International Student 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 Spring 2014 International Student Orientation:
Please contact Jamie Brennan (email@example.com, 1-757-352-4928), Assistant Director of Office of Student Activity & Leadership (OSAL) for details.
The comprehensive Spring 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 Spring 2014 International Student/SEVIS Orientation will be held Thursday, January 2 through Friday, January 3, with special assistance with getting settled on Wednesday, January 1*, so all F-1 students must arrive at Regent by Tuesday, December 31, 2013.
Here are some important details:
Designated Arrival & Airport Pickup Date for Spring 2014 Orientation:
Tuesday, December 31
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.
Students who would like assistance with local banks, cell providers, and shopping for necessities should notify Jamie Brennan (firstname.lastname@example.org) so that appropriate planning can be done.
*Please note: Many businesses will be closed in observance of the New Year's Holiday. You will have the opportunity to visit these businesses as soon as they open.
Spring 2014 Orientation Schedule:
The official Orientation Program and Information Sessions will begin on the morning of Thursday, January 2. The orientation will conclude Friday afternoon, January 3. The detailed orientation schedule and other relevant information will be added here in November.
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 Jamie Brennan at 757-352-4928 or email@example.com.