjusting to life in a new country, including academic (teaching and learning) culture.

    IRC 120

    4:00 – 5:45pm

    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.

    IRC 120

    6:00 pm – 8:00pm

    Move-In begins

    Move into your on campus residence hall or off campus apartment. You may start moving into your on campus residence hall after you pay the $200 deposit at the Timme Center for Student Services and receive your room assignment from Housing. Shuttles will be available to assist you with moving luggage from Quality Inn to your residence hall or apartment (Big Rapids area only).

    Ferris ID and Housing Deposit – You must have a Ferris ID, sign the housing contract, and pay the $200 deposit (residence halls) or $400 deposit (apartments or East Campus Suites) before you can receive a housing assignment.

     
  • Time Event Location
    9:00am

    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.

    IRC 120

    10:00 am – 11:30 am

    Graduate students Orientation

    This is mandatory for all the graduate students attending the MISI program. Talk with your Advisor and Faculty members.

    IRC 104

    11:00am – 3:30pm

    FSU New Student Orientation (Non-IEP Students)

    Non-IEP students will attend the general FSU Orientation for new students.

    Schedule Includes:

    • Ferris student services
    • Meeting other students in your program
    • Meetings with your academic advisors
    • Registering for classes

    IRC 134

    Come to the OIE to pick up your name tag and join your college group.

    Lunch is provided at the QuadCafe

    3:30 pm

    Payment of tuition and other required payments due (if you have not yet processed tuition payment and are prepared at this time)

    IRC 134
    3:30 pm – 6:00 pm

    Banking Shuttles

    Shuttles will take students to local Banks to open accounts. Area banks include Huntington, Chemical Bank, Isabella Bank and Fifth Third. Many students choose to bank with Huntington, the official bank of Ferris State University (ATMs on campus). But, you may choose to bank anywhere you wish. Sign-up during orientation so that we can notify the bank that you will be setting up your account.

    Meet at IRC to get on a shuttle. Shuttles will run continuously from 11am – 6pm.

    Shuttles will run to the bank until 4 pm. Banks close between 4-5 pm in the United States.

    6:00 – 8:00pm

    Move-continues

    Move into your on campus residence hall or off campus apartment. You may start moving into your on campus residence hall after you pay the $200 deposit at the Timme Center for Student Services and receive your room assignment from Housing. Shuttles will be available to assist you with moving luggage from Quality Inn to your residence hall or apartment (Big Rapids area only).

     

    Ferris ID and Housing Deposit – You must have a Ferris ID, sign the housing contract, and pay the $200 deposit (residence halls) or $400 deposit (apartments or East Campus Suites) before you can receive a housing assignment.

    Meet at IRC for shuttle service
  • Time Event Location

    9:00am

    Shopping Shuttles

    Take our free shuttles 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 hotel, apartment, or the IRC after you are finished shopping.

    Shuttles will run continuously

    from 9am – 4pm

    11:00am

    Payment of tuition and other required payments

    Students must pay the entire amount or first payment plan in the TIMME center and make sure that the further payments are made prior to the due date.

    Meet at IRC 134

    1:00 pm

    Intensive English Program Orientation (IEP students only)

    New students who are enrolling in the Intensive English Program must attend this orientation.

    IRC 115

    2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

    International Student Social Event

    Yet to be announced.

    Meet at the Interdisciplinary Resource Center (IRC)
  • Time Event Location

    11:00 am – 6:00pm

    Shopping Shuttles

    Take our free shuttles 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 hotel, apartment, or the IRC after you are finished shopping.

    Interdisciplinary Resource Center (IRC)

    Meet at IRC to get on a shuttle. Shuttles will run continuously from 11am – 6pm.

  • Time Event Location
    8am

    Classes Begin

    If you are taking any online classes, log into Ferris Connect (Blackboard) through MyFSU to read through the course syllabus, check due dates for readings and assignments, and to find contact information for your professor if you have any questions about what do to next.