International Student/SEVIS Orientation
While it is permissible for our international students to begin some of our programs in the spring semester, it is highly recommended that students who are new in the United States of America (USA) start their initial enrollment at Regent in the fall term. There is far more time for students to arrive and acclimate to Regent and the USA before the fall semester than there is before the spring semester. On-campus housing is very limited in the spring semester, so new students may have to find housing off-campus. Off-campus housing can be difficult for international students to obtain because the process often requires the students to have a Social Security Number (SSN) that is issued by the U.S. Social Security Administration. International students are not eligible to apply for a U.S. SSN unless they can show proof of employment in the USA. A U.S. SSN is usually needed to secure many services you would need for an off-campus apartment, such as electricity, cable, and gasoline. Living off-campus will also create transportation concerns because we do not have a reliable public transportation system in our area. Most businesses require you to have a U.S. SSN in order to buy or lease an automobile. Therefore, new international students who are unable to obtain a furnished on-campus housing assignment will be required to submit documentation to show they have secured alternate housing arrangements and reliable means of transportation before an I-20 can be issued. Furnished on-campus housing is generally easier to obtain in the fall semester. Students who are transferring from another U.S. institution who are admitted to Regent for the summer term are required by immigration regulations to be enrolled full-time in that first summer term, and must attend the mandatory SEVIS/International Student Orientation before the fall semester. Summer admission is not permitted for students who are new in the USA. F-1 students should not book their flights to the USA until they have received their student visas and have confirmed the dates of the International Student Orientation for the semester they were admitted to Regent.
The Fall, 2013 International Student Orientation:
Please contact Ms.Jamie Brennan (firstname.lastname@example.org, 1-757-352-4928), Assistant Director of Office of Student Activity and Leadership (OSAL) for details.
The comprehensive Fall International Student Orientation Program includes:
- Special assistance with getting settled, such as trips to local stores, banks, and cell phone providers; a campus tour; and a library tour;
- Information Sessions on "F-1 Immigration Rules, Responsibilities, & Benefits", "Campus Security & U.S. Laws", "Academic Expectations", "The Writing Center", "Cultural Adjustment", and more;
- The opportunity to get acquainted with other students, and with people and places on campus;
- Information and materials on programs and services available on campus and in the community.
The Fall, 2013 International Student/SEVIS Orientation will be held Thursday, August 8 through Friday, August 9, with special assistance with getting settled on Wednesday August 7, so all F-1 students must arrive at Regent by Tuesday, August 6. Here are some important details:
- Designated Arrival and Airport Pickup Dates for the Fall, 2013 Orientation
Monday, August 5 and Tuesday, August 6
- Immigration Registration:
Within 2 days of arrival at Regent, all new international students are required to register their immigration documents with the Office of International Student Services (OISS). Please bring your passport, I-20, I-94 Arrival/Departure Record, and the phone number and e-mail address of at least one emergency contact person. The OISS is located in the Student Center, Suite 201 (2nd floor). Walk-in Hours: 2 - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday.
- Getting Settled:
Students who would like assistance with local banks, cell providers, and shopping for necessities should come to the OISS on Wednesday, August 7 at 8.30am.
- Fall 2013 Orientation Schedule
The official Orientation Program and Information Sessions will begin on Thursday, August 8 with a light breakfast. The orientation will conclude around 6:00 p.m. on Friday, August 9. The detailed orientation schedule and other relevant information will be added here in June.
- Orientation Fee:
An International Student Orientation fee will be posted to each new student's account before the semester begins and must be paid along with tuition and fees by the first day of classes. The current fee for the Orientation is $175.00 with an added charge of $100 per guest. The fee covers the costs of the airport pick-ups, orientation meals, Getting Settled transportation, orientation materials, a social event, some welcome gifts, and the local tour.
F-1 international students coming to Regent for residency only will not attend an International Student Orientation but they are required to make an appointment with the OISS within 2 days of their arrival for immigration registration purposes. Do not neglect this registration, as this may result in serious consequences to any future entries to the U.S. or attempts to obtain a U.S. visa. For the immigration registration you will need to bring the following items: Your passport, I-94 Arrival/Departure Record, I-20 (if you have one), local U.S. address and phone number, and emergency contact information.
Call or email the OISS at 757.352.4130 or email@example.com.