Orientation Fall 2022

Make-up iStudent Orientation | September 7, 2022

Any new international student who missed the Graduate or Undergraduate International Student Orientation August 22, 23 & 24 must attend Make-up iStudent Orientation. The make-up sessions will cover critically important topics such as immigration regulations, health and safety, academic expectations, student employment and Title IX. After attending, students will also need to submit the 5 required forms in order to be eligible for an SSN application packet. 

Fall 2022 Make-up iStudent Orientation
Wednesday, September 7
10am - 1pm
2204 Kirkhof Center

Sept 7 Make-up Orientation Flyer

Orientation is mandatory for all new F-1 and J-1 international students. It is carefully designed to give you the best start possible for your GVSU journey. There is a charge of $150.00 for the mandatory orientation. Even if circumstances outside of your control require you to miss the orientation, you will be charged as the many preparations needed for your arrival have already been made. The fee will be charged to your GVSU student account by mid-September. Students who miss one or more days of Orientation will need to attend Make-up Orientation on September 7. Details will be send during the first week of classes. 

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Countdown to Orientation!


These schedules will be printed and available at check-in on August 22. Click the images for a .pdf version of the schedules. International Student Orientation is a priority for first semester iStudents. Other important orientations (graduate, transitions) are included in the schedule so nothing will be missed! Orientations offered by OMA for Affinity Group Orientations can be great ways to meet more people but should be added around the iStudent Orientation Schedules as a supplement. 

Undergraduate Schedule

Graduate Schedule

PEEPS Schedule

All new International Students were sent an invitation to attend International Student Orientation on August 4 via email. Please check your personal email account and respond "Yes" if you are planning to attend. You will need to use your GVSU student email account to RSVP. We encourage all students to log into LakerLink and download the app as this is used widely around campus for various events. 

Immigration Registration

Immigration registration will be conducted during orientation. This will include registering your passport, visa, I-94, I-20 or DS-2019 as well as verifying your SEVIS record.

All new International Students must complete the five required online forms. Please make sure to do this before the first week of classes. This information is needed to maintain your immigration status and to adhere to GVSU's policies.

For each International Student Orientation, we give special attention to hiring the most exceptional GVSU students to work on the Orientation Team. Our outstanding leaders who will guide, support, and welcome you to Grand Valley. We can't wait for you to meet them in-person!

PEEPS is a volunteer program that allows returning students (domestic and international) to take part in the social activities of international student orientation. As a new student, you will appreciate their warm welcome, insight, advice, and company! You'll meet many of the PEEPS at the scheduled social events throughout orientation.

New international students should not sign-up to be a PEEPS volunteer until they've completed one semester at GVSU. 

Social Security Number (SSN)

Many new students are keen to get their SSN numbers as soon as they arrive for various reasons (receive paychecks, apply for off-campus housing, set-up bank accounts, etc). The SSN application process requires you to go in-person to the SSN office to submit your application. To apply you need to complete the SSN application, have a job offer letter, and support letters from our office. In order to get the support letters from our office, you need to:

  1. Attend Orientation
  2. Submit the 5 required forms

Students who do both items listed above will be prioritized for immigration check-in and SSN support letter processing.

Page last modified August 31, 2022