Frequently Asked Questions
Is International Student Orientation mandatory?
Yes! All new international students studying on F-1 or J-1 visas are required to attend International Student Orientation.
It is important that you attend all days of your orientation. United States Immigration Services require every international student to personally check in with their international student advisor. We are required to report your arrival to Boise State University to United States Immigration Services. If you do not come to orientation, we will have to report that you have not arrived.
If you have other appointments or errands you need to complete, such as meeting with a professor, setting up a bank account, and so on, you will need to take care of these tasks outside of the orientation program. Please do not schedule any other meetings or appointments during the orientation.
How do I register for International Student Orientation?
About one month before the semester begins, you will receive an email with information on how to register for orientation. Be sure to check both your person and Boise State email accounts.
Where is International Student Orientation held?
We are still determining whether Fall 2020 International Student Orientation will be held virtually, in-person, or as some combination of the two. More information will be released shortly.
What should I bring with me?
Please bring copies of your passport, visa, and I-20 or DS-2019. If you were admitted to Boise State using unofficial transcripts, you should also bring copies of your official transcripts with you to orientation.
You may also want to wear comfortable shoes and bring something on which to take notes.
Can my family members join me at Orientation?
International Student Orientation is designed with students in mind and generally does not include information for members or guests.
Childcare is not provided at orientation, though we can provide crayons and coloring paper upon request.