• International Student Orientation

    International Student Orientation

    All international students, undergraduate and graduate, must attend the international student orientation. You are also required to attend any additional mandatory orientation events for your academic program.

    Specific information for maintaining immigration status, insurance, employment options, and more is included in international student orientation.

    Undergraduate Graduate Students:

    1. Make Your SEVIS Registration Appointment (Required) »
      You may make your appointment by emailing iocp@hamline.edu or calling our office directly 651-523-2245.

    2. International Student Orientation Dates: Wednesday, September 2- Friday, September 4
      Access the Fall/Spring orientation schedule »

    Note: Orientation is required for F-1/J-1 visa holders (this includes new transfer students). If you are new to the United States and do not hold F-1 status but would like to attend orientation to meet other international students and obtain information that may be useful to you, you are welcome to attend. Please email iocp@hamline.edu in advance to let us know you will be coming.


    • Immigration visa briefing where you will learn more about the federal requirements of your visa status, as well as Hamline's related policies and procedures (mandatory for F-1 and J-1 visa holders).
    • Presentations from various Hamline offices tailored specifically to international student needs. This information is unique to international orientation so it is important that you attend.
    • Campus tours where you will meet with staff from offices which you will regularly rely on as a Hamline student
    • Various social activities where you can meet other students and begin to get to know your new surroundings in Minnesota
    • If you will be living on campus you need to either bring your own or order bed sheets and pillow from the Residential Life Office. Please note that like most US universities the beds on campus are a unique size that require specially sized linens (Single/ Twin, Extra-Long). For shipping information, be sure to use our office address:

      International and Off-Campus Programs
      Hewitt Ave, MS-C1927
      Saint Paul, MN 55104

    • On the first night of orientation, we will make a special trip to the store in order for you to purchase any food, school, and home supplies that you may need.

    Bring all immigration documents (passport, US visa, I-94, and I-20/DS-2019) and be prepared to provide your local contact information (address, phone number, etc.) on the first day of orientation. This is required in order to register your SEVIS immigration record with the Department of Homeland Security.

    Required Orientation Events

    You are also required to attend any additional mandatory orientation events for your program. Please see the list below for more information about required orientation events.

    First-year, transfer, and exchange undergraduate students:

    • International Student Orientation (all days)
    • Piper Passages (first year student orientation)

    Graduate students:

    • International Student Orientation (all days)
    • Your academic program might have a separate mandatory orientation. Please contact your academic department for more information
    • The graduate admission office also hosts an optional graduate student orientation for all incoming graduate students
    • Spring and Summer term MBA admits start classes at a different date then all other Hamline students, so you will have an MBA only international orientation if you start during one of those terms